A daily comic strip by Jef Mallett about Edwin Frazier, nicknamed "Frazz" by the kids at Bryson Elementary School. He works there as a janitor, but is also very wealthy due to having written several hit songs. Most strips feature the day-to-day interactions between Frazz, the students, the teachers and the staff, though some will focus on Frazz's off-hours activities, particularly his triathalon training. Frazz is a well-read Renaissance Man, so strips will often include references to books, music, history, art, and pop culture, among other things.Regular characters include:
Frazz - the star of the strip, a successful songwriter who works as a janitor to get further inspiration. He is respected by the kids and the school's staff, and regularly dates Miss Plainwell.
Caulfield - an eight-year-old kid who regularly challenges Frazz and Mrs. Olsen with his literary insights. He's smart, but tends to get detention because it doesn't challenge him. Caulfield chooses a literature-themed costume every Halloween and regularly stumps the teachers.
Jane Plainwell - a first-grade teacher and Frazz's romantic interest. Outside of school, the two frequently run in marathons together.
Mrs. Olsen - a third grade teacher and a regular foil for Caulfield, who distracts her with insightful questions and comments in class.
Mr. Spaetzle - the principal of Bryson Elementary. He is a kind-hearted man who enjoys the admiration Frazz gets, and strives to be like him.
Coach Hacker - the physical education teacher, interested only in team sports. A former star athlete, he is now horribly out-of shape; he likes to compete with Frazz by comparing his favorite sports (football and hockey) against Frazz's (running and cycling).
Author Filibuster: Frazz is so fanatical about bicycling, swimming, and running that he (and by extension, the cartoonist) sometimes seems contemptuous of any adult who doesn't regularly participate in triathlons and the like.
Best Years of Your Life: the child actually manages to counter that that probably springs from her father's career.
Funny Answering Machine: A Sunday strip has Frazz and the kids recording a song with some nonsense instructions for the caller.
Halloween Episode: Every year there's a week of Halloween-themed strips in which Caulfield dresses up as a character from literature, challenging the teachers to guess his identity. Frazz usually figures it out long before any of the others (if they get it at all).
A couple of times, he's referred to an entire literary work through his actions, such as taking a new route to school for "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, or sitting on the swings with his dog for "The Pit and the Pendulum" by Edgar Allan Poe.
Sistine Steal: An early Sunday comic had Frazz painting the cafeteria in kid-oriented versions of various famous paintings, including the Creation of Adam featuring a cafeteria lunch lady spooning food onto a student's plate.
Spiritual Sequel: MANY people have noted the physical similarities between Frazz and Calvin, the similar personalities, the general feel of the comic, and (most importantly) Mallet's art style being nearly indistinguishable from that of Bill Watterson. Though every theory has been Jossed to death - that Mallet IS Watterson, that Mallet intended for Frazz to be a sequel/alt-continuity to Calvin and Hobbes - most fans, regardless, consider it a very-fitting, even if accidental, spiritual successor to Watterson's Magnum Opus.