Profiled: Jef Mallett and Frazz

Michael Cavna interviews Frazz creator Jef Mallett.

MC: So what was your journey from young aspiring artist to professional cartoonist? And did getting Frazz syndicated fulfill a dream or long-sought quest, or did you first approach it more as a new, intriguing sideline?

JM: Drawing a comic strip for a living was always the goal. I drew my first daily comic strip when I was in high school, for the local newspaper in Big Rapids, Mich. Then I got a real job and got distracted for about 20 years. That’s good, though – life counts for a lot. I’d hate to be stuck now with characters I made up on only an 18-year-old’s experience.

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