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Frumpy the Clown, Vol. 1: Freaking Out the Neighbors [Paperback]

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Before Road Trip, before Barry Ween, there was Frumpy the Clown! And hey, isn't it true that every child wants his or her own clown? Forget ponies and puppy dogs and hamsters, a clown is the true prize. And not the creepy kind that's gonna freak you out and make you soil your shorts either, but a chain-smoking, cynical, anarchist clown who's more interested in sticking it to the stuffed-shirt establishment than getting a job or focusing on the finer points of personal hygiene. When Frumpy enters the home of a typical American family, the children, Brad and Kim, are ecstatic. Their parents, neighbors, and local law enforcement, on the other hand, wish he would go away.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   88
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.8" Width: 8.8" Height: 0.4"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 29, 2001
Publisher   Oni Press
ISBN  1929998112  
ISBN13  9781929998111  

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More About Judd Winick

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JUDD WINICK grew up on Long Island, where he spent countless hours doodling, reading X-Men comics and the newspaper strip Bloom County, and watching Looney Tunes. Today, Judd lives in San Francisco with his wife, Pam Ling; their two kids; and their cat, Chaka. When Judd isn't collecting far more action figures and vinyl toys than a normal adult, he is a screenwriter and an award-winning cartoonist. Judd has scripted issues of bestselling comic series, including Batman, Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Justice League, and Star Wars, and was head writer on the Hulu network's animated series, The Awesomes. Judd also appeared as a cast member of MTV's The Real World: San Francisco and is the author of the highly acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World roommate and friend, AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Visit Judd and Hilo online at

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  1. Hilo

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Humorous
2Books > Subjects > Children > Literature > Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery & Horror > Children's Comics
3Books > Subjects > Comics & Graphic Novels > General
4Books > Subjects > Comics & Graphic Novels > Graphic Novels > General
5Books > Subjects > Teens

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Brilliant Family Fun  Jul 21, 2004
I've been reading comic strips since I was six years old, and not since Calvin and Hobbes have I seen a "family" style strip that can still make me laugh as a somewhat jaded teenager. Frumpy the Clown is irreverent,sweet, and maybe a little too smart for the comic page. Highly recommended.
Social commentary with laughs.  May 27, 2002
I picked up this collection for two reasons. One, I really enjoyed Barry Ween, Boy Genius, which is also by Judd Winick. Two, I was working off of a friend's recommendation. Since he's the one who steered me to the aforementioned Barry Ween, I figured it was a safe bet.

And indeed it was.

As described in the back cover blurb, Frumpy is not your typical clown. He isn't jolly. He isn't ... clownish. Instead, he is a cynical, chain-smoking, vegetarian (though, this seems to waver), animal-loving, motorcycle-riding clown. And, don't forget, a favorite of every child he encounters. "Sure, of course they like him. He's a clown," you might say. But that isn't it. Kids love Frumpy because Frumpy remembers that they are people, perhaps a bit on the short side, but people nonetheless.

There are plenty of antics in this comic, both on the part of Frumpy and on the part of the children, but there are also great human moments to remind you that not only is Frumpy not your typical clown, this isn't your standard rambunctious kids comic.

(Not to say there isn't plenty of rambunctious kid action. I promise you, there is.)

A great read, though you might want to be careful about giving this to a precocious child, as there are entirely too many pranks in the comic, which might plant seeds of ideas. =)

Hilarious but shortlived  Aug 14, 2001
Judd Winick is perhaps the funniest man in comics. Of course, he's not creating strips anymore, but during the two year run of Frumpy the Clown, he made me laugh harder and more frequently than most every other cartoonist has in my twenty-odd years. Frumpy can be poignant, and pointed, but most of all, Frumpy can be hilarious. Don't read it while drinking milk.
A great story about two kids and their clown..  Feb 23, 2001
Who would've thought that all of this creativity would come from the black hole of TV called "The Real World"? Don't be fooled, dear reader. This collection of Judd Winick's discontinued syndicated newspaper dailies is surprisingly funny with an underlying subversive flavor. The art may look like an amalgam of various other strips that are in the Funnies today but contains an original flair that gives it familiar warmth. I think that Judd's humor and deft hand is on par with the other great daily strip creator of his generation, Frank Cho (Liberty Meadows). Hopefully with this collection as well as others (Barry Ween, Road Trip, Pedro & Me), Judd will be known as a comic book writer/artist and not that lovesick dweeb from a reality TV show in San Francisco.
Utterly Hilarious  Feb 10, 2001
Frumpy the Clown is by far one of the funniest & most under-appreciated comic strips to come down the pipe in quite a while. Hilariously twisted & surprisingly heart-warming, it's a well-crafted mixture of Bloom County, Fox Trot, and Doonesbury, with a touch of Zippy the Pinhead for spice. It's been a long time since I've read anything that's made me laugh as hard and as often as this book did.

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