I read C&H as a kid, and I never heard of Frazz until today. So I will admit right up front, I don’t know much about Frazz.
I have, however, spent the last hour reading Frazz comics I have found online, and I tells ya, it looks like a rip off. When I mentioned this in the other thread, I got one of those, “Ummmm…how can it be stolen if the characters are different?” posts, so I will elaborate: I don’t think Frazz’s author stole the actual characters and names and strips. I think he borrowed from the style and artwork so heavily that he should be kind of ashamed to get up every day and make a strip that is so unoriginal. Especially such a beloved strip that is so fiercely protected by the author. I mean, a tribute is something Watterson should expect and accept, but every day creating new artwork isn’t a tribute anymore.
I am not white knighting Watterson, I’m sure he can handle himself…if he wanted to deal with Frazz, he has phones and lawyers and what have you. But I am just saying that I consider this ‘biting’ as we say in the hood. He is stealing the Calvin and Hobbes style completely. And I don’t just mean the spikey yellow hair. I mean the style and feel of the artwork.