Jun 22

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Alice Comments: Frolic, dammit! Frolic faster!

Published 1981

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 8.43 out of 10)

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31 Responses to “Sunwaifs”

  1. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    She’s doomed.

  2. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Stephen Fry as a child discovers the true horror that is other people

  3. THX 1138 Says:

    This is one of those public information films, isn’t it? The Spirit of Long and Perilous Drops?

  4. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Now dance about and look natural! NATURAL!!”

  5. A.R.Yngve Says:

    “Oh no, I got stuck in these brambles! Oh well — I’ll just frolic my way out of them…”

  6. A.R.Yngve Says:

    Reefer madness?

  7. SI Says:

    “Kevin was worried, his anti dancing bush had only stopped one of them.”

  8. JuanPaul Says:

    “hey guys, I know we’re sun waifs and all, but it isn’t very sunny and it’s getting cold out. Not to mention half of our party died when that ledge collapsed. Can we ease up on the frolicking and maybe build a shelter?”

  9. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Somehow not as terrible as Solarbabies…not quite.

  10. Lillie Awesome Says:

    “Please, Mary Lou Retton’s mom, stop! One more heavy frolicking boot stomp and you’ll send that nice lady wearing hotpants on one leg and a stocking and garter on the other to her DOOOM!”

  11. B. Chiclitz Says:

    “And so class, as we see from this slide, frolicking is not the relatively benign activity described by the proponents of legalization. No, frolicking is a gateway behavior. Its downward spiral is merciless. After the first rush of fun, it creates curvature of the spine, then a loss of both equilibrium and common sense, and finally, in its terminal stage, a complete breakdown of the self, leaving the user (or ‘frolic-head’ in underground lingo) a warped paranoid shell of a human being. Frolicking: just say no.”

  12. StevenLP Says:

    So, one frolics wrecklessly at the cliff edge, another is hindered in their mobility by brambles and a third is too scared to move … nope, no heavy handed metaphors here …

  13. Tat Wood Says:

    Behold – the Blue Bird of Happiness. And his friends the Yellow Bird of Slight Irritation, the Green Bird of Ennui and the Russet Bird of Sudden Realisation of How Bad Things Have Got.

  14. JuanPaul Says:

    Are we sure there is any frolicking on this cover? On closer inspection, I’m pretty sure everyone is having a bad time.

  15. MisterBob Says:

    Wot no Knees Up Mother Brown tag ? Surely some mistake !

  16. fred Says:

    I hope sunwaifs imply the existence of sunbears. Hungry frolicking hating sunbears.

  17. Anna T. Says:

    Two young ladies in eighties clothing frolic with the birds and flowers while a third, a young . . . man? woman? . . . with a disturbingly cartoony face looks on in utter horror – probably because the aforementioned frolicking is taking place at the edge of a cliff, with a lack of care similar to the Fool of a Tarot deck.

    What is up with those parrots?

  18. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:

    Thursday Evening Q&A at Unknown Artist Institute:

    Q: I’m supposed to be painting the ‘sky’, but it’s been so long since I was out of doors, I don’t know what it looks like.

    A: The people who buy your cover art will naturally look to the top left. Detail what you can remember there, and then let it fade into the nothing you feel as you go further and further down and right.

  19. B. Chiclitz Says:

    The tiny little bird at the viewer’s right appears to be committing suicide by plunging from the cliff. Just another casualty of the evil fiend, frolicking.

  20. THX 1138 Says:

    This is your brain on frolicking.

  21. B. Chiclitz Says:


    “. . . let it fade into the nothing you feel as you go further and further down and right.”

    Artistic advice, or pillow talk from a bedroom deep in Trump country?

  22. Bibliomancer Says:

    Sydney J. Van Froloc

  23. Yoss Says:

    @ Anna T.

    Maybe that look of horror is directed at the rubbery, flaccid half arm protruding from the abdomen of his companion.

  24. Dead Stuff With Big Teeth Says:


  25. GSS ex-noob Says:

    OMG. I’ve read this, with a different cover, and recall it as being quite good.

    This would have put me off a decent fantasy read. Don’t think the author read the book either.

    Thanks, SFBC!

  26. B. Chiclitz Says:

    @JuanPaul (14)—the cover depicts what frolicking becomes after the frolickers have peaked. They are now in the downward slide, or as they would say, they are “crashing,” which, research shows, often leads to what is called the “bummer.” I think it’s safe to say this cover is indeed a bummer.

  27. DaveM Says:

    “We can dance if we want too,
    We can leave your friend behind.
    Cos, your friend won’t dance,
    And if they don’t dance,
    Well, they’re no friend of mine.”

  28. GSS ex-noob Says:

    Oops, of course I meant “artist” in my last comment.

    @Dave M: poor young “no friend” in the lower right, left behind.

    @BC: I think you’ve got it (Pun about “side bum” here).

    Apparently the miserable one is very bummed, must have been a bad frolic for him. Perhaps the bad anatomy represents how he’s seeing the whole thing.

  29. Bruce A Munro Says:

    Well, these are clearly Magical Nature Kids, right? One communes with the Birds, the second makes the land bloom with weeds and brambles wherever they walk, and the third perceives the existential horror of all life and consciousness.

  30. infoqueen Says:

    Full Frontal Frolicking

  31. JuanPaul Says:

    @BC oh ya, been there

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