Frazz’ Optical Illusion Oak Tree


Dunno whether you’ve heard of Frazz or not (I haven’t), but I guess it’s a popular comic in western hemisphere. From what I’ve learned, the comic regularly appears in over 200 newspapers worldwide, including the Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune and Detroit News. Invented by Jef Mallett, it follows the adventures of an unexpected role model – an elementary-school janitor who’s also a Renaissance man. While he’s sweeping the hall, he’s whistling Beethoven. Or Lyle Lovett. He paints the woodwork in the classrooms; he paints a Da Vinci on the cafeteria wall. He’s a trusted authority figure who is every kid’s buddy. One such recent comic, included an optical illusion I thought you might like. How long does it take before you see it? Enjoy!

  • jacob

    hahaaa the leaves make the hair of the old gray haired man. but i’m not sure if the lower part is his mustache or his eyes???

  • z2d4th

    i can not notice anything, it’s just a regular view.

  • Professor’s head?

  • Jens

    Absolutely worth the time. Online at

  • Roosie

    I don’t get it…Is it the man made of leaves lying in the tree…

  • eee efff geee

    OK I give What is it?

  • Josh

    Looks like Calvin’s aged a bit…

  • lolek

    Don’t read if you want to find it yourself.

    If you almost close your eyes, you’ll see a famous duck, where an oak tree was before.

  • o’domhnaill

    a goat it!!! tuik mi a quhi3l,thon trees luik juist like thon folks heids!

  • Joanne

    Love Frazz. Loved this when I saw it, and still love it. I have a sneaking suspicion that Caulfield had something to do with it – Frazz only protests his own innocence.

  • Tonatiuht

    I don’t see it

  • Gabe Elsinga

    Omg, the leaves appear to fly away so randomly!

  • Billie

    Maybe I am just tired but I don’t know what is so funny about the references to the hair or lack of hair on the characters. I see the mustache and hair is at the same place on the tree, I get the porcupine reference, and I get the smooth round stones reference, but I don’t really know why it supposed to be funny?

  • Eliza

    what the illusion i dont see one

  • David

    The clump of leaves on the tree at far left matches the mustache and hair of the fellow on the left. Not really an illusion, though, is it?

  • JLan

    All I see is a tree with a moustache and a receding hairline

  • Doax

    I dont get it…
    help plz :S

  • jess

    it looks like a face

  • Jacky

    Hint: Look at the man with the glasses, then look at the tree. REPEAT until the answer is found.

  • nogenius

    I dont see it? Is it suppose to be the old guy?

  • Steven

    I can’t see it. I’ve been looking with no luck, how about a hint..

  • Cheddar

    The tree looks like the hair and mustache on the man next to the kid? Is that right?

  • Peter

    Ahh, good one. The trick is to figure out why the guy on the right is upset about smooth, round stones.

  • Jim

    No. I don’t see it.

  • Sergio

    No fricking idea, other than that the leaves on the tree match the hair and mustache of the guy on the left, but that would be pretty weak. So what if it does? Am I any close?

  • Joey

    I don’t see it. It’s probably something in the leaves though.

  • Lucas

    Oh, that… Took some time to figure it out. It’s not one of the greatest illusions I’ve seen.

  • hilomaron

    wowza man!

  • Emma

    Dont get it… 1ST COMMENT!!!

  • popesantaxiv

    Well, the hair and mustache on the old dude mirror the leaves on the tree in the background. You can’t quite make out a face in the tree though.

  • Chell

    I have been looking at this all night and still can’t see anything. Help please

  • tyler k

    Dang no one got this one

  • Ivan Moraes


    Nothing unusual here!

  • Dart

    It looks like the General

  • Sapoferoz

    what are we supposed to be seeing here. I still see nothing.

  • don

    Wow, Calvin got old.

  • Beverly

    I dont get it. I see no playground or stones. Does anyone get it?

  • antou

    Is that tree imitating the left guy’s hair ?

  • Trini Bwoy

    I’m pretty sure the tree in the background looks like the guy walking to the left.

  • Sergio Ramos

    the hair? O.o

  • Lulahoop

    I’m stumped :( :P

  • NeeL

    The dialog is a nice hint. And if you still don’t get it, they are referring to the hair on their heads. It took me a minute or so. :)

  • lyly

    i cant seeeee ittttttt D:

  • Rick

    The lower right area of the oak tree looks like a bust of Frazz.

  • Ribber

    Ha! I had to come back to this one quite a few times before it finally clicked, even with all the obvious clues in the dialogue.

  • Joe Ninety

    Well, all I see is that the leaves left on the tree echo the hair left on the head of the man on the left… is that really it?

  • Chris L

    Not much of an illusion, but think I got it … the pattern of the leaves match something else you can see!

  • Tim

    The oak tree with the leaves creates an image resembling the man on the left.

  • zack

    I can’t tell if i see the image or not, is it that the tree resembles the old mans hair loss? Is that what the kids are poking fun at?? Post something and let me know thank you.

  • martype

    Is it the clumps of leaves that look like a bird flying from its nest?

  • DudeMan

    I don’t see it. This angers me..

  • st.graham

    I guess the tree is supposed to look like the man. Not much of an illusion. What’s more interesting is the teenage Calvin (from Calvin and Hobbes) look-a-like.

  • Bob

    haha, the oak tree leaves are shaped like the old guys hair and mustache.

  • Matjl

    the leaves areshaped like a bird and a cloud

  • Bob the wezel

    HA HA HA IT IS A FACE!!!!! with like a beard ya know.

  • Brad

    Give me a clue

  • john

    not too long… the oak tree’s leaves are in the same place as the facial hair of the guy on the left

  • Andrea

    I can’t see the illusion . Can somebody help me ?

  • Katherine


  • Esteban

    I wouldn’t call it an “optical illusion”, but it’s pretty funny. Very clever.

  • eric

    well the text isnt funny – until you realize the optical illusion… just under 3 minutes

  • Jim

    Where are the answers?

  • Todd D

    Is the tree also the older guy?

  • anthony22 tj


  • krystin

    i don’t get it

  • russell

    i dont see it

  • lolly xx

    I’m not sure I got it, but I think the leaves on the tree look like they are in the shape of a bird flying from its nest?

  • Kevin

    It looks like the leaves in the tree are forming a bird and the leaves to the lower right of the tree are forming a nest for the bird to land in.

  • kray

    What am is it that that iam missing?

  • lalee

    I dont get it!!!!????

  • Anne Marie

    I see the leaves forming the hair and mustache of a man, like the man on the left.

  • Eliza


  • Dreamz

    Old guy don’t like the oak tree cuz it resembles him….. Guy in the middle (Calvin look-a-like) says he didn’t want them to cut the grass that looked like a porcupine (like his hair)… and the guy on the right wants the smooth river stones removed because of his smooth bald head…

  • Iain

    Aaah. Good one. The leaves look like the fellow on the left’s hair and mustache. Other clues are the kid referring to cutting porcupine grass, which probably look like his hair. And the bald guy wanting the smooth stones removed. All references to top of heads.

  • Stevin

    I see it! It looks just like the guy. The hair and the mustache of the guy with his arm cross is like the leaves on the oak tree.

  • Dennis Abramsohn

    Did NOONE catch the fact that the entire comic is based on the look alike tree to the old man. Note the porcupine hair of the boy and the discussion that he didn’t offer to cut down the porcupine grass, just like the old man didn’t like the tree mocking him with the hair and mustache

  • Jess

    I see a skeleton…

  • Ari

    Oh I get it! It’s the older guy! That’s why he looks nervous, and the comment about the porcupine grass and the smooth rocks proves it.

  • coolcat

    He’s talking to the man about his random hair loss.What bothers me is him not wanting to trim his porcupine grass in his play area!:~)

  • Louie

    The big oak tree has the old guy’s hair and moustache while the clump of trees to the right of that tree are in the shape of the kid with the spiky hair.

  • Why Me?!

    I see a bird and a nest. I kind of see the man, but I think it’s a bird

    • yes, I guess its a bird that leaving it nest. Just read the conversation baloon, guys.

  • Tom

    is it me or is this guy a grown-up Calvin?

    • nik

      yea, i agree this is grown-up

  • Jesse

    Pretty good comic in my opinion! Gave me a chuckle once I saw it.

  • marcy

    tree leaves are in the same place as the hair of dude on the left.

  • marcy

    tree leaves are in the same place as the hair of dude on the left.

    the second tree kind of looks like the kids hair and since the last dude is bald we cant see individual leaves of the third tree

  • aahok

    oak tree looks like the old man there

  • Hannatu

    i just don’t see it. may be there isn’t anything!

  • thebrainster

    looks like Mr. Spazzete’s hair and mustache (the guy on the left)

  • Lance Christian De Castro

    I think it’s Flanders.

  • cupcake

    dont get it at all

  • Mohzee

    It looks like the man on the far right has a nose piercing perhaps? Lol

  • Tim

    I think it looks like Abe Lincoln.

  • jennifer

    the tree resembles the man on the left, hence the remarks by the kid in the middle about the porcupine grass(notice his hair), and the bald man regarding the smooth round stones.

  • caitlin

    i see a umbrella and boobs. or the guys hair or a birs fly from its nest other then that i just dont see it.

    • caitlin

      i mean birds

  • he


  • leanne

    lol! The first guy is scared about the tree that resembles his hair.
    Second guy (grown up Clavin) talks about cutting the porcupine grass… resembling his hair
    The bald guy wants all the rounded smooth stones removed from the creek… resembling his bald head

  • Anoushka

    They are talking about their hair!!!!!

  • dodi

    …is that supposed to be Calvin as a teen, or something…?

  • Red

    I see hair, a beard, and an ear, but no other facial features

It is main inner container footer text