This Week in Milford

November 20, 2006

6 fans in search of an artist

Filed under: football, lessons learned, Marty Moon — jasbeattie @ 9:52 am


A patented Gil Thorp style strip: Three panels of a football game in progress with not a football player in sight!

Panel 1 is particularly intriguing today, mostly because it is a complete and utter visual nightmare. But in that train wreck sort of way, I just can’t…look…away. So let’s break it down:

OK, #1, I still don’t get the confetti. It mysteriously rains from the sky every time Milford scores, and with the score at 41-0, these folks must be waist-deep in confetti by now. I’d have figured the confetti clouds would have dried up long ago.

Next, let’s examine the central figure, what appears to be a drunken cheerleader. Big thanks to sharp-eyed poster Flyby Reader, who notes this character appeared in a comic over three years ago, on November 5, 2003! While one explanation could be this is her senior year and that was back when she was a freshman, I prefer to think of her as a middle-aged woman who just wishes she was still a high school cheerleader. First of all, she looks too old to be a cheerleader. Second…what the crap is she wearing? It looks like a really furry V-neck shirt. That can’t be regulation cheer squad gear.

And then, inexplicably, the artist crams five other people into the panel. (Or maybe there are six…There is a floating arm-side body part in the middle there that doesn’t seem physically possible to belong to any of those heads.) And he doesn’t even cram them in there well. This panel looks like a photograph you would end up with if you took your disposable camera to a football game, got absolutely wasted and then took horrible, horrible pictures.

So who is watching the game: Why it’s Mary Tyler Moore, Hat Head, Squinty Glasses fellow (Steve Luhm’s dad?), Mr. Mumps, and Dale Gribble from “King of the Hill”. This isn’t the first time that someone from Arlen, Texas has made a cameo in the strip. So what have we determined from overanalyzing this panel? Nothing. Just as it should be.

Looks like we’ve blown our wad on the first panel…What’s left? Gil making the coaching decision of the year, then a way-too-close-up of Marty Moon (who may be just talking to himself at this point…I mean, how many people would still be tuned in to listen to a jerk announce a high school football blowout?) And what did we learn here today? That New Thayer has a really crappy football team, and that I should have bought stock in Confetti Corp. prior to the game.


  1. After some pondering, noting the ‘cheerleader’ in a fur coat, considering that it’s November in Michigan, I think that’s supposed to be snow, not confetti.

    Comment by Scott de B. — November 20, 2006 @ 10:18 am

  2. Kudos to Flyby Reader for spotting the recycled art. Considering the rest of the characters that inhabit Milford, an overage cheerleader with collagen lips that wears the same black hair band all the time really doesn’t seem so out of place.
    It’s a scary, scary town.

    Comment by Tim Goral — November 20, 2006 @ 11:04 am

  3. I know… the woman in the front of panel 1 is the Annie Savoy of Milford! Now the question is, which player is she sleeping with? The most obvious choice is good ol’ Stormy — the Nuke LaLoosh of Milford football. Young, muscular, naturally gifted, not very bright, prone to getting lost in a mental fog of his own creation.

    Comment by johnw — November 20, 2006 @ 11:13 am

  4. Scott, I pondered whether it was snow, but I really don’t think it is. Note there is nothing in the air in panel two. Also note the sharp edges of the airborne matter…(maybe it’s raining toenail clippings?) McLaughlin may have his issues, but he knows his blizzards. Check this out for example. Not only is there plenty of nice round snow, as a bonus you get to see Marty Moon wandering around with a massive head injury.

    Comment by jasbeattie — November 20, 2006 @ 11:37 am

  5. Coach Kaz in panel two is freaking me out. Not only is he holding his clipboard with a freakish two-fingered claw, not only are his pearl earrings as noticeable as ever, but he seems to have gone a little crazy with the eyebrow pencil as well. I can’t tell if he’s gradually turning into Wolverine or Coach Katy, but it’s disturbing to me either way.

    Comment by Ted Max — November 20, 2006 @ 1:12 pm

  6. Is that name “John Wisely,” or is this a player named John who’s sagaciously scoring a TD?

    Either way Marty Moon appears to be pretty ticked off over Milford’s reserves piling on. I have to say, I’m with him. Ted Pearse has been throwing for touchdowns in a high school football game that’s already a blowout. Running the score up to 41-0 before you put in the reserves would be what they call “low.” I hope New Thayer’s fans are vandalizing the lawn out in front of Milford High right now.

    Over on the visitors’ sideline, one of Marty Moon’s cousins is announcing this for New Thayer’s 50-watt radio station. Probably he doesn’t have the Evil Spock goatee. Maybe he’s a she — Mindy Moon. Either way, we know that jerk over there is looking awfully smug just about now, and spreading salacious rumors about the team’s left guard to pass time during the rout.

    Comment by Ianscot — November 20, 2006 @ 1:48 pm

  7. I’m new to Gil Thorp. Anyone want to explain why Coach Kaz wears earrings?

    Comment by Scott de B. — November 20, 2006 @ 4:05 pm

  8. I believe he wears earrings so we can tell him apart from Gil…No but seriously, (or as serious as I get around here), I’ve always figured it was intended to be part of his “bad boy persona” along with his rarely seen barbed wire arm tattoos. Check out this week in the archive for the only mention I can find of Kaz’s earrings. The fact that they look like pearl earrings rather than hoops is what is pretty bizarre and wrong about the whole thing.

    Comment by jasbeattie — November 20, 2006 @ 4:18 pm

  9. When I first saw that cheerleader, I was wondering if she had aged. She doesn’t appear to have, but I agree she looked too old to have been a freshman four years ago, much less a senior now.

    The “Annie Savoy” explanation is a good one, but Stormy’s season doesn’t seem to be approaching the standards of Nuke LaLoosh–who, even when walking 18 batters in a game, struck out 18 as well.

    Then again, if the cheerleader is Annie Savoy, does that mean Sean P. is Crash Davis? If those are Stormy’s muses/mentors, then it’s no wonder that the mental fog of his own creation is so much more dense than Nuke’s.

    Moral relativism on tap again for Tuesday, especially panel 3 . . .

    Comment by Flyby Reader — November 21, 2006 @ 5:22 am

  10. Re: the confetti – I thought of this blog last night as I was watching JAX/NYG and noticed the confetti come down after Jacksonville scored a field goal. Apparently, he is drawing this from real life. In all the games I’ve been to in person (~40 big time college games plus 3 NFL games) I’ve actually never seen confetti come down after a score, but there it was on TV last night.

    Comment by James G — November 21, 2006 @ 7:25 am

  11. So maybe the answer to the question, “Why is Stormy so stupid?” is… Milford High spent a bunch of money on a giant confetti machine for the football field, rather than on textbooks and teachers.

    Comment by johnw — November 21, 2006 @ 7:40 am

  12. 10: Which makes sense, because the Jacksonville Jaguars and Milford seem to have about the same level of professionalism.

    Comment by B — November 21, 2006 @ 8:45 am

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