This Week in Milford

July 16, 2007

Episode 286: The One Where Kaz Punches a Guy in the Face!

Filed under: actual action, Coach Kaz — jasbeattie @ 8:13 am


…and now the moment we’ve all been hoping for since “Ease up, friend!” last Wednesday…(Well, actually the moment we’ve all been hoping for since approximately forever): Kaz punches a guy in the face! Yeee-haw!

It’s so exciting, I can even forgive the recycled artwork in the first panel. In fact the phrase “drunken lout” nearly redeems the first panel on its own. Is the word “lout” even less fashionable than the word “swoon”? Nah, they’re both the cat’s pajama’s…the real bee’s knees!

Anyway, on to what really counts: The crazy-angled fist o’ fury! Not only do we get Kaz-Action-Punch(TM), we get it depicted from the view of a midget who’s been hiding under the table the whole time. That makes it look all the more awesome, as if Kaz is knocking the dude into the ceiling. The only thing missing is some neat sound effects to accompany the impact… (ZUFF! PAN! SNUH! BORT! POOO! NEWT! MINT! ZAK!)

Kaz is so awesome, he takes the guy with one punch…So that we can stare horrifically at his gorilla arms for the entire third panel. Wait, I’m sorry is he saying something there? I can’t stop gazing at those hairy, hairy, hairy knuckles. Good lord. I guess when you’re that hairy, you have to become a muscle-bound hero, or you’ll never get the girls.

If this story continued on loop for the rest of the summer, I really wouldn’t mind at all:

Step 1: Kelly and Bob go on some really weird date.
Step 2: They encounter a drunken jerk.  Level 1 Kaz Fury: A firm “Ease up, friend!”
Step 3: Drunk gets drunker and/or jerkier. Level 2 Kaz Fury:  A swift toss to the curb in effort to swoonify Kelly and any other nearby females. Possible introduction of weird old man who looks like somebody.
Step 4: Drunk turns violent. Level 3 Kaz Fury: A single punch, followed by some flexing and then sex. (Dear god, don’t draw the sex. I don’t need that picture in my brain.)
Step 5: Repeat as needed until football season!


  1. Looking at panel 3, there’s obviously a full moon in Milford tonight.

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 16, 2007 @ 8:21 am

  2. Nahhh, the sound effect you need is “BARF!”

    Because obscure video game references make everything better.

    Comment by Reynard Noir — July 16, 2007 @ 8:29 am

  3. Not to belabor the chronic issues of perspective, but- when the punch actually connects, the way it’s drawn creates the appearance that Kaz’ arm is buried to the elbow in Drunken Lout’s face. Which means one would expect to see his hand and several inches if his wrist and forearm prolecting out the back og DL’s skull.

    Which would be extremely messy, but cool nonetheless.

    Comment by TCM — July 16, 2007 @ 8:37 am

  4. #2:

    Then wouldn’t “Gorf” be better?

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 16, 2007 @ 8:37 am

  5. Hmm. Drunken lout brandishing beer bottle… hairy-fisted pugilist… girlfriend impressed by public displays of violence… this isn’t the kind of behavior we should expect at CAFE. This action should be taking place at DIVE.

    Which apparently is where Kaz used to work before he hooked up with the Milford Athletic Department. Fits in with the spring plotline, in which Coach Gil turned over the baseball team to a creepy old liar. Why shouldn’t he hire an assistant coach who wears earrings and used to be a bouncer?

    Comment by johnw — July 16, 2007 @ 8:54 am

  6. In my previous comment, I obviously intended to type “protruding”. I don’t know what “prolecting” means, if in fact it is an actual word. Which I doubt.

    I can only blame it Monday morning…

    Also, please read “of”, not “og”.

    Again, my apologies, and join me in my lamentation for the absence of a post-post edit feature on this blogsite.

    Comment by TCM — July 16, 2007 @ 8:54 am

  7. OMG, this is so awesome! First we get to see “fist ‘o’ fury” action! Then we get so see Kaz getting all smug while showing off his gorilla hairy arms and knuckles to a “swooning” Kelly in the background. She’s looking as if to say “Gee, isn’t my man great, Walter Cronkite/Burt Lancaster/Vincent Price/Hiram Lodge.” I agree that this should go on all summer.

    BTW, what century is Gil Thorp set in? Drunken Lout? Swooning? it sounds like something out an old James Cagney movie. What’s next, is drunky going to come back and call Kaz a “dirty rat?”

    Comment by Regina — July 16, 2007 @ 8:55 am

  8. I think I’m going to have this strip blown up and framed. I realize that things have to go downhill from here (when you’re standing on top of a mountain, every direction is downhill), so I’m just going to savor this delectable strip for a while. I can’t even decide which panel is the best. Panel 1 has maybe the most awesome narration box in the history of the strip. I need to find a way to work “After Bob ejects a drunken lout” into a conversation sometime. Then in panel 2, we have the Adam West-esque Kaz-Action-Punch(tm)! Wow. Look at Kelly’s expression in the background. She’s trying to cover her face with her hands so everyone thinks she’s scared, but we can see that she’s loving every minute of this. And finally, panel 3’s gorilla forearms are truly impressive. Add in Kaz’s hair (back in full effect, now that he’s not being played by Gil anymore), some crazy perspective (where are those arms coming from, anyway? probably not Kaz’s shoulders), and top it all off with Kaz’s awesome boasting line, and we’ve got ourselves a Hall of Fame panel.

    By the way, I don’t remember any “Gorf” in River City Ransom.

    Comment by Cash — July 16, 2007 @ 9:00 am

  9. One more thing. That crazy angle in panel two looks like something out of the old Batman TV show.

    Comment by Regina — July 16, 2007 @ 9:00 am

  10. This is totally making up for the lack of Von Haney this summer.

    Comment by Ennui, Willie Keeler — July 16, 2007 @ 9:29 am

  11. By the way, I don’t remember any “Gorf” in River City Ransom.

    “Gorf” was the name of a 1981 classic Midway arcade game, the first to use synthesized speech.

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 16, 2007 @ 9:30 am

  12. Not only did something happen, it was actually shown instead of being referred to. Remarkable. A first for this strip?

    Comment by Mac Thomason — July 16, 2007 @ 9:42 am

  13. Awesome!

    Another take on the totally botched artwork in Panel 2 is that one might conclude that Kaz has shoved his whole fist down the guy’s throat and is fishing around for some major organs to rip out (accept of course that the OOF! lines around the lout’s head and the flying bottle indicate that this is the moment of impact…oh well, you’ve really outdone yourself this time McLaughlin).

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — July 16, 2007 @ 9:53 am

  14. Watch out Kelly! Kaz is positively swooneriffic in panel three. Or is it swoontastic? Swoonalicious?

    Comment by Tim Goral — July 16, 2007 @ 10:11 am

  15. This could turn into a swoonapalooza…

    Comment by TCM — July 16, 2007 @ 10:13 am

  16. It’s good to know I wasn’t the only one horribly transfixed by Kaz’ hairy, hairy forearms… they are almost as frightening as his hair (which y’all know I’m obsessed with). And how high up is he holding those hairy, hairy forearms? They’re right in front of his face. It makes my shoulders hurt just thinking about it.

    But how totally awesome to get to see something actually happen – AND it was Kaz punching a drunken lout! By the way, it can’t be coincidence that the last bit of that Simpsons sound effect is “KAZ” spelled backwards.

    Comment by jules — July 16, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  17. I hope they recycle the third panel on a daily basis.

    Comment by Stuck Funky — July 16, 2007 @ 11:12 am

  18. I’m still trying to figure out why, given the amount of forearm missing, Kaz’ fist hasn’t come out of the back of the lout’s head.

    Comment by Neil — July 16, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  19. 12: The first since the exploding mailbox, at least. So action is shown in the strip about once every nine months.
    Judging from the position of Kaz’s arm relative to the drunken lout’s face, it looks like Kaz has buried his fist all the way up to the elbow in his face.

    Comment by B — July 16, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  20. Sorry for the threadjack, all, but….Scott: As a fellow rider on the Geezer Bus, I’m wondering whether Gorf really was the first game to use synthesized speech. Did Berzerk come before it? (“Ha ha, humanoid!”)

    Comment by Scott — July 16, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

  21. Other Scott: Wikipedia is ambivalent on the matter, so I’m not sure. Wizard of War is another early syntho-speech game.

    #19: I don’t think we actually saw the exploding mailbox, just the bomb being tossed in.

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 16, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

  22. Whoops, I meant ‘Wizard of Wor’, natch.

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 16, 2007 @ 1:20 pm

  23. So there’s people out there who DO remember the “mail call,” but DON’T remember the “KABOOM!” car explosion/Gil’s head explosion? That was certainly something happening.

    Comment by Cash — July 16, 2007 @ 1:58 pm

  24. Tomorrow’s gets even better! Our friend with (add any old codger’s name here) IS GAIL MARTIN! And she was wearing a wig! Kelly picked up on this immediately, while Kaz was still reveling in Kelly’s swooningness. I hope this Gail Martin story line goes on forever.

    Comment by Regina — July 16, 2007 @ 4:53 pm

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  26. I like the look of utter contentment on Kaz’s face in the last panel. He got to kick someone’s ass, so his world is now complete.

    Comment by brashieel — July 16, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

  27. I wore an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time. 23 Skidoo!

    Comment by Tracer Bullet — July 16, 2007 @ 8:23 pm

  28. Kaz’s ‘missing’ forearm certainly gives a new meaning to the term “fisting”

    Comment by Mooch — July 16, 2007 @ 8:44 pm

  29. Once again in the third panel, I am forced to confront the enigma of Kaz’s earrings head-on. Clearly he’s wearing pearl earrings. Not hoops, not studs, pearls. It’s like somebody told Frank McLaughlin that “hip” guys wear earrings, but didn’t tell him that it didn’t mean his grandmother’s pearls.

    Kelly gave up Von for this? If somebody set me up with a guy wearing pearl earrings, I’d run the other way, fast.

    Comment by AirForbes — July 16, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

  30. Jason, I must disagree with you. I would love to see a panel of Gil Thorp sex. We’d leave comments that say “As far as I can tell from the panel, Kaz’s johnson must be at least as long as his arm” and “Since when are Kelly’s legs shorter than her neck?”

    Comment by Andy — July 16, 2007 @ 11:11 pm

  31. Very good blog, very rich nice pictures and articles, congratulations !!!

    Comment by valentin10 — July 17, 2007 @ 5:27 am

  32. “If somebody set me up with a guy wearing pearl earrings, I’d run the other way, fast.”

    So would I.

    Of course, it’s because I’m a heterosexual male.

    Comment by TCM — July 17, 2007 @ 7:15 am

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