This Week in Milford

July 20, 2007

Puzzle fun Friday!


Hey everyone, it’s Puzzle Fun day!

Panel 1 Puzzle: What’s wrong with this picture?*

If you said “Nobody lifts weights that way, you’re correct! (Partially due to the bizarro angle, but mostly due to the fact Bill’s left hand is resting on top of the bar.)

Panel 2 Puzzle: Based on the information presented, determine where these students live. 

If you saw the Bridgeport Bluefish shirt and said Connecticut…you are wrong! While it’s true there are way too many instances of Milford students getting their clothing from Connecticut dumpsters, the correct answer is “some alternate universe in which modern teenagers would excitedly discuss a recent boxing match.”

Panel 3 Puzzle: Hey kids, complete the confusingly incomplete drawing!

Not only can you draw a phantom leg on Bill, whose stub appears to be shrinking by the minute, you can try to complete the contraption that Gil is working on. Solution: Due to having been punched repeatedly in the head for many years in the army, Gil is now attempting to change the tire on the water fountain.

*Yes, technically, we play this every day with every panel.


  1. That Bluefish shirt is bizarre. The logo is far too large, off-center, and either his left side is freakishly larger than his right, or there’s not enough room for the “H” without wrapping it under his arm.

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 20, 2007 @ 10:30 am

  2. And in the incomplete panel three, you can also draw in the missing crutch that should be on the other side of Bill’s cartoon ham stump.

    Comment by Matt Ramone — July 20, 2007 @ 10:48 am

  3. That BLUEFISH shirt reminds me of Homer’s old “DISCO STU” jacket, where he wanted to write “DISCO STUD” on the back in rhinestones, but ran out of room.

    When I first saw panel 1, I thought Peg-Leg was doing a military press (which is tough with only 1 leg), and the camera was at a crazy angle. Then I noticed the bench and spotter, which seem to indicate a bench press. But Bill’s arms are clearly parallel to his torso, or at least close to it, which means Bill is attempting the rare “Rainbow Press.” And I didn’t notice until Jason pointed it out, but he’s also trying it one-handed. The best-case scenario here is some severely pulled muscles, and the worst case is Bill dropping this giant barbell on his own throat. Too bad there’s no adults around to supervise the weight-lifting and keep Bill from attempting this dangerous and unhealthy exercise.

    On to panel 3. What happened to Bill’s left crutch? We can see the top of it tucked under his armpit, but not the bottom. And it can’t be that his leg is blocking our view, because he doesn’t have a leg! Ha ha! And why is Bill referring to Sean Pettibone as “Coach?” Is that a nickname Sean’s new fraternity gave him? Anyway, this strip suggests we might be in for a boxing plotline, or maybe just a plot where people talk about boxing. That’s not very exciting, but it could potentially lead to a Gil-Army-Boxing-Flashback, which I’d definitely like to see. Still nowhere near the quality of “The Adventures of Kaz!”, but then again, what is?

    Comment by Cash — July 20, 2007 @ 10:56 am

  4. Damn my slow typing! Beaten to the punch by the Ramones’ bass player!

    Comment by Cash — July 20, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  5. Speaking of “The Adventures of Kaz,” last night — just because I could not get enough out of the whole Matrix-Gail Martin thing — I put together a little mini-trailer of “The Milford Matrix” on YouTube. I already posted this in the Comic Curmugeon comments, but I’ll share it here too:

    And if my girlfriend asks what I did last night, tell her I was watching porn; no way I’ll ever admit to making Gil Thorp fan videos. :p

    Comment by ElSanto — July 20, 2007 @ 11:18 am

  6. I am faithful reader of the content of this site but have never posted. That changes today as I have to post my congratulations to ElSanto for the brilliant trailer he has created.

    Kudos to you ElSanto!

    Comment by Dick24 — July 20, 2007 @ 11:45 am

  7. I believe it’s customary to put light-colored printing on a dark t-shirt. You know, as opposed to putting a light-colored block full of dark-colored printing on a dark t-shirt. That is just the oddest t-shirt I have ever seen, and my husband used to have QUITE the odd t-shirt collection, so that is saying something.

    It’s like M.C. Escher drew the picture of Bill in panel 3; the crutch starts out under Bill’s arm, but ends up with Gil over by the water fountain.

    ElSanto – great video!

    Comment by jules — July 20, 2007 @ 12:02 pm

  8. Hahahaha ElSanto, that was awesome! Now if only you could make it into a full length feature. I see DL Jr. made it to the second panel. Is it my imagination or did Bill Ritter’s face change from panel one to panel two? What am I talking about??? This is Gil Thorp, of course it did! In panel three, it looks like Gil is putting himself to sleep with his boring boxing story. We need Clamfake to liven this up.

    Clamfake: “I remember when I coached Joe Louis before his fight with Max Schmelling, I gave him words of advice that I had given a few years ago to Jack johnson…keep your eye on the sight…”

    Comment by Regina — July 20, 2007 @ 12:04 pm

  9. I thought ol’ stumpy lost his leg BELOW the knee. Did gangrene set in during the basketball season?

    Comment by Tim Parry — July 20, 2007 @ 12:19 pm

  10. Blown tire on a drinking fountain? Hah! You have to send the whole thing back to the factory. That’s the trouble with appliances these days; you can’t fix a damn thing yourself.

    Comment by dale — July 20, 2007 @ 12:30 pm

  11. It’s 7:24 on the East Coast and Saturday’s strip is up already.

    Comment by Ennui Willie Keeler — July 20, 2007 @ 4:24 pm

  12. So in tomorrow’s strip, peg leg wants to be a boxer. WTF? Drunken Lout Jr. really wants to say “So Gil, you were always a loser, huh?” I can’t wait for Gil to start looking like Mickey from Rocky. I think that would be much face time for Gil than he’s use to. Training this gimp to box will cut into his daily 9:00AM happy hour time. Either get back to Gail Martin: Martix 4 or get Clamfake in to play the Mickey role for the rest of the story.

    Comment by Regina — July 20, 2007 @ 4:44 pm

  13. the “bill loses his leg” story says he lost the left leg below the knee….BELOW THE KNEE? have you seen that stump? where the frick is this guy’s knee AT?

    Comment by Bob — July 20, 2007 @ 4:45 pm

  14. My first post ever — ElSanto brought me out. Great job!

    I think Bill’s knee must’ve been up his …

    Comment by Jerry Pulver — July 20, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

  15. Below the knee, above the knee, you expect Nick Riviera to worry about such inconsequential details?

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 20, 2007 @ 8:11 pm

  16. The Mystery of Bill’s Leg: He was having such a jolly time after losing his lower leg in the chainsaw accident, making jokes and planning a career as a Paralympic athlete, that he decided to cut off the rest of the leg. If he keeps this up, he’s going to look just like Monty Python’s Black Knight by the end of the summer.

    Since the “H” in “Bluefish” is partially out of frame, I pondered the possibility that it really says “Bluefisk,” which is the title of a song by Misanthrop, an electronica performer from Germany. But then there’s the tiny “BPT.”, which must be a reference to Bridgeport. So yeah, it’s just a very badly drawn fake T-shirt for a minor-league baseball team.

    To be fair to the guys in panel 2, there’s no overt reference to boxing — so they COULD be talking about a UFC match, which is something that teenage boys would actually be interested in. However, I’m hoping that it’s actually boxing, because it could be a sign of the all-time greatest summer plotline. We’ve had the Kazfight in CAFE and now Gil’s passing reference to his boxing prowess… could we be leading up to a Gil vs. Kaz bare-knuckle brawl? That would be just awesome!

    Comment by johnw — July 21, 2007 @ 5:35 am

  17. how did you lose your leg

    Comment by ashleigh — February 28, 2008 @ 5:45 am

  18. […] for free for him. At first I thought he was referring to himself, but then I remembered he was a boxer in the army, not the Marines. Plus, I think he fought in the Spanish-American war. So you should get down […]

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