This Week in Milford

August 16, 2007

Bobby C plays with his electro-gizmo-whatcha-ma-thingie

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Milford Idiots, Pantheon of Mysterious Objects — jasbeattie @ 12:42 pm


So the question of the day is of course: What the hell is Bobby C waving around? Is it:

A) A remote control time machine that he uses to travel back and forth from the 1970s.
B) What Frank McLaughlin thinks an iPhone looks like.
C) An automated drug-related assault machine (for when you want to commit drug-related assualt, but just don’t have time to stand up.)
D) The control to his new invisible forcefield he’s purchased to protect himself from KAZ PUNCHES!
E) Something to do with moustache grooming.
F) Insert your awesome theory here: ________

What else? Well, we already knew that Kaz is an idiot, but it seems that Bobby C realizes it too and doesn’t want to tell him anything. And apparently Kaz’s attempts at diplomatic questioning have failed miserably, so he’s off to cry to Kelly about it (while also shopping at the Discount Wicker and Slat Mart). Kelly reminds him that he is an idiot. And since she wants to keep ol’ Bob out of town for as long as possible while she figures out how to turn on her computer, she subtly suggests that he should start smashing the band’s computer equipment out of sheer jealosy. How much longer can Kaz stay on the case without resorting ot violence? Will his next step be to buy a $700 laptop? Only time will tell!



  1. It’s his bamboo-necked bass tuner.

    Comment by Anonymous Novelist — August 16, 2007 @ 12:45 pm

  2. Kelly still has her “corsage” that she was wearing at DINER.

    Comment by Dick24 — August 16, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

  3. Could it be that Bobby C. is actually U2’s The Edge in a hairpiece?

    Comment by Salamandre — August 16, 2007 @ 1:02 pm

  4. ALSO: Kaz may be the only one traveling without a laptop, but he’s the only one traveling with a printer!!!

    Comment by Anonymous Novelist — August 16, 2007 @ 1:04 pm

  5. Holy crap, how is Bobby C the voice of sanity? Everyone else is going along with Gail’s nonsense whim of bringing Kaz along, but Bobby is the only one willing to say that the emperor isn’t wearing any clothes. It’s like Neal Rubin realized just how insane and preposterous this whole thing is in some blinding epiphany and decided to write his own self-loathing into the strip.

    Jason, B and C made me laugh so hard I almost spit out my coffee at work. When one of my co-workers asked me why I was laughing, I somehow managed to refrain from blurting out “drug-related assult machine!”

    Oh, have you guys seen the creator description of Neal Rubin over at I can’t tell if it’s self-deprecating or the work of some disgruntled intern tired of Neal spending maybe ten minutes a day writing dialogue before hitting the front nine and the clubhouse.

    Comment by Matt Ramone — August 16, 2007 @ 1:15 pm

  6. At first glance, it appears to be a TV remote. But Bobby C’s mesh sunglasses give me pause. Is it a device for contacting his insect overlords?

    Comment by sourbelly — August 16, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

  7. Hmmm… It looks like my Comcast Digital remote. My theory is that Frank actually had Bobby C flippin’ the bird, then at the last minute realized that the censors probably wouldn’t allow it. In a panic, he was searching around his coffee table/drawing desk to see what would make a suitable replacement. This, by the way, also explains the glass of water from the previous strip.

    Alternate theory: A replica ST:TOS tricorder. Bobby C is a Trekkie.

    Comment by El Santo — August 16, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  8. That’s gotta be a tricorder. Why else would Bobby C. be holding it at that bizarre angle? He’s scanning Kaz for signs of intelligence. Actually, how do we know it’s Bobby C. holding it at all? You can’t say for sure that the hand/claw holding it is attached to Bobby, and there’s plenty of space for someone to be hiding under Bobby’s eye-level desk. Why is Bobby C.’s desk at eye level, anyway? And where the hell is Kaz supposed to be in Panel 2? We know he’s on the road, so it can’t just be someone’s backyard, and I’ve never seen a hotel with a courtyard like that. This strip is so confusing!

    At least one thing is straightforward: Kelly is possibly as stupid as Kaz. If the notes are all print-outs, then you need to carry around a printer to print them out. If you don’t have a printer on you, then you have to go find a printer to print out your Personal Attacks. And since whatever printer you find is probably attached to a computer that has some sort of word processing software, you don’t need to even get your laptop involved.

    Ooh, I just got a great idea! What if Kaz decides to hack into everyone’s laptop to see if there’s a file called Personal Attacks.doc? That would make my day.

    Comment by Cash — August 16, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  9. Yeah, it’s a remote, but since Bobby C is rapidly turning into an Original Series Klingon, I’d like to think it’s a tricorder.

    Comment by Mac Thomason — August 16, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

  10. “Fascinating, Captain. I’m sensing signs of oxygen consumption through the mouth, but the tricorder is not registering any brainwaves other than ‘KAZ SMASH!'”

    Comment by Matt Ramone — August 16, 2007 @ 1:41 pm

  11. What I think is in Bobby C’s hand is a remote to make Kaz’ Junior G man ass disappear back to Milford. I love the way Bobby C told Kaz what a tool he is and basically to F**k off…it made my afternoon…Panel two is a recycled panel from 07/25…total laziness from our artist. That cell phone Kaz is holding looks like a giant band-aid. I was also going to mention that Kelly still had her vase/corsage that she pilfered from CAFE.

    Comment by Regina — August 16, 2007 @ 2:44 pm

  12. Sorry, the recycled panel is from 07/26. It appears that Bobby C.’s handheld thingamajig transported him back to his backyard, hence the explanation for the recycled panel and not due to McLaughlin’s laziness.

    Comment by Regina — August 16, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

  13. Cash: Kaz’ idea of “hacking into a computer” would most likely involve ramming his fist through the monitor. Which, come to think of it, would be a highly entertaining development.

    Panel 2 appears to depict Kaz in his backyard. I’m not going to pore through the archives to check, but he pretty much had the same patio furniture ‘n stuff. Maybe there was a break in Gail’s tour, or a few gigs got cancelled (“Sorry, Gail, we’d only sold four tickets for the Sioux Falls show”).

    And I see that Kelly still has that flower arrangement she stole from CAFE. Apparently they are fake flowers, since they still look just as good as they did a month ago.

    Comment by johnw — August 17, 2007 @ 4:43 am

  14. It’s his crackberry.

    Comment by Elmo — August 17, 2007 @ 7:31 am

  15. It’s the remote control for Gort the robot.

    Comment by jwright — August 17, 2007 @ 1:01 pm

  16. E: It’s an insulin-checker.

    Comment by jailbird — August 17, 2007 @ 1:13 pm

  17. Never mind what he’s holding, look at his huge, pointed, vampire fingernails!

    Run Kaz Run!

    Comment by Reynard Noir — August 17, 2007 @ 3:07 pm

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