This Week in Milford

December 3, 2007

Meanwhile, two months too late…

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Coach Kaz, football, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon — jasbeattie @ 8:41 am



At first, I was moderately intrigued by these comics…the Valley Tech “teens” are actually being insulting, using the word ‘gimp’ properly, and seem to know slightly more about the Milford team besides the score of their games (Perhaps they’ve been reading this strip?). Meanwhile Marty Moon has villainously latched on to the Cully story and is showing signs of not being in a coma.

Then I realized: What the hell took so long for all these things to happen? This stuff all would have seemed a lot more timely if this was October rather than December. And now they’re not even going to run the Wing-T for another week? Wow, how sucky. It’s moving at the speed of Brent Raptor slogging through Jell-o around here. (Maybe he can eat his way out for everyone’s sake.) Grumble.

I feel like I’ve been kinda down on everything lately, so to mix it up, I’ll point out something I actually do like in each panel (and some questions to ponder): 

Panel 1: I’m always amused by the Bataan Death march shot after a loss. But where’s the confetti?
Panel 2: Hooray for those big fluffy milkshakes! Or are they very tall cupcakes with straws?
Panel 3: Great detail is paid to those curtains! (Why are there never blinds in resturaunts? Does the Curtain Lobby have a stronghold on the Thorpiverse?)
Panel 4: Kaz reading with his eyes shut again…and talking like a total weirdo! So, um, why is Gil teaching them a scheme that they will end up using in one game once?
Panel 5: The stage for the predictable showdown is now set! Will it be as predictable as I suspect? That is: Milford embarrases the Valley Tech weirdos to win their second game of the year. Yawn. Or can there please be a twist? Like Cully twists the spine of Rob Riggle ’til his head pops off?
Panel 6: As previously stated, Marty Moon being Marty Moon for the first time in way too long is kinda nice. And I dig his weird lair filled wiht discarded pizza boxes and his old Connect-4 game. Can Marty cause some belated trouble? And will he discover Gil’s hit placed on him in time?
Panel 7: There is no panel 7. You’re still reading this?


  1. Actually in #6 it looks like Marty has the M-5 Multitronic Computer on the right:

    Comment by jwright — December 3, 2007 @ 9:47 am

  2. Aargh! Stupid comment software appended the period to the end of the URL. Try instead.

    Comment by jwright — December 3, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  3. Gil clearly has grasped one tenet of high-school coaching. It’s fine to go 2-10 as long as one of the two victories is against your rival.

    Comment by B — December 3, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  4. Kaz can read with his eyes shut…but it’s bad for his hat, and makes his eyebrows get red hot.

    Comment by jules — December 3, 2007 @ 10:51 am

  5. I’m pretty excited that Ming the Merciless has stepped in for Marty Moon in panel 6 . . . you’d think they’d use the voice-in that soap operas use in these situations when an actor/actress goes into the Betty Ford Clinic: “Ming the Merciless will play the role of Mrty Moon today.”

    Comment by Ry — December 3, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  6. Looks like Marty Moon’s been on Google.

    Comment by AirForbes — December 3, 2007 @ 11:11 am

  7. The sad thing is, Gil Thorp used a slang word properly for the first time ever, and the syndicate will get barraged by letters and telegrams and person-to-person calls from shut-ins scandalized by the word “gimp.” I’m sure the presence of an honest-to-god long-haired hippy freak like Gail Martin already gave them the vapors.

    The good news is, when Cully goes apeshit and kills Marty Moon for outing his juvenile record in the local media (seems like their should be some sort of liability on his part for that), Gil will take the blame, seeing as he was so damn clever in making sure there was a witness to his putting out of the hit.

    Comment by Flealick — December 3, 2007 @ 12:47 pm

  8. I see Sylvester Stallone is making a cameo appearance in panel one in front of Cullystein…or is it shape shifting Mitch? I think this isthe first time we ver saw Fankencully in a game!

    I love the evil look of glee on Marty Moon’s face as he tells all 25 of his listeners of FrankenCully’s demented past.

    I said this on Saturday, but I’ll say it again. I love in panel two that the Valley Tech “boys” are talkng about what losers Milford are when they’re bigger losers than Milford could ever be…losers discussing losers. I thnk Ron Riggle had some botox done to his face. He looks about 25, instead of his usual 40.

    I think those cupcakes with straws are suppose to be poorly drawn frappaccinos…on secnd thught, they probably cupcakes with straws. I doubt Starbucks is in Milford unless they’re under the guise of COFFEE SHOP.

    Comment by Regina — December 3, 2007 @ 12:58 pm

  9. Despite their ability to memorize football jargon like “trap,” “counter,” and “sweep,” I see tough times ahead for the ‘Lars in their upcoming tilt against the Valley Tech Pranksters.

    I base this prediction not only on Kaz’s blind faith in the power of vocabulary, but also on the fact that in panel two that (a.) the QB is trying to hold onto the back’s jersey so as to slow him down and (b.)their blocking back is running in the oppositie direction.

    It is amazing that nobody tripped over the little “12/3” in the middle of the action.

    Comment by Ry — December 3, 2007 @ 1:08 pm

  10. I know panel five has been recycled…anything else?
    Also, not to be picky, but I the Mudlarks practiced in “M” shirts…not numbers.

    Comment by john b — December 3, 2007 @ 2:21 pm

  11. OK, once and for all, is it Valley Center or Valley Tech?

    Comment by sourbelly — December 3, 2007 @ 2:55 pm

  12. We give Marty too much credit if we assumed he learned about Cully through the Google. More likely, Elfboy and company ratted out their boy, leading to the moral that there is no honor between thieves. Either that or it’s all wishful thinking on my part since I want to see Elfboy again.

    Also, I cannot look at Panel 2 of Saturday’s strip and not think that Riggle isn’t letting out the dorkiest sounding laugh imaginable. I’m guessing it sounds something like Eddie Murphy’s old laugh, only a little more high pitched.

    Comment by El Santo — December 3, 2007 @ 3:29 pm

  13. That shadowy figure in the window behind Marty is creeping me out. Perhaps it’s … DEATH! Oo-ee-oo.

    Comment by Ivan — December 3, 2007 @ 3:56 pm

  14. All those players in panel 1 look like they’re about to throw up. Maybe the confetti all those other times was actually anti-nausea medicine. Also, this is a road loss, I thought it was just a tradition to throw confetti at home losses.

    In panel 4, is Kaz wearing eye shadow? Maybe he shouldn’t be allowed in the boys’ locker room.

    In panel 5, what the hell is #14 doing? I think his torso is on backwards.

    Comment by Wikitorix — December 3, 2007 @ 4:46 pm

  15. I mean really why doesn’t Marty name names. Someone convicted of felon on the football team? Why I wonder who it might be…Bill Ritter? No, we would have seen that in our local newspaper. Maybe a new quiet kid from out of state that just recently moved here…no one fits that profile but Cully Vale and he seems like a nice gentle giant who likes to practice wrestling moves on his friends, not a killer..

    Comment by Mister Falcon — December 3, 2007 @ 6:01 pm

  16. So, is Marty supposed to be a journalist of some sort? Everyone knew this weeks ago. Hey, Marty, did you know Babe Ruth is dead too?

    Comment by PRiverside — December 3, 2007 @ 7:07 pm

  17. OK, once and for all, is it Valley Center or Valley Tech?

    Valley Center is the town, Valley Tech the high school.

    Comment by Scott de B. — December 3, 2007 @ 9:13 pm

  18. No, if there’s one thing I’ve learned in the year I’ve been reading Gil Thorp, it’s that stories never have any form of predictable conclusion. I think the plan is that Valley Tech will defeat Milford so badly they decide it would be more worth their time to vandalize Jefferson next year.

    Comment by Andy — December 3, 2007 @ 10:05 pm

  19. Valley Center is the town? … the pits, the abyss, the gaping —

    Comment by dale — December 4, 2007 @ 1:10 am

  20. The 12/4 contributor of They’ll Do It Everytime comes from Milford, Connecticut.

    Comment by Andy — December 4, 2007 @ 2:08 am

  21. FINALLY! Marty Moon is back on the sauce! But, as Jason pointed out, it’s about 2 months too late to save football season. Someone should tell Neal that when you’re already over a month behind, you shouldn’t be starting new subplots.

    I love the fact that Coach Kaz has been depicted reading with his eyes closed several times now. The last time was one of the Valley pranks, and I believe he also blind-read one of Gail Martin’s hate notes. This time, given the bizarre way he’s speaking, it sounds like he’s doing his “The Great Kaz-ini” character. There’s just 2 problems: He forgot to open the envelope before saying the punchline (“The Wing-T basics are sinking in), and the punchline isn’t remotely funny.

    Comment by Cash — December 4, 2007 @ 5:16 am

  22. Scott de B: Well, that makes sense. But, were I to pick nits, I’d say the school should be called Valley Center Tech. But I won’t.

    Comment by sourbelly — December 4, 2007 @ 9:03 am

  23. I thought #14 in panel 5 was doing a kinda catwalk strut to distract the other team.

    Comment by ScooterAl — December 4, 2007 @ 10:04 am

  24. […] Gil trotting out the Wing-T in 2007, also late in the season? (Hint: It was right after you called out Cully Vale as a convicted killer.) From the sound of it Milford may have practiced the Delaware […]

    Pingback by Gil’s Intrigued: The Rest of Us Are Bored | This Week in Milford — December 5, 2020 @ 5:39 pm

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