This Week in Milford

April 26, 2008

KAZ-BOT’s alright for fighting

Filed under: kaz-bot — jasbeattie @ 10:00 am

Jason has left the safe confines of the blog-o-sphere for a few days. In his absence the recently paroled automatic Gil Thorp blogging robot KAZ-BOT will be filling in! 

KAZ-BOT works even harder at not working on Saturdays.



  1. (1) A hand emerges from Elmer’s drink, and Elmer’s hands become huge… (2) Elmer’s eyes turn white – he gets his huge hands from his mother’s side of the family… (3) half of Armando’s face turns black.

    Comment by Thorpnotized — April 26, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  2. If I had any faith in Neal Rubin’s narrative gifts, I’d suspect that he is setting up a dual-purpose return of the Social Services lady who briefly visited Andrew Gregory’s house. She’ll come back to arrest Marty Moon for impersonating a parent, AND bust the whole Vargas clan for being illegal immigrants. Leaving Gil feeling even worse about the fact that he knows nothing about his players’ personal lives.

    But I don’t have any faith in Rubin’s narrative gifts. Instead, I have to assume that this plot development will stretch on far too long and then resolve itself in an unsatisfying blur of unrelated panels.

    Say, is Elmer drinking Lone Star Beer with a straw?…

    Comment by johnw — April 26, 2008 @ 11:11 am

  3. Also, despite Elmer’s interest in the U.S. Army (note that nalgene in panel 1), he can’t enlist due to his illegal immigrant status. The reason they chose to settle in Milford was because the Social Service lady was so easily thwarted. She probably took them at their word when Armando said they said they had green cards.

    Comment by Tim O'Shenko — April 26, 2008 @ 11:25 am

  4. Original text for panel three:
    “Ahora? Sheesh!”

    Comment by Striker — April 26, 2008 @ 2:31 pm

  5. The Brak Show comparison is holding up so far vis Senior Vargas. Only a Cuban band leader would dress to the nines while his son drinks some crappy domestic in a can through a straw and makes some sort of performance incentive bargain about traveling to Ecuador with Brendan Zollar.

    Tell hem Armando, he must know the truth. Tell him about our past lives as itinerantcircus folk, about his birth in a traveling show-a-ow! Spill the frijoles already to preening Rotary Club schmoe!

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — April 26, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  6. In panel one, it looks like Elmer’s face has been smashed between to microscope slides. In panel two, he’s developed gigantism of the lower jaw. In panel three, I can’t help but think Dad’s real dialog is “I may not have seventeen inch claws, but when I grip you, you know that you have been gripped!” (Yes, I too am getting a real Brak Show vibe here.)

    Comment by Sourbelly — April 26, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  7. Two hits?! In a nine-inning high school game? WTF?

    A very good high school baseball player should hit .750 or .800; an average player around .600.

    Assuming he walked twice, then Elmer probably hit .500 at best. Tell Elmer to get better hacks before he thinks of taking off for South of the border.

    Comment by bevo — April 26, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

  8. I’m just fanscinated with Senor Vargas’ bottom overbite in panel three. He looks like John Bottomtooth from Family Guy. I’m happy that Chief Whighamhas continued the tradition of bizarre claw like hands that pop in and out of the panels for no apparent reason.

    I wonder if that guy that was talking to Gil at the Rotary Club about immigrants will be back to talk to Gil about people sneaking into this country (or in Elmer’s case, sneaking into this planet). As usual, Gil, who planned to get more involved with his team, is as clueless and as invisible as ever.

    Comment by Regina — April 27, 2008 @ 5:04 am

  9. Oh yea, I forgot to mention Elmer’s W.C. Field nose in panel one.

    Comment by Regina — April 27, 2008 @ 5:06 am

  10. Of course he has a WC Fields nose. He’s horking down tall boys to get through homework and endure his dad’s insanely exaggerated accent. (Yes, I too hear Brak’s dad.)

    Comment by julienne — April 27, 2008 @ 8:46 am

  11. Two hits?! In a nine-inning high school game? WTF?

    Not sure what you mean — he’s talking about two home runs.

    Comment by Scott de B. — April 27, 2008 @ 8:59 am

  12. Why does Armando suddenly look like Don Corleone in panel two in particular?

    Also, I suddenly have those Corona Light radio commercials in my head. You know, “Armando says no!”

    Comment by Emptyeye — April 27, 2008 @ 10:22 am


    …who are you, and what have you done with Gil Thorp?

    Comment by Reynard Noir — April 27, 2008 @ 6:30 pm

  14. Emptyeye, I’m with you. If Armando doesn’t look like Don Corleone in the Godfather, who does? Its a wonder he won the Business man of the year award… Go Vito

    Comment by kenzo — April 28, 2008 @ 5:52 am

  15. Shawon Dunston, drafted #1 in the 1982 draft, batted .700 his senior
    year of high school. I recall telling this to my dad, who responded, “What were they throwing, underhand?” The top HS players hit maybe .500, .450. Anyone who hits .750, .800 is a parttime player at best.

    Comment by RobM — April 28, 2008 @ 5:45 pm

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