This Week in Milford

July 29, 2008

Help Wanted!

Filed under: baseball, metapost, Pantheon of Hair — jasbeattie @ 11:04 am

Jeez. This is so absolutely boring and pointless I’ll just ignore it and discuss something else I’ve been meaning to mention:

Help Wanted at ‘This Week in Milford’!
You may have noticed that there is a swell link to the right called Milford Pantheon of Hair. I’ve always meant to add more characters…(especially from the Frank McLaughlin era) but due to some combination of laziness and lack of time, this poor page has been terribly neglected. But since I know it could be top-quality if given a little love, I thought I’d ask you, the readers for help! So I’m looking for a new owner of this special page. If you have the time and interest, you could be the keeper of this fine archive…earning you the privilege of updating it whenever you damn well please, since that’s way more than I do now.

But why would I want to do that?
For all the fame, fortune and glory that comes with being associated with this blog, of course.

OK, that’s a great reason. So how do I apply for this glorious unpaid position?
Just send a short (paragraph or two) hilarious (so…unlike my writing) e-mail nominating your favorite character who deserves to be in the Pantheon.

How will I know if I get this fabulous opportunity?
Probably if you actually bother to reply, you have a damn good chance. Any runners up all win the right to not have to do anything further.

Will you discuss the comic tomorrow?
Depends if they waste another day doing nothing but introducing more Kalamazoo Kings.


  1. “Reid Wheeler’s just a grump. And don’t be surprised if we don’t bother to learn your name. We’ve seen too many fresh-faced kids, all pumped and ready for action, get mowed down out there. If you’re still alive in two weeks, then come talk to us.”

    Comment by Scott de B. — July 29, 2008 @ 11:46 am

  2. Panel 3: Is it me, or is the netting or whatever that’s supposed to be surrounding the batting-cage-esque thing just kind of floating there, INSIDE of the frame that would ostensibly be supporting it?

    Comment by Emptyeye — July 29, 2008 @ 11:51 am

  3. That’s a pretty awesome looking batting cage. I’m not even kidding. I’m just surprised to see something well drawn in a Gil Thorp strip.

    Comment by El Santo — July 29, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  4. If I wasn’t reading hundreds of comics every day I might think about helping out! Good luck with your search. If the Kalamazoo Kings could find a hispanic outfielder to satisfy their workplace diversity requirements, I’m sure a Milford assistant isn’t far behind for you!

    Comment by Bryce — July 29, 2008 @ 12:01 pm

  5. Today’s Grumpy Catcher is played by special guest George Reeves, the original Superman.

    I think it’s rather ominous that we’re being introduced to all theses Kalamazoo characters. It could mean another month of this crap.

    Comment by sourbelly — July 29, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  6. I think we’re definitely being set up for a summer storyline about the endlessly fascinating Kalamazoo Kings, that washed-up collection of has-beens and never-wases playing out the string for twenty bucks a day. Their only joy in life is tormenting the rookies — especially the illegals who can’t complain to the authorities. I think that’s the best we can hope for this summer: The Hazing of Elmullet.

    Comment by jvwalt — July 29, 2008 @ 12:31 pm

  7. Say it ain’t so jvwalt!

    BTW, I guess Neal’s in his glory having a stellar opportunity for infinite name-dropping, much to our dismay.

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — July 29, 2008 @ 12:39 pm

  8. I read this strip while driving to Greenville, SC and thought the catcher’s name was “Pretty Frosty Zeno”, which I thought was a helluva lot better name than whatever the hell his name is.

    I also think random amusing panel of the moment needs a new intern, and I know who may be interested.

    Comment by southmauldin — July 29, 2008 @ 1:08 pm

  9. wow. Reid Wheeler. That’s one kickass pornstar name, if ever I have heard one.

    Comment by Mooch — July 29, 2008 @ 1:13 pm

  10. Of course I had to google Ried Wheeler and to my dismay, he’s a dead guy and not one of Neal’s friends…but then, when has that ever stopped him from name dropping.

    I do see the George Reeves resemblence, sourbelly…I was also thinking if this guy is so old looking and still on a farm team, isn’t it time to go out and get a real job?

    Comment by Regina — July 29, 2008 @ 4:11 pm

  11. Someone at the Comics Curmudgeon mentions this news item on the Kalamazoo Kings website:



    Check in for the daily cartoon @

    Writer Neal Rubin and the Kalamazoo Kings have teamed up for a summer long storyline in the Gil Thorp cartoon series. Starting July 19th, the Kings arc will begin featuring real life characters General Manager Joe Rosenhagen and Field Manager Fran Riordan.

    The storyline revolves around a high school player who joins the Kings as a way to avoid deportation. Once with the team, the story will focus on the physical and mental grind that comes with the daily rigors of independent baseball; from living with a host family to the social adjustment of playing with men in their mid-twenties to the overnight bus rides around the Frontier League.

    So I guess this has been planned for a while and it does seem to be THE summer storyline, which I sorta resigned myself to already. Oh boy, I can’t wait for the overnight bus rides! (But what about Jimmy Hughes and his emergance as a supervillian? That storyline will surely be left to die on the vine.)

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — July 30, 2008 @ 8:35 am

  12. Sorry, I tried to italicize the item (from the date to Frontier League) to set it apart but I failed at tags.

    The last paragraph was mine.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — July 30, 2008 @ 8:38 am

  13. You know it’s amazing to me that whoever runs this blog finds it necessary to be such a negative little twit! If you don’t like the strip, don’t read it or publish about it. That ever cross your mind? And for all those negative little participants, especially the mega-moron name sourbelly, well I guess the best message is “get a life, boy”.

    Comment by Bob — August 8, 2008 @ 4:52 am

  14. […] week I put out a ‘Help Wanted’ sign in the window, as I’d been neglecting the Milford Pantheon of Hair for some time. And […]

    Pingback by Introducing This Week in Milford’s new Keeper League! « This Week in Milford — August 9, 2008 @ 8:01 am

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