This Week in Milford

August 21, 2008

A taste of his own medicine.

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Neal's friends — jasbeattie @ 9:34 am

Scene: Editorial office of The Detroit News

Neal Rubin puts down his X-Box controller to open up a mysterious overnight package. Inside the box, he finds two incredibly wee discs!

Neal: Weird. It’s just two DVDs from Elmer you, the Gil Thorp reader marked “Kalamazoo Bound” “Reading Your Comic This Summer.”

Jimmy Hughes Neal Rubin watches – and watches -and 90 minutes later…

Elmer You the Gil Thorp Reader: Dude, I figured I’d hear from you. It was Coach Thorp’s Jason from This Week in Milford’s idea. He wanted you to get a feel of a minor league bus trip how laboriously, painfully boring this story is, so I sent you video of me crying while reading the last three months of this strip while desperately yearning for Coach Kaz, Private Investigator.


  1. Jimmy Hughes sitting and intently watching 90 minutes of footage from a bus ride?
    Good Times!

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — August 21, 2008 @ 9:44 am

  2. . . . and he’s doing in my 3rd grade classroom, ca. 1983, what with the Commodore computer and the star-powered car of the future” poster.

    Comment by Dr. "Eat More Cheddar and Drink More Pabst," aka Gil's Dietician — August 21, 2008 @ 9:52 am

  3. Ah – so Elmer WAS shooting out the window the other day! Just not in, you know, an interesting sort of way.

    What the hell is on Elmer’s shirt? I was going to guess “hammer and sickle,” but there’s no hammer. It’s more like “goldfish and sickle.”

    Comment by jules — August 21, 2008 @ 10:01 am

  4. Jason, I couldn’t have said it any better.

    So, Jimmy’s been sitting staring at 90 minutes of barn footage.

    Has El-Mullet joined the Communist Party? I like his “hammer and sickle” tee.

    I like the random thumb in panel one.

    Comment by Regina — August 21, 2008 @ 10:25 am

  5. Wait a minute… do you really think Neal Rubin plays Xbox? I mean … maybe he does, but the image is totally blowing my mind.

    Anyway, I’m getting a huge “Manos: The Hand of Fate” vibe here. You know: the part where, like, 15 minutes is taken up by driving footage of El Paso, Texas. And I’ve driven down I-94 from Detroit to Chicago that runs through Kalamazoo.

    Ooohhh… trees trees farmland trees farmland dear Lord where’s the nearest rest stop and why aren’t there any espresso stands here?!?!?!

    Comment by El Santo — August 21, 2008 @ 10:30 am

  6. Sorry Jules, didn’t read our hammer and sickle reference…great minds we think alike LOL

    Comment by Regina — August 21, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  7. Oohh! Eensy weensy little DVDs! Either that, or giant hands.

    Wait. I know the answer to that one.

    Comment by johnw — August 21, 2008 @ 10:47 am

  8. Aw, hell, I was going to mention “Manos: Hands of Fate” AND the hammer-and-sickle thing (I think it’s a big fish swallowing a smaller fish). As the old saying goes, “Great minds think alike, but they don’t think like ours.”

    Comment by sourbelly — August 21, 2008 @ 11:02 am

  9. Jason FTW!

    Panel 1: Okay, the tiny DVDs are great, but so is Jimmy’s crazed, manic facial expression.

    Panel 2: Wow, Neal must doing product placements now. First he has Jimmy playing XBox, now El-Mer is wearing a shirt with the Halo logo on it (or at least the “O” from Halo).

    Panel 3: Jimmy has a poster of a DeLorean. Sweet.

    Comment by Cash — August 21, 2008 @ 11:09 am

  10. Poor Jimmy with the crazed, manic facial expression was probably thinking, “All right!
    Teeny-tiny Porn (Bondage) DVD’s!”

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — August 21, 2008 @ 11:32 am

  11. It’s nice that Neal Rubin has caught up with the DVD era, but in real life, Elmer would have loaded the video on YouTube and texted Jimmy. Overnight delivery is so 1990s, isn’t it?

    Comment by johnw — August 21, 2008 @ 11:47 am

  12. If the point, which I totally missed, was to dissuade Jimmy from going pro, this has to backfire.
    Why wouldn’t Jimmy want to go on the road with guys who are old enough to buy booze and get him into places he couldn’t go with his own age group?
    Why would Elmopey, even in his most charitable moment, say to Jimmy, “I’ve chosen a miserable life style. Don’t you do it, too.”?

    Comment by dale — August 21, 2008 @ 11:58 am

  13. I’m choosing to believe that minutes 91 – END contain footage of the highjinks we readers haven’t seen this summer. Jimmy just didn’t watch long enough.

    Comment by KarenD — August 21, 2008 @ 12:34 pm

  14. Jimmy’s expression in panel 1 is pure “Porn! Did he really send me porn? Cool!”

    Definitely the old Halo logo on Elmullet’s tee, which brings him right up to 2001.

    I’m more disturbed by Jimmy’s ability to sit through 90 minutes of barns and land and trees and rocks and things. Jimmy’s old man is delusional, or drunk 100% of the time, to think that Jimmy is still college material.

    Comment by julienne — August 21, 2008 @ 12:37 pm

  15. Oooohhhh. It’s Halo. I’ve never played Halo. I’m more of a Mario Kart fan…if there had been a flying blue shell on Elmer’s shirt, I would totally have known what was going on! For once.

    Comment by jules — August 21, 2008 @ 1:22 pm

  16. i wonder how long it tool Elmer to draw that barn on that nice Etch-a-Sketch he sent Jimbo.

    Comment by mooch2 — August 21, 2008 @ 2:16 pm

  17. I’m glad everyone in the strip can come together to crush Jimmy’s dreams. After all, you only get invited to attended Swain Tech once.

    Comment by gwilo — August 21, 2008 @ 3:53 pm

  18. Two DVDs? Or an old school rollerskate wheel? Think about it.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — August 21, 2008 @ 5:31 pm

  19. You old-timers (not me) might remember the 78 RPM records? I never had any – but thats what those look like. I had that speed on my record player,
    and would play some records at that speed to make everyone sound like the Chipmunks.

    Comment by Rob — August 21, 2008 @ 7:04 pm

  20. OMG OMG OMG, look at Friday’s strip! Elmer’s a peeping tom, watching those Ontario kids go roadside!

    Comment by Joseph J. Finn — August 21, 2008 @ 9:19 pm

  21. 2 DVDs for 90 minutes? Really?

    Granting, those are tiny DVDs and all, but still…really?

    Comment by Emptyeye — August 22, 2008 @ 5:24 am

  22. (After reading Friday’s strip) Ahahahaha, let’s point and laugh at the idiot who didn’t read today’s strip before making his wiseass comment.

    …oh wait…it’s me.

    Comment by Emptyeye — August 22, 2008 @ 5:26 am

  23. Rob: Equally amusing was taking a 78 and playing it at 33 1/3. These kids today with their Halos and their Xboxes and their Whatnots don’t know what real fun is.

    Comment by sourbelly — August 22, 2008 @ 7:02 am

  24. Yeah, sourbelly, but I just bought Aerosmith Guitar Hero for the Xbox. Um, for my son. YEEEOOOOOOW!

    No wonder they don’t want me in the PTA.

    Comment by julienne — August 22, 2008 @ 7:37 am

  25. Instead of minidiscs (do they even still use those? I remember using them to film our school newscast way back in the early years of this decade. Technology has to be better now) Jimmy should have received Elmer’s pinky finger with a note that he’ll be receiving Elmer back bit by bit unless he can come up with ransom money. This can either end with Jimmy shrugging it off because if this strip has taught us anything, it’s that life is not worth living outside Milford, or with Gil hocking his plane to save Elmer. Either way: SUMMER MADNESS!

    Neal still could have thrown in some sort of lazy “Stay in school, kids! You’re 45% less likely to have a psychopath hack off your thumb!” message.

    Comment by gaucho — August 22, 2008 @ 8:36 am

  26. […] Gil thinks anyone on earth would be interested in watching some high-schoolers run around in circles for an hour or two? (Well maybe this guy.) […]

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  27. […] (For more edit-yer-own comix, check out this summer o’ 2008 edition!) […]

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