This Week in Milford

August 18, 2009

Glory Daze

Filed under: Gil Thorp, metapost — jasbeattie @ 10:28 pm



Hey, remember when the writing in this comic didn’t suck? Well yeah, I imagine you’ve probably forgotten that, based on this crap above. Luckily, if you want some old-school Berrill-era Thorpy goodness, another book is available!

Our friend Matt at Take Five Productions writes: “Twenty-five years ago we published our first Gil Thorp® collection celebrating Gil’s silver anniversary and this fall we will celebrate our own silver anniversary with our final Gil Thorp® collection Glory Daze: A Gil Thorp® Graphic Novel. Authored and illustrated by the late, great Jack Berrill, Glory Daze is the story of troubled teen Bitsy Twill and the struggles she faced as she traversed her bumpy road through Milford High School.

“When Jack introduced Bitsy to his readers back in the spring of 1988 he intended for her to be a temporary support character cast as the bad girl foil to straight-laced Abby Andrews, daughter of then Milford assistant coach Tod Andrews. Fortunately for us Jack became interested in Bitsy’s plight and made her the first character to be featured for an entire four-year arc at MHS. Along the way he presented an all-star cast that included Wally Lamb, Chip Jordan, Lenny Hull, Kyle Tatum, Lucas Cobb, Kenny McCord, Nick Austin, and Doug Wylie. These characters, with Bitsy as the common thread, combine to make Glory Daze unique among our Gil Thorp® books as the graphic novel format allows their tale to unfold in its entirety.  Over half of the storylines in Glory Daze are being reprinted for the very first time and those receiving encore presentations benefit from the perspective provided by this format.”

For ordering information, download the order form now!

Also, I guess you can discuss the lame comics above if you are glutton for punishment. (Though I guess if you read this blog, that’s exactly what you are…)



  1. Wow, a single sentence from Ted Pearse has melted the cold, cold heart of Marty DeJong. Fast work, Teddy boy. Gee, if Principal Pearl gets wind of his mad coaching ‘n psychology skillz, she might just start thinking that she’s found a younger, better, and way cheaper replacement for a certain high-seniority Coach Gil.

    Comment by jvwalt — August 18, 2009 @ 11:28 pm

  2. Yeah, but can he handle the tough Milford media (AKA Marty Moon and Marje Whats-her-name?)

    Comment by Ennui Willie Keeler — August 19, 2009 @ 5:07 am

  3. Pearse didn’t handle Moon well as a player, so probably not.

    Comment by billytheskink — August 19, 2009 @ 7:04 am

  4. 8/17 P1 : The way the Chief drew the panel (with the ‘dialog’) it appears Ted had a wardrobe malfunction (wink, wink) and Marty is staring at Mr. Sprinkle.

    Comment by SemperFi4Evr — August 19, 2009 @ 8:03 am

  5. I get the feeling that Rubin finally looked at a calendar and realized that he had to wrap up the summer “plot”, or else football practice will start in October.

    Comment by Philip — August 19, 2009 @ 11:32 am

  6. So Marty’s father went bald and gained weight since we last saw him.

    Comment by rembrandt36 — August 19, 2009 @ 3:02 pm

  7. Bryce Larkin really gets around. A couple days ago he was one of Ted’s disadvantaged youths. Now he’s part of the Marty entourage flashback.

    Comment by Molly Kinsella — August 19, 2009 @ 4:02 pm

  8. I think he’s a Time Traveler Molly.

    BTW Jason, excellent header. And thanks for the links.

    Comment by Gil'sBarber — August 19, 2009 @ 4:52 pm

  9. roy oewalt and lance berkman said marty was the worse guy they ever played with in the minors . he never picked up a tab and they had to ride in the back while some barslut rode up front

    Comment by mr 12 oz can — August 19, 2009 @ 5:35 pm

  10. Looks like Marty went all out for his dad. I think that’s a Chevy Cavalier — America’s most dreaded rental-car-fleet vehicle. So the kid bought a Mustang convertible for himself (I don’t think the Mustang has been cool since about 1968; a 2003 Marty-type would have been more likely to go Escalade) and a plastic-interior’d crap car for his old man. He sure has good taste in wheels.

    Comment by jvwalt — August 19, 2009 @ 8:21 pm

  11. I see it took Marty DeBong a full day to tell Ted what he did with the 60 large. The last panel f the first strip has him saying “Think Marty, what did you do with the cash?”

    Wait a sec..Marty’s dad is Bugs McCoy from the Kalamzoo Kings?

    Damn Molly, you beat me to the Bryce Larkin reference lol.

    Comment by Regina — August 20, 2009 @ 4:58 am

  12. I thought Marty’s dad was Dr. Bunsen Honeydew from the Muppets.

    Comment by Ned Ryerson — August 20, 2009 @ 7:08 am

  13. In the Gil Thorp universe, apparently chain-smoking will make you lose allyour hair and gain a lot of weight, all in the span of a year…

    Comment by billytheskink — August 20, 2009 @ 7:13 am

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