This Week in Milford

June 28, 2011

No, YOU’RE out of order.

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, freak hands, Gil Thorp — jasbeattie @ 6:27 am


..and you’ve made this personal too, Mr. Thorp. You could have given a rat’s ass about this whole issue until Mr. Hobart talked smack about you on the radio. And how’s that absurd restraining order the pizza flipper no doubt took out on you for barging into his apartment and tackling him last year?


No we’re out of patience, Mr. Thorp. Why’d it take you a whole week of grandstand blathering to get to your point that Hobart is an idiot dick? Sure, the citizens of Milford were too stupid to realize this fact on their own, but couldn’t you have wrapped this up a couple of days ago? And now you’re leaving us with one more horrifying up-nostril view and Manos: The Hands of Fate freak hand shot? I can’t believe I’m beginning to miss the sports “action” in this strip.



  1. Hobart can’t handle the truth!!

    At least we didn’t have to see Gil’s giant kneecaps.

    Comment by jules — June 28, 2011 @ 6:28 am

  2. All right, a Manos reference! I mean, gahhh, a Manos reference! Which, speaking of bad movies reminds me, wasn’t Rubin a script consultant for Coleman Francis?

    Is Tolan still getting shelled? Has Molly Kinsella lost a game this season?

    Comment by Dood — June 28, 2011 @ 6:51 am

  3. Sigh, and Neil could have written a different baseball story where the two loser musicians meet, get hot crotches, motivate each other to be better ball players so each team wins their play-downs, combine talents, change their music styles, catch on, and [thanks to Kaz ‘n Gil] become the opening act for the Gail Martin [the doppleganger Carole King] summer tour. But no, instead we got this diarrhitic piffle. Bring on the golf season, H*R*O*N*K!

    Comment by semperfi4evr — June 28, 2011 @ 7:19 am

  4. Gil’s gonna make Hobart run two laps around the golf course. Hronk!

    Comment by Dood — June 28, 2011 @ 8:30 am

  5. Yes, bring on the golf season– maybe Torrid Pines will enliven our summer. This time, Whigrub have really jumped the shark, with Gil ending up in the land of “Harper Valley PTA.” Village quarrels are only interesting if they happen in your own village– we knew that Hobart was a basic jerk-off compensating for god knows what, and that was enough…

    Comment by vaganova — June 28, 2011 @ 9:16 am

  6. Gil’s speech would be a lot more inspiring if he wasn’t the second-biggest dick in Milford. (Hobart’s still #1) Are we really supposed to believe that this weak mess is supposed to change the tide of public opinion? The citizens of Milford were all set for a necktie party with the teachers as guests of honor; now they’re going to go home quietly and accept their property tax increases? Nope, sorry, don’t buy it.

    There’d better be a nice crazy summer storyline coming up, so we can forget this one as quickly as possible.

    Comment by jvwalt — June 28, 2011 @ 10:50 am

  7. Hey y’all, been offline a few days but in a place where GT actually runs in the ink-n-paper comics so current with the plot. Gotta say that the school-budget-slashing-as-Hobart-personal-vendetta was a cheap way out, especially given how this scenario is playing out all around the US. I’ll give Neil this: Buicks are much better cars now than they were just a few years ago. Even the under-65 crowd is starting to check them out again. Hronk!

    Comment by delvaldawg — June 28, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

  8. Has Mimi hired a new poolboy for the summer? Oh wait, Glory Alcala, the Elon grad with elan, is looking for work. Hronk!

    Comment by Dood — June 28, 2011 @ 1:15 pm

  9. jvwalt, I see your point and agree, figuratively, but I also have to point out that Hobart is not the biggest dick in Milford, and that that’s the root of his whole problem. Angry middle-aged white men with finicky mustaches tend to share this.

    No, whew, what am I saying? I guess that I agree that it’s time to move on to summer and whatever completely-out-of-the-blue plot eventuates: Torrid Pines reappears, managing a tanning-and-waxing salon, Mimi runs a shuffleboard tournament to benefit Hobart’s survivors; Dr Pearl, distraught over Hobart’s downfall, takes the pipe and Kaz becomes acting principal. But let’s extend Whigrub some slack (not that we don’t already by continuing to follow this strip whether reassuringly familiar or simply inane.) Most experiments fail: Picasso and Braques proved that a hundred years ago.

    Comment by vaganova — June 28, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

  10. And what have we learned from all this kiddies:
    Never give a man with a sponsored Buick , petty authority of any kind.
    This episode was bought to you by the letters G&T , and the number that Gil can hoist at a bar.

    Comment by exmiscellanea — June 28, 2011 @ 2:51 pm

  11. Looking forward to my favorite strip all year. The one after school ends and before we are introduced to Gil’s summer activities, where Gil and Mimi are making googly-eyes with glasses of lemonade (hard) in their hands. Should run about mid-July.

    Comment by Milfordian — June 28, 2011 @ 3:04 pm

  12. Yes, Milfordian! And they’ll wish “all their friends” a happy summer. I can’t wait myself. That recurring strip used to show the Thorp kids ready to engage in typical summertime frolic (oh, cripe– I forgot we don’t talk about them any more!)

    Comment by vaganova — June 28, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  13. I know! I know! Hobart & Carl Peake’s excellent summer adventure! They’ll meet at a Gail Martin (she’s the rock and roll Carole King!) concert and decide to become Tea Party candidates and run against Rep. Betty Bright and Sen. Pryor! Check it! Count it! Bonk! HRONK!

    Comment by Don, the Rebel without a Blog — June 28, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

  14. In the third 6/28 panel, my Spidey Sense is tingling. Once again, that large hand is drawn as if it’s about to shoot a Spider Man web that will ensnare Hobart and silence him once and for all.

    Who draws Spider Man these days, anyway?

    Comment by J.D. Springer — June 28, 2011 @ 3:27 pm

  15. hobart seeing gils hand do that trick will just run out of the room and where on to the summer story .torrey pine and cassie pizzaflipper are working as escorts under the cold pimp hand o the elusive mrbaskt !!!!!!

    Comment by mr120zcan — June 28, 2011 @ 5:14 pm

  16. Restraining order? Hobart’s want’s Gil restricted to the gym, the locker room, and the athletic fields? WTF?

    Comment by Elmo — June 29, 2011 @ 6:22 am

  17. Hobart will spend the summer waxing his Buick. Hronk!

    Comment by Dood — June 29, 2011 @ 9:38 am

  18. If by “waxing his Buick” you mean “doing community service for violating the terms of his restraining order” then yes, Hobart will wax that Buick.

    Comment by delvaldawg — June 29, 2011 @ 12:24 pm

  19. Manos! I hope followers of this blog are familiar with the MST3K version of this cinematic masterpiece.


    Comment by Richard — June 29, 2011 @ 1:30 pm

  20. They cant even spell ‘school’ right. When does the summer storyline start? When does school end??

    Comment by Rob — June 29, 2011 @ 6:27 pm

  21. And the discussions are postponed til later – after all that, we have NO resolution. Then another gent reference from Gil, a last game, a win on a hit-batsman, and we’re FINALLY off to the summer shenanigans.

    That souind you hear is all the air coming out of the balloon….

    Comment by Rob — July 1, 2011 @ 3:10 pm

  22. And no playdowns yet again? I guess it’s settled that Gil keeps his job via blackmail. Count it! Bonk!

    Comment by delvaldawg — July 1, 2011 @ 3:34 pm

  23. Just when I think this strip can’t get any lamer, it does. We have another straw man villain, and any drama in the sports action is next to nothing. To top it off. Jeff whatshisname gets hit by a batter to win the game (swiped from a SIMPSONS episode. The problem is: he makes no effort whatsoever to avoid the ball. The rules say you have to try to avoid the ball in order to get on first.

    Comment by Doug Puthoff — July 1, 2011 @ 11:22 pm

  24. Speaking of lame: 7/2 panel 2 is cut/paste from 4/25 panel 3.

    Between the story arcs that just peter out and the frequent reuse of art, I gotta wonder whether these guys have ADHD and/or are just going through the motions. Check it? Count it?

    Comment by delvaldawg — July 2, 2011 @ 12:38 pm

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