This Week in Milford

July 15, 2013

Is That A Baby Armadillo On Pops’ Shoulder?

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots — nedryerson @ 5:42 am



Eddie Grant’s business acumen is on full display here. Free subs for life if you destroy a Subwich (some restrictions apply…offer valid for regionally semi-famous retired professional wrestlers only…menu options may vary…surcharge for meat, cheese, bread or toppings may apply….offer not valid in NM, AZ, RI and U.S. Virgin Islands).

So this is going to be an Incredible Hulk situation after all. Herk and Junior Herk will be moving from town to town, guided only by Pop’s unreliable memory of places he’s been before, smacking down local douchebags and being rewarded with free food by local idiots.



  1. We haven’t gotten to the finer details of Grant’s free subs forever offer… it’s transferable to whoever can defeat Pops in a wrestling match at participating Subwich locations.
    Pops and Harry travel across the country to random Subwich locations, while a national advertising campaign invites any and all challengers to locate and fight them.

    New media would explode.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 15, 2013 @ 7:01 am

  2. I like how you think billy.

    Comment by nedryerson — July 15, 2013 @ 7:55 am

  3. Yes Ned, that’s a baby armadillo on Pop’s shoulder… it crawled outta his subwich. Easy to give the geezer free subs forever when you’re stuffin’ ’em with live vermin. Even Pops will remember to steer clear of the place hereafter. I can’t wait to learn where this ‘plot/plop’ will turn next. Will something happen to keep Pops in Mufnrd? I long for the days Gail Martin.

    Comment by semperfi4evr — July 15, 2013 @ 8:09 am

  4. On top of being our resident statistician, Billy is a born promoter. Brilliant.

    Comment by vaganova — July 15, 2013 @ 8:35 am

  5. Eddie Grant’s got a bad case of jazz hands. And see kids? Vigilante justice pays off.

    Comment by Dood — July 15, 2013 @ 8:51 am

  6. The punks called the girl stupid and ugly. They didn’t try to rape her.
    The fight started when Punk1 shoved PopHerk. So why the free subs?

    If Eddie and his brother had been there, would they have told the punks to leave or actually beat them up without any justification?
    Eddie is one of yours, Gil.

    Comment by Dale — July 15, 2013 @ 9:11 am

  7. I love the range Eddie shows from panel 2 to panel 3. Dude goes from bashful gratitude to a look of nearly murderous grimness. By the look on his face and his tightly clinched fist, I truly do believe that he would have to use his ‘Gil get me out of jail free’ card after relentlessly pummeling the life out of ‘those two clowns’.

    Comment by TimP — July 15, 2013 @ 9:25 am

  8. See, I knew I could count on you all to dissect the frustrating lack of logic in this development.

    Comment by nedryerson — July 15, 2013 @ 9:56 am

  9. Today’s strip is a setup for an epic disappointment, even by Gil Thorp standards. If Herk and Pop leave town and we swerve directly into a summer-golf plotline, my (lack of) faith in Neal Rubin will be thoroughly rewarded.

    Comment by John Walters (@johnswalters) — July 15, 2013 @ 11:58 am

  10. Nah, this storyline can’t be over yet. Gil hasn’t gotten either Herc or Herk to do any free coaching for him yet.

    Comment by Scott P. — July 15, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

  11. It would be great if they can arrange a cage match between Subwich’s Pops and Subway’s Jared. Or maybe wrestling in low-fat mayo.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 15, 2013 @ 2:21 pm

  12. How long are they going to show Pops as basically mute with a silly grin? As a really bad and insulting depiction of a sufferer of dementia? In 7/13 panel one, he looks like one of those inflatable clowns that you can punch down and it keeps bouncing back up.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 15, 2013 @ 2:25 pm

  13. OK, Pop Herk may have “overreacted.” But at least is was on the side of courtesy, and of protecting a teenaged girl from further insults by a couple of bullies. Besides, I still crack up laughing at the drawing of punk 2 draped unconscious over the back of that banquette.

    I for one am in favor of extending this story as long as possible, even if it means Gil goes on the grand tour with the Herks, visiting Scranton, Meadville, Lewisburg, Carlisle, Williamsport, and Allentown. Anything to hold off that fucking golf plot.

    Comment by vaganova — July 15, 2013 @ 5:17 pm

  14. “Herk and Junior Herk will be moving from town to town, guided only by Pop’s unreliable memory of places he’s been before, smacking down local doucebags and being rewarded with free food by local idiots.” Oh my God, I would watch this show. Every week. I’d keep old episodes on DVR. I’d buy the complete seasons on DVD/Blu-Ray Digital Copy deluxe editions. Seriously, if GT just evolves into a Moebius strip of this plotline from here to eternity, I, for one, will be ecstatic.

    Comment by bartcow — July 21, 2013 @ 5:48 pm

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