This Week in Milford

December 18, 2013

Don’t Think of a Time Commitment

December 18, 2013

Due to an adverse reaction to some left over barbecue, I’m going to try to be even more brief than yesterday. That in mind, a few thoughts on today’s strip before I crawl back in bed:

Panel one reinforces Winnie the Creep’s domineering nature while also setting up a paradox for his teammates who will likely have their heads explode if they try to comply with his order.

A quick cut to the other Coach Thorp’s office sheds little light other than that apparently tryouts for the varsity teams are on an ongoing basis. Given what happened with the football team this Fall, I have to admit that this is a pragmatic solution. Also, chunky bracelets are apparently de rigueur in Milford fashion these days.

Panel three is another head scratcher. I would suggest that ‘You’re escaping one time commitment.’ is non-idiomatic English at least as it has ever been spoken in North America. I’m too lazy to google it to see if anyone has used that phrase. The fact that Ma Wiley wears her glasses on her forehead at the table and Wynn appears at first glance to be wearing a very poorly drawn tie* only partly draws our attention away from the club hand reaching in from behind Wiley Senior to steal his coffee.

Finally, I’m sure it’s just a trick of perspective and an attempt to fit into the space constraints of print, but the Wiley’s have possibly the smallest dining room table I’ve seen.

* After looking at it a few times, I realized that it is just a black t-shirt peaking through his unbuttoned shirt.



  1. I’m pretty sure Panel 3 is taking place in the school cafeteria. Otherwise why are they eating off of trays?

    Comment by Scott P. — December 18, 2013 @ 4:55 pm

  2. I think that the Wileys are pure class (I actually don’t think that) and that those are placemats. I do like your theory though: Perhaps, now that the Ma (Wanda? Wilhelmina?) and Pa (William? Woodrow?)Wiley have turned to the guvmint to educate their children, they have just become full on moochers of public services and are sneaking free school lunches too.

    Comment by timbuys — December 18, 2013 @ 6:33 pm

  3. I’m not worrying at this point about placemats vs cafeteria trays, or ties vs t-shirts, though these are absolutely our normal concerns at TWIM. I am too absorbed with the breathtaking creepiness of the Wileys to care. This has the makings of the biggest psychodrama in years. Not that it will not be wrapped up in three panels in April and all remaining potential pissed away.

    Comment by vaganova — December 18, 2013 @ 7:03 pm

  4. Lot of squinting going on. At least Mimi seems to be absurdly thrilled to be squinting.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 19, 2013 @ 8:13 am

  5. WHat’s up with the perspective in panel one? I can’t decide if two people are laying on a flat floor, or the feet on the left are levitating with some oddly sloped plane in the background.

    Comment by Ol'Froth — December 19, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

  6. I hear ya, Ol’Froth. Those feet almost earned a tag for ‘Mysterious Objects’ but I couldn’t quite pull the trigger (and thereby win TWIM Blogger Bingo) by including them along with Milford Idiots, Milford Weirdos, Pantheon of Hair, What the Hell is Going on Here?, Hideous Scarfaces, Freak Hands, etc.

    Comment by timbuys — December 19, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

  7. I suppose a darker explaination is that there’s been a hanging.

    Comment by Ol'Froth — December 20, 2013 @ 11:02 am

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