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.