This Week in Milford

December 30, 2013

The Suspense is Killing Me… Or maybe it’s just the inking…

Filed under: basketball, Boredom in Milford, exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon — timbuys @ 1:50 pm

December 30, 2103


I’m sorry to say that there’s not a lot striking my funny bone in today’s strip. I will regretfully note that the artwork – or the inking at any rate – seems a bit off today. Panel one – especially Marty’s blazer – has some fairly inconsistent weighting while the depiction of Gil in panel three somehow appears to have been done in the style of Frank Bolle when he briefly illustrated the strip.

Aside from that, I got nothing. I noticed Billy chiming in on yesterday’s comments regarding the various towns who have gotten rather creative in their attempts to psychologically damage emotionally vulnerable adolescents. Perhaps he might give us a quick scan of the xls file to see whether there have been any games – openers or otherwise – previously recorded between Milford and St. Fabian’s…

Fun fact: Saint Fabian was an early pope who was supposedly elected after a dove landed on his head. It’s no Jay-bird Fowler reincarnated as a peacock, but I guess we’ll take what we can get on a slow day such as this.


  1. It really is a slow day, and timbuys is right about the substandard drawings. Let’s admit it, the artwork has been pretty good the past couple of years, after a period when 90% of our snarking involved the drawings (curb your shortstop!) thus today’s stands out. Gil looks like the John Lone character from “Iceman.”

    For me the most remarkable panel is the first, in which Marty appears… organized and prepared, without Thorazine or anything.

    Comment by vaganova — December 30, 2013 @ 10:50 pm

  2. Okay I gotta admit I haven’t been reading GT religiously (pun intended) over the years but has St. Fabian’s been a Milford thing over the years? If so why haven’t we heard more about it, like the Mudlarks playing them in multiple sports, transfer students bringing mad skills and Catholic guilt to Gil’s rosters, etc.?

    Comment by teenchy — December 31, 2013 @ 8:18 am

  3. This is the first contest between Milford and St. Fabian’s in any sport in the history that I have on record.

    Back when Jerry B. Jenkins was writing the strip, the Mudlarks played another Catholic school that was implied to be located in or around Milford, St. Joseph. During the 2002-2003 school year, Milford lost a football game and won a boy’s basketball game and two baseball games against St. Joseph.
    In 2009, the Lady Mudlark softball team opened the season with a win over the so-called St. Mark’s Spartans.

    The first appearance of St. Fabian’s, I believe, was in the summer of 2004. A St. Fabian’s student at the time, Andre Hamm played on Bill Coleman’s Lane City rec league fast pitch softball team (the team that discovered Coach Kaz when he was still a sleeveless umpire). Hamm later transferred to Milford and incurred the wrath of the entire baseball team by cheating at poker.

    St. Fabian’s is also the alma mater of golf wunderkinds Torrey and Kemper Peake.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 31, 2013 @ 8:44 am

  4. Thank you, Billy! You never cease to amaze.

    Comment by timbuys — December 31, 2013 @ 10:34 am

  5. Damn, Billy. How far back does your meticulous recordkeeping go? I have a couple of characters from the sixties I am curious about…

    Comment by vaganova — December 31, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

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