This Week in Milford

May 1, 2014

Who Are Those People In Panel Three?

Filed under: actual action, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 9:52 am

May 1, 2014


First thing’s, first: If you haven’t read Billy’s ode in the comments for yesterday’s post, please go read it now. It makes the usual slapdash sniping I do here in the posts look even more half-assed than usual.

Panel one: Have I mentioned I don’t know anything about softball? I have? OK, good. Can someone please explain to me why Amy, Amy Lange is standing so far up in the batter’s box? I don’t think we can attribute this to an attempt to show perspective.

Panel two: I don’t need to understand much about softball to know that if you dive at a sixty degree angle to the path of the ball, you ain’t gonna make the play.

Panel three: As noted in the title, who are these mystery people? I’m guessing that, without any other clues, the guy on the left is probably named Awesome Pickens and everything that happens to him is somehow suggestive of awesomeness. I would’ve thought the girl in the middle was Amy, Amy Lange, but where are her freckles? And, that dude on the right? Let’s see: Tonsure? Tousled forelocks? Why, hello, Keegan! Long time no see!



  1. Sorry I didn’t pick up the ball (pun intended) and post this one.

    P1 is completely whacked – there’s no batter’s box to speak of, at least not one marked off as traditionally done in softball and baseball.

    I get the perspective in P2 – it’s probably the RF playing Amy too far to center and the ball dropping to her left (and closer to the first base line). I’m not sure if she’s diving toward the ball, sliding away from it, or falling to her knees because she expected the ball to drop closer to her than it did. The whole 60-degree angle of the ball’s arc to the RF’s supposed direction of travel is confusing though.

    I thought Amy had been replaced in P3 by Oona Goosepimple from the strip “Nancy.” Keegan is so shocked by the appearance of these impostors he’s about to break the fourth wall with the contents of his 45-degree-angled tray.

    Comment by teenchy — May 1, 2014 @ 10:59 am

  2. Can we quit bitching about perspective? in this case about Keegan’s tray (whoo, sorry, I was ducking that upended burger, which barely cleared the top of my head.) It takes most art students until age seventeen or eighteen to master perspective– what do you want?

    And let’s not hear any sniveling either about Amy (Lange’s) face transplant. No freckles? Entirely different facial shape? Hey, it’s Thursday, and shapes shift in Mfnrd.

    But I am entirely on board with Amy (Amy LANGE’S) concern for Kasey. If I had unexpectedly driven in the winning runs after my teammate got ejected for telling the umpire to go fuck himself, I’d be focused on my ejected teammate too.

    Comment by vaganova — May 1, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

  3. Vag: Given how many times we’ve seen characters here with real-life face models, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to expect those characters to stay on-model. There are enough photos of sports action to get the perspective right as well.

    All that aside, the artwork has improved leaps and bounds from the past. This story arc has been a good one as well – much less hokey than the basketball and last year’s baseball arcs. So what’s to snark? Gil and Mimi’s “coaching”?

    Comment by teenchy — May 1, 2014 @ 5:28 pm

  4. Some players stand farther up in the batters box so they can hit a breaking ball before it breaks, so to speak. You’re allowed to stand anywhere in the box as long as your completely in the box, but some players will stretch the boundaries a bit as long as they get away with it. With Amys slow bat, she should be back as far as possible, giving her the extra split second she needs to hit a good fastball.

    And the outfielder needs to stretch the gloved arm out a little more to try to catch the ball, especially since its a game situation. And oh yeah, didnt the ball hit Amy on the helmet yesterday, putting her on 1st as a hit batsman? Why waste a panel on a foul ball?

    Comment by robmize2013 — May 1, 2014 @ 6:56 pm

  5. Oh, teenchy, give me some points for irony. But I do agree the artwork has improved enormously. Not five years ago we had girl basketball players drawn as if they were papier-mache figures launched by springs. All with Barbie smiles, of course. I think the artwork is actually quite good these days, which is why we pick on lapses such as panel 3 above. Forgive my Irish side, which tends reflexively to say the opposite of what I mean.

    Comment by vaganova — May 1, 2014 @ 7:56 pm

  6. I’m amazed she even hit the ball considering she appears to be in a different zip code from home plate.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — May 2, 2014 @ 9:48 am

  7. I’m thinking season ending knee surgery for #5

    Comment by WannabeWilbur — May 3, 2014 @ 2:42 am

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