This Week in Milford

July 24, 2014

Up to the Hilt

Filed under: exposition comics, Fat Guys, Gil Thorp, Secret Thoughts — teenchy @ 5:09 am

July 24, 2014


A Central City Hotel is, apparently, the Central City Hilt.

Also apparently Art’s full-time job is not shopping True around the Valley to the highest bidder.

We now join CSI: Central City, already in progress. Either that thought balloon should be written in sarcasm font, or the GPS in that tiny smartphone is really crappy. Maybe True is a just true dumbass, but no less dumb than the agent who rents a car to a high school kid. Anyway, free of Art, wind in his hair but a roof over his head, True sets off on a voyage of self-discovery. No doubt he’ll be led to a place that will appreciate him for who he is and not the “package” Art’s been pushing on Valley coaches all week. A place where he can compete, a place where he can shine, a place with a self-important incumbent starting QB who lacks talent but for his own chutzpah and bossiness disguised as leadership.



  1. To get the full effect here, simply remove the words “I’ll be fine” from the word balloon in panel 2 and substitute “What could possibly go wrong?”

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 24, 2014 @ 6:25 am

  2. In the real world I don’t think any reputable car rental company wouldn’t rent aa car to a 16 year old.

    Twue is obviously not the sharpest tool in the shed. I am not aware that they have built a bridge that would allow you to drive to Hawaii.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 24, 2014 @ 7:21 am

  3. False may have rented the car in his own name and (improperly) allowed True to drive it. I can’t picture anyone renting a car to a minor either, since part of the definition of adulthood is the capacity to undertake a legally binding contract. But what is the purpose of having Twue off on his own? To find his own place, as teenchy suggests, or to get himself into some absurd jam?

    Comment by vaganova — July 24, 2014 @ 9:01 am

  4. vaganova…I am with you–question is a) did Art toss True the keys??? or b) True is driving a stolen car??? I vote for some absurd jam, one that will involve law enforcement…..Maybe Knox Foley & his old man will be revisiting the strip…

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 24, 2014 @ 9:56 am

  5. I don’t follow the Gil Thorp strip much anymore–unlike from 1974-82 and then 1989 to approximately 2003, when I read it religiously–so I have to ask this dumb question. How do we know the kid is only 16 ? He could be 18, couldn’t he ? Or has his age been mentioned ?

    The reason I wasn’t able to follow the Gil strip from mid-1982–1988 is because none of the newspapers in the places that I was living in (Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and Columbus)
    carried the strip.

    Comment by Howard S Sample — July 24, 2014 @ 10:13 am

  6. Howard, from this strip we get that True will be – wherever – for two years before he goes to college. Based on that my guess was that he’s a rising junior which typically means a 16- or 17-year old.

    Comment by teenchy — July 24, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

  7. It’s also entirely possible that Art rented the car under his name and is letting True drive it, which wouldn’t be inconsistent with his attitude of “my kid is special, cater to him – and me” that we’ve seen thus far.

    Comment by teenchy — July 24, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

  8. 5. – Howard

    Turd just finished his sophomore year. They’re looking for a new school where he’ll be sure to get “his scholarship”.

    Comment by Dale — July 24, 2014 @ 12:50 pm

  9. Howard S Sample—-WELCOME BACK TO THE WORLD OF GT!!!!! I have enjoyed GT since 1975 when I moved to Louisville KY…Our Courier-Journal carries it in living (well not quite) color…This little forum are all real nice folks, some who have been known to be a mite sarcastic…

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 24, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

  10. Yes, Howard, welcome back! You missed a lot of stories in the interim, but this is both good and bad. Jamar Gaddis, for example, and the dope-dealing football captain. Rowdyman, to have Foley, Foley, Foley, and Foley involved in a criminal case might be really fun, considering they completely blew a straightforward torts case they had months to prepare for (man wipes out on the ice at the wrong gas station.)

    Comment by vaganova — July 24, 2014 @ 3:31 pm

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