This Week in Milford

August 20, 2014

This Boot Is Made For Talkin’

Filed under: exposition comics, freak hands, Gil Thorp — timbuys @ 5:57 am

August 20, 2014


I figure we’ve got at least a few more days to go on this plot. Even if we do allow for it to bleed into the Fall football story, this can’t be all there is. Yes, today we get the big reveal. But, do we really? What I’m trying to say is, what are the odds that we are going to see a surprise twist in the next few days – or, at the pacing of this story, possibly next week?

After all, you don’t hobble down to the level ground to break bad news to the coach who showed some mild interest in you unless something about the way his eyes glinted when you mentioned the mighty Redhawks as one of the places you might hypothetically play college ball.* I think the contrast between Gil and Kaz’s comlete indifference to the prospect of True coming on board stands in sharp contrast to VT’s coach who enthusiastically discussed ways in which True could explore his potential with plays designed around his stellar Coast football skills.**

I think I’ll lay off the plot and focus on the artwork for now. I don’t have a complete Gil Thorp taxonomy of strip layouts developed because, seriously, I’m sure Billy already has them categorized and indexed in the Milford.xls workbook. However, if I did, today’s strip would fall into the category characterized by an uncomfortably close closeup of a wide eyed teen in the center panel bookended by just flat out wrong artwork. Rowdyman can correct me, but I’ve seen enough of those boots to know they go much higher up the shin than shown in panel one. And, in panel three, Gil has terribly aimed his handshake as he appears to be clasping True’s entire hand within his while simultaneously pulling the kid hard to his side. Awkward!

* True Fact: I don’t believe we’ve ever been shown any indication of this guy actually getting recruited by anyone at the college level.
** True Fact: We’ve never seen True do squat except trip and sprain his ankle stepping over a curb.



  1. This may well be the end of it, though Valley Tech dropping True after seeing his injury or something probably has some good odds. We’ve seen plenty of plots in this strip resolved in a much less climactic manner.

    Comment by billytheskink — August 20, 2014 @ 6:17 am

  2. I think you’re right, Billy. False hasn’t been enough of a vicarious meathead yet for things to wrap up so smoothly, so neatly, so… rather let down-y.

    Comment by FoolyRain — August 20, 2014 @ 8:12 am

  3. My money’s on VT’s tonsured coach rejecting the damaged goods that is True, who then comes whimpering back to the Milford bench to mentor Nathan Hale…

    …though how cool would it be to have Kaz coach the Mudlark defense to “hit ‘im low” against VT?

    Comment by teenchy — August 20, 2014 @ 9:44 am

  4. We don’t even know if False has had his say. He seemed pretty high on that St. Fabe WR. He’s not gonna let True make the decision. Still some haggling and hand wringing to be done. But after all is said and done, True will be a Mudlark.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 20, 2014 @ 10:30 am

  5. The cam walker does seem a bit lower than mine…there are different models, and different sizes–mine has 3 straps, for example. The top air pump looks OK…Overall I’d give the author A…..

    Comment by Rowdyman — August 20, 2014 @ 1:44 pm

  6. I think this is unlikely though I am airing it: True’s announcement may be a feint. Remember Gene Hackman telling Jimmy Chitwood that he didn’t care if he played for Hickory or not? True may actually be fishing for such a response as a reason to play for Mfnrd. And I agree that it is unlikely VT is True’s own decision– not with False as the ventriloquist.

    Comment by vaganova — August 20, 2014 @ 9:07 pm

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