This Week in Milford

September 2, 2014

Maybe The Standishes Cut Their Own Hair

September 2, 2014


I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day holiday. If you’re like me, today is a day to slowly ease back into the work routine as we slog through the long holiday-less slog until Thanksgiving (unless you’re one of those lucky bastards who gets Columbus day off).

Speaking of slogging, quite a bit of exposition going on today and almost all of it is painfully obvious in panels one and two. There is quite a bit of attention given to the details of the Standish ‘dos’ though. Ya figure folks in the office give Art a hard time about his wildly mismatched sideburn lengths? If they do, it’s probably not to his face. I mean, look at the degree of menace in his gaze as he tries to stare down Gil in panel three.

Unfortunately for Art and the few things he and Gil have to discuss, generally speaking, once the person you’re negotiating with has what he wants from you (i.e., the services of True) and especially if he didn’t even really want that very much, you have none of what we in the Root Beer Sales and Distribution industry call ‘Beverage Leverage’. OK, no one calls it that: they just say leverage, but the point still stands. Nevertheless, this does set up an entertaining beat as we will have to wait until tomorrow to find out just what kind of power play Art is going to (hopefully hilariously) make. Gil has a long history of bringing his A game whenever anyone tries to make him take his job seriously, so hopefully the action is about to pick up!

Bonus points: Occluded background details galore in panel two. There are those windows of course, but for today I’d like to call out the fine squiggle art that Gil has hanging about a foot below his ceiling, the perfect height for hanging serious office artwork.



  1. You waited and waited, so patiently, and now…
    *WHAM!* The moment we’ve all been waiting for! The False Ultimatum begins!!

    (I almost said ‘True Believer’, like my Inner Stan Lee was just fighting to get out.)

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 2, 2014 @ 7:26 am

  2. The meddling begins. How long until Gil shuts False down. How many times and ways does the obnoxious father trying to relive his failed past theme get replayed in Gil Thorp. It has gotten played in every sport with the possible exception of baseball.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — September 2, 2014 @ 7:45 am

  3. I for one eagerly await the verbal beatdown Gil is about to lay on Art (formerly known as “Wildcat”?).

    Too bad we don’t do the Mopped Up Thorp dialogue rewrite thing ’cause Gil’s word balloon in P2 should read as some variation of “Tell your story walking.”

    BTW, I was surprised to see that I commented on this blog under a different screen name three years ago.

    Comment by teenchy — September 2, 2014 @ 7:46 am

  4. The Attendence Office?

    Has True actually enrolled at Milford? Is somebody in ‘The Attendence Office’ going to hook him up right quick, and get him on his way to class. You notice Coach Kazinski gets to walk True down there only to face the blank stares from the staff trying to manage all the students’ ADD medications.

    “Has a parent or guardian been to the school board family resource center and filled out a transfer packet and submitted applications to the top three schools on their wishlist?”
    “We would also need to see immunization records. Yes we keep a seperate file here at the school. They should have told you at new student orientation last week.”
    “Did Coach Thorp send you down here? Oh, that figures…”

    Comment by nedryerson — September 2, 2014 @ 7:50 am

  5. Gil, of course, interprets “things to discuss” as an invitation to show Art his collection of boxes in the closet. Boxes that rattle with a hollow clink, labeled “Wildcat”, “Mr. Bakst”, “Hobart”, “Melinda Moon Schmidt”…

    Comment by billytheskink — September 2, 2014 @ 9:41 am

  6. What did Mr. Bakst ever do to Gil? Should we call off the manhunt, billy? If you know something, tell us!

    Comment by nedryerson — September 2, 2014 @ 10:10 am

  7. Hmmm, Ned. Good point about the ‘Attendance Office’ (didn’t have one of those that I can recall back in high school) as True said just a few days ago that he had enrolled at Milford. I like teenchy’s take that Gil is getting rid of Kaz and True (aka the potential witnesses) so he can tell Art what’s what.

    Seriously, if this strip has taught us anything it’s that Gil will pretty much let anything slide except when it causes him to do any extra work or doesn’t comport with his own strongly held ideals (such as not allowing the sale of fake pirated videos).

    Comment by timbuys — September 2, 2014 @ 11:43 am

  8. I have some experience with sprained ankles, stretched Achilles tendon etc, and I must say True’s recovery time is truly remarkable….

    Comment by Rowdyman — September 2, 2014 @ 2:40 pm

  9. Ha – I get Columbus Day AND Veterans Day off. 10 holidays a year baby! Of course the day after sucks but thats life woking for the government. No wonder I have time to read this crap.

    Comment by robmize2013 — September 2, 2014 @ 7:13 pm

  10. I’m finding out how provincial we New Yorkers are. timbuys does not recall an attendance office from HS, but here it’s a big deal– teachers report absences to the attendance office, and kids have to go there to present excuses for absence or to arrange to be out for an appointment. Here it’s a matter of state aid– schools have to submit a daily attendance report to “Albany” in order to qualify for per-pupil funding, and first year teachers learn immediately that one of the fastest ways to get on the carpet is to screw up the recordkeeping.

    Comment by vaganova — September 2, 2014 @ 7:24 pm

  11. Sorry to wander from the point. Hope that Gil’s response to False’s “things to discuss” is some version of “Oh, shut up.”

    Comment by vaganova — September 2, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

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