This Week in Milford

September 8, 2014


Filed under: exposition comics, freak hands, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 3:45 am


These prairie windows are running amok here at Milford High! Also, kids, don’t forget to READ, preferably papery things but blogs count as reading too.

Hey, look, it’s Tip Nunn and Silent John Pascoe, who have been working out all summer with Saad Shamoun, teaching him so much and adding twenty pounds of muscle to him. Hey, remember when Tip Nunn had a Bobby Bittman haircut? What happened? What hair is the Tipster sporting now, a modified Alan Thicke? On the topic of hair, True Standish looks to be taking styling cues from the late, great fake quarterback, George Plimpton, via Alan Alda.

Also featured today: some meaty fingers, a surplus of hamburgers, Nunnish jibba jabba and some girl in the background of panel one glancing at us over her own Milford High burger. Do you know why burgers are so popular in Milford? Allow Jules Winnfield to enlighten you:



  1. It was suggested in Saturday’s comments that those two were Pascoe and Nunn. I didn’t think so because they looked the same size. If anything, Nunn looked bigger than Pascoe, or like an frowning Ryan Zimmerman.

    Comment by teenchy — September 8, 2014 @ 4:38 am

  2. I think I fixed your comment, teenchy.

    Blogging at 5:00 am leads to all kind of mix ups. Doyle Dane was the prime wearer of the Bobby Bittman hair style. However, I did suggest that Tip Nunn had taken Doyle Dane’s Bobby Bittman hair in a post last year at this time, right about the time that I threw in the towel on the full time blogging, so everything is murky and probably the result of all the cough medicine I was taking to contend with this comic strip.

    Comment by nedryerson — September 8, 2014 @ 6:18 am

  3. I thought it was Knox Foley who went full-scale HOWAREYA! on us…

    Comment by billytheskink — September 8, 2014 @ 7:45 am

  4. It’s great to hear Bobby Bittman references. If I made a Bobby Bittman reference to most people I would get a cricket response. Kudos to you all . Can’t wait for a character that looks like Harry from Harrys Sex Shop, the guy with the snake on his face.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 8, 2014 @ 8:26 am

  5. I blame all the confusion on Rod Whigham, or maybe I just see Bobby Bittman everywhere I look because I love Bobby Bittman and I’m really behind his efforts to bring more attention to that whole situation down there in the “Facklan Islands”.

    Comment by nedryerson — September 8, 2014 @ 8:52 am

  6. Bobby Bittman also did a public service announcement encouraging kids to go to the “liberry”.

    I wonder if True might finally be the one to get John Pascoe to say “Juicy Fruit?”

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 8, 2014 @ 9:34 am

  7. Is there a dress code at Mfnfrd High, or are Tip and True voluntarily wearing white shirts and ties?

    And if there is a dress code, are the teachers afraid to enforce it in the case of Silent John? I know I would.

    Comment by John S. Walters — September 8, 2014 @ 9:44 am

  8. I want the Milford drama club to stage Polynesiantown.

    Comment by PRiverside — September 8, 2014 @ 10:21 am

  9. Is it just me, or does Pascoe look as dopey as Keanu Reeves in P1?
    And as for Tip’s “Retired perfect.” remark, when did Milford relocate to West Texas? That sounds like something they’d say out there for high school football.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 8, 2014 @ 11:01 am

  10. Without Billy kicking in to remind me of who’s in what class, I get all confused– I thought Pascoe and Nunn graduated. Looks like they are the welcome wagon instead. No doubt they have been rolling their eyes all summer at Nathan Hale, too. (Standish, Hale… When Gil introduces the team for Marjie, I wonder if there will also be a Madison, a Hamilton, a Jay, a Burr, etc…)

    Comment by vaganova — September 8, 2014 @ 11:06 am

  11. The dress code is black t-shirts. The blondes are wearing some kind of jacket or unbuttoned shirts over theirs.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — September 8, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

  12. Thanks, Ned. It’s been good to have you back. I agree that getting the blog post up with the first cup of coffee has its perils, and the efforts can be hit-or-miss sometimes.

    Billy’s spreadsheet would be very useful; if he hasn’t been already, I nominate him as TWIM‘s official chief statistician.

    Comment by teenchy — September 8, 2014 @ 1:59 pm

  13. I second teenchy on elevating billytheskink for his remarkable detail work for TWIM. All rise!

    Comment by vaganova — September 8, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

  14. To billytheskink!

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 8, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

  15. Billy is the best.

    Back to the strip for a moment: So, in panel two, we see John Pascoe (and, really I don’t see any reason not to use his first and last name in every reference to him as an homage to the strip’s tendency to do that) rolling his eyes at Tip’s braggadocio. And, as well he might. However, is that kind of non-verbal communication really consistent with the notion that, due to his PTSD, he doesn’t speak at all? I ask that almost as a serious question. Because, seriously, what is his deal? We know why he nominally doesn’t speak, but what isn’t at all clear is why everyone is apparently just fine with that. Then again, with all of the borderline personalities at Milford High, maybe the majority of folks just take the approach that being mute is one of the least aggravating personality ticks (cf., Knox Foley, Jarrod Hale, Andrew Gregory, et al.) demonstrated by the student body and let’s it go.

    Comment by timbuys — September 8, 2014 @ 7:46 pm

  16. Most of the people timbuys cited would be much more likable if they’d shut their mouths… In cases of “traumatic muteness” the subject usually refuses to communicate at all, thus John (Pascoe’s) selective non-communication is unusual. I wondered if the good humored eye-rolling might indicate he is beginning to “break through” that muteness, but that may be a little subtle for this plot. I have also wondered how someone traumatized into silence would coach a strength program which by definition requires personal advice to the trainee. Hand signals? Flash cards? I suspect, again, that John Pascoe may be about to “speak.”

    Comment by vaganova — September 8, 2014 @ 9:18 pm

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