This Week in Milford

September 11, 2014

Boy (Go)

Filed under: exposition comics, football, freak hands, Gil Thorp, hideous scar faces — teenchy @ 4:39 am

September 11, 2014


Go over playbook?

Go over Spanish.

Go over True’s head (literally)!

Are high school-level courses called 101 now?

Has Gil installed a two-way mirror behind True’s facemask?

What’s up with that facemask, anyway? It starts out on the outside of the helmet but goes inside it at the right temple. (Jarrod may have already punched it in.) Also, how many points on True’s chinstrap? It looks like a two-pointer but there’s an upper point and strap attached to that facemask that goes nowhere. Maybe this helmet isn’t a Riddell or Schutt but an Escher.

Be sure to visit TWIM tomorrow when maybe, just maybe, we stop getting exposition of True’s football prowess and actually see him in action!





  1. Or defensive lineman John Pascoe will break though and injury True during the sack!

    Comment by milfordian — September 11, 2014 @ 7:05 am

  2. That is one wierd helmet… and True’s got some janky hand action going on in the first 2 Ps. In fact, in P2 his arm looks sorta withered.

    Comment by FoolyRain — September 11, 2014 @ 8:18 am

  3. Spanish 101 as a junior? Looks like JUCCO IS his first option

    Comment by Jive Turkey — September 11, 2014 @ 8:24 am

  4. My high school had juniors in my 1st year Spanish class – we were required to take 2 years, so some didnt start till then. Or they took 2 of one and 2 of another. I’m sure True already knows Piglatin or Yiddish.

    Comment by robmize2013 — September 11, 2014 @ 7:20 pm

  5. “Be sure to visit TWIM tomorrow when maybe, just maybe, we stop getting exposition of True’s football prowess and actually see him in action!”

    teenchy, you are some kind of wild-eyed optimist. My money for tomorrow is on some stretching drills, maybe some jumping jacks. Happy to be wrong though!

    Comment by timbuys — September 11, 2014 @ 7:25 pm

  6. Panel 3 is ALLLLL kinds of messed up, simple as that

    Comment by PRiverside — September 11, 2014 @ 7:37 pm

  7. I never thought I’d miss the Rapture fiction days when Jerry Jenkin’s kid ghostwrote the strip for his dad. But damn. It wasn’t a very good story to begin with but what happened to the Lucky guy? Is he and the clumsy waitress even still alive? I miss the Illboy (Marfan teen for those of you who don’t know) storyline. It was stupid and poorly drawn but the plot was comedy gold.

    Comment by Stevo — September 11, 2014 @ 10:39 pm

  8. You’re talking about the Neil Cray/Marfan storyline Stevo, or was there another one?

    That’s actually a great example of something I really did like about the Jenkins-era writing, character story arcs would span several seasons and occur simultaneously (Cray, the Marty Moon love triangle, even Brent Raptor). Rubin has largely stuck to the formula of season-story-done-next for over half a decade now, it is not as interesting.

    Comment by billytheskink — September 12, 2014 @ 8:12 am

  9. I agree with billy. We do still have recurring student characters– Molly Kinsella, for example, and now Tipp and John Pascoe, but not as many and it’s unusual to have more than one plot going at once. The ironic part is that it is probably harder to open and close four stories a year than it is to let each one find its natural length. With the present regimen, really interesting characters (such as Lini Verde, the apparently gay basketball player a couple of years ago) get no more attention than the merely annoying ones such as the marketing “genius,” and Knox Foley, boy barrister.

    Comment by vaganova — September 12, 2014 @ 11:18 am

  10. Ahhh, the irrepressible and irredeemable Doyle Dane. It’s funny how you get a little distance from these characters and look back at the with some sort of quasi-nostalgia. You think to yourself, “‘Brickhouse’, now there was a guy you could really riff on.”

    Comment by timbuys — September 12, 2014 @ 11:37 am

  11. @billytheskink, yes that was Cray. I did like the way the story lines moved. A decade or so ago, I posted regularly to a Gil Thorp message board hosted by the Chicago Tribune called The Bucket. When Jerry Jenkins wrote GT, we spent a great deal of time critiquing the comic strip (lil we do here) and messing with him along with talking about everything else. His son – who we know now, but not then – posted regularly and defended the comic strip DAILY. :) It was awesome to watch the flame wars. Ah, good times…

    Comment by Stevo — September 12, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

  12. […] Jarrod is 5’11”, yet stands nearly eye-to-eye with True, who stands nearly eye-to-eye with Gil. Is True only about 6’0″ to 6’1″ and Gil maybe 6’2″ […]

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