This Week in Milford

December 18, 2014

Oh, There You Are, Perry

Filed under: basketball, exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Mimi Thorp — teenchy @ 6:59 am

December 18, 2014


Winter Sports Transition Week 2014 has introduced us to some not uncommon phenomena: post-season high school football success coming at the expense of the basketball team, and multi-sport athletes choosing to focus on a single sport to increase their chances of landing a college scholarship in that sport. Nothing really new there but Gil seems mildly surprised by it (as explained to Mimi over their “GI” and “MI” mugs – gimme mugs?).  I’m a little surprised as well; when was Omari Troy – or any Mudlark gridder, including True Standish – being actively recruited? Show, don’t tell, Rubin.

Time to dive into the Transition Week tradition of Mouseketeer Roll Call led by… wait, who’s this Perry guy? I searched on “gil thorp perry” and found nothing except that Perry was a character in the strip Winnie Winkle, the creator of which, Martin Branner, hired a young Jack Berrill as an assistant. Maybe I’m missing something here; if anyone has more background on Perry I’ll be glad to update this post.

Perry explains the Mudlark hoopers are as thin as his hair and he’s had to suit up the student manager when he’s not been selling BMWs. A pity, that – one letter off and Perry’d actually have some talent to work with.



  1. There is our winter storyline. Robert becomes the unlikely star of a 5-20 Milford basketball squad. I Perry is the JV coach. Think he has shown up once in a blue moon.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — December 18, 2014 @ 8:02 am

  2. The only Perry in the .xlsx names database is Perry Howard, cousin by marriage to one of Gil’s former assistants/coaching friends, Roy at Forest View. He was responsible for hoodwinking Gil into scheduling Bishop Tardy? Bishop James Tardy?! ten years ago (has it been that long?). Shave his head and finish the goatee, and he could be same guy…

    Comment by billytheskink — December 18, 2014 @ 8:20 am

  3. ohmygodlookattheschnozonPerry! That’s quite the deep shadow, or the dude should go see the Dermo. That’s a hella melasma there, Perry.

    Comment by g2design — December 18, 2014 @ 8:28 am

  4. I think it’s a new Mfnrd ground rule, that in panels filling in the exposition– in this case how the basketball team looks (bad)– those talking have to be pulling their feet out of bubble gum.

    Robert Howry will turn out to be “quite a picture.” It will develop that while he has multiple athletic challenges, he can hit half court shots all day, making him Mfnrd’s secret weapon in the unexpected play-acrosses.

    Comment by vaganova — December 18, 2014 @ 8:49 am

  5. I know it’s a tired joke that I overuse all too frequently, but wow does Mimi look hammered in panel one. I can’t blame her: if you had to feign interest in Gil recounting his boring, boring stories, you’d probably want a shot or three too.

    That said, Gil is at least trying to keep it interesting with what appear to me to be some rather expansive hand gestures for his exposition on how little effort he has put into getting the basketball team ready.

    Comment by timbuys — December 18, 2014 @ 9:05 am

  6. P2: Not bubblegum, but motion lines . Jeez, for new dude, Perry has some mad levitating skills (and incredible right arm strength). Bet he’ll win the dunk contest this season.

    Comment by g2design — December 18, 2014 @ 10:45 am

  7. The universal punchline “Christ, what an asshole” would work perfectly for Mimi in panel 1.

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 18, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

  8. ‘impressive’ sounds like you’re jollying somebody along in conversation while saying to yourself–“Christ, what an asshole”…..
    it’s a code word, like Clint Eastwood says “that’s just swell” when he means the opposite. or like the word “lovely” as in “that’s lovely; just $%^&*() lovely”….

    Comment by Rowdyman — December 18, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

  9. Alright alright, just one more on the apparent ups being shown in P2: Perry must’ve found a jar of flubber in a closet somewhere. Here it is: Milforn BB goes undefeated this winter.

    Comment by g2design — December 18, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

  10. Yes, Rowdyman. “Impressive” is the counterpart to the embarrassed smirk the young Harrison Ford always gave just before demolishing the bad guy.

    And I agree– Mimi does looks as if she has started without him. Guarantee that under the table, her knees are at least two feet apart and that there are three-four Absolut empties under the Milford Gazette in the recycling tub.

    Comment by vaganova — December 18, 2014 @ 4:07 pm

  11. Perry: “But goddamn, Luhm sure keeps these floors shiny.”

    The real fall plot: Molly Kinsella has kidnapped Mimi and taken her place.

    Comment by Dood — December 18, 2014 @ 7:57 pm

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