This Week in Milford

January 17, 2015

Inconsistencies Everywhere

Filed under: actual action, basketball, Highlight reel, Milford Idiots — teenchy @ 8:37 am

January 17, 2015

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I don’t have a whole heck of a lot to say about the action today, mainly because I’m not sure which team is which here. I’m assuming Malik McCall plays for Milford because there are only seven little blobs over the number 32 on his dark jersey.  Next panel Maxwell Bacon (who’s already been established as wearing number 1) is wearing a white uniform and is being guarded by a player in dark with seven little blobs over his number 31 and identical uniform striping as number 32 in P1.

Some of Whigham’s artistic conventions I’ve come to accept (e.g., the tonsure-like hair lit from above) and seldom snark on anymore, and I know many TWIMers like the back-lit artwork, but if he’s gonna stick with ripping off the iPod ads for action shots, couldn’t he at least switch up the uni trim and/or make the lettering clearer so we can tell which team is which? How hard would it be, for instance, to do Marquette stripes down the sides, or North Carolina’s old Alexander Julian argyle pattern?

Maxwell Bacon’s upper body definition has varied wildly in this arc so far as well. When he was laid out on the hardwood on 1/10 he had muscles but when Marty was interviewing him he had little bird arms. Now, talking to Bobby in the locker room, he’s beyond buff. Speaking of that talk: not only has Bobby’s amateur coaching messed up Lysol’s shooting, his amateur stats-keeping may be on the verge of turning Maxwell into a me-first, team-second stats padder.

Enough of my rants this morning. I definitely need more coffee.

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9 Comments »

  1. Damn, Archie Bunker would say Malik McCall is as black as the ace of spades ! But not me, I know the ink spilled and they ran out of white out. So low budget.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — January 17, 2015 @ 9:11 am

  2. We are continuing our swing through South Carolina and I agree with teenchy that we may be getting set up for the return of the enigmatic Mr. Bakst.

    Comment by timbuys — January 17, 2015 @ 9:48 am

  3. Uh oh. Now I get it. RoBob is a savant after all, a real manipulative bastard. The subtle but stinging correction, “8 ya dumb-dumb, nowhere near a double.” The patronizing thumbs-up to match the patronizing smirk. "…which takes us to the next step", i.e. “you’re nothing without me.”

    Also note his hair loss has significantly increased since yesterday. Maybe he’s going for the Jason Kidd look.

    Comment by g2design — January 17, 2015 @ 10:13 am

  4. So… Bobby likes to hang around the locker room fully clothed, does he?

    Comment by John S. Walters — January 17, 2015 @ 11:34 am

  5. Malik has been wearing 32 all season. Wearing his black uniform while everybody else is in the red? He’s a six-eight mountain of muscle. You tell him to change.
    Or maybe it’s just an artsy effect – that panel is B&W in the color version.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — January 17, 2015 @ 2:32 pm

  6. i think I have an answer to the ubiquitous tonsure look. Mfnrd has always had s broad streak of 1955, no matter how topical its writers and artists have tried to make it. Just to make sure we realize it’s still 1955 and this is still the rural middle west, the boys all use “hair tonic.” Hence the blank space simulating “reflected light.”

    Comment by vaganova — January 17, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

  7. I hope the next step is remedial counting class. Panel three reminds me of Brent Musburger’s interview of Hakeem Olajuwon following a win in the NCAA basketball tournament.

    Brent: You had fourteen rebounds Hakeem; tell us about it.
    Hakeem: How many?
    Brent: Fourteen!
    Hakeem: Is that ten?

    Comment by Richard Sansing — January 18, 2015 @ 5:36 am

  8. timbuys, I’m sorry to admit didn’t even pick that up. There are several Ridgeview High Schools in the US, but Ridge View is, like Irmo, in South Carolina. In fact the schools are only about 23 miles apart.

    Full disclosure: I lived in South Carolina for a number of years, but had never heard of Ridge View until this strip. the fact the school is only 20 years old probably has something to do with that. In the context of Gil Thorp, however, I have to wonder why the Milford boys didn’t make the trip down to Irmo with the girls (or the Ridge View girls didn’t make the trip up to Milford, but maybe travel costs aren’t that big an issue there). You’d think Hobart would raise some stink about that, if he’s still around.

    Comment by teenchy — January 18, 2015 @ 6:09 am

  9. […] for the rest, eh, looks like we’ve set up quite a few storylines with crossing tensions: Bobby-Max, Max-Adderall, Bobby’s Ambition-Leisl’s biology grades, Gil-Hooch, […]

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