This Week in Milford

December 30, 2015

Kenzie: This Year’s Model?

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Kenzie Hanley, Mimi Thorp — nedryerson @ 8:10 am


Hey guys, Ned here with an impromptu update, spelling Brother Tim of the order of TWIM.

Here we have a tender conversation between the Thorps where Gil is brought up to speed on Mimi’s world so we can rehash our one plot point. Okay, the Mike Tyson line is genuinely funny, even if it might be dated. Of course Mimi can’t use a contemporary reference because she would then have to explain to Gil who Conor McGregor is.

So Kenzie Hanley (full name only, please) is an elite athlete, she tried out for basketball to stay in shape while she sits out rugby due to an undisclosed injury. She’s not good at basketball, but she’s got size and strength. This is our set up, got it?

So, where do we go? Will there be something thoughtful about basketball, like how do you use such a talent on a varsity team, like making her an “elite” rebounder/post player with explicit instructions not to take any shots from more than 3 feet away from the rim? Is there even that much specialization in girls basketball, at least under the guidance of Coach Mimi Thorp? We all know the answer to this, of course. So we await the weird backlash from other players or hastily constructed teen drama involving boys, girls, gender roles, bullying, etc. Bring it on. We will clearly keep reading.

I do want to add something a little off the path here about Kenzie and her (at least as shown today) impressive frame. I personally don’t go straight to the East German female athlete/looks like a dude/she must be gay/Kaitlyn Jenner type commentary for a number of reasons. For one, females are shaped all kinds of ways and supposedly objective standards are troubling. I don’t even want to get into gender identity issues. Feel free to share your thoughts if you want. We might have an interesting conversation. My feeling is that most of us here are far removed from high school and never even heard of any of this stuff when we were that age.

Actually, without creeping out too much as an adult man blogging about a comic strip drawing of a teenage girl (too late!), Kenzie seems like kind of a looker! But if your mileage varies, no big deal. It’s not like I want to go all PC here and start criticizing the snark. It is just a comic strip and the drawings are idealized versions of people.


  1. The thought about a Free to be… You and Me plotline crossed my mind too. It would be interesting to watch, for sure; not sure Rubin has the courage to give it a try.

    Anyhow, what’s up with the Mount Rushmore perspective in P2? Nice lip ledge, Mimi.

    Comment by g2design — December 30, 2015 @ 8:36 am

  2. While I’m well aware of Free to be….You and Me and what it’s all about, it’s interesting that I was never exposed to it, even though it was aimed directly at me. (I was born in 1967). I kind of feel like my authority figures: parents, teachers, pastors, etc. were not ready for these ideas and made very uncomfortable by the topic, and thus didn’t talk about them (or were openly hostile to them). I don’t know if things have actually changed that much in my generation, but all reports seem to indicate that the current generation of teens have abandoned a lot of the gender normative stuff (but we still hear a lot about bullying and shaming, etc. and all this culture warrior stuff is still tantalizing click bait for the masses). So, yeah, it would be interesting to see if Neal is going to get into this.
    I’m not intentionally trying to get all heavy here, honest!

    Comment by nedryerson — December 30, 2015 @ 9:28 am

  3. Personally, I think Rubin is doing a tremendous job depicting one of the biggest concerns of contemporary teenagers. I am, of course, talking about the practice of covering your laptop computer with stickers.

    Comment by billytheskink — December 30, 2015 @ 2:19 pm

  4. Whigrub may surprise us, but I’m not holding my breath. They began to break new ground five years ago with Lini Verde, and appeared to be diving in with the internet smear campaign, but they promptly returned to tattoo stories and the like. My sense is that their eye is on circulation, and that they are reluctant to invite controversy. But I think we can agree that keeping lids on is often a disservice.

    Comment by vaganova — December 30, 2015 @ 2:56 pm

  5. Billy, I just tilted the lid and counted ten on mine. No teenager am I, but the ACLU & the NOLA Til Ya Die® stickers get ’em riled up at work…

    Comment by g2design — December 30, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

  6. I don’t know why Mimi is so conflicted about letting Kenzie on the varsity squad. She might develop into something great, and even if she doesn’t, she’s good for 1.2 points and ten boards per game, plus five of the most entertaining fouls you’ll ever see. SportsCenter’s Not Top Ten, here we come!

    Comment by John S. Walters — December 30, 2015 @ 4:37 pm

  7. Go to a gym and work out with a trainer if you want to recover from an injury, not take up space on a high school basketball team. I know she’ll make the team, what else do we do until April besides wait for Marjie Ducey to interview her.

    Comment by robmize2013 — December 30, 2015 @ 7:20 pm

  8. Thanks for not taking us down the Vera de Milo path, Ned. tmyk

    Comment by teenchy — December 31, 2015 @ 7:52 am

  9. […] suppose that the subject of Kenzie’s appearance will continue to be a focus of the strip. Ned has already treated on the subject quite eloquently, so I won’t retread that ground other than […]

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  10. […] Miss Kenzie wants to be a ball player First she’s got to learn to box Gonna lay in bed with no socks Flexes her elbow, taut and free (Mimi’s folly) wait and see Drink up the lake, Kenzie’s […]

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