This Week in Milford

February 18, 2016

This Year’s (Off) Model


I reckon the point of today’s strip is “Kenzie learns about dating, Milford style” but like the ship’s wheel in the pirate’s pants, Whigham’s art is driving me nuts this morning!

Like the rest of you I’m having a hard time figuring out who this “Bobby” is. The trucker hat and the oddly horizontally striped shirt stay the same but his face changes day-to-day, all the time looking a generation older than his supposed classmates. I’ll buy the “planted narc” theory given Max’s history of real and/or imagined substance abuse and the shadowy figure behind him.

Max’s size has changed dramatically too. He supposedly bulked up from last season and has gradually become almost as tall as Kenzie, but now have someone call him “scrawny” and he turns into a Shrinky Dink (kinda like Gil did at the end of football season). Meanwhile the guy in the booth behind Kenzie must be some kind of 7-foot He-Hulk. Why isn’t he on the basketball team?

Finally the mystery car in The Bucket parking lot is another blob of hot mess. Corvette, Barbie Ferrari, or what?  At least two important details are captured accurately: Ken Brown’s impossibly straight karate-choppin’ hand (a Whigham trademark) and the Mid-Century Modern style of The Bucket. Gotta have those artistic priorities straight!




  1. The guy behind Kenzie might be the white Granville Waiters. What an awful receding hairline.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 18, 2016 @ 8:10 am

  2. We now understand that Don McLean is an alleged wife-beating ass, but his song Vincent does fit nicely in P3. Yes, we are all suffering for our sanity.

    Comment by g2design — February 18, 2016 @ 8:17 am

  3. The Bucket is certainly keeping up appearances (do they want to be known as the Boo-Kay, one wonders?) Consider the orderly sardines-in-a-tin fries in panel 1. I think they are fries, but actually I am kind of afraid to ask. Teenchy has mentioned their liberal use of hand-straightener, and the mystery sport model in the parking lot (I think it is a prototype for a Prius coo-pay.) But I am left wondering why the Bucket– which presumably wants to pack in as many kids as possible to sell them burgers, fries, shakes, and other health foods, would have those slope-out windows, which minimize floor area relative to roof airprint. Speaking of air, in a strong wind that design produces just enough lift to make a very bad wing. Good advertising, I suppose, if a neighbor gets skulled by a flying roof tile.

    Comment by vaganova — February 18, 2016 @ 8:39 am

  4. The mystery car looks like a variant of the Brazilian Puma GTE coupe.
    More likely, Whigham was trying to draw a 3rd generation Corvette.

    Comment by billytheskink — February 18, 2016 @ 8:54 am

  5. The window slope design reminds me of Horatio Cain’s cop shop in CSI Miami….

    Comment by Rowdyman — February 18, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

  6. Am trying to find a suitable nickname for banjo eyes with the hat & weird shirt. You should see the color clash pink/green. May I suggust Richard Tête, informally Ricky or Dick since he may be a cop…

    Comment by Rowdyman — February 18, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

  7. Great. Kenzie’s been inducted into the Boy-Men’s League of Shoulder-Punching Jerkwads. Any day now, she’ll be running back to the welcoming embrace of international rugby.

    Also, hey, isn’t that the evil slime-villain that killed Tasha Yar in panel 2? Look out, Bobby!!!!!

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 18, 2016 @ 12:37 pm

  8. Yes, John S, it’s that Interstellar Tarbaby that got Denise Crosby out of her contract and led to Michael Dorn’s pot of gold role! Meaning no discourtesy to the writers who dreamed up Tasha Yar, the scowlingly complex Lt Worf was a major step up in the show’s development.

    Comment by vaganova — February 18, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

  9. Not just his face, but those frames… Whigham has gotta be kickin’ himself for not refusing to put glasses on that kid.

    Comment by timbuys — February 18, 2016 @ 5:52 pm

  10. […] Truckerhat reminded me of teenchy’s post ages ago when this plot started, and we have no more information about Bobby now than we did then. […]

    Pingback by Who’s Bobby? | This Week in Milford — March 21, 2016 @ 8:39 pm

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