This Week in Milford

June 11, 2016


Filed under: Fat Guys, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad — teenchy @ 6:41 am


“I love Boo Radley.

And I’d like all of you to love her too.

And tonight, you hit you knees:

Please ask God to love her.”

edit: For our younger readers, the reference.

Did you know today’s strip comes with sound effects? They can be found here, or, if you have the time, here.

Today’s strip kinda puts a dent in my theory that Del Bader is Art Standish with a dye job. Bilocation, perhaps?



  1. Another day of human misery in service of a plot point. We’re being set up for a True v. Buddy confrontation, or Entire Team v. Buddy, followed by a quick Gil Thorp lesson in teamwork, and hey presto — on to the summer plotline. I bet we don’t hear boo about Boo from this point on.

    This is also a massive FAIL of the Bechdel Test. A girl’s death is being explored entirely through the eyes of the males in her life. Gil has to tell True — does Mimi have to tell the softball team? Will we see that conversation? Of will it be all about how a girl’s death impacts the important people? You know, the ones with penises?

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 11, 2016 @ 7:02 am

  2. Well at least we know that Tru is not the mystery driver#3. Wonder how all the loose ends are going to get tied up? Will young Master Bader transfer to another school to escape all the shame of drunken Dell’s crime, will the hanging Judge put him away for life, will he close the sale before he goes to the slammer., will the baseball season end before Christmas?

    Comment by Bobby Joe — June 11, 2016 @ 7:35 am

  3. Everyone is focused on the negative here, but there is a ray of sunshine: Del’s employer is going to get to double dip profits on the jumbo sale as they won’t have to pay what would have been Del’s exorbitant bonus this quarter!

    Comment by timbuys — June 11, 2016 @ 7:41 am

  4. What grade of industrial solvents do you need in order to cut through the bars at the state prison?

    Comment by Philip — June 11, 2016 @ 8:26 am

  5. I agree with John S, and hope we see Mimi and the softball team front and center, with the upset to the boys’ team as backdrop. And a lot on True as well. Whigrub has carried some recent stories through successive seasons and we may see that again here. There’s more than enough to work with.

    Comment by vaganova — June 11, 2016 @ 11:17 am

  6. What about a variation on the 2012 Scott/Jay-bird theme. But this time Boo’s spirit really is in a bird. Perhaps it’s a Red Hawk who helps Tru with play calling in Oxford, Ohio. Sooner than that, she may be a talisman for the softball team. Or maybe she will reincarnate as a mammal. Think Mr. Ed with Gil as Wilbur.

    Comment by Jacobj — June 11, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

  7. Unfortunately, much of the pressure is about to be on Bader, Jr. He appears to be as much of an asshole as his father, and only fifteen or sixteen besides. After deflecting blame onto the judge (guess where he got that from?) he will now be confronting the fact his father’s stupidity DID kill someone, someone his friends care about, and we are likely to see a real shitshow at school.

    Comment by vaganova — June 11, 2016 @ 2:00 pm

  8. Jacobj — True didn’t end up deciding to go play football at Miami of Ohio, but rather Wake Forest.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 11, 2016 @ 2:11 pm

  9. Boo is starting to get some nice notes on her memorial page . Light a candle, won’t you?

    Whigham really nails the thousand yard stare in P2. And the lack of audible dialog is perfect.

    Comment by g2design — June 11, 2016 @ 5:27 pm

  10. g2 is right. Bitch as we may about the story line– and we do– it is increasingly difficult to cheap-shot the Chief’s drawings. For me there is a kind a natural incredulity– I got into the habit of taking licks at his predecessor’s work, so much of it comically bad– that it has taken time to admit how much better the Chief is.

    Comment by vaganova — June 11, 2016 @ 7:48 pm

  11. Wouldn’t it be a interesting turn of events if Young Master Bader was the driver of the third car. Him and Dad Dearest could share a cell.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — June 12, 2016 @ 7:25 am

  12. Fixed – TimP

    Comment by Bobby Joe — June 12, 2016 @ 7:38 am

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