This Week in Milford

June 17, 2016

Barry getting his just desserts

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Just plain sad, lessons learned — robmize2013 @ 9:58 am

First 2 panels are predictable, even though its not OUR first day without Boo, its our 10th. She was hit on June 7th. The ambulance came on June 8th. Gil got the call on the 9th. And so on…..

When my dad died, it was Easter week, so we couldnt have the funeral for a week, out of respect to the holiday. Boo should be in the ground already but I’ll bet her wake/funeral will be over this weekend.. pretty sure Ali and Howe both passed after she did and theyve had their day in the sun.

And Panel 3 is what we’ve been waiting for as Bader junior finally arrives on campus and is lightly assaulted for something that, for all his jackass attitudes toward everything, isnt warranted. The counselors should have covered this issue in their sessions somewhere, as in “Dont take out your frustrations over the accident on a relative of the accident-causer.”

Know what? We still dont know who driver #2 was do we? Wasnt True. Any other guesses? He’s the one who really killed Boo, not Del, although Del contributed to it.

I dont think I’ve ever longed for a golf summer story more then this year.









  1. I can’t figure out what is happening to Barry in p3. Are they showering him with derogatory confetti?

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 17, 2016 @ 10:36 am

  2. Whether you go with Aristotle, Aquinas, or Heidegger, Bader is responsible for Boo’s death. Driver 3 (and his pickup) are merely the “instrumental cause.” Without Bader’s drunken mistake of driving without lights, none of this would have happened. We saw Bader emerge from the darkness, and seconds later, saw Driver 3 trying frantically to stop, with nothing to suggest doing so was possible. If A shoves B into the path of the subway, you don’t blame the subway.

    I suspect we’re going to see Bader the Less get roughed up tomorrow. The question in my mind is whether his teammates will rescue him.

    Comment by vaganova — June 17, 2016 @ 10:51 am

  3. Agreed, Moon. Not clear to me how the blonde hulk (not True as I think that’s True snogging with Ken in Panel one) manages to throw a shoulder check while Barry’s right leg is out in front like that. Also not clear if those feet in the panel are indicating the mob that is about to rush Barry but they all do appear headed in his direction.

    Comment by timbuys — June 17, 2016 @ 10:57 am

  4. At this point, I’m guessing the driver of the truck is just some Joe Blow who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. I think we’re well past the point where they would have told us who it was if they were going to.

    Comment by Nate — June 17, 2016 @ 11:28 am

  5. I think Nate’s right. If Driver 3 were Chekhov’s “gun over the mantle,” he would have been identified by now, especially if he were injured. Whigrub appears to be trimming the story is some ways while dragging it out in others, but that’s what fiction does.

    Comment by vaganova — June 17, 2016 @ 11:35 am

  6. I don’t mean to sing John S’s or lauramac’s parts, but there is still a little gender off-ness here. The first frame, in which Captain Ken tries to console True, is beautifully drawn and kind of moving. The second, of Boo’s teammates, is a little formalistic and back-patty. But I am glad to see the girls at last– it seems like a Congress or two back since they’ve appeared.

    Comment by vaganova — June 17, 2016 @ 4:16 pm

  7. The Bro’s hugging and the broads not. That makes sense these days. That’ll teach Bader to bring his Monopoly money to school.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 17, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

  8. Two panels featuring males, one featuring females. The closest to gender balance this strip has gotten since Boo’s death, and still not good enough.

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 17, 2016 @ 6:05 pm

  9. To coin a phrase, “What John S said.”

    Comment by vaganova — June 17, 2016 @ 8:02 pm

  10. ^^ Two gripes about gender balance featuring males, one featuring females. (What can I say, I’m a sucker for life-imitates-art and all that meta stuff.)

    Comment by lauramac — June 18, 2016 @ 11:13 am

  11. On the road today. Today’s blog entry coming shortly. Apologies for the delay.

    Comment by teenchy — June 18, 2016 @ 1:47 pm

  12. […] let’s heap physical and verbal abuse on the kid who had nothing to do with his father’s accident, then shun him, […]

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