This Week in Milford

June 22, 2016

Are They At The Store While Practice Is Ongoing?

Filed under: exploding mailboxes, Fontastic, Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp — timbuys @ 6:42 am


Mostly questions today…

P1: Is it me or is that shopping basket quite narrow? Did Mimi write their shopping list on a business card? What’s in the multiple sacks they have at the bottom?

P2: Did Gil really blow off his role as an authority figure because it would be a hassle?

P3: Who are these girls of whom Gil asks? Shouldn’t we be talking about Ken and Barry and True and, I dunno, Mike Granger?



  1. I’ll try to squelch it means Kaz is Jim Fowler again. Don’t forget the PBR 30 pack. $10.99 !

    Comment by Jive Turkey — June 22, 2016 @ 6:56 am

  2. I’ll try to squelch it where I can….I’ll fill you in over lemonade.

    I’ve been fascinated by the word squelch since my father installed a CB radio in his car and it had a knob on it labeled “Squelch”. I asked what it did and can’t remember if it was ever explained to my satisfaction. It suppressed extraneous noise. Such a strange bit of jargon. Probably part of the lexicon of pilots or other early users of two way radio equipment. More interesting than expressing continual disappointment in how this strip tells (not shows) stories.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 22, 2016 @ 7:09 am

  3. Is Jefferson Mimi’s new pool maintenance person?

    Comment by Dood — June 22, 2016 @ 7:32 am

  4. If it’s any consolation, at least we now know Gil’s pet name for Mimi’s breasteses.

    Comment by teenchy — June 22, 2016 @ 7:51 am

  5. In the prescient words of Berry Buck Mills and Stipe, “Jefferson, I think we’re lost”

    Comment by g2design — June 22, 2016 @ 8:12 am

  6. Better grab another box of Rubin&Whigham. I’m not sure how much we have left at home.

    Comment by nedryerson — June 22, 2016 @ 9:45 am

  7. “or something like that.” Translation: The team is babbling about something, but who the hell cares?

    “I’ll try to squelch it.” Translation: I’ll try to keep it patched together until the season ends. After that, who the hell cares? It’s empathy, the Gil Thorp way.

    Meanwhile, one friggin’ panel for the girls’ softball team AND Boo’s family combined. Gaah..

    Comment by John S. Walters — June 22, 2016 @ 11:19 am

  8. Allow me to re-write the dialog for the first two panels: “There’s a lot of resentment toward Barry Bader over what his father did, and I’ll do my best to keep it from getting out of hand, but he’s been such an arrogant little dick from the beginning that it’s not going to be easy.” I think I’d also compress those first two panels into one and give Mimi and her team the second two. That’s a very dense piece of exposition that she gets out in eighteen words! The kids are crushed, they’re going to the Radley house (presumably to express solidarity with Boo’s parents) and they still have to decide what to do about the scheduled game against Jefferson. Do they forfeit on the ground that this is no time for games, or do they take the field in honor of their teammate and friend? Not an easy choice for a bunch of kids to make, and I’m disappointed so little space has been given to it. Mike Granger’s soggy if well-intended exhalations aside, we are focusing on the wrong story.

    Comment by vaganova — June 22, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

  9. Jive Turkey, great analogy, Gil will take the glory, just as Marlin Perkins did as the lion/hippo/croc attacked, while Fowler/Kaz saved everyone’s asses

    Comment by Dinerman — June 22, 2016 @ 5:21 pm

  10. If only there was a Land Rover for Gil to hide in, much as Marlin Perkins did…

    Comment by teenchy — June 23, 2016 @ 4:24 am

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