This Week in Milford

July 9, 2016

Stay Tuned for The Truman Show

Filed under: big arms, Fat Guys, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Just plain sad — teenchy @ 9:04 pm


So after Gil gives True the “life is for the living” pep talk, and a month to the day after Boo was declared dead, we have – the funeral? The memorial service? The start of A Very Special Gil Thorp? A pivot to the summer arc?

Kudos to Art for looking trim, for deciphering teenspeak, and for giving a little pep talk of his own. On the other hand, Art’s and Gil’s (and Marjie Ducey’s, and the Mudlark baseball team’s, and…) treatment of True as the Very Specialest Snowflake in Milford is really starting to get old. It’s like he’s turning into Gil Thorp‘s analog to Funky Winkerbean’s Les Moore.

From the Minor Artistic Quibble Dept: I dunno if Whigham does the lettering in addition to the art, but the “R” in “DEAR” in P3 looks too much like a “D” at first glance, which taken literally would send this strip in a whole new direction.



  1. When Art Standish first appeared a couple of summers ago he looked like the classic asshole parent of a gifted athlete, demanding that Gil deal with True’s “brand” and lecturing him on the galactic importance of “high school football.” But more and more he is looking like a decent guy, even if he continues to wear a repp tie at home as if he were Ozzie Nelson. Yeah, it’s been three or four days dilated into a month, but let’s hope for the best. That said, I will continue to be pissed if this remains the Saga of True at the expense of all else.

    Comment by vaganova — July 9, 2016 @ 10:01 pm

  2. It’s not a Catholic Church…

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 10, 2016 @ 4:51 am

  3. I read “dead” and then I read the post! Too funny.

    Comment by G2design — July 10, 2016 @ 8:50 am

  4. “No, Dad, I mean ‘Is my tie okay?’ I’ve never worn one before in my life.”

    Can this story possibly go on another week? This doesn’t seem like an ending.

    On the other hand, if it is an ending, then we will have consigned Barry Bader to a lifetime of ostracism, his dad injured, jailed, and presumably unemployed, his mother reduced to “taking in washing” (i.e. prostitution) to make ends meet, and no closure for the girls’ softball team or Boo’s never-seen family. But hey, the important thing is that The Most Entitled Kid in Milford continues to occupy the spotlight.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 10, 2016 @ 10:34 am

  5. No, True, your tie is not OK. Today’s strip cannot be snarked, but there is one continuity error: the stripes in True’s tie go from NW-to-SE in P1 to SW-to-NE in P2. No telling where they’re pointed in P3.
    So Monday and Tuesday will be consumed with the memorial service, and we can wrap up the Bader situation the last part of the week. After that … I remain suspicious that we’ll see True drafted by a major league baseball team (a neat trick, as the real draft was over a month ago). How much of the summer will he take up?

    Comment by Philip — July 10, 2016 @ 11:06 am

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