This Week in Milford

July 25, 2016

“The Same Old Jerk,” or “What Rubin’s Doing to the Readers This Summer”


There goes Ken talking about how “our friend died” again. Did we ever see him interact with Boo at any point prior to her death?

Never thought I’d get to use the “Bare Midriffs” tag but there ya go. Neither did I think we’d need an “Exploding Ear Wax Syndrome” tag. Darth Bader appears to be pulling his shirt down over said bare midriff, but the clenched fist and angle of his right hand (not to mention “the same old jerk”) suggest his other, less appealing nickname. He coulrd, of course, be getting ready to call Ken a wanker.

As Master Bader frames the picture, magically changing into a clerical collar, we await his shifting the blame from his father to technology, or the lack thereof.



  1. Master Bader does have a point–it was not his dad who offed Boo. The pickup driver was distracted eh… The court trial could be the summer plot…

    Comment by Rowdyman — July 25, 2016 @ 5:13 am

  2. … and the death of Boo Radley continues to be viewed exclusively through the eyes of the male population.

    I think Rubin extended this storyline into (and through?) the summer in order to give it more heft. Problem is, when you kill off a character you raise the stakes, and his storytelling abilities aren’t up to the task. (Those who read Detroit newspapers know him as a highly skilled feature writer, but comix are a different animal.) The painful extension of “How Boo’s Death Affects The Boys” has me desperately longing for a nice meaningless golf-centered plot.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 25, 2016 @ 6:03 am

  3. I do like the artwork today, honestly. Panel 3 is could be a small-town art museum-worthy lithograph.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 25, 2016 @ 7:57 am

  4. I want/don’t want to hear Barry’s deluded version of events. This is an open and shut case. If you drop your Walther and it goes off, killing someone, the floor does not get charged. You do.

    Comment by vaganova — July 25, 2016 @ 7:57 am

  5. Even by Bader standards, P3 is breathtakingly obtuse. There’s a gap between “apologize” and “don’t make things worse by picking at other people’s emotional scabs”.
    As for the assertion that his dad didn’t hurt Boo … yeah, and Lee Harvey Oswald was just cleaning his gun, and it went off by accident.

    Comment by Philip — July 25, 2016 @ 10:02 am

  6. It took me all night to figure it out. I’m no Hercule Poirot, but it clicked this morning. Now, the next strip might reveal *how* he knows, but Bader appears to know something he shouldn’t. He can’t know it. Anyone else with me?

    Comment by g2design — July 26, 2016 @ 5:49 am

  7. Thank you for filling in, teenchy. I woke up in a lovely place with no computer where I didn’t have to wrap my head around Barry Bader and his delusions. I should relocate there permanently.

    I don’t think Barry knows anything special. The commentariat have provided many useful analogies. There was probably contributory negligence (sounds like a thing, right?) on the part of the driver of the truck, but there’s no way that that negates Del’s culpability. I understand that Barry can’t see past the end of his nose, so it makes perfect sense that he can’t grasp this. Perhaps an adult, say perhaps one of his parents, can explain this to him.

    Comment by nedryerson — July 26, 2016 @ 6:12 am

  8. Thanks Ned. Figured I needed to step up and eat innings Edwin Jackson style.

    Comment by teenchy — July 26, 2016 @ 6:50 am

  9. Edwin Jackson! Man that guy has made a lot of money for reasons that cannot be explained.

    Comment by nedryerson — July 26, 2016 @ 7:20 am

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