This Week in Milford

August 23, 2016

Is This Discussion Happening During The Proceedings?

Filed under: general nonsense, What the hell is going on here? — timbuys @ 5:37 am

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That is one funky drop panel ceiling in panel two.

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  1. In which we discover the Transitive Property of Befriending Assholes.

    Comment by John S. Walters — August 23, 2016 @ 5:39 am

  2. For real, John S. Once again this strip is all about Specialest Snowflake™ True Standish and how everything that happens in Milford is presented in terms of how it impacts him.

    Rubin let True become his Les Moore, to the eventual detriment of the strip.

    Comment by teenchy — August 23, 2016 @ 6:57 am

  3. P3: Pleaseohpleaseohplease let the answer be, “Yes.”

    Comment by g2design — August 23, 2016 @ 7:18 am

  4. Well, at least True will, presumably, graduate in a couple weeks. I can’t wait.

    Comment by billytheskink — August 23, 2016 @ 7:25 am

  5. Is this how it ends? After this four month excruciating endurance contest of a story line? After killing off the most interesting character in the strip, and somehow leaving Barry Bader alive? After introducing and abandoning subplot after subplot? It’s all going to end by having the Mudlark baseball team assemble shoulder to shoulder with Barry and sing “Kumbaya?”

    Comment by Philip — August 23, 2016 @ 7:40 am

  6. It seems some of the team went there to see a lynching. Then Ol’ Aw Shucks True went golly gee soft . Or so it appears. Didn’t they get together as a team and discuss this? Or did True go rogue and now the fat cows son is backing him? Don’t you lose you’re team captain status by August? Hopefully the not exactly boy helps hotter heads prevail.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 23, 2016 @ 8:28 am

  7. Speaking of disappearing subplots and characters, what about the bartender we met who served up Del’s first DUI? He seemed like a good guy who genuinely liked his customers, and he got more dialogue than MImi’s had this entire story arc.

    I was hoping that perhaps Kaz could have reached out to the bartender about taking car keys or cutting off patrons, and together they could have started the “Ease Up, Friend!” anti-drunk-driving campaign.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 23, 2016 @ 9:16 am

  8. So the team is going to spontaneously saunter over and crowd around Barry in support of True? Barry was already on the defensive when True approached him, so he’ll probably flip his wig. At this point, if Barry told them all to fuck off and leave him alone, he’d be justified.

    Comment by nedryerson — August 23, 2016 @ 9:28 am

  9. I have to disagree with you Ned. I don’t think Barry is justified in saying anything other than I’m sorry I’ve been a dick this whole baseball season.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — August 23, 2016 @ 10:31 am

  10. Taking Jive Turkey’s comment a bit farther, perhaps Bader will respond to True’s kindness with a conciliatory “yes, I have been a dick. I’m sorry, from now on I’ll be a different, likeable guy.”

    To which True will respond, “Great to hear! And say, it looks like you’re suddenly going to be missing a father, and I am suddenly without a best friend. Whadda you say we become pals?”

    Comment by Moon Mullins — August 23, 2016 @ 10:56 am

  11. Moon – I Googled “saccharine overdose” after I read your comment.

    Comment by Philip — August 23, 2016 @ 11:57 am

  12. Looks like that tonsure hair style is really catching on with the boys team. Two more in today’s strip.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — August 23, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

  13. This story reminds me of Garrison Keillor’s account of seeing a Wagner opera, the endless Parsifal. He described people, even before Act 3, crawling up the aisles toward the exits…

    If this is a resolution, it will top all previous unresolved resolutions, of which there have been many (too often in GT, the story ends with “And they all lived happily every after. Good night, kids!”) As I see it, we have two main threads. One is True’s grief and his need to adjust to Boo’s death. That’s enough for one story, even if Whigrub continues to ignore any relationship with Boo’s parents. But we also have Barely Bader vs (fill in the name of any other living person.) His father’s son, he is some distance from looking in the mirror, thus the odds of any real resolution are small. Del Bader is a mere foil, and nothing has invited us to look inside him nor has there been any point of entry suggested. Get him off the stage and into the pen and his kid may have a chance. At the least, we can look forward to New Thayer fans showing up next year in striped costumes with numbers (“Now batting, number 4366427…”)

    Comment by vaganova — August 23, 2016 @ 1:50 pm


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