This Week in Milford

February 21, 2017

Periodic Domination?


Let’s leave aside the mysterious periodic relationship between Aaron, his mother and Milford basketball for a moment and get back to something we really haven’t talked about enough.

Someone needs to explain to me what the hell is going on with Aardvark’s hair because between panels one and two it is not at all clear to me where it is shorn nor where it has been left to grow out.

Bonus point: Panel two is pretty darn awesome. Not sure why it couldn’t have been done across the final two panels as the drawing of Marty doesn’t add anything.




  1. “Marty Doesn’t Add Anything” could be the name of a printed collection of Gil Thorp strips from the past 7 years.

    But you know what would make this whole story line quite a bit better? Marty would. Instead of examining Aagard’s yet-to-be-revealed (non)problem through Granger and Brown’s junior detective agency and Gil’s disinterested smarm, it could be examined through Marty and the Ahab-esque desire to sink Gil’s career that once defined his character.

    Inconsistent player with earrings and silly haircut known to stay out late at raves… Player allegedly taking drugs but probably isn’t… Player and mother suspected of point shaving or whatever this story is trying to fake us into believing now… All fit the classic model of the kinds of things Marty would hit on and misconstrue in his maniacal quest to take Gil down.

    Comment by billytheskink — February 21, 2017 @ 8:47 am

  2. I think panel 1 is the anomalous haircut. Isn’t he usually shown as having long hair on top and short around the sides?

    As for melding panels 2 and 3 and omitting Marty entirely, that would be visually great but the syndicate probably requires the standard three-panel format because some papers run some strips vertically. And God knows, this strip can’t afford to alienate any of its newspapers.

    Comment by John S. Walters — February 21, 2017 @ 9:48 am

  3. Oh, Come on, timbuys, why, I heard “Periodic Domination” off of one of REM’s earlier albums. I’m unclear if it’s off of ‘Murmur’ or ‘Dead Letter Office’. Maybe later from ‘Life’s Rich Pageant”(…”I am Superman, and I can do anything…”). Sorry, timbuys, sometimes sarcasm surges like Old Faithful(ha).

    The Milford Fire Department Fire Marshal has declared Aardvark’s head a fire hazard and will not allow him into Ma Aardvark’s workplace as a nod of the head could incite a 3-alarm disaster, McShane’s Hardware being ill-equpped to sustain a human towering inferno. All correspondence between him and his mom have to be 50 feet from the building.
    Kaz was said to have a fire extinguisher handy if Aardvark’s head flared up during a 20-second time out but the Hardy Boys would have to pull the pin so the foam wouldn’t ruin Kaz’s suit and earring.
    Check out P2. Aside from the top reminding me of David Bowie’s “Lodger” album, we are faced with an interesting angle. The VT guy to the left got beat from his man while the other is evidently hanging at high noon from the rafters because he didn’t call a switch. Small wonder why The Flash wound up with an easy dunk.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 21, 2017 @ 11:04 am

  4. By the looks of that hairline in panel 2 Aardvark is gonna have to wrap that hair around his freakin head a la Lou Henson or Wally George in a few years to hide his baldness . What cool rave look that will be!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — February 21, 2017 @ 2:57 pm

  5. The tiny specks of munge on the rim in P2 – someones been mauling the hoop all night. Consulting my handy Periodic Table of Dominations reveals the element AA as the likely composition.

    (Help I know next to nothing about chemistry, except for this.)

    Comment by g2design — February 21, 2017 @ 5:51 pm

  6. I seldom criticize the art since God knows art is not one of my callings but, damn, my niece, when she was an up-and-coming art student could draw better than in P1. Somebody put a bobblehead on Aardvark’s torso and just lit a match. Has Salvador Dali risen from the dead and is now working as a part-time fill-in? I wonder.
    And I thought 3-dimensional chess was left to Dr. Spock, er, P2 is one confusing mess of a badminton(smack on the head), basketball court. Interesting that Escher’s name was brought up the other day. Aardvark could be going UP or going DOWN for the dunk while defenders from the netherworld or Canis Major abound, depending on your mood. I’m still undecided and get a sick-gut feeling that won’t change by the time I hit the sack. Anybody got any rotgut to push me over the edge on this one?

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 21, 2017 @ 7:05 pm

  7. P1: So THAT’S the inspiration for Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here”‘album cover. Small world.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — February 21, 2017 @ 7:13 pm

  8. In Panel one, the defender has appeared to shave the complete top of his head while retaining the rest. Silence of the Lambs guy will appreciate that when he dines on his brain. Ray Liotta sends his regards.

    Comment by southmauldin — February 21, 2017 @ 7:29 pm

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