This Week in Milford

March 7, 2017

Gil Is The System

Filed under: Fontastic, Gil Thorp, Pissy faced Aaron, Prairie Style Windows — timbuys @ 9:28 am


Panels one and two: Gosh is Gil ever so bad at this.

Panel three: At what point do you think Whigham just gave up on getting the print on the door to line up with much of anything?



  1. Oh man, I so wish Marty Moon’s sister was still the school counselor.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 7, 2017 @ 9:43 am

  2. timbuys, the Chief is a fine renderer despite the fact he clearly flunked geometry. That title on the door is right out of one of his playing fields.

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 7, 2017 @ 11:44 am

  3. Gil scratching his head in P2. That’s me every day after reading this strip. For an example, what happened to yesterday’s pictures on the wall? Seems there’s new photos today. But why? Was Gil so bored with Aa’s problem he redecorated while Aa was venting? And what are the objects in today’s photo?

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 7, 2017 @ 11:48 am

  4. Chief, I love your work, but do please take a look at Michelangelo’s rendering of St Mark’s Square, famous for its perfect perspective. Look closely at the vanishing point and you will find a tack hole. It’s ok to cheat, honest.

    Gil may not be totally ept at this despite having been a coach and teacher since 1958, but at least he’s trying. Perhaps tomorrow the counselor will give him an eye-roll and offer to make the appropriate calls.

    Comment by vaganova's chiropractor — March 7, 2017 @ 11:48 am

  5. Uhh, don’t know how to break this to you, Aaaaron, but Gil IS part of the system. At least he should be, professionally speaking. Of course, that never stops Gil from freelancing.

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 7, 2017 @ 12:03 pm

  6. Aaaaron is a real a-hole. Gil is offering to help solve his family issues and he mouths off to Gil like he is obligated to do so. Gil should give him the big f*** you and ride his ass on the bench the rest of the season.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — March 7, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

  7. Welp, I was wrong to think getting Aardark fed would be the easy part. Gil sent him away hungry & appears to be wandering around clueless.
    I just had lunch & am feeling a bit peckish.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 7, 2017 @ 12:17 pm

  8. If all else fails, Gil can make the trek to Collinsport, Maine and pick Barnabas Collins’ brain on how to best resolve the situation with Aardvark as Gil is doing in P3. This tete-a-tete is obviously taking place at 3:00AM in the morning as anybody who knows Barnabas, knows he’s a vampire, though counselor duties come first as they are doing here. We also can see that Barnabas hired a near-sighted laborer to stencil in his credentials, again at 3:00 in the wee hours. No sense in risking this same laborer, or Gil for that matter, from driving a stake in Mr. Collins’ heart.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 7, 2017 @ 12:31 pm

  9. Gil: “Hypothetically, if a kid told me his mother was abusing prescription drugs … ”
    Counselor: “Hypothetically? So you’re asking for a friend who is a coach at another school?”
    Gil: “It’s sort of like that.”
    Counselor: “Normally, I get hypothetical questions from 9th graders. It’s an immature way to avoid responsibility.”
    Gil: “I resent that! I’m capable of avoiding responsibility in any number of mature ways!”
    Counselor: “And if I looked at your roster, how long would it take me to find the student who appears to be under uncommon stress, like he’s been missing meals, perhaps?”
    Gil: “Depends. Are you going alphabetically?”

    Comment by Philip — March 7, 2017 @ 1:53 pm

  10. They’re going to laugh at me for this, but I’m going to say it anyway. Gil has been a PE teacher and coach at Mfnrd for 58 years. How is it that he needs to pussyfoot with the hidden “counselor?” I see a ghastly series of expository panels coming in which the counselor explains to Gil (who must have encountered similar problems with students approximately 49 times previously) what the procedure is. Only two outcomes seem possible: Gil will be instructed in policies he has known since Eisenhower’s second term, or we will learn that Mfnrd HAS no policy. NIAGARA FALLS??? AAARRGGHHH!

    Comment by vaganova's dresser — March 7, 2017 @ 3:02 pm

  11. These kids and all their speak in codes behaviors… Don’t worry Mates, AA is using a simple anagram scramble code.

    When AA spoke, “…not telling THE SYSTEM”; what he said was, “… not telling TESTY HEMS”. Or maybe the, “SHY MET SET”. OK, I don’t know that that means either. But still.

    AA says, “You’re the WISE ADULT COACH”; he meant, “You’re the CASUAL CHOW DIET”. Or perhaps, “You’re the CATHODIC SHIT FUNGUS”.

    (OK, maybe not that last one. But still.)

    Comment by g2design — March 7, 2017 @ 4:08 pm

  12. g2design, I admire and respect your persistent attempts to explic the inexplicable.

    Comment by vaganova's dresser — March 7, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

  13. vaganova, you took the words outta my mouth in relation to g2’s comments. He and Philip ruled the day as far as my funny bone was concerned, although all the other comments were good too.

    Timbuys, Tori Amos, another fave of mine, summed it beautifully today, “…Aardvark writes letters and burns the CD’s/ they say he was something in his formative years/ hold onto nothing as fast as you can…”

    Today’s headline from the Milford Enquirer
    “Judge Ito, Angered By O. J.’s and Cochrane’s Outbursts, Orders O. J. to 60 Hours of Community Service!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    “Simpson to Begin With Carpentry Project of The West Wing of MHS, Starting With The Counselor’s Office.”
    “MHS Official: ‘The Termites Were Just Feasting on the Door Like They Were at an IHOP.'”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 7, 2017 @ 6:31 pm

  14. Gil is a real turd, no doubt. But I agree with Bobby Joe on this. Gil needs to show some spine. But he won’t . He’s Gil. King Kandy Ass.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 7, 2017 @ 7:03 pm

  15. Hey its free pancakes day at IHOP; hope Aaron stocked up for a month or so.

    Comment by robmize2013 — March 7, 2017 @ 7:24 pm

  16. hey robmize, didn’t we all?

    Comment by Gil's Barber — March 7, 2017 @ 9:23 pm

  17. So sorry Jive, but since when is a high school coach your mama/daddy?

    Comment by Gil's Barber — March 7, 2017 @ 9:31 pm

  18. Good IHOP reference, robmize and Gil’s Barber. Funny, funny.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 8, 2017 @ 5:17 am

  19. […] the workout it’s off to the shiny halls of Milford High, where Gil and the COUNSELOR continue to speak obtusely past each other about Tina Aagard. Maybe she’ll get some dinner […]

    Pingback by Come for the Gun Show, Stay for the Hypotheticals | This Week in Milford — March 11, 2017 @ 12:02 pm

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