This Week in Milford

March 9, 2017

Aangry Aaron Aacts Out


Well here we go again with that staple of soap strip continuity, repeating yesterday’s last panel as today’s first panel.  As pointed out in yesterday’s TWIM comments, since when did Ken and Mike ever really talk to Aaron beyond their amateur detective questioning?

Aaron lets his paw do the talking in P2 as he, Ken and unidentified Mudlark hooper (sans freckles, not likely Mike) soar just below the rim.  Such hang time!  Imagine what Aaron could do on three squares a day.  Maybe we’ll soon find out.

Finally, once I convinced myself that the “f” in “shift” wasn’t silent, I wondered exactly what first shift Kaz intended to take.  Babysitting the locker room post-practice?  Feeding Aaron?  Or what?




  1. Feeding Aardark?! Don’t talk rubbish, that would take his edge off. Anyhow, it’s only been a week they’ve know the kid was starving & have done nothing.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — March 9, 2017 @ 8:56 am

  2. OMG RED LETTER DAY — Gil volunteers to DO something when he’s got a willing dupe all ready to go.

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

  3. Teenchy, I’m sure you’ll get tired of my praises but I LOVED that 3rd paragraph. Oh, God forbid, that there should be a 3rd shift to this Days of Our Lives scenario.
    Ah, but never fear, Friday and Gannon are here to save the day. We pick up the action(?) in progress
    “2:38AM. It was clear in Milford, not a cloud in the sky. The stars could be seen everywhere and the temperature was in the ’60’s. We were assigned to the Night Surveillance Unit. The boss is Captain Luhm.
    We were on stake-out at McShane’s Hardware. There had been reports that Mrs. Aardvark had snuck in the back of the store so that she could get a jump on her Lifesaver habit. But the only thing that turned up was a stray Persian cat and a night-shift employee from the Milford Foundry bumming us for a smoke. I gave him one of my Belairs. Nothing much else was shaking so Gannon hustled in the alley to take a dump.
    We spent hours anticipating any illegal activity that might have surfaced from McShane’s but those spade shovels in the front window just kept staring at us, indicating that perhaps we better come back another day. We discovered later from an anonymous phone tip that Mrs. Aardvark always comes to work around 8:00AM, when the store opens. We were sure to get better results then. We knew we could catch her in the act. The Milford 7-11 was just down the street and they had Lifesavers with more flavors than Baskin-Robbins. We were closing in on our target.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 9, 2017 @ 10:42 am

  4. The Granger-Brown detective agency began poking their nose into Aagard’s business because he was only playing well 1 out of every 3 or 4 games, not because they were friends who were worried about him. Now Aagard is practicing like a fire has been lit under him. If he consistently plays that way too, our junior detectives will have accomplished their mission.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 9, 2017 @ 10:51 am

  5. Ken says and does nothing. I have a hard time believing that. Because that’s usually Gil’s job

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 9, 2017 @ 11:42 am

  6. That’s the best Ken Brown look EVER! He is soooo not having any of the Aa bullshiite in P1. That WTF stare… nice job on the art today, Mr. Whigham.

    On the other hand; P2: do they practice with those injection molded plastic nets and save the twine for gameday?

    Comment by g2design — March 9, 2017 @ 11:43 am

  7. @JSWalters – one of the better Buffalo Tom albums, no?

    Comment by g2design — March 9, 2017 @ 11:45 am

  8. @g2design: I dunno… That look on Brown’s face seems much more like a guilty “Oh shit he finally knows I’ve been snooping around” -look of remorse…

    Comment by Hitorque — March 9, 2017 @ 11:53 am

  9. You know what I really like?

    1. The fact that three of his best players are fighting and don’t trust one another yet Kommissar Gilberto has done jack fucking shit to smooth things over in the locker room…

    2. Aaron A. Aaronsen has come clean and said he’s not getting any food at home (Which I’ve already proven as bullshit since he isn’t destitute, but let’s suspend our imaginations), and not one teammate, classmate, teacher or coach has tossed Aaron a tenner and said “Here Aaron, have lunch on me today and super-size it!”

    Comment by Hitorque — March 9, 2017 @ 11:58 am

  10. What was he juggling that day in the lunch room? Apples? Try knives or something more daring and take it on the road and earn some dough, kid. You can tour with stupid rave act that I can’t remember .

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 9, 2017 @ 2:11 pm

  11. My favorite GT scene resolutions often involve violence– Kaz decking the loudmouth at the Gail Martin concert, Herk the Mauler demolishing the two punks, and a more recent favorite, Kenzie Hanley waking the bully’s yaw in Central City. But it doesn’t seem this plot is amenable to such a development. But on the other hand, Captain Ken did attempt to throttle the son of the criminally negligent drunk driver less than a year ago, so I guess there is hope.

    Comment by vaganova's barre mate — March 9, 2017 @ 2:22 pm

  12. Using the B&W versions of the strip as I usually do would’ve missed this, but is Ken’s right arm shown as white in panel two?

    Comment by timbuys — March 9, 2017 @ 4:42 pm

  13. P1: “Heeerrrreeee’s JOHNNY!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    Ken Brown: “The power of Christ compels you!!!!!!!!”

    Today’s headline from the Milford Enquirer
    “Sting Operation at McShane’s Nets Several Dealers Including a Drug Lord!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
    “Shipments Arrived Semi-Weekly From Places Such As China, Venezuela, and Costa Rica, Says Milford Police Chief.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 9, 2017 @ 4:56 pm

  14. lol at all, but why can’t a teen get a job and feed himself? whaaaaa wa I need my Mommy

    Comment by Gil's Barber — March 9, 2017 @ 8:15 pm

  15. @timbuys @13: Not sure about that; it looks a lot smaller than his left so I didn’t make that assumption, but then whose else would it be? I wish I could get the B&W sizing down pat ’cause I don’t really like using the color version.

    Comment by teenchy — March 9, 2017 @ 8:25 pm

  16. Yeah, timbuys, I’ve heard of interracial marriage but it was my impression that it takes 2 to tango on that one. But maybe I’m old-fashioned and have been watching too many early Dragnet episodes(ha).

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — March 9, 2017 @ 8:26 pm

  17. I’ll take a second to chime in on the B&W vs. color thing for anybody who gives a crud.

    The B&W version of the strip comes from GoComics. (If you click on the today’s comic link in the right banner…it’s over there somewhere, believe me…you go to the Houston Chronicle’s page which gets it’s feed from GoComics.) I used to be able to right click on the strip and save image to use it and now I can’t due to a change in the way it displays. For some reason, I can’t even copy and paste it into an editor to save the image that way. Maybe I’m missing something. Now, I could take a screen shot, paste that image into a photo editor, then cut the strip out of there, but now we’re talking about a multistep process that doesn’t seem worth the effort. That’s why I started using the color strip that comes from Comics Kingdom (via the Seattle PI page). It’s just simpler to right click/save and then upload the file.

    The other advantage of using the color strip is that it’s sized more or less the same as the strips that have been used since the beginning of this blog and doesn’t need to be manipulated by the blog handling software to fit. I think that’s the issue that teenchy is referring to above.

    Back when I first started blogging here, Jason told me about a similar issue that occurred during his tenure when the comics server changed the display size and I, trying to preserve Jason’s format, would dutifully import and resize the strips using an editor (MS Paint, specifically…yes I’m low budget). I did try to figure out a way to use the blog’s setting to accomplish this, but the images just didn’t look right. I guess the bottom line is I’m just doing things as quickly and simply as possible in order to get something up there and I presume that there is no crushing need to standardize anything in this current venture.

    Comment by nedryerson — March 10, 2017 @ 7:35 am

  18. I follow the exact same process Ned does, right down to using the Seattle PI version. I’m already on record with my objections to the color version of the strip, but in the end ease of use wins the day.

    As for Big Ken’s arms in P2, is it too soon to trot out another The Thing with Two Heads reference?

    Comment by teenchy — March 10, 2017 @ 9:51 am

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