This Week in Milford

May 13, 2017

The Dreaded Call to the ‘Pen


Today we get another one of those frequent time dilation events that tend to happen in the Thorpiverse.  Sometimes this isn’t such a bad thing: when several days are spent on a single play or sequence of events in a single game, the pacing of a typical high school sports season gets thrown off.  Other times, it feels really forced, especially when the events of the stretched out game could have an impact on the events of the speeded up games.

That’s what’s happening here. It feels like Ryan Van Auken’s lost cool that led him to getting yanked from his first start is being completely glossed over. We can only assume everything went Ryan’s way and that his dumpster fire of a temper has been left smoldering, only to be touched off again by, perhaps…

… a mysterious phone call, such as the one a young Stephen King is fielding in the Milford High Journalism Office(!).  On the basis of one exposé, Dafne Dafoe Dafonte Dafunk has gained a reputation as a hard-hitting reporter, one who’s ready to blow the roof off a subject once given a hot lead.  Wanna bet this call’s from the Fun Girls from Mount Pilot* – er, Central City – with the juicy backstory as to why Van Auken’s now plying his wares in Milford?

*One of The Fun Girls was named Daphne. Coincidence?


  1. Stephen King, good catch

    Comment by Steve — May 13, 2017 @ 12:23 pm

  2. If this were video, The Chief could have done panel 1 as a desk calendar’s pages being flipped in semi-darkness by the wind from an open window, with music arranged by Axel Stordahl for accompaniment.

    Comment by vaganova's accompanist — May 13, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

  3. Love the fun girls reference. They had that smokers voice. At least the one that said,”Hi doll.”

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 13, 2017 @ 5:22 pm

  4. P3: “Dafne? That was your mom. She said don’t forget to go by the store and get a dozen eggs. And some whole wheat bread too.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 13, 2017 @ 5:26 pm

  5. Obviously, Rubin shares Gary Meola’s attitude toward softball. Once again, the only glimpse we get of the girls’ team is when it has direct bearing on what the boys are doing. Bechdel Test, people!

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 13, 2017 @ 7:18 pm

  6. […] Last time the strip featured a player in uniform in action: May 13 […]

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  7. […] him in there to twist in the wind.  This prompts random Milford guy – is it the same one who answered the phone in the Journalism Office? – to run and tell Dafne, who’s at softball practice. […]

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  8. […] part trois: Ryan Van Auken has been dark-haired from the get-go, right up through the earlier part of this season. Did he just grab a bottle of peroxide before the […]

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