This Week in Milford

May 15, 2017

Stop The Presses! I Mean, We Have Presses, Right?

Filed under: freak hands, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 3:35 am


This Milford High Trumpet is a snazzy operation. FOIA requests, prairie style windows and a dedicated land line for anonymous tipsters. That’s big-time journalism right there!

Who is our caller? Is it that one Fun Girl with the straight hair, the one from Central High? Or are there just multiple parties out there with dirt on the New Star Pitcher? The Fun Girls are still coming, right? They’re still planning to watch something go down with Cane Van Auken, right? We’ve gotta pay that one off! Please say we’re paying that one off!

Dafne Dafoe is a real wisecracker. I wonder if she pulls off her clip-on earring before grabbing the phone and snaps her chewing gum while delivering that snappy patter.




  1. Do I see a continuity error? The girl in panel 3 is not speaking into the phone — she’s listening. (Note thunderbolt word balloon.) So why is she listening in on the Daily Strumpet’s tip line?

    Also, I read Dafne’s line in panel 1 as “How 19905,” which is a zip code in Dover, Delaware. Is that how the kids are referring to dull, passé stuff now? References to uncool zip codes? If so, I suggest 14886, the zip code for Podunk, NY.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 15, 2017 @ 5:32 am

  2. I’m a little confused….the lightning bolt is supposed to be the person on the other end of the conversation…unknown caller congratulating Duffy on her outstanding expose. Now we move to panel 3 and the unknown caller is in the school hallway, and Duffy is telling her to investigate Rip Van Winkle..

    Comment by Knoxy — May 15, 2017 @ 5:37 am

  3. Good catch, John S. and Knoxy. It didn’t register with me. Maybe Panel 3 girl is not the tipster but a mole planted by Casper Heenan who has hacked into the Trumpet tip line and is monitoring it to help Heenan stay ahead of the dogged scribes of Milford High.

    Comment by nedryerson — May 15, 2017 @ 5:57 am

  4. I thought Mystery Girl was Carrie Hobson, Superspy, but most likely it’s just Fun Girl, disguising her voice.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — May 15, 2017 @ 6:19 am

  5. Going after a corrupt school board member = good copy and an important job for student media
    Going after a troubled youth = vapid gossip

    Dafne may or may not know the difference, but her faculty sponsor sure as heck should.

    Comment by billytheskink — May 15, 2017 @ 7:30 am

  6. GT: GODDAMNIT RUBIN HIGH SCHOOL PAPERS DON’T WORK THAT WAY! For starters, nobody is tipping off a high school reporter… Secondly, approaching Van Auken directly *first* is just going to make him put more walls up and queer the scoop… Finally, an apparatchik on the local podunk school board is one thing, but if Little Miss Brenda Starr thinks she’s taking down one of Gilberto’s untouchable sports heroes, she’s got another thing coming…

    Comment by hitorque — May 15, 2017 @ 10:07 am

  7. So my dress code at work requires a collared shirt, which I think is lame and makes me look like a tool. But now I see both Dafne and Mystery Tipster Fun Girl wearing the same gross polo shirts or button downs I am required to put on. Is my hatred of collared shirts also so 1990s?

    Comment by drewfunk — May 15, 2017 @ 10:22 am

  8. Yup, the panel 3 lightning bolt is a slip. By all indications, that’s the tipper in panel 3 (and yes, hitorque is right about the likely effects of such a call.) I think we are supposed to be proposing possible reasons Bus Riley left town, but there are some obstacles to our doing that, as others point out. I think we have a short circuit here– it is not the Mfnrd Trumpet but the Valley Tech Timpani which should be involved in potentially discrediting stories about a Mfnrd player, whether he punched out the coach at Kingsbrook or was revealed to be banging the cheerleading advisor.

    Comment by vaganova's copyboy — May 15, 2017 @ 3:40 pm

  9. Who’s so 1990’s now? This stuff would be on Facebook.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 15, 2017 @ 5:32 pm

  10. I wanna know where the heck the Chief has seen a landline receiver shaped like that. It looks like it was designed to actively discourage its use.

    Comment by teenchy — May 16, 2017 @ 3:49 am

  11. @billytheskink: exactly…

    Comment by hitorque — May 16, 2017 @ 6:21 am

  12. teenchy, I was going to bail out of this one since I was drawing a blank for ideas. I have learned from a song from Al Stewart: “If it doesn’t come naturally, LEAVE IT.”
    But your poignant observation on the phone jump started what was swimming in my head and never came out. I mean, my mom worked for the phone company for 31 years, my sister another 20, and I NEVER saw samples looking remotely close to this Jetson circa 2237 Model that graces Mr. Spacely’s office(“Jet-SON, get in here at once!!!!!!!!!!” “Right away, Mr. Spacely. Hoo Boy, it must be about that Space Guard meeting I missed.”). The Russians must have used this design when they were launching Sputnik. No wonder why we lost the Space Race. SOMEBODY in the Engineering Department at NASA got canned.
    And I have no clue WHAT the connection is between somebody being paged for a phone call and the decade, the 1990’s. Dafne Duck is failing miserably in the Valley Girl talk. If you’re going to drag people’s reputations through the mud, the continuity errors(as our writers have duly noted) and the non sequiturs have gotta get cleaned up for the sleaze to continue on a high note. DD, get some pointers from Zappa’s “Valley Girl” video.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — May 16, 2017 @ 9:43 am

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