This Week in Milford

July 22, 2017

Turn and Grunt

Filed under: big arms, exposition comics, football, Gil Thorp, Milford Weirdos — teenchy @ 9:25 am


We got a lot of good exposition from the TWIM hive mind yesterday.  Trey Davis and Jaquan Case are back after a decade plus and looking very little like their teenaged selves* (change in artists notwithstanding).  Like many if not most young adults, they look to be shedding some of their teenage personas as well.  Yeah, a lot of folks wouldn’t want to be called “The Don” these days, and that’s all I have to say about that.

Speaking of weird handshakes, is it considered impolite to leave your gloves on to shake the hand of someone who is barehanded?  Opinions appear to differ.   Heather’s cankles are looking mighty thick today. Wonder if she taped them herself. I’m sure we’ll learn more about her future as Trey and Jaquan fill in their backstories in the coming days.

*I’d link more but Gocomics went down as I was composing this post.



  1. You know, we give Whigham at lot of grief on this site, but all it takes is one look at the linked comic to realize how tremendously better he is than the last two artists. McLaughlin made Gil’s head look like a shoebox, for crying out loud. And Bolle, well, I respect the fact that he was trying to draw this strip and 3-G at the same time while in his 80s, but let’s just say his style really wasn’t suited to a strip about teenage sports.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 22, 2017 @ 11:02 am

  2. I’ve made my case on wearing gloves while catching footballs in practice. And I know they’re quite tacky in a good way for grip. But in practice, let’s see who really has good hands. Put them on for games if you like. But yeah, take them off for handshake. Looks like Heather may have taken off her right glove but left remains.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 22, 2017 @ 11:11 am

  3. I too noticed that Palooka left his glove on– usually considered a faux pas by a male– while Heather removed hers, and wonder if we are being told that Palooka is a lout if a pleasant one. There’s an irony involved, too, in that when women wore gloves in public, they did not remove them when offering their hands, whereas Heather has done so in this exchange. Whoa– we do need a ruling from Billy on this– am I imagining things, or do I remember correctly that before her turn as a player, Heather was an assistant to Trainer Rick Scott, and that she was planning to study physical therapy? I wonder if helping with rehabbing a scoped knee may be in her future.

    Comment by vaganova — July 22, 2017 @ 12:56 pm

  4. Has there ever been a single strip in the history of newspaper comics that accomplished less than this one? We have not advanced the plot, cranked up the tension level, introduced a character, or provided exposition. Unless Rubin figures out a way to turn Jaquan’s knee into a plot device, this was three thoroughly wasted panels.

    Comment by Philip — July 22, 2017 @ 1:18 pm

  5. Heather was working with Trainer Rick Scott, though her intentions seemed to be to get as close to the football team as possible and not because she had a tremendous interest in physical therapy. At the end of the season, she told Gil she was going to the University of Iowa to study journalism, so maybe she can give Dafne some pointers when she’s done with Pelwecki (another great opportunity to mention that Dafne and Kevin share a haircut).

    Philip, you obviously aren’t a Funky Winkerbean reader.

    edit: Stuck in moderation, not sure why. Thanks billy! – teenchy

    Comment by billytheskink — July 22, 2017 @ 3:07 pm

  6. Maybe the fall storyline will be an extended homage to “Slacker,” the movie that just randomly followed a series of characters in Austin. Next we’ll follow Trey and Jaquan as they come across Steve Luhm, and then we’ll follow Steve to the janitorial supply store, and then it’ll turn out that an athlete has a summer job at the store, and we’ll follow him to The Bucket where he’ll have lunch with some other athletes, and we’ll follow one of them…

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 23, 2017 @ 8:55 am

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