This Week in Milford

July 27, 2017

Cavalier with the Facts


“We are here at the Milford Country Club, where we’ve secretly replaced the lemonade they usually serve with a urine sample. Let’s see if anyone can tell the difference!”  At least I imagine that’s what the server who’s breaking the fourth wall here is thinking.

Another day of exposition on Jaquan Case, in which we learn that he spent three years at Mr. Jefferson’s University. Would Jaquan have been a contemporary of Sean Singletary? I’m grateful to have the archives* available to connect the dots on Jaquan and Trey’s backstories. (I can also see that Rubin name-dropped a couple of high schools local to me back then, too, which might’ve made me think Milford is in Pennsylvania, which it is, or at least one of them.)  Tronix may still have its fingers in Jaquan, or he may just have all that leftover swag from when his career fizzled out. We’ll learn soon.

Stick around; after that clinker of a spring arc this might be entertaining.  Who knows? Maybe Hadley V. Baxendale or Uncle Rudy will show up. Marty Moon may start wearing mascara again.

*metapost: If you have the time, I recommend visiting the archives. The TWIM hive mind contains some really long-time readers of the strip and their memories are great to have, especially if you went long years not seeing the strip as I did.  Going through the archives helps me appreciate the sense of continuity (such as it is) in the strip, as well as the vastly improved artwork – not only in terms of style but also in terms of accuracy. The sports uniforms, for example, aren’t just monogrammed shirts without numbers. Look at the Milford – Bishop Tardy game from 2005: Milford’s wearing Michigan cheerleader’s tops while Tardy’s jerseys look like something you’d punish a student with by making them wear, like a dunce cap.


  1. That last link Young Jaquan looks like Geoffrey Holder in Live & Let Die.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — July 27, 2017 @ 6:45 am

  2. We cheapshot the artwork a lot, and sometimes it’s deserved, especially with the Chief’s incessant confusion over the geometry of field markings, but his work is sensational in comparison to that of those who followed Jack Berrill. If you scroll back and forth on the link teenchy provided, you’ll see what I mean– in the game scenes the players often look like airborne blow-up dolls. I don’t know how we stood it.

    Comment by vaganova — July 27, 2017 @ 8:24 am

  3. I love Whigham’s artwork, myself. Late Frank McLaughlin definitely entered “so bad it’s good” territory.

    Comment by drewfunk — July 27, 2017 @ 9:39 am

  4. 1. Hey waitress lady! Mind your own business and quit looking at me…

    2. As a proud Virginian, I’m enraged that this strip is trying to associate itself in any way with my beloved Commonwealth

    3. 3x All-American, 4x All-ACC, Naismith Award Finalist… So did he deliver that national title to a long-suffering Charlottesville, or did he choke in the tourney for four straight seasons? And what happened to your NBA career, Mr. Lottery Pick? Because if you were doing anything noteworthy you wouldn’t be needing to “remind” folks of your past deeds, right??

    4. I’m almost scared to ask what mythical acts True Standish is pulling off for an abysmal Wake Forest… Remember he was a Top 5 nationally ranked recruit and literally could have gone anywhere and chose Wake Forest because it had a ‘pretty campus’… He didn’t even bother to pick a ‘football school’ that could groom him for the NFL(!)

    Comment by Hitorque — July 27, 2017 @ 10:01 am

  5. Waitress lady looks a lot like Amy “Clubber” Lange.
    Somebody’s gonna be wearing that lemonade soon.

    Comment by Downpuppy (@Downpuppy) — July 27, 2017 @ 10:43 am

  6. Man, the electricity is flowing today. teenchy, I am driving for my dad today and I about fell out of the vehicle at the gas station laughing over the lemonade joke. downpuppy, you were accurate on Jaquan, hitting on the head what was busting to come out of my person but couldn’t quite get it off the tip of my tongue(ha).
    All that said, Rosie the Riveter in P1 is out of a job now that the war is over and military bases are closing so now she’s trying her hand at modeling for tv commercials, this time plugging for Country Time Lemonade. Ah, that smooth refreshing taste that hits the spot after you just dumped one in the lake on hole #17. Next week, Pepperidge Farm will come a-callin’ for her to push their new line of raspberry-Dutch chocolate scones.
    And get a load of Jaquan in the old strip indeed. downpuppy, the Baron Samedi comparison is priceless but I’m comin’ in second(ha ha) pointing out that I know now what Lurch looked like when he was a high school cager and sported a Mr. Clean facade.

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — July 27, 2017 @ 11:13 am

  7. So did Gil tell his pupil he’ll be back in a minute? Gil definetly has issues with abandoning little kids.

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 27, 2017 @ 11:28 am

  8. Actually, the closest Jaquan has come to praising himself is to say that he earned a degree in history at UVA. Trey has been serving as his publicist.

    Speaking of serving, one of the things I love about the Chief’s drawings is the unnecessary but nonetheless interesting secondary foci. The server in panel 1 is a great example. When the drawing leads you speculate about people who aren’t even secondary characters, it’s good art. Kind of a comic strip nod toward Bruegel. I wonder if Rubin would consider setting the dialog as captions instead of bubbles, in the fashion of what is probably the best drawn strip of all time, Prince Valiant. Many consider it the first “graphic novel.”

    Hitorque has made a great call. That really DOES look like Amy. Amy Lange.

    Comment by vaganova — July 27, 2017 @ 11:32 am

  9. And maybe I’m developing glaucoma but if the MCC can’t do better than buying their tables and chairs at the Milford Flea Market, then they must have not raised their greens fees and just sucked it in financially or someone in charge of maintenance at MCC has a bad taste in furniture. Oh, well, Mr. History Dude, Coach T., and The Trainer Personified are too busy reminiscing over a tall boy of Country Time.
    “Here’s to never choking in the Playdowns.”

    Comment by T. Drew Hardin — July 27, 2017 @ 11:34 am

  10. Excuse me, but just WHERE are the archives ?!

    More specifically, the GT website once had the archives for all the strips starting from January, 1997, but then they were cancelled for some reason.

    For the record, I’d be elated to see archives from the 60’s to the 80’s !!!

    Comment by Howard S Sample — July 27, 2017 @ 11:52 am

  11. T Drew, I was so interested in “Amy’s” expression that I didn’t even notice the furniture. It kind of goes with the “Prairie” theme at Mfnrd HS, but it doesn’t look like outdoor furniture and they pretty definitely are on a porch of some kind. And to second a comment from a few days ago, some drawings of Trey do look a lot like Gil. In the early Berrill days, EVERYONE looked like Gil, even Dell Brand the Biker, who had Gil’s then flattop, but long on the sides and back. Truly disturbing.

    Comment by vaganova — July 27, 2017 @ 11:56 am

  12. Howard S @ 10: To search the archives (which are really Gocomics minus the Gocomics viewer) go to and select “Gil Thorp” at the page bottom. You’ll be taken to today’s strip, with the URL . The six digits represent last two digits of the year/month/day, so modify those and you should be able to read the strip for that given day. For example, will take you to a day that will live in Milford infamy.

    I’ll update the metapost with a hyperlink to the archive momentarily.

    Comment by teenchy — July 27, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

  13. @Downpuppy: You mean this woman?

    Comment by Hitorque — July 27, 2017 @ 12:25 pm

  14. We eagerly await tomorrow’s installment of “This Is Your Life, Jaquan Case.” If he was an NBA star, I have to say he’s got the crappiest entourage in human history.

    Comment by John S. Walters — July 27, 2017 @ 1:09 pm

  15. April 18, 2001, by the way, is the first strip available in the gocomics minus gocomics archives, which is why Milford Mudlark Record Book.xlsx begins with the 2001 baseball season.

    A lot of earlier strips can be found via Google newspapers, though it can be a bit of a chore to find and read them. Their Toledo Blade archives are an especially good source for old Gil Thorp strips, among other common comic strips from 60s, 70s, and 80s.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 27, 2017 @ 1:26 pm

  16. That’s Amy, Amy Lange.

    Comment by vaganova — July 27, 2017 @ 1:28 pm

  17. Call me old school, but why couldn’t Marty be hanging out — as part of his fevered cardboard box basement dreams — at the Milford Country Club to pick up on this scene and add to the hijinks?

    Comment by Dood — July 28, 2017 @ 11:09 am

  18. I love it when an old student shows up again. My favorite was in the mid 90’s when Thorp went to Wrigley Field to see one his former baseball pitchers play.

    Comment by lester — July 28, 2017 @ 9:41 pm

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