This Week in Milford

March 22, 2018

Marty Moon: Insulting More Than Just Latinos


This arc turned from “Let’s empathize with the Puerto Rican kids who’ve been displaced from their homes by a natural disaster” to “Hey, let’s put on a show!” so fast, it’s made my neck snap. All I’m left with is a sense of wonder.

I wonder if Google Alphabet stock has plummeted since Rubin’s name-dropped YouTube Live in the past two strips. I wonder if The Milford Pirate Network has the requisite number of subscribers to allow it to use YouTube’s live streaming via mobile functionality. I wonder if Marty’s mike is hot. (The lightning bolt word balloon would lead me to believe so.) I wonder if this will be Marty’s Lonesome Rhodes moment: the moment when the Milford student body, Dr. Pearl, and WDIG’s listeners decide that while insulting Latinos is okay, insulting Milford students’ intelligence crosses the line. Finally, I wonder if anyone will comment on this post.



  1. I wonder, wonder who,
    Who wrote the Book of Job?

    I’m a sucker for strips where the characters are having fun.

    Comment by Jael's tent peg (@Downpuppy) — March 22, 2018 @ 6:30 am

  2. I dig panel 3. I cannot tell you how many strips “Get out of here, you idiots!” would have been a great capper for.

    Comment by billytheskink — March 22, 2018 @ 7:25 am

  3. 1. Is A Face in the Crowd the most prescient movie since, ever??

    2. Now that he has called a white student an idiot in front of a live online streaming audience numbered in the tens, this HAS to be the end of Marty Moon, right? Or will we have to wait until he caves in geekboy’s face with his foot?

    3. Now that the work has been done and Marty is already toppling over, look for Gilberto to finally intervene in the most egotistical and grandstanding manner possible so he can appear to be the heroic man of principle or some such bullshit…

    4. Every patriotic American and true hater of Gilberto will cheer for the Kansas Jayhawks this weekend… That is all.

    Comment by hitorque — March 22, 2018 @ 7:35 am

  4. 5. What the hell is going on with Martin’s hand in panel 3? He isn’t holding something and he isn’t pointing… Is he making the universal “Go beat your meat/Quit jerkin’ me off” motion??

    Comment by hitorque — March 22, 2018 @ 7:38 am

  5. I know I’m in a minority here, perhaps of one, but I’m getting a kick out of this deliberately inept broadcasting, clearly aimed at further inciting Marty. I’m also having fun trying to figure out how this conflict will get resolved with Marty staying on the reservation. Unless there’s a Groundskeeper Willie I haven’t thought of, Marty, Gil, and Mimi are the only permanent characters in GT.

    Comment by vaganova — March 22, 2018 @ 8:24 am

  6. This pirate ridiculousness is doubly offensive in a time when high school students across the country are taking a lead role on a major policy issue, and doing it with dignity and intelligence. And here we are, stuck with Pirate Boy.

    Also, I’m sure we’re setting up for “Marty Gets Schooled on YouTube,” when this could just as easily be “Kids Get In Trouble For Disrupting Broadcast.” I mean, if you have a legitimate issue, protest, don’t be an ass.

    Amen to that. Have you seen the latest cover of Time? – teenchy

    Comment by John S. Walters — March 22, 2018 @ 8:29 am

  7. John S makes a good point.

    Comment by vaganova — March 22, 2018 @ 12:03 pm

  8. Wow, Marty is starting to get close to Reid Fleming territory.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — March 22, 2018 @ 1:32 pm

  9. Marty does broadcasts on ol’ D-I-G
    They say he was something in his formative years.

    Sorry, gang, I was binge-eating Tori Amos again. You’ll get used to it.

    “Hey, who put this dead skunk under the scoring table? How can I call a game with that smell? Where’s the $&@#%*}€ athletic director????”
    “SMILE, you’re on Candid Camera…”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 22, 2018 @ 2:08 pm

  10. John S is of course right about the jarring contrast between the Mfnrd kids’ “protest” and that of real kids over recent school shootings, brought to a new pitch by the Parkland catastrophe. But I think we need to go easy on Whigrub in this– I suspect the story was written and drawn weeks or months ago, perhaps in one of those brief periods in which we were not collectively reeling over such an event.

    That said, one of the reasons I am drawn to Mfnrd is that there, young male deviants do not shoot rooms full of kids, and crime consists of sticking up the Sub Standard or stealing a box of Nutboys. Compelled to live outside the imaginary haven of Mfnrd, I have enough trouble sleeping these days to begin with.

    Comment by vaganova — March 22, 2018 @ 3:45 pm

  11. I’ll try to do a quick Rock N Roll THHHHUUUURRRRSSSDAAAAYYY!
    This weeks band is The Oblivians who I mentioned toured with The Gories a few years ago.
    Oblivians are from Memphis,Tennessee. A garage rock band with punk influences. The Best of the Worst “ album is my favorite. With songs like “Siamese Purse” and “Alcoholic” they really get you revved up. Other great tunes include “Indian In Me”
    “Live the Life”, “Pill Popper” “Tear Drop for You”
    Another album is Sympathy Sessions. Songs include “I’m Not a Sicko There’s a Plate in My Head”, Memphis Creep” and one of my favorites “No Butter for My Bread”
    The album Popular Favorites gives us “Christina”,Guitar Shop Asshole” , “The Leather” and Strong Come On”
    I’ve seen these guys 5 times live. During the show they will take turns on drums, guitar and lead vocals. I hope I didn’t cheat them but not much time today. Listen to whole album. Most songs 2minutes or less. If you don’t like one, wait for next. ROCK ON !!!!!
    Sorry hitorque. No Kansas for me. GO LOYOLA !!!!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 22, 2018 @ 4:20 pm

  12. vaganova @10: I agree that Whigrub could not have anticipated Parkland and its aftermath, and I understand that they had to get this arc to the syndicate in advance of publication. It has been six months since Hurricane Maria hit, however, and I do think they could’ve shown, if not greater sensitivity to the issues, at least some semblance of understanding of the speed at which social media and public opinion moves.

    Comment by teenchy — March 22, 2018 @ 4:41 pm

  13. Agree, teenchy.

    Comment by vaganova — March 22, 2018 @ 5:01 pm

  14. JIve Turkey, WOW. I just got through listening to The Oblivians. The Ramones at warp speed. Plus, the singer’s got a bit of Ian Curtis, of Joy Division fame, in him. Maybe not as spasmodic as Curtis(ha) but they get it movin’, My Man. Good choice. Old fashioned Rock ‘n’ Roll in a frenzied atmosphere. Jukebox is jumpin’ when they’re around. Gotta like. You da Msn.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — March 22, 2018 @ 8:58 pm

  15. Thanks T Drew. You got on them pronto! Never got Joy Division from Greg Oblivian voice but I’ll take your word. You rock buddy!!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — March 22, 2018 @ 9:55 pm

  16. […] been protests so much as snark; only Pirate Boy has even brought up the Pirate Network’s reason for being. And competitive? There’s been zero effort to make this anything but a bunch of goofy, […]

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