This Week in Milford

May 24, 2018

Pissy Faced Howdy Doody Is Pissed


Barry Bader certainly is not one to take responsibility for his own actions, is he?  Gotta wonder how far back Barry’s chain of causation goes.   Does he thank his old man for getting thrown into the stony lonesome, or that stupid lawyer for not working out a better deal for his old man, or that ugly cow of a judge for hearing his case, or that second driver hanging on to old technology, or Boo Radley for being in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Credit where credit’s due, I suppose.  In her never-ending quest to promote her self-perceived journalism career by digging up dirt on her schoolmates, Dafne has the presence of mind to see that Barry needs help.  Exploiting that need for your own self-aggrandizement? That’s not how therapy works!

Went with the color version of the strip today to confirm that Dafne’s had an eye color change (and acquired a base tan) from last season. Colored contacts?



  1. This is why “journalists” are way down there with “used car salesmen” and “politicians” in professions that get the least respect.

    Comment by John S. Walters — May 24, 2018 @ 6:55 am

  2. Dafne’s cashing in on your untreated psychopathy!

    Comment by nedryerson — May 24, 2018 @ 7:10 am

  3. I’m starting to think the last likable student to appear in this strip was Wally Lamb…

    Comment by billytheskink — May 24, 2018 @ 7:36 am

  4. @John S. Walters:

    FWIW, as a former newspaper reporter, I can confidently say that GOD DAMN IT RUBIN JOURNALISM DOESN’T WORK THAT WAY!!

    Comment by hitorque — May 24, 2018 @ 8:32 am

  5. I like the way Bader keeps shrinking & Dafne growing. Right now they’re at Big Barda/Scot Free sizes, but why stop there?

    Comment by Downpuppy, Lord of the Files (@Downpuppy) — May 24, 2018 @ 8:53 am

  6. Presented with a delicate situation, where lots of things could go wrong, Dafne’s unerring instinct selects the one thing that would make it worst. She strikes me as the sort of person who, upon discovering a wasp’s nest, looks for a stick to poke it with.

    Comment by Philip — May 24, 2018 @ 8:59 am

  7. P1: Wasn’t it the Derby player who nominally started the fight with a takeout slide?

    P2: The Bader family technique of readily conceding to incriminating accusations doesn’t do them many favors.

    P3: Sure, she says she wants to talk, but it looks like she’s about to give this whiny little brat the back of her hand.

    Comment by timbuys — May 24, 2018 @ 10:17 am

  8. Hitorque is right again. Whigrub seems not to grasp how journalism works, nor that a real Ms Rizk would shut Dafne down so fast your ears would ring. But Whigrub has these weak areas, such as was shown in the preposterous “reality show” plot, which no real school would consider for a second.

    Comment by vaganova — May 24, 2018 @ 10:41 am

  9. downpuppy,
    P1: “Beaver, Dr. Pearl told me that you flipped the bird at Marcia Brady.”
    “Oh, Ward, surely he didn’t mean it. Marcia shouldn’t have told Beaver that his jock strap was made out of papier-mâché.”
    “June, that’s beside the point. Beaver, I’m afraid you’re grounded for 2 weeks. I’d give you the belt but I have a Silent Auction to attend this evening at the Milford Civitan Club. Now where’s Wally? Coach Kaz called and said he caught him and Eddie Haskell lighting firecrackers behind the dumpster at school today.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — May 24, 2018 @ 3:48 pm

  10. Anyone catch Fu Machu last Saturday at Bottom Lounge? If you didn’t, you missed out. Check them out at a town near you. The Spits will be at The EmptyBottle in Chicago near intersection of Western Ave and Division St. Friday the 25th. Tomorrow! I’ll be there as I drag Mrs Jive Turkey there. Mark your calendar for Saturday June 16 to see Local H in downtown Joliet. Marcy Playground and Everclear will also appear. It’s a street fest near the Rialto and the gambling boat. ROCK ON!!!

    Comment by Jive Turkey — May 24, 2018 @ 4:10 pm

  11. […] or “Mrs. Forbes,” or whoever packing and that his coaches would rather manhandle and punish him than see that he gets some kind of help. If Rubin turns this arc into “Barry’s Got a […]

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  12. […] one, not even Counselor Dern, has suggested Barry get help or talk to someone except as a means to generate a lede, and (iii) Rubin has taken a ham-fisted approach to so many of his “ripped from the […]

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