This Week in Milford

July 5, 2018

First Responder Timeline (in part)


6:04 am… Three hours from prison, in his comfortable home in Milford, Barry Bader cues up “Pumped Up Kicks” on his smartphone as he loads his backpack with his weapons of choice.  Using a metallic-silver Sharpie, he writes “Dafne,” “Ms. Rizk,” “Coach Kaz,” “Coach Thorp,” “Mrs. Coach Thorp,” and “that greasy-haired kid obsessed with launch angles” on six of the loaded magazines he proceeds to place in the backpack.



  1. I really hope that the use of quotation marks in panel three indicates the stet punctuation of Dafne’s lede.

    Comment by timbuys — July 5, 2018 @ 6:02 am

  2. Y’know, I’m mad at Del and Barry because we are going to miss out on a summer plot line for the second time in three years because of them.

    Comment by billytheskink — July 5, 2018 @ 7:36 am

  3. Nice to see that Dafne hasn’t bought in to the ANUS computer monopoly strangling the Milford school system.

    “Cellphones start buzzing” because everyone in Milford has a text alert for the high school newspaper???

    And they’re all awake and fully dressed at 6:02 a.m.?

    Comment by jvwalt — July 5, 2018 @ 8:07 am

  4. How pitiful that everyone in this one horse town is up at the cracks of dawn checking on the prattle of a high school student on a subject that 90% could give a crap less about.

    Comment by Bobby Joe — July 5, 2018 @ 8:41 am

  5. And THAT is why you don’t send a high school amateur to do a professional’s job… Editorializing in a news story is verboten, and this is literally the first day of Journalism 101. Although it has to be said that the so-called new media folks who came up honing their writing “skills” on message boards and social media couldn’t wait to toss out the “antiquated” standards we used in the dead tree media and you see what the journalistic landscape in this country is like today as a result…

    And it’s also good to see that like in all things Milford, the adults involved do absolutely fuck-all but sit on their asses offering nothing in the way of guidance, teaching or coaching… No way in Christ should this have ever gotten past an editor’s inbox… These idiots are going to be the first high school paper ever to get sued for defamation….

    Comment by hitorque — July 5, 2018 @ 9:06 am

  6. @Bobby Joe:

    It’s bad, but nothing will ever be as pitiful as the entire county dropping what they’re doing every day at 2pm (EVEN IN THE GODDAMN PRINCIPAL’S OFFICE) to tune into the 4-hour block of “Afternoon Sportstalk with Marty Moon”… Both Gilberto and wife LITERALLY cuddle up on the couch with a bottle of wine to listen in EVEN WHEN THEY FUCKING ALREADY KNOW WHAT HE’S GOING TO SAY…

    I mean, even Fox Sports 1 would kill to get the local ratings numbers that Marty gets every damn day..

    Comment by hitorque — July 5, 2018 @ 9:14 am

  7. Which aspect of this is least believable?
    1. That a high school paper faculty adviser would have permitted Dafne to write the article, let alone post it?
    2. That multiple people have set alerts on their phones to notify them when the Trumpet posts an article?
    3. That anyone besides Barry would care enough to read the thing in the first place?

    Comment by Philip — July 5, 2018 @ 9:28 am

  8. “Girls who write sleazy, unsubstantiated stories for their school newspaper hoping that will bump their grade to an ‘A’ and the men who love them. ONLY on the next Geraldo, today at 4.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — July 5, 2018 @ 10:56 am

  9. P 1.5: “except it doesn’t post, because the author of the article and Trumpet staff employee is fast asleep at her desk”

    Comment by franku2016 — July 5, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

  10. So, what is she trying to convey by describing the Bader home as comfortable? Today, we’re told (not shown) that the article is really good. All we, the readers, have to go on is that first sentence as read by the Coaches Thorp.

    Gonna go out on a limb and guess that most folks’ homes could be described as comfortable. Let’s try some other adjectives:

    Opulent – Del’s a rich asshole
    Ostentatious – Del’s a rich asshole with no taste
    Oriental – Del is a a rich asshole with a lot of Japanese woodcuts and bansai trees lying around because he onetime read Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. You don’t wanna know about the contents of Barry’s hentai collection.

    That’s just a few of the O words folks. She had literally dozens of words other than ‘comfortable’ to drag Del through the mud in the lede!

    There’s something else told, not shown, in today’s strip that blows my mind even more. No spoilers from me though. – teenchy

    Comment by timbuys — July 6, 2018 @ 5:06 am

  11. Great… Rubin decides to drag out the tease for yet another day…

    Comment by hitorque — July 6, 2018 @ 7:39 am

  12. I think teenchy and I were struck by the same detail in the Friday strip. Hope that’s not the reason we’re being dragged through this all but impossible plot.

    Comment by vaganova — July 6, 2018 @ 8:22 am

  13. why does Gildos watch read 2:20?

    Comment by Knoxy — July 6, 2018 @ 8:52 am

  14. Because Gil is a Mountain time stoner. Bestie? BESTIE!! Nobody says that !

    Comment by Jive Turkey — July 6, 2018 @ 9:39 am

  15. R&W are just behind the times with HS kids….like 25 years behind…

    Comment by franku2016 — July 6, 2018 @ 11:43 am

  16. That must have been one darn short article that everyone could read it and start texting within two minutes.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 6, 2018 @ 7:17 pm

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