This Week in Milford

July 10, 2021

“Life Is Good” Only Works on T-shirts

Sometimes a song parody is appropriate. Sometimes a song already has appropriate lyrics. This is one of those times.

The second verse is particularly fitting:

I’ve got a story, ain’t got no moral
Let the bad guy win every once in a while
I’ve got a story, ain’t got no moral
Let the bad guy win every once in a while

Is this the first Gil Thorp story arc in which the bad guy – mustachioed, ill-tempered, clearly antagonistic toward a kid – does not receive his comeuppance? And he’s going to be allowed to continue his antagonism unabated? What fresh hell is this?

Everything’s just gonna be hunky-dory from now on. Zane will show up for dinner at the Britos once a week to eat heaping helpings of white food with a side of belly button fan service while listening to Abel rant about having the library provide any kind of service. He must not have heard about the Boo Radley Memorial Little Free Library; if he had he’d probably have run on a platform of closing the Milford Public Library and using it instead.

Today’s final panel has that freeze-frame, roll credits feel of an arc-ender. Let’s pray that it is. ¡Ay, Dios mio!


  1. Time to start squeezing lemons so the lemonade will be ready for the Thorp patio on Monday!

    Comment by Moon Mullins — July 10, 2021 @ 10:49 pm

  2. Will Monday show the Thorps drinking lemonade on the porch or the two of them jogging through town doing their annual exercise session?

    Comment by MopMan — July 11, 2021 @ 6:14 am

  3. 1. It’s incredible to think this entire series of events was set in motion just because Peppermint Patty called Zane a limp-wristed pussy after a workmanlike victory on the mound…

    2. So I guess Zane is passing up college to dedicate his life to the all-important matters of the Public Library Board? I guess the lure of all-you-can-eat pie every Tuesday is too much temptation for a poor kid to pass up? And he’s still going to be there 20+ years from now for future TWIMers to enjoy, won’t he?

    3. I don’t know who needs to hear this, but library boards (citing my real-life local example) have a *flexible* instead of fixed size so they could have easily just hired both applicants without the beauty pageant fanfare… Also, that board chairman who just stepped down opened the City of Milford up to numerous lawsuits since public positions *must* be advertised as open for a set amount of time before being filled… This is like a batter drawing a walk to first base personally bringing his own pinch runner into the game with no announcement and telling that runner to skip second and third base and just touch home for a free run, or something…

    3a. But then again this is the most batshit insane public board I’ve ever seen, and they clearly live outside the laws of both God and Man..

    4. It’s funny because Zane thinks he’s won but Mr. Make Milford Great Again knows he has Zane by the balls — All he has to do is dangle Zane’s access to his sexpot daughter and he’s guaranteed that Zane’s votes will be in his pocket… Also, what happens if Zane and Katy break up? All bets are off then, right??

    Comment by Hitorque — July 11, 2021 @ 8:02 am

  4. Yeah. This ending is just as lame as the Vic-showin-Tessi-a-thing-or-two ending of the last story (which he really didn’t… like Tessi could give a fuck about Vic steering a car). Hopefully the summer story will be better than last summer’s idiotic baseball game story too but I won’t hold my breath.

    Comment by franku2016 — July 11, 2021 @ 8:13 am

  5. There are so many loose threads here that I can’t name them all. It reminds me of some of the heavily cut Shakespeare plays where messengers get sent out to do something and you never hear of them again.

    But damn, I do dread the summer plot. But we’ll have time to get warmed up. It never becomes clear what the story is really about until at least two or three weeks have passed.

    Comment by vaganova — July 11, 2021 @ 11:54 am

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