This Week in Milford

June 22, 2022

A Cease and Desist Letter from Rowan Atkinson Will Be Forthcoming

For a guy hellbent on keeping a low profile, Mason Hamstetter isn’t exactly avoiding public places. Who knew the Coffee Cantina was so hopping late at night (it is still night, isn’t it)? With three cameo appearances – one by a young Lech Wałęsa, one by a Jimmy Fallon on hiatus from The Tonight Show – the Cantina might just be the hip place to be when the rest of this tank town rolls up the sidewalks. If this leads to a Gil Thorp spinoff, Milford After Dark, I’m here for it.

I’m also here for Ham(m)stetter‘s “moi?” face and spasmodic hand gesture, reminiscent of a certain public figure mocking a certain journalist. Rubin likes to play a lot of journalistic inside baseball in this strip, what with all the name-dropping of Midwest newspaper types and references to infamous plagiarism cases, so I wouldn’t be terribly surprised. Mason is looking rather nonplussed for someone who dares to rouse Gil from his evening wind-down. What did he think this late-night coffee talk would gain him?

Certainly not any respect from Gil. Besides, Gil has a point telling Mason he’s old news. Nobody in Milford cares about your past unless you’re trying to make money using skills you learned in the past. Nobody in Milford ever Googles anybody to find out if they’re living under an assumed name before running them out of town. Nope, not gonna happen.

Now, about that third cameo appearance (in name, not in likeness): Is he the Coffee Cantina’s new mascot?


  1. Well, I’m guessing that “late” in Milford means that it’s like 6:30 or 7 pm. In any event, I wish someone would shoot this jagoff ( popps).

    Comment by franku2016 — June 22, 2022 @ 12:08 pm

  2. That sitting gent in panel one appears to be fingering his crotch as he looks longingly at his coffee, thinking of saving it for future use as a sex toy.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — June 22, 2022 @ 1:08 pm

  3. How is his son remarkable?? Because he feins seeing when he barely can? Like having a heart attack and saying -well, I think I’ll finish this golf round. Sheesh. Everyone in this strip is officially full of crap.

    Comment by robmize2013 — June 22, 2022 @ 4:29 pm

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