This Week in Milford

September 17, 2022

“S’okay, I got all weekend.”

Filed under: Gil Thorp — teenchy @ 9:03 pm

Sorry, Mel, but The Bucket has changed with the times, too. Used to be that fiddy you’re holding in that man hand of yours would buy dinner for a Mudlark starting lineup. Now it barely covers dinner for three.

Gentle readers, I’m getting more than a little nervous. It wasn’t enough that The Daily Cartoonist called yhs out a month ago; now we’re getting called out by The High Priest of Snark Himself, in a metapost no less. The tip o’ the hat should really go to our own Ned who, in addition to being the veteran of our rotation, is a regular commenter over at the ‘mudgeon. It was Ned who pointed out that Thursday’s strip – in which Gil told Mel he “shouldn’t have told her to get that abortion” back in ought-three – was intended by Barajas to read “Mel, I shouldn’t have told you not to get an abortion.” (This requires access to the oft-mentioned Discord channel, which I’ve signed up for and still haven’t found.)

Let’s put aside the possibility that The Chief deliberately changed up Barajas’ original dialogue for the moment. There’s no way a legacy comic strip artist would openly rebel against a new writer who’s throwing twenty-first century social issues at him Steve Spurrier Fun ‘n Gun style. Instead, let’s just parse it both ways:

a. Read prima facie, Gil told Mel on Thursday he “shouldn’t have told her to get that abortion.” Now Mel has Toby, and is supportive of Toby’s transition. She can tell Gil to GFH because she’s sticking by her kid no matter what.

b. Read as Barajas apparently intended, Gil was supposed to have told Mel on Thursday he “shouldn’t have told her not to get that abortion.” This reading would be consistent with Jenkins’ original 2003 story arc, in which Gil “swayed” Mel not to get that abortion. If Gil’s now suggesting that Mel should’ve gone through with that abortion, what does that say about Gil? The mind boggles. Mel can tell Gil to GFH many ways to Sunday.

Now Keri, Arianna, Toby and damn near everyone else in The Bucket is staring at the booth just vacated by Mel and in which Gil and Mimi sit speechless. (Why Toby isn’t looking in whatever direction Mel took off in is beyond me.) While neither Thorp parent is talking, Mimi’s body language is speaking volumes. Is she pissed that Mel didn’t serve Gil the divorce papers with that fifty like they planned? Talk amongst yourselves.

Oh, and if this is “doing the work” then I’m glad to be doing it.


  1. Gil doesn’t go to the bucket that much. In fact, I can’t remember ever seeing him there or Mimi either for that matter. If he’s smart, he’ll never go back after being exposed to this little hissy fit. I still don’t get why Mel was so chummy the other day.

    Comment by franku2016 — September 18, 2022 @ 7:44 am

  2. The Discord channel is here:
    But I think you can only see it if you’re signed up as a member of his “club”.

    Comment by MopMan — September 18, 2022 @ 8:37 am

  3. The link to the CC pushed me way back in time. I was actively commenting over there 16 years ago (yikes!) but eventually couldn’t keep up any longer, though managed to stay relatively consistent since then with TWIM, ya gotta pick one, I guess. In 2006 we were in Cannes at the same time as the Film Festival, and I took a selfie of me wearing a Comics Curmudgeon t-shirt in front of a billboard of Morgan Freeman that ran on the CC sidebar for years. Our son was a toddler on that trip, and is now a junior in college. So, I guess I can understand Gil’s confusion, time sure flies.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 18, 2022 @ 9:57 am

  4. BTW, I’m on another overseas trip right now. Greetings from Cape Town, South Africa. We leave soon on a photo safari in Botswana, where there is zero internet, so I’m afraid I will be missing some of this pulse-pounding adventure in GT for awhile. Hopefully Gil will still be he/him when I return.

    Comment by Moon Mullins — September 18, 2022 @ 10:01 am

  5. Is it my lysdexia, or has the dialogue become remarkably confusing recently?

    Comment by vaganova — September 18, 2022 @ 12:55 pm

  6. Moon and Vaganova, your cutting wit just bowled me over from which I may never recover(ha ha). You guys have never changed and as far as I’m concerned, I really don’t want you to. My funny bone needs to be fed(ha). Bravo, both of you.

    “I took it out of the Milford Athletic Emergency Fund anyway. I have an account with it at Milford Teachers Federal Credit Union.”

    Comment by tdrewhardin — September 18, 2022 @ 3:36 pm

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