This Week in Milford

November 2, 2022

From Slash Damage to Slash Fiction, Just a Roll Away

Filed under: Boredom in Milford, Jami Thorp, Milford Weirdos — teenchy @ 11:27 am

Before composing today’s post, just for S&Gs I decided to look at the “About” section for Gil Thorp on GoComics:

With sharp, contemporary storylines and concise artwork, “Gil Thorp” provides an important link between high school athletics and contemporary social issues, taking readers to the classrooms and playing fields of Milford High School, where Thorp continues to raise the bar for coaches at all levels. Henry Barajas and Rod Whigham are giving the classic strip an update, ensuring that Thorp continues his reign as coach of the funny pages.

Then, through the magic of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine, I decided to look at the “About” section for Gil Thorp on GoComics from 2018:

Created by Neal Rubin and Rod Whigham for and about teenagers, Gil Thorp has developed an intensely loyal readership of all ages. It is a sports strip that is not just about sports, sometimes dealing with topical, teen-oriented issues.

Subtle change but a change nonetheless. I’m waiting to see how Gil “raise[s] the bar for coaches.” Making the rounds of the bars in the Valley, flirting with the barmaids and rating their Old Fashioned game, I reckon. As for “continuing his reign,” will it necessarily involve The Fall of the House of Martinez? Only time will tell.

Now that we’ve been put on notice that the strip is being written with compilation as a graphic novel in mind, I think it bears repeating that we’re gonna have to focus on the long game, not only in plot resolution but also in snark. How, then, does Jami Thorp’s involvement in an RPG with the Martinez brothers advance the plot? Will it open a window into the Thorps’ home life that Luke Sr. will inevitably exploit as he seeks to bring Gil down? Or will Jami’s “magic blast” lead to other games, as innuendoed by his hand gesture and t-shirt graphic?



  1. “…I’m gonna’ cast a magic blast…” .
    …”…uh, that’s TMI, but go in the bathroom if you wanna’ do that, you little perv…and wash your fuckin’ hands when you’re done…”
    and as far as Gil raisin’ the bar for other coaches goes, since 2014, that bar never goes above 2nd place in ‘The Valley’ and, since all we see is Keri and Jami for what seems like the last month, I’m guessing that lucky rainbow kicks don’t get you in the playoffs, so Gil’s coaching bar is buried in the dirt this year. Here in Illinois, they are already into the 2nd round matchups this weekend, and finals are played on the Fri-Sat after Thanksgiving, however, if HB sticks to the regular GT playoff schedule, football, if ever shown again, will wrap up sometime in mid-December.

    Comment by franku2016 — November 2, 2022 @ 12:29 pm

  2. Great insert, Teenchy. Geez, they are so much Husker Du, it’s not even funny, IMO. Hate to make comparisons but gotta call the obvious.

    This is not your mother’s Monopoly game. Pedro will not get Park Place and Jami will stay in Jail and not collect his $200. Ah, but Luke Junior still has Mediterranean Avenue. Gil left several hours ago after landing on Boardwalk too many times.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 2, 2022 @ 1:35 pm

  3. 1. Extra credit to Jami for demonstrating his “choke the chicken” technique to his new friends in P2…

    2. There’s only ONE proper way to illustrate the disconnect between Rubin’s Milfordverse and Barajas’ Milfordverse:

    Comment by Hitorque — November 2, 2022 @ 3:19 pm

  4. […] Jami. Maybe it’s some other kid we don’t know. Jami could have many friends who like to magic blast with him. I suppose Jami and friend take care of their nutritional needs elsewhere so they can game […]

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