This Week in Milford

November 16, 2022

Friends of Dorothy? Not so much.


This is the kind of action we’ve been waiting for for years. Herk the Mauler style action. Kenzie Hanley style action. Old school Mark Trail action. Barajas & Whigham, today you get a pass from not knowing how to portray the fundamentals of American football. But only for today.

Condoning violence isn’t cool, and neither is making fun of someone for having an emotional reaction to an active shooter drill. Gotta hand it to Keri, though; she talks the talk and walks the walk. She says she’s gonna kick #&% and she kicks #&%. Wondering if she has the Phantom’s signet ring among her knuckle dusters. That skull would leave a nice mark on Dorothy’s jaw.

Wondering even more whether Barajas will tackle another of today’s hot topics in the aftermath: the selective enforcement of the law. In a world where a kid gets expelled for bringing peanut butter and a butter knife to school with no criminal intent and a coach does nothing to stop it, what will that coach do when his own flesh and blood straight up cold-cocks another student? Looking forward to following Keri’s arduous path through Valley Modified to Onondaga CC and Le Moyne.


  1. There was some precedent for Keri Thorp throwing fists as covered in an OLD school TWIM post: Gym Beat

    Comment by Ned Ryerson's Corner Man — November 16, 2022 @ 9:39 am

  2. Hey Teenchy!!!!!!

    Another Batman fight scene!!!!! The POW!!!!! gave it away. Not quite sure that Batman would say #&% to The Penguin but I’m willing to make concessions.

    Comment by tdrewhardin — November 16, 2022 @ 11:37 am

  3. Left cross, good choice Keri. If we can’t have football we can at least have fisticuffs…

    Comment by billytheskink — November 16, 2022 @ 1:37 pm

  4. And, unlike peppermint patty, who always seemed to insinuate that she would throw hands with any antagonist, Keri backs up her attitude with an ungirly – like good ‘ol fashioned knuckle sandwich. The rings are a nice touch too

    Comment by franku2016 — November 16, 2022 @ 2:39 pm

  5. Go Keri– Dorothy acts like someone whose character might be improved by a fat lip. But teenchy, no worries about continuity. Tomorrow’s strip will not follow this one but will either introduce an entirely new thread or loop back to one of the 37 other completely undeveloped ideas Barajas has thrown at us in recent months.

    But– ease up, friend– why has no one mentioned Kaz’s epic decking of the loudmouth at the Gail Martin concert? That and Herk the Mauler’s takedown of the two punks are the gold standard.

    Comment by vaganova — November 16, 2022 @ 3:03 pm

  6. Didn’t Kaz rough up a couple of beer belly softball players while upping a game once too when Gil found him?

    Comment by franku2016 — November 16, 2022 @ 4:55 pm

  7. *umping

    Comment by franku2016 — November 16, 2022 @ 4:55 pm

  8. 1. Holy damn… Even if it’s all just ornamental plastic, that’s a *LOT* of gold bling for a high school girlie… Even if the year was 1988, but ESPECIALLY now… What, she a wannabe rap star or something?? She about to drop her latest homemade demo CD?

    2. I don’t give a rat’s ass… There’s no way IN HELL some hip-hoppin’ wannabe ‘hood girlie from the ‘burbs would EVER IN A MILLION YEARS BE KNOWN BY HER HOPELESSLY UNCOOL BIRTH NAME OF “DOROTHY”… She’d almost certainly be a “Dee” or a “DeeDee” or she’d go by her middle name and if her middle name also sucks she’d give herself some kind certified ‘hood-approved nickname with plenty of street cred and clout…

    3. I don’t even remember Dorothy or Blessed St. Allyson of the Shrine… We they ever introduced as characters before this week??

    4. I don’t get it – Why is she calling Keri a “crybaby”? Did I miss something??

    5. I gotta take my hat off to Keri… She was rockin’ her ass off at the Linda Lindas concert last night, she chewed her baggie of edibles and she almost certainly drank as much alcohol as she could while still escaping scrutiny from her parents… No sleep last night, hungover this morning with a loud ringing in her ears, snoring in class, getting brain fog when going to lunch, she can barely stand on her own two feet AND YET, WHEN THE TIME CAME FOR HER TO CHOOSE VIOLENCE AND THROW HANDS IN THE CAFETERIA SHE DIDN’T HESITATE(!) What’s even more impressive is Keri didn’t get into some kind of hair-pulling, purse-swinging, hand-slapping girly fight — She one-punched that bitch IN THE MOUTH, WITH A LEFT CROSS **AND** SHE HAD RINGS ON ALL HER FINGERS FOR MAXIMUM DAMAGE!

    6. Something tells me Keri ain’t exactly new to scrappin’ and now I really need more exposition in her backstory… Because I mean, damn — These are some skillsets we’re talking about.

    Comment by hitorque — November 16, 2022 @ 7:28 pm

  9. 8. Keri is hardcore the way Peppermint Patty tried to pretend she was hardcore…

    Comment by hitorque — November 16, 2022 @ 7:30 pm

  10. It’s Wednesday, so it’s “Be fair to Barajas” day. Keri was crying her eyes out on 10/29 after the drill, and has been acting spooked ever since. (No idea how long that is in strip time) Dorothy may well have a preferred nickname, but Keri has good reason not to use it – the more D-bag hates being called Dorothy the better.
    Anyhow, that 4-ring punch is liable to do some real damage, to D-face and to Keri.

    Comment by Downpuppy — November 16, 2022 @ 8:49 pm

  11. Belated musical accompaniment — TURN YOUR VOLUME UP!

    Comment by hitorque — November 17, 2022 @ 11:18 am

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