This Week in Milford

April 24, 2017

Let’s Run Extra Laps

Filed under: softball, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 3:40 am


Instead of catching some  of the girls’ game I have to run extra laps. I’ll leave it to the commenters to figure out if the Argonia baserunner dislocated her butt or who the heck those guys are.

April 17, 2017

Geoff Larkin? What’s His Story?

Filed under: baseball, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, softball — nedryerson @ 2:53 am


Carrie Hobson, higher on the status scale than hurdler, is ready to pitch for the Mudlarks. Will Gary Meola ever know that Carrie is scheming on him? He’s kind of a big deal track guy. Will Gary and Carrie’s worlds collide at any point during the Spring?

Let’s forget about them. It’s time for Gil to recite the opening baseball lineup to Marty (who shares Gil’s enthusiasm for Lefty Ryan “Cane” Van Auken). You’ll all be happy to know that Barry Bader is back at second base. Let the games begin.


April 10, 2017

Messing With The Kid

Filed under: Milford Idiots — nedryerson @ 3:18 am


Today’s strip features the classic phrase: “I was just messing with you.”  I’m not a big fan of that phrase. It’s mostly used by jerks who like to push buttons but still maintain a facade of civility. So is this the subtle variation on the classic Gil Thorp plot heel? The passive aggressive douche?

Maybe Ryan “Cane” Van Auken is sincere. Maybe he really has addressed his anger issues and is merely joking as a defense against the abrupt and intrusive questioning by Pete De Windt. Maybe he’ll turn out to be a great teammate and an all around swell guy. Yeah, right.

ETA the inspiration for the title:

April 3, 2017

The New Plot’s Here! The New Plot’s Here!

Filed under: Chunky Bracelets, freak hands, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 7:05 am


It’s spring time and Gil Thorp followers’ fancy turns to…high school journalism. We haven’t had a story involving the Milford Trumpet in a while. I guess Mr. Koteskey has moved on and now would be Woodwards and Bernsteins are being guided by Ms. Rizk. They really take journalism seriously these days at the Trumpet! Accessing public records through Freedom Of Information Act requests? That’s some hardcore reportage. I think our new protagonist, Dafne (yeah, Dafne) is poised to take the media world by storm.

Now Dafne is off for an appointment with Mimi Thorp. Is it an interview for the paper? What is Mimi hiding and how far will Dafne go to find out? Maybe Dafne just needs to jot down the names of the Milford softball team’s starters as Mimi rattles them off. That’s real journalism!


March 27, 2017

I Needed That

Filed under: actual action, basketball, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 3:46 am


Thanks for the pep talk, Gil. It’s Monday morning and this plot is shuffling along to some tepid conclusion. Even “actual action” isn’t so cheerful. The Florida Gators laid a giant egg in the East region final yesterday in a game that they could have won despite the fact that they seemed to have no idea what to do with the ball inside the 3-point arc. (They don’t have 3-pointers in high school ball, do they? Shows how much I know!)  Don’t get me started on officiating, Charles Barkley, TV commercials for insurance, etc.

I’m just glad to be here. I’m gonna have a cup of coffee and relax


March 20, 2017

Haven’t You Always Wanted To See The Fjords?

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Pissy faced Aaron, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 3:46 am


So Gil helped Tina Aagard find a couple rehab programs? I guess his job extends even further into the realm of crisis intervention than we had surmised. We’ll just assume that Tina has adequate healthcare coverage through one of her jobs.

Since Gil arranged this on his own, Aaron’s welfare falls upon him, I guess. Mimi, put some fresh linens in the guest room and stock the freezer with Hot Pockets. We’re gonna have a guest for a little while. What rules? What boundaries? I don’t know what you’re talking about.

March 13, 2017

What Loop? There’s A Loop?

Filed under: Gil Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 3:38 am


Aaron told Gil that his mother is abusing prescription drugs and as a result, there isn’t enough food to eat in his home. How is that not “going on the record”? I think this exchange is supposed to be a cute way for Gil to say he’s going to continue to help even though he’s not supposed to be doing anything. It reads to me like the usual Milford High horrorshow where teachers and administrators have no ideal what their legal responsibilities are vis à vis the students.

After we discussed a bit in the comments last week about the faults of the colorized strips, here’s one of the worst color jobs yet. It’s like whatever product these characters use to get that blue tint in their hair is leaching out all over the place.


March 6, 2017

Something Happened

Filed under: Exploding Eyeball Syndrome, Gil Thorp — nedryerson @ 4:19 am


Now that we’re here at this pivotal juncture, it looks like we really have to linger on this interaction. Alright, the Monday morning reset dictates that we reiterate a bit, which accounts for half of the strip. So we can keep gnawing on this bone a bit more. Gil does have a duty to Aaron, now that he finally put on a blazer, paid attention and started to care in the morally upright, Gil Thorp way.

Of course Aaron doesn’t want to face this problem head on. He’s developed a coping strategy that he thinks will get him by. This is a bad situation for a kid. There’s no two ways about it. I don’t think Gil has a choice here, so Aaron’s eyeballs will probably be exploding for several days to come.


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