This Week in Milford

February 18, 2019

Badger Redux

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Prairie Style Windows — nedryerson @ 10:26 am

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This strip starts off pretty cool with Gil dramatically framed by the doorway and Max Bacon stepping out of a shadow with heavy words: I want to tell everyone why they can’t trust Bobby Howry.

So yeah, Max was manipulated by Bobby as an experiment and then to impress a girl. (Those were Gil’s words.) You don’t want to trust a guy like that. But Max badgered Bobby for the fake adderall! He got dismissed from the team! Let’s relive the drama, we’ve got nothing else going on here.

I had forgotten about the Leisl aspect of the Bobby Howry story. Leisl thought Bobby was boring because he was so “mono-focused” on basketball. So Bobby thought he could impress Lesil by being able to predict how well Max was going to perform on the court. Well, Leisl was all ears! She even reported to her own basketball teammates that Bobby could predict how well Max was going to play. The word got around on the girls team and Mimi even caught wind of this new dimension to Bobby Howry. Bobby was a hot topic! Then Mimi clued Gil in on the happenings on his team. That’s classic Gil Thorp, friends.

So, Max is back. At first he didn’t seem to care and Gil told him to go check  out the Robby billboards, but don’t do anything! This installment shows Max coming in a little hotter in that moody opening panel. But ultimately, Gil’s wise counsel is to leave it alone. Everything works out here. It always does. Back to State U with you, Maxwell Bacon and get crackin’ on those résumés.

 

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February 11, 2019

Nice Attacking

Filed under: actual action, basketball, freak hands — nedryerson @ 9:13 am

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In lieu of any actual girls’ basketball action this year, it looks like we’ll have at least one panel of cheerleader action. Today’s cheerleaders are played by a young Lily Tomlin, Claire Danes and Anna Paquin. (I’m basing this casting on overbite, nose and tooth gap, respectively.)

As far as the game, it looks like Mike Filion and the Stovepipe Sophomore carried the team to victory. Yay!

As Mike hoists the ball into the air in celebration (or he’s trying to disable a drone that’s spying on him), what’s that other crouching Mudlark in Panel 3 up to? Is he about to tackle Mike?

February 4, 2019

Show Of Hands

Filed under: freak hands, Gil Thorp, Pissy faced Gil — nedryerson @ 8:04 am

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What else can we say about this drawn out sequence of Gil laying out discipline for a thing that didn’t happen?

I can’t think of a thing. We’re going back to the Mike Fillion mental health crisis, so buckle up.

So, what did y’all think about THE BIG GAME last night. Was it boring? Did the commercials suck? (Was it cool or totally lame that Jeff Bridges reprised the role of The Dude to order a Stella Art-toys?) Did the halftime suck? These have been the standard internet chat topics post Super Bowl for many years now. (I mean, minus The Dude…c’mon it was a little cool, right?)

For my part, I spent the better part of the second half watching Outkast videos because I didn’t get enough Big Boi. I won’t level any specific criticisms against Adam Levine and friends. I think they’ve arrived at a formula for these halftime shows where they make a big shiny spectacle that about twenty percent of the viewership will enjoy and most of the rest will hate so much that they’ll click on all the post mortems confirming indeed that it was THE WORST HALFTIME SHOW EVER.

January 28, 2019

Perfect Kaz

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Pantheon of Hair — nedryerson @ 4:56 am

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The Mudlarks are not pleased with the ripping they receive from Robby Howry and they want revenge! We’re not sure which clever boy suggests the swirly (for the uninitiated, a swirly is holding somebody’s head in the toilet and flushing) but a more level headed boy rightly points out that it’s hard to give some random civilian a swirly without being in the same bathroom with him. Extra points for that sharp tack!

Of course the ever vigilant amateur detective Coach Kaz sniffs out this plan to exact revenge on Robby before it can go any further than the logistics of how to get Robby’s head in a toilet. He levels stern steely blues at the boys and establishes a Hands Off Robby rule.

The real star of this strip is Coach Kaz’s hair. We’re all very familiar with Kaz’s coiffure, but it really pops in all three panels today. It’s stacked up nicely on top, it cascades down the back, it fans out nicely around his collar and is accented by precise, geometrically manicured sideburns. As Warren Zevon said of his famous werewolf, “his hair was perfect!”

The title is inspired by Perfect Tommy from Buckaroo Banzai. Kaz’s do isn’t exactly the same as Tommy’s but they share a certain essence.

January 21, 2019

Call Any Time

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp, What the hell is going on here? — nedryerson @ 2:25 pm

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Sorry for lateness of post.

This is total crap. Gil has ignored all kinds of problems. I hate this plot and this strip.

 

January 14, 2019

Meet The Press

Filed under: Bobby Howry, Coach Kaz, Coffee Cantina, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Pointy Fingers — nedryerson @ 6:41 am

I doubt we’ll ever know who the member of the press is, this bearded reporter covering the billboard beat. He served his purpose by writing up the Robby Howry story and his editor printed it. So his work is done and Gil and Kaz have seen Robby’s delusions in black and white. See ya later, Bearded Reporter. Say hi to Marjie for us.

Kaz is angry! He wants Gil to fire back against this fractured media accounting of RobbyBobby’s split with Milford athletics. But Gil must remind hotheaded Kaz with the FREAK POINTY FINGER that, no, Gil can’t just fire back and set the record straight. Because….

We’ll hear more for Gil maybe, but where is Marty? The media of Milford is buzzing with something juicy which could chip away at Gil’s standing. C’mon Marty, you need to track down Robby and get him on your show. We know you’ll do a face plant eventually but you’ve got to strike now. We know there’s no way that happens because we need to talk about kettlehead.

January 7, 2019

Who’s Robby? Wait, Who’s Gil Thob?

Filed under: Coach Kaz, Fontastic, Kelly Krystek — nedryerson @ 7:03 am

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We pick up our story with Kelly Krystek, intrepid travel agent on her way to drop off Mrs. Kapoor’s travel related items, stopped by the side of the road to take in the latest provocative billboard outside Milford. The message on the billboard is so jarring she has to get out of her Toyota Tardis and stare up at in in wonder from the shoulder. Her head bobbling awe is reminiscent of Steve Martin in L.A. Story:

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Kelly communicates this incredible outdoor advertising development to her beau, Coach Kaz. Kaz is visibly shaken by this new message, or maybe he’s not moved at all and just thinking about pumping iron, getting a sandwich or just avoiding another dopey assignment from Gil to go snooping around in the affairs of a student athlete.

So we have the big reveal of billboard #3 (in a bold new font that I don’t have time to identify right now): SAVE THE KIDS FIRE GIL THORP robbyreport.com. Oh boy. Now to find out who Robby is and what his report entails.

At the moment, the domain robbyreport.com is available for purchase, so any enterprising individual who wants to get a little bit of exposure can register that domain and link it to whatever content they want to be seen by up to dozens of bored Gil Thorp readers. (You may recall a previous website that was named in Gil Thorp, liniverde.com. Jason bought that domain and redirected it to this very blog [since lapsed]. I’d do that with the robbyreport.com, but that would require effort that I’m unwilling to exert.)

This fictitious website concept reminds me of a development from the Aughts (do we have another name for the first decade of this century?) where Conan O’Brien threw out an offhand reference to hornymanatee.com on his old NBC late night show. Subsequently, he stated that NBC’s legal department required the show to acquire that domain (which they did and then proceeded to use it to host wacky content). It makes sense for a big television network to take that step, lest somebody else register the domain and host something with which the network would rather not be associated. Also, in “those days” there was still some fun to be had about the internet and its geeky structure and we could still laugh at it rather than be largely bored and/or disgusted with it.

Clearly, the producers of the Gil Thorp comic strip don’t care about someone purchasing robbyreport.com and posting something weird on it. Like maybe a blog about how Kelly Krystek’s little hatchback has the interior of a Landcruiser or something. Oh, now wouldn’t that just be embarrassing! Surely, but for who?

ETA: The Comics Curmudgeon came up with a hilarious take on today’s strip, focusing on the vague wording of the latest billboard and how the message very easily be misconstrued as something VERY dark. That never dawned on me. That’s why he’s the most famous comics blogger!

December 31, 2018

Odd Bounces Sometimes

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It’s the last day of the year. It’s time for predictions. What will happen in 2019? Maybe Bobby will be crushed by a falling billboard. Gil and Marty will finally profess their love for one another and open a bed and breakfast near the Old Mystic Seaport. Dr. Pearl will replace Gil with coach Kaz and the sports programs at MHS will all be replaced by mixed martial arts. Kenzie Hanley will come back to coach the girls team after Mimi takes her divorce settlement and splits town for good. Kaz and Kelly will tie the not and then Kelly will suddenly decide to take a job in Charleston and never be heard from again.

An alternate prediction: Marty’s mother will finally kick him out of the basement and in order to afford rent at Milford’s famous Dumpy Apartments, Marty will also have to serve as an onsite property manager as well as street level pharmacist.

That’s all I got for now. Anybody else?

So our billboard guy is relishing the Milford loss because he’s rather be vindicated in his Gil Must Go stance than see his team prevail. He’s a true fan!

Happy New Year to all!

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