This Week in Milford

April 11, 2017

We’ll be calling him “The Friendly Brain”

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Today the high-rolling Milford School Board veep gets a mashup name from the famed comic and cartoon character and the famed pro wrestling heel manager but one that yields no Google results on its own.  He looks like a slightly paunchy version of Gil, and the trifecta of head bobble, exploding eye and freak hand (missing an amputated sixth digit between index and middle fingers) make him right at home in Milford.

He’s clearly capable of picking up a phone and calling Dr. Pearl who, with that broken right wrist of hers, may have had to put him on speaker.  The good doctor relays his message to Ms. Rizk, who replies with a deft pop culture/product placement zinger of her own.  She may not be much of a journalist, but she knows where she stayed last night.

A couple of cameos to report: the Funkyverse’s Les Moore joins the Milford faculty after having his face slapped for being such a pretentious douche, and an off-camera cameo by Rex Morgan, MD‘s daughter Sarah, who obviously hand-lettered Dr. Pearl’s name plate.

April 6, 2017

Southpaw Ex Machina

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“He’s poised, he’s been well coached, he throws hard.  You can tell he’s not from Milford.”

Just as with True Standish in 2014-15, Gil’s chestnuts will be pulled from the proverbial fire by a transfer student. No need to develop this guy as a player or as a character.

But just how impressive is he?  Sure you’re gonna make the catcher’s mitt vap pop (vape? I thought Milford High was a no-smoking campus) if you’re throwing from 20 feet away.   Back up to a regulation distance and let’s hear what happens.

As for his name, when I saw it first it made me think of two 1930s-era pitchers, Johnny “Double No-Hit” Vander Meer and Elden Auker, but he appears to be in sales or engineering.  So how does Pete de Windt know him?  Maybe they ran into each other at the Tulip Time Festival.  Wonder if they know the DeGroots

May 21, 2016

It Ain’t Named for Emperor Haile Selasky

Filed under: Fat Guys, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Neal's friends, softball — teenchy @ 9:52 pm

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So Barry Bader’s potato-nosed, freckle-faced clone is Pete deWindt? What are they, like The Boys from Brazil or something?

As for Miss Talking Banana Fingers and the rest of her teammates, don’t they know that they’re violating the unwritten rules of softball by not only talking about a no-hitter in progress but by interacting with the pitcher who’s throwing it? And what’s up with the Lady Mudlarks wearing the basketball team’s uniforms? They didn’t have to do that last season. Did Mimi raid the till to fund her wine habit?

I wonder whose car Del Bader is driving to Selasky’s Supper Club (named for Rubin’s pal, the food writer for the Detroit Free Press). Wasn’t his impounded? From the sign, it looks like Selasky’s might double as a Subaru dealership but that logo on the horn pad looks like Nissan’s hamburger. Why the heck would Del bring up his pending DUI conviction to a client at all? He should just say “No drinks tonight, thanks, doctor’s orders” and leave it at that. I sense the elder Bader entering a Willy Lomanesque death spiral in the not-too-distant future.

April 28, 2016

BFFs, not FWBs

Filed under: baseball, exposition comics, freak hands, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, Neal's friends — teenchy @ 4:50 am

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I could speculate all morning on what led to Boo Radley’s declaration in P1 but in the interest of (my) time I’m sticking with “True’s moving to North Carolina this summer and I’m not.” Also not sure where the “preppie” tag comes from; that subculture has practically died out, and I don’t recall seeing True sporting Vineyard Vines’ little whale, among other telltales. I mean, even Brooks Brothers did away with its boxy traditional fit dress shirts and now offer cuts in trim, skinny, super skinny and “I wear girls’ jeans.” (Sure they still show “Traditional Fit” but try ordering one.) Maybe if I looked at the color version of the strip I’d see his pants were pink Breton red with little nautical flags on them.

Then it’s off to the bleachers where Gil gives Marty the full Mouseketeer Roll Call. True, Lalonde, and Granger are returning from last season. Don’t have time to Google the rest (have at it, TWIMers) but we know Ken Brown makes things happen and Bobby Mitchell integrated that NFL team than now often remains nameless.

Also not gonna speculate on what kind of smartphone Marty’s using to record Gil but – holy crap does Marty have a huge thumb! Props to him for stepping up from the old Dictaphone, even if it isn’t as stealthy as Marjie’s invisible recording device from last year.

November 3, 2015

Banal Attraction

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We’re still doing this thing, folks. It is, in its own fashion, moving full speed ahead.

Whose right hand is that in panel one? Holly’s? Marty’s? E.T.’s?

Google cannot seem to tell me who Trish Spanos is so I will assume she is a FOW (friend of Whigrub).  Let’s be real here, though.  Panel two’s entire purpose is to let us know that True and Trish have the same initials. Kismet?  Perhaps.

Closing things off in panel three, what is that object partially occluded by True’s speech bubble?  Is it the book he was holding in panel two? A chair in the middle of the hallway?

Obviously a lot of questions today from a strip in which not a whole lot actually happened. Hopefully our devoted little community here can shed some light.

August 20, 2015

Catchin’ Walleye? Naw, Horned Frogs

Filed under: Fat Guys, football, Gil Thorp, Milford Idiots, Neal's friends — teenchy @ 5:38 am

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I have to give Whigham a little bit of credit for drawing an actual building on the TCU campus – the University Recreation Center with its distinctive glass front. (Yesterday we were treated to UCLA’s Royce Hall but I gotta tell ya that fountain’s not so impressive in real life.) Then I have to take some of that credit away for drawing True staring at his dad and the reader simultaneously.

As timbuys pointed out yesterday, the True/Art dynamic doesn’t break any new ground in this strip. Maybe that’s one reason we’re getting introduced to all these non-Milfordians all of a sudden? Naw, I’m sure it’s just more name-dropping by Rubin. There was a Sedrick Roy in Chicago at the turn of the last century but the only Sedrick Joy I could find wasn’t a candy bar but the names of a married couple. So never mind.

So what some of the TCU student body, who have become accustomed to winning football these past few years, recognize a potential recruit for their football team? They weren’t invited to the campus by the football staff so what’s the problem? It may be all those kids with backpacks; you can’t be too careful around them these days.

August 1, 2015

Side Trip to “The City Beautiful”

Filed under: football, Gil Thorp, Neal's friends — teenchy @ 6:26 am

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“Rodney Curtis, you just attended Pro Potential Passing Camp, drank some Power Blast, got name checked a whole bunch of times, and made friends with some tank town kid with a Mayflower Society name. What are you going to do next?”

“I’m going to… home?”

True has succeeded in sowing the seeds of FUD in Rodney’s mind. Now he has a better chance of finding Jimbo Fisher’s Golden Ticket while Rodney stays home and becomes a Citronaut Knight of Pegasus.

Makes me wonder if Rubin went on a theme park tour to “research” this past week’s strips.

July 30, 2015

He Said He Said

Filed under: Coach Kaz, football, Gil Thorp, golf, Neal's friends — teenchy @ 7:24 am

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We’re well into Week 2 of True questioning everything about the college football recruiting process to anyone who will listen. Is it some kind of Jedi Mind Trick® designed to put Rodney Curtis & co. off their game, thereby raising True’s stock in the process? Or is it part of an ongoing, fourth wall-breaking Take That to the college sports machine from Neal? (Maybe we should be calling him Mary True.) Rubin certainly knows how to use the Rule of Three in his dialogue.

Well at least we were spared a scene at the Milford CC until July 30. Glad to see proper decorum is being maintained, with Gil and Kaz required to wear long pants on the course. Spares us from having to see Gil’s ankles and feet again.

edit: A non-TWIM commenter saw my reference to “sports machine” earlier and wondered why I didn’t name check George Michael. A short forehead slap later, I offer this bit of nostalgia.

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