“Hey, let’s heap physical and verbal abuse on the kid who had nothing to do with his father’s accident, then shun him, then repeat the entire cycle again and again, then act all pissy because the kid doesn’t want to be around us so we can repeat the cycle yet again.”
OMG RUBIN WILL YOU STOP THIS CRAP ALREADY
Oh well. At least it’s much better than “Cats.”
PS: Recycled art tag for True Standish’s hair on Art Standish’s head and (possibly) for Kaz’s big-ass 1998 Nokia 5110.
So here we are again at another Christmas strip, and I get the honors. Yippee. Thank god I dont have to comment on actual action, or analyze inane comments by characters who if they were real-life would put themselves in the insane asylum before continuing with their actions. At any rate, I hope everyone has a merry Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate, and remember if Gil doesnt do it, you shouldnt either. I could put up all the past Christmas with the Thorps strips, but repeating the sounding joy is more fun.
Our song today is a favorite of mine, released the Christmas before Thorp started coaching, 1957, by Bobby Helms.
Today’s strip is just three panels of “Well duh!” that does next to nothing to advance the plot. Holly begins to develop a conscience a bit too late; don’t bite those nails, honey, you’re still on TV! Rubin missed the perfect opportunity to give us drunk, sad Marty in P3 as counterpoint to the first two panels but… wait, what? Is that Gil’s pissy face pasted onto Bobby Bittmayne’s head in P2, at an angle that suggests being punched that way? Sure looks like it. I’m pulling the “Recycled art” tag even if I’m not 100% certain. So sue me.
Finally, Breck Girl Darwin calls out bro Dor(k)y in the last of today’s “no shit Sherlock” moments. Another missed opportunity to connect the dots between Dor(k)y’s on-field antics and their consequences; at the very least I’d have expected his hand in a cast.
If you were getting a little too worked up by the fireworks in the Mimi-Holly showdown, two panels of flashback ought to settle you down. I get that the rounded corners in panel two are indicative of the jump, but why does panel three have those Batiukian photo corners?
Speaking of which… Haven’t we seen panel three before? For that matter, I’m not sure what to make of the fact that Gil’s speech is punctuated differently. Nevermind the substitution of ‘from’ for ‘and’.
Bonus point: I have to imagine that the lack of an exclamation point on Mimi’s dialogue is an exceptional deviation from the normal soap strip practice.
Good grief, Whigrub, this is just so lazy – not unlike myself, recycling Thursday’s post title.
Valley Tech’s and Milford’s road uniforms look identical save for those Rorschach blobs on the batting helmets so you’d be forgiven for thinking this was all one game. That speeding Elrod ball at P1 lower right was supposed to be our segue, I guess? Collin Lalonde channels his inner Rick Dempsey at Madison, unless he jammed his thumb on the base in which case he channels his inner Bryce Harper.
Finally we get recycled Gil with the hastily scrawled flat-bottomed collar over his t-shirt crew neck (if Milford’s on the road, wouldn’t manager Gil be wearing the same dark jersey as his players? Anyway, alert TWIMers will no doubt find the original) accosted by close talker Marty who looks Photoshopped on top of Gil. I believe Marty’s gonna tell him “a little club soda will get that out.” Give Whigham a smidgen of credit for choosing which of the many faces of Gil to recycle as that puss clearly reads “Oh no you di’n’t.”
December 23, 2014
Due to holiday related activities, posts for today and tomorrow were going to be brief anyway.* However, now that I’ve seen panel one, I am going to shut my computer down and try to unsee what I have seen. Look, I am aware of all internet tradtions and I understand that Rule 34 is a real thing, but I am going to have to say ‘no thank you’ when it comes to graphic depictions of Kaz rubbing the trophy and talking about ‘good weird’. Sorry, guys and gals, but this is just a bridge too far.
* I’m not even sure why I feel somewhat obligated to make excuses about the brevity of my posts anymore…
[edited to add recycled art tag]
February 24, 2014
You know what isn’t cool? Stalking your sister and demanding to know what she was talking about with one of her classmates.
You know what else isn’t cool? Physically intimidating her by smashing a locker while confronting her.
Not quite as bad but still very not cool? Jabbing your finger into a teammate’s chest for having the temerity to talk to your sister.
Don’t even get me started about how, on practically no basis whatsoever, Wynn has decided that she should be dating Keegan Hershey as we saw over the weekend.
In the long history of objectionable cretins who have served as lead characters in Gil Thorp, Wynn is rapidly climbing the charts as the most despicable. I am a bit surprised how strongly I feel about this so let me try to lighten things up a bit by poking fun at the artwork… Skipping over Wendy’s terrible pants in panel one and that similar but not quite the same profile picture of Wendy we’ve seen close to half a dozen times in this story, I’m curious as to how the blocking for this scene unfolded. Did Wynn magically teleport from behind Wendy in the first panel to locker striking distance? Regardless, in addition to his other flaws, respecting personal space – both physically and emotionally – is clearly not a strong suit for Winnie the Creep.