This Week in Milford

December 25, 2015

Hey where’d all that snow come from?

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Mimi Thorp, Recycled art — robmize2013 @ 6:50 pm

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.


December 5, 2015

We’re All Asking the Same Question, Alan


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.

October 20, 2015

Em Dashes – Commas, And Ellipses…

Filed under: Gil Thorp, Holly Dobbs, Mimi Thorp, Recycled art — timbuys @ 9:18 am


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.

June 20, 2015

Hurry Up and Lose Already! Part Deux

Filed under: actual action, baseball, exposition comics, Gil Thorp, Marty Moon, Recycled art — teenchy @ 1:43 pm



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.”

March 5, 2015

In-season Sabbatical Over

March 5, 2015


“Need a breather, Max? I’ve had one for over a month and lemme tell ya, it does wonders! I don’t even mind it anymore when my student manager tries to coach players right after I do!”

Nitpicks of the day:

P1: There are more blobs representing letters on the Jefferson player’s jersey than there are letters in the word “Jefferson.”

P2: I suspect this is recycled art from Gil’s last appearance in the strip. Sure, you can see some kind of line behind the players, who are all now dark-haired (to compensate for Theo’s hair color flip?) but the central figure of Gil looks like 1/28 P2 flipped horizontally.

P3: “They’re slacking off Ken to double Malik. Watch for him!” Which “him,” Ken or Malik? I assume Ken since he’s getting slacked off – which makes absolutely no sense considering Ken getting hot is what led Milford to beat Jefferson in their house.

That’s all I’ve got for today. Significant snowstorm in the forecast today yet I have to travel in some or all of it. Wish me luck.

METAPOST (9:43 EST): No sooner had I begun to shovel a path to my car than I got the call that my client’s office would be closed for the day. I’ll still have to move a bunch of snow around later, but for now it’s time to put on another pot of coffee and watch the snark roll in. Thanks for the kind thoughts.

December 23, 2014

Things I Don’t Need To See First Thing In The Morning

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

Still Creepy After All These Strips

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.

February 20, 2014

Recycled Dialogue, Recycled Art?

February 20, 2014


Unfortunately, there’s lots not to like in today’s strip.* We can start off with the utter redundancy of panel one where Wendy repeats herself from panel three of yesterday’s strip – once again bolstering my supposition that the creators are catering to the Memento disease crowd. Not only that but the rendering of Wendy seems awfully similar – although not quite the same – as previous drawings.

The best thing about panel two is that it gives me a clear view of the design of the windows which so confused me two weeks ago. I’ll confess to not having spent a great deal of time looking at windows as opposed to through them, but that glazing seems awfully fancy for a public school. Side note: Is Mimi sitting in a wheel chair? You tell me.

Finally, we come to panel three. Sure, the first two panels could have been used to show what happened during the game (or even to move the plot forward ever so slightly more than letting us know that Shelby was in fact suspended) but, nope, we’re just going to show the team desultorily shambling into the inky blackness of the unlit locker room. I feel ripped off that we didn’t even get the customary post-game on-court impromptu conversations. Maybe they had to stop allowing that after the riot at Oakwood…

* UPDATE: Sorry, I’m a little grumpy this morning. While I mostly stand by that statement, there is a lot to like about the line: “No one said I had to level that cow… But I’m glad I did!”

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