Gil Thorp, 5/21/15
Oh, hey, what’s going in baseball season in Gil Thorp? Well, it seems that football superstar/baseball dilettante True Standish was goofing around during a Mudlark loss, because football is a serious sport for real men and baseball is silly game you play when it’s nice out so why bother taking it seriously, enraging actual baseball player Max Ortiz. This is an interesting variation on the typical Gil Thorp storyline, which usually involves players all too intensely dedicated to their sport of choice, but at least we have one comforting narrative element to grasp on to: Coaches Thorp and Kaz remaining roughly twenty feet away from any brewing conflict and deciding to “let the guys police themselves.”
Family Circus, 5/21/15
Ma Keane’s biggest dream was that her kids might become slightly less moronically literal-minded once they learned to read. Today, that hope has been tragically dashed.
Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, 5/21/15
Aww, how romantic! Grampy and Granny are going to spend their anniversary shitting!
Barney Google and Snuffy Smith, 5/9/15
Say what you will about our man Snuffy’s book learnin’, moral fiber, or long-term planning skills, but you have to admire him as a savvy realist. For instance, he’s well aware of the dysfunctional nature of the polity he lives in. He watched those fancy flatlander politicians from the state government cut the ribbon on the project that finally brought plumbing to Hootin’ Holler and thought, “Who’s gonna maintain them pipes? Folks around here? The guv’ner? The revenooers? Don’t want none for my shack, no thanks.”
Gil Thorp, 5/9/15
Looks like True’s awkward flirting is going great! “Why, yes, I have read one of the most beloved novels of the 20th century, one assigned to millions of high school students in their English classes! Mmmm, smell this hamburger, it smells like smug literacy.”
Never mind why Heathcliff’s owner-grandma seems scandalized by cats who aren’t wearing clothes: what’s Heathcliff’s owner-grandpa holding in his hand? Are those … calipers? Going to be working real hard at not thinking about the intersection between cat nudism and calipers for the next couple of days, thanks.
Gil Thorp, 5/8/15
One thing I genuinely love about Gil Thorp is that sometimes the wacky teen characters they introduce for a plot in one sport vanish entirely when the season’s over, and sometimes they have starring roles in other sports, and sometimes they just show up in the background, and you’re never sure how it’s going to go! Anyway, it turns out that easygoing football phenom True Standish, who led Milford to its first title in decades, is also playing baseball for some reason, and will be romancing prickly, sassy “Boo” Radley. Will he finally suffer the career-ending injury we’ve all known is coming, by flirting so awkwardly that he ruptures something?
Rex Morgan, M.D., 5/8/15
“Negative vibes? Good lord, am I married to … a hippie?”