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Damn, I see the point about the punch was made in the Milford comments section.

Also, note that it really does look like Kaz is wearing pearl earrings.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 12:49 PM
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Katz is Barbara Bush? (That would explain the earrings. The hairy forearms remain a mystery)

Why do you read this? It looks like a PG-13 version of Mark Trail.


Posted by: mike d | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 12:51 PM
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I read it because it's fucking awesome, Mike. If you don't get it, get the hell out of Milford.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 12:53 PM
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1.2: So, a pearl necklace joke would be too obvious, right?


Posted by: DS | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:05 PM
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2: Actually, that would explain the hairy arms as well.


Posted by: Tarrou | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:11 PM
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2: I've never read Mark Trail, but are you implying it's R-rated?


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:13 PM
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What the hell is this comic strip? One good thing about the NYT is that it doesn't inflict any of this crap funnies on its readership. Unless that's what "Modern Love" is about.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:14 PM
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6: I think the implication was 'G' vs PG-13


Posted by: soubzriquet | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:15 PM
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I've only ever come across Gil Thorp in Comics Curmudgeon and it does seem to be the world's worst drawn comic strip (with the possible exception of Dick Tracy). It's also mindnumbingly boring. Is it widely syndicated?


Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:16 PM
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the way Kaz is holding his hands up to his face with his forearms horizontal

I think he's cracking his knuckles?


Posted by: Alex F | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:22 PM
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8: Drat, I was hoping for the comic strip version of 'This isn't about hunting.'


Posted by: LizardBreath | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:26 PM
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The original name was Mark Happy Trail.


Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:28 PM
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(c)(iii) the fact that he is wearing an earing.


Posted by: sam | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:31 PM
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In the second panel, clearly he's giving the guy an elbow to the face, as those of us who like to beat people without bloodying our knuckles prefer.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:39 PM
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Maybe Kaz wears a pearl-shaped hearing aid?


Posted by: NCProsecutor | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:46 PM
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clearly he's giving the guy an elbow to the face

... and clearly, when you do this, you must move your forearm at right angles to the third dimension, so it becomes invisible.


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:50 PM
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It's hidden by the victim's flailing right arm.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:53 PM
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Ah, so this guy is like Uther Doul, with a Possible Arm. The earring should have been a giveaway of his naval background.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:55 PM
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On a related note, WHAT IS THE DEAL with websites like the one linked by this post, where you go to it but you can't get back to where you came from by pushing the Back button, because it somehow took you through six identical websites all of which are listed in your History. That really annoys me.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:57 PM
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I like to think he's reaching down the guy's throat; the white flash at the guy's head isn't an indicator of impact, but of sheer surprise.


Posted by: Tarrou | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:57 PM
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Funny, Ogged, I considered the flying elbow hypothesis but I didn't think anyone would be insane enough to advocate it. Try this experiment, preferably with your coworkers watching. Position your arm as Kaz's would have to be-- elbow out. The natural, comfortable position of the forearm is angled across the chest, not up across the forehead, as it would have to be in your scenario. Moving the forearm up feels funny in the deltoids. You'll have to take this on faith, since you don't work your shoulders, but it's true.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 1:59 PM
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I imagined Uther Doul being much more handsome.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:00 PM
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Reading through the past few posts there, I am terrified of finding myself saying things like "Ease up, friend!" to annoying strangers in public.


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:02 PM
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If the punching guy had his head shaved he would resemble my idea of Uther Doul.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:03 PM
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clearly he's giving the guy an elbow to the face

Not unless he has some crazy elbow hyperextension that would allow the forearm to remain hidden. Clearly, his arm compresses like an accordion, which is the way it works in cartoons, and all that's missing is the half-frame with the sound effect of it regaining its shape -- SPROING!


Posted by: Jesus McQueen | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:04 PM
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The natural, comfortable position of the forearm is angled across the chest

... which ogged would know, if he were a street fightin' man like Frank Merriwell.


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:04 PM
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Slol, you scoff at all things that are right and true about America.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:05 PM
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If there's one thing that's not right and true about America, it's Yale.


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:06 PM
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The guy in the comic is just too germanic for my idea of Doul. I think I pictured him as more of a Finn or a Slav.


Posted by: Jackmormon | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:07 PM
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I have no idea what you're saying, Labs, though I'm confident that you don't either. Here's an actual elbow to the face move.


Posted by: ogged | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:10 PM
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What about my concern in 19, dammit. Is there a reason websites do these things? Does it fraudulently drive up their hit stats?


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:10 PM
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Owen Johnson is rolling in his grave.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:10 PM
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Ogged, it's kind of you to supply further evidence that supports my position. Note the still at the end of the video, particularly the position of the forearm.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:12 PM
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I vote for sticking his arm down the guy's throat. Also, judging from the perspective, Kaz is beating up a 12 year old. As far as the third panel, I don't know why anybody would think those are his arms. Clearly the two chimps that were hanging out in the cafe are exchanging a high-spirited fist bump an inch and a half from Kaz's enormous head.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:17 PM
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Owen Johnson is rolling in his grave.

Owen Johnson did not live to see Yale's finest run the free world. Say, can we just call you "Dink" from now on?


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:18 PM
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You guys are on the bogus sell-out tip, this is the real underground full-force weapons-grade Owen Johnson shit. Too cold.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:20 PM
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30: either he has tiny little T. Rex forearms, or his elbow is dislocated and hanging limply straight down. Or, most logically, his arm is down the guy's throat.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:23 PM
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Stover at Yale is a mere gateway drug. Ned is right, Laurenceville is where it's at. Three cheers for the Tennessee Shad.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:26 PM
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You WASPs have such a fascinating culture.


Posted by: slolernr | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:33 PM
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The Wapshot Blog.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:43 PM
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Hi, purveyor of the ridiculous Gil Thorp Blog here...

Cryptic Ned (re: #s 19/31), not quite sure what you are referring to...Is it the fact that links in my posts open to a new browser window? If so, I've never heard complaints about that before. A lot of sites do this. Since it's a free blog I'm maintaining through a Wordpress template, and I'm just writing it for amusement, it's certainly not to drive up hit stats (I'm not even sure how that would change the stats anyhow) Or are you referring to something else that I'm unaware of?

To all, WARNING: Reading Gil Thorp is like witnessing a daily train wreck...You can't help but look, even though you know it's gonna be bad. If you know what's good for you, you'll flee while there's still hope.

-Jason


Posted by: Hairy Kaz Freak | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:43 PM
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41: hey, swell blog, coach!

Ned doesn't understand tabbed browsing, it's not your fault.

I only wish the entire Gil Thorp archives were online. Watching the sixty year decline in the quality of the art would be an aesthetic experience on par with sitting through Andy Warhol's Empire.


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:45 PM
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Yeah, This Week in Milford is great.

I wish the whole archive were online too, since I've read every comic posted on the site. The Social Conservative Years were pretty weird, but it was nice to see someone make a play for the coach, IYKWIM.


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:52 PM
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For some reason I've got cognitive dissonace from the Uther Doul as a fratboy thing. Probably because the guy in the panels has about as much gravitas as a peep.


Posted by: soubzriquet | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 2:57 PM
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I had no idea that Gil Thorp used to be written by one of the authors of the Left Behind series!


Posted by: Sifu Tweety | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 3:05 PM
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Sifu, that's what I meant by the social conservative thing. Hard hitting themes: abortion (don't do it, says Coach Thorp) and Jewish player observing the Sabbath (admire his convictions, says Coach).


Posted by: FL | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 4:59 PM
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I bet you didn't know that from 1986 to 2006 Prince Valiant was written by the editor of the Atlantic Monthly, either.


Posted by: Cryptic Ned | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 5:06 PM
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19, 31: I get the same problem when I go to AWB's blog, which is also Wordpress. There might be a connection.


Posted by: Cyrus | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 7:35 PM
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It's a form of kung fu where you disable your attacker by grabbing and squeezing his uvula.

I don't think this panel is as awesome as Walter Cronkite putting his open palm on the same guy's face a couple of Gil Thorp strips before this one.

Time to go to the Bucket.


Posted by: Timothy Burke | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 8:16 PM
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48: Crazy. I don't know why it would do that!


Posted by: A White Bear | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 8:20 PM
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One of the things I like about Unfogged is that people make jokes about things so geeky that I would have expected to go through my whole life without ever hearing one. Case in point: Uther Doul.


Posted by: Walt Someguy | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 8:46 PM
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wow, 47 is actually true.


Posted by: Katherine | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 8:55 PM
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groups with a social agenda targeting comics isn't a new idea.


Posted by: soubzriquet | Link to this comment | 07-16-07 9:01 PM
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