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Life in a Comic Strip
November 2, 2007 (Runs 13:44)
Lynn Johnston reflects on her comic strip characters and controversies, and whether it's time to put the cap on her drawing pen

Watch the 17-minute web-exclusive video of Lynn Johnston, on her famous Walk of Fame cartoon dress, and with reporter Sandra Abma on the making of her internationally-syndicated comic strip For Better or For Worse.

Comments

Like so many other readers,the Pattersons have become part of my family. So many of the FBorFW strips have touched my heart and have been displayed on my fridge. Unlike many others, I read FBorFW last. I like to savor the moment and take it with me into the day.


Posted by: Karin Burk | November 13, 2007 09:10 PM

Hi Lynn.
We really enjoy your comic strip...Thanks again for being who you are ! Peace - Joan Goodell


Posted by: Joan Goodell | November 12, 2007 08:22 PM

lynn, i loved your interview. your comics are a joy to read they are what life is really about, home, family and friends. daily life as we know it. when the strip about the hot flashes came out I laughed till I cried. at last someone knows how I feel. you expressed it just right. I have that comic on my fridge and laugh every time I look at it. thank you for putting joy in the change of life, or as my son and husband say body functions can be funny if you let them. don't be so serious all the time life is just to short. thank you for going back to the past. it makes waiting to see the future so exciting with lots of love michelle sharpe


Posted by: michelle sharpe | November 12, 2007 07:22 PM

I, too have followed Lynn's work since it's beginning. In fact, it's the only comic strip I still read--first thing every a.m.! Her characters have become a part of my life as well.

All the best to her.


Posted by: MC | November 12, 2007 10:54 AM

What a wonderful person. I have all of the For Better or For Worse books published and This is the first comic strip I read daily. I think Lynn Johnson has shown the world that all people and familys have the same experiences with their children and she definately relates to everyone. I wish Lynn the best of luck in her new endeavors and wish the best for her. Keep up the good work Lynn. This comes from an avid reader from Florida, USA.


Posted by: Mary Sikes | November 9, 2007 09:47 PM

I'm not one who dwells in the past,so I am having trouble with facing the end of twenty seven years of starting my day with a visit with the Pattersons. For most of those years this took place in the newspapers of many many cities and towns in the States. Now ,of course , the computer delivers each episode to me before I even sit down to breakfast.
Well, I somehow survived the untimely ending of "Calvin and Hobbes" so I'll just have to adjust again.Lynne, you have made my life richer and I thank you.I'm eighty now,and am having a fabulous time reinventing myself every year,so go for it ,girl.I wish you much happiness,sigh,and don't worry about me ---I've still got "Zits" !


Posted by: Lassey Dahlstrom | November 9, 2007 11:23 AM

I love how this interview proved what I have known all along Lynn Johnston is a beautiful person. No one could produce such wonderful characters if they did not have such a loving soul as Lynn. I have read the strip since the beginning and hate see it change to a hybrid. I do however wish Lynn the best in her life. May the future be filled with love.


Posted by: Kim | November 8, 2007 02:12 PM

It sounded like you are going to retire and put your pen down for good?

For years, I love your drawings. There are so many related to my family(6 children). I owned ALL of the collection FBorFW books but I do not have your first drawing comic strip book of David We're pregnant. I plan to order the whole books.


Posted by: Hedy Taylor | November 8, 2007 09:05 AM

Definately enjoyed the two documentaries on Lynn and the history behind "For Better Or For Worse." I still have many fond memories of the comic strip, and will be sad to se it come to an end. The strip definately came at the right time in my youth. As a matter of fact, it may have saved my life. I hope the strip will continue for a little while longer. At least, to its 30th Anniversary.


Posted by: Christopher Dalton | November 5, 2007 04:43 PM

In my opinion, Lynn Johnston is the greatest Canadian. Her cartoons transcend time, art, and contemporary life.


Posted by: tony c | November 3, 2007 03:39 AM

As usual Lynn speaks for so many of us in such an eloquent, gracious real way. I have made her cartoon journey with her and will so miss the Pattersons when she retires. Lynn, we love you and are so proud that you represent what is right with Canada.


Posted by: Suzannah Goldsack | November 3, 2007 01:42 AM

After watching the article about Lynn Johnston, I want to thank you for giving us another glimpse into her art and life.
I have followed her from the beginning, and wrote in 1980 when we were both young and on our own.
She replied with a kind personal comment on a notecard, with a pen sketch of Elly!!
Lynn, your column is my main reason to open the paper each day, and I'll miss you very much when you decide to move on to other adventures. But, like a wise parent I wish you well, and may you always have love and joys of family, as you have given to us in your humour and wisdom.
From the bottom of my heart~~thanks for the memories, and the rows and rows of clippings that have lined the inside of my cupboard for years.
Love,
Carol Goff
Waterford, Ontario
(not far from Dundas and Brantford)


Posted by: Carol Goff | November 2, 2007 11:07 PM

I loved the interview with Lynn. I have loved her comic strip for years. I have many of her books. She is wonderful. I love rereading the collections of hers that I have. I was more upset with Elizabeth and that jerk of a boyfriend she had while she was in college. Farley's death made me cry. Lawrence's admission to family and friend was real life on paper. I will be sad to see Lynn "retire".


Posted by: Kimberly Hall | November 2, 2007 10:15 PM

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