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"For Better or For Worse" starts life over again...

Grey Havens

Aug 28 2008, 4:51am

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"For Better or For Worse" starts life over again... Can't Post

Lynn Johnston's comic strip is retiring... and being re-born all in the space of two days.

On Sunday, Lynn will say good-bye to the all-grown-up Pattersons, only to say hello again on Monday when she re-visits the family in its early family life, beginning with when Michael and Lizzie were very young. According to the United Press Syndicate, Patterson, using "new comic strips drawn in the style she used 29 years ago when the Patterson family first appeared on comic pages, Johnston will begin retelling their story from the beginning, eventually blending at least half of the classic original comic strips with new material."

Just the thought of seeing Farley again after having bawled my eyes out when he "died" brings a smile to my face... it's like having a good friend back after having thought he was lost forever. He is as beloved to me and other fans as Snoopy is too Peanuts fans.

I love this comic strip. I hope people will give it a chance, despite having some newspapers drop the strip (they don't want to pay full price for "recycled" strips).

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Aug 28 2008, 10:48am

Post #2 of 17 (117 views)
I was wondering [In reply to] Can't Post

what she was going to do with that strip, I'd heard she was "changing" how it would go, halting the "aging" of the characters at a certain point.

I hope my paper does not drop it; I missed out on a lot of those early strips, and only learned of Farley's death much later!

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Aug 28 2008, 11:04am

Post #3 of 17 (136 views)
but what will happen to April? [In reply to] Can't Post

April's not "all grown up"? I want to see who April marries.

I want to see Lizzie's kids!!

Well, I can understand her wanting to slow down after all these years, I don't know how she's kept the strip so gently humorous at the same time so real to so many of us. I'm happy to see FBOW in any iteration! I believe I have been following it for almost the entire 29 years (certainly since my oldest was young, and she's 27) and will feel like part of my daily life is missing!


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Aug 28 2008, 11:07am

Post #4 of 17 (181 views)
Ah, that explains today's "punchline" [In reply to] Can't Post

I had heard that she was retiring, but I didn't know quite when. Then I saw today's comic and felt a very strong sense of "goodbye" in it. I wonder what tomorrow and Saturday will bring. There doesn't seem to be anything else left to say.

Anyway, I'm glad to know she's not really retiring, just going back to the beginning.

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Tol Eressea

Aug 28 2008, 11:47am

Post #5 of 17 (137 views)
I've never really read FBoFW [In reply to] Can't Post

I watched the show, and sometimes the occasional strip. It's a nice series, and now that it's starting over, well, this should be interesting.


Aug 28 2008, 12:04pm

Post #6 of 17 (167 views)
I'm looking forward to it! [In reply to] Can't Post

It's long been one of my favorite comics. It stands out in that it changes, grows and reflects the change going on in the world

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Aug 28 2008, 1:30pm

Post #7 of 17 (89 views)
DD, You're killing me. Sersly. // [In reply to] Can't Post


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Aug 28 2008, 1:36pm

Post #8 of 17 (115 views)
I heard Lynn, in RL, [In reply to] Can't Post

not as "Ellie" of course, is going through a separation or divorce from her husband of 32 years, often thought of as her "John" character, so I'm sure that has much to do with her stopping the strip at this point.
I'm very sad.

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Aug 28 2008, 3:08pm

Post #9 of 17 (95 views)
that's sad [In reply to] Can't Post

it's always been the most true-to-life of the comic strips, and very gentle and nonpreachy.

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Aug 28 2008, 3:10pm

Post #10 of 17 (96 views)
That's very sad. [In reply to] Can't Post

John reminds me so much of my own husband, being a garden railroader and all. :-(

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Aug 28 2008, 5:55pm

Post #11 of 17 (83 views)
We don't take the paper anymore. [In reply to] Can't Post

So I don't see the comics unless we're at Mom and Dad's house.

I liked FBOFW better in the earlier days, when it was more of a "comic" strip and not so serious. Same for Funky Winkerbean. I'm just not into drawn-out, dramatic story lines.

"Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully.
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever."
"And he has Brains."
"Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brains."
There was a long silence.
"I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything."

- A. A. Milne



Aug 29 2008, 1:40am

Post #12 of 17 (67 views)
Excellent! It's kinda like getting The Hobbit after LotR ;) [In reply to] Can't Post

This really is great news. What a brave and unique thing for a well-established artists to do with their very well-established world.

Very cool :)


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Aug 29 2008, 3:06am

Post #13 of 17 (64 views)
I agree [In reply to] Can't Post

I love this comic, I try to read it every day when eat breakafast. I didn't know that it was ending so soon though, I knew it was but I thought it would last to the end of the year. But they have been combining old comics with new comics in the Seattle times, so I guess it was a hint. I never even notice the dog wasn't there! I have kept up with the entire history of the comic and I've mainly been focused on Liz's wedding. So sad.

Grey Havens

Aug 29 2008, 12:39pm

Post #14 of 17 (70 views)
April's young... [In reply to] Can't Post

Perhaps by the time she does get married, FBOFW will have caught up time-wise. And maybe there will be a new generation to focus on... the Patterson grandkids.

(This post was edited by diedye on Aug 29 2008, 12:39pm)

Lily Fairbairn

Aug 29 2008, 4:30pm

Post #15 of 17 (54 views)
I've loved this strip for years [In reply to] Can't Post

Lynn's kids have grown up along with mine. I feel I know them all. I was sorry to see that she was making changes, but on the other hand, she deserves a break from working so hard, and it will be a treat to see the older strips again.

I remember the sequence where Farley rescued April and then died as clearly as if I read it yesterday. A comic strip can be very powerful.

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Aug 29 2008, 5:16pm

Post #16 of 17 (55 views)
Actually, she was planning on retirement, [In reply to] Can't Post

or at least the half-retirement of freezing the ages, focusing more on Micheal's children and also including old strips, and then her husband told her he wanted a divorce. That was I think last year, and then she decided that since she no longer had a person to travel with (which was the retirement plan), she would continue the comic strip. I hadn't heard that this weekend was the new restart. I'll have to find out about that...

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Aug 29 2008, 6:28pm

Post #17 of 17 (66 views)
well I hope she realizes [In reply to] Can't Post

that one doesn't need a husband to travel!

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