Coming April 26th: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 6

Our friends at IDW Publishing have done it again; another beautiful volume of the Complete Library series is arriving April 26th.

Order it from your favourite bookstore today!

The cover of the Complete Library volume 6: the kids eat a dish of pizza so quickly that John and Elly don't manage to get any!

Romance is in the air as Michael starts dating a girl he hasn’t seen since childhood. Something tells him that she is “the one,” but only if he can first make it through the stress of attending university! The trials of school affect his younger siblings, as Elizabeth struggles to find her identity in the halls of high school and April begins kindergarten!
 
Meanwhile, Elly has to deal with the loss of a loved one, and John comes to peace with hitting the big 5-0. And if that isn’t enough, Gordon and Tracey have a baby, Weed and Mike go on a world tour, and Lawrence meets his father for the first time!
 
Lynn Johnston closes out the ’90s with pathos, affection, and of course, laughter! Includes every comic strip from September 1, 1996 through the end of 1999.

New! Lynn’s Art Prints in our Shop

Since she retired from drawing For Better or For Worse®, Lynn has been having fun doing small, cartoony paintings. We’re making them available as prints so everyone can enjoy them!

Our prints are signed by Lynn on heavyweight, acid-free paper. They can be personalized and are ready for framing. These prints are 10″ x 10″ in size.

 

Lawrence’s Coming-Out Story Runs Again

Today, as For Better or For Worse® continues to run in repeats in newspapers everywhere, we begin to revisit Lawrence’s coming-out story from 1993. A storyline that saw Lynn nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, this series of strips created a massive controversy at the time—and we’re curious to see how things have changed in the 29 years since.

Read the entire sequence here in our comic archive, or follow it day by day on our Strip Fix page as it unfolds again. You can find more information about this storyline here on our website.

Read on for information on a Vancouver-based charitable organization, a letter from Lynn, and a video explaining what moved her to tell Lawrence’s story.

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Lynn’s Split Pea and Ham Soup

We’ve been collecting recipes from Lynn’s family’s collection, for your enjoyment.

You can find the whole recipe series here. Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of green or yellow split peas (soaked for about 2 hrs and then rinsed)
  • 8 cups of ham stock or chicken stock or a combo of both (you can also use water flavoured with bouillon)
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil (or butter)
  • 1 celery stalk (including leaves) chopped
  • 3 medium carrots chopped
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • A couple of handfuls of cooked ham, chopped (or about 2 cups)
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp parsley
  • ½ tsp marjoram
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper
  • (I like to use Montreal steak spice!)

Instructions

  1. In a large pot add peas and soup stock. Bring to a boil over medium heat and reduce to a simmer for about 15 minutes until peas are tender (if peas have not been soaked, simmer for about 1 ½ hours).
  2. Sauté celery, carrots, onion and garlic in oil until veggies are tender.
  3. Add cooked veg, ham, thyme, parsley, marjoram, and bay leaves to soup. Return to simmer  for about ½ hour (peas should be falling apart at this point).
  4. Add salt, pepper, and bouillon to taste.

Frank Pauer’s Interview with Lynn about Len Norris

Frank Pauer asked Lynn for her remembrance of meeting her first cartoonist. This article was meant to be published in the National Cartoonist Society’s “The Cartoon!st” magazine, but Covid prevented its publication. Frank was kind enough to let us print it here.

It’s a PDF file, so you may find it easiest to read if you download it here. Otherwise you can click the small version to enlarge it: