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Coming January 12th: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 5

The latest volume in the popular hardcover library of FBorFW books is being released tomorrow! Order from your favourite local bookstore, or find it online!

Collect the beloved newspaper comic strip that chronicles the saga of the Patterson family in real time, over three decades, in these definitive editions.

This volume features one of the most beloved stories in the strip’s history–the saga of Farley, the family dog. When little April gets into big trouble, it is up to Farley to come to her rescue. But that isn’t the only big event in the lives of the Pattersons. Michael heads off to college while Elizabeth navigates her teen years. Back at home, Elly and John deal with adult problems such as house renovations and menopause.

Lynn Johnston keeps the ongoing narrative fresh and interesting. Includes every comic strip from April 25, 1993 to August 31, 1996. Each volume also contains annotations by Lynn Johnston detailing motivations for certain strips, funny anecdotes, reactions from fans, and much more!

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Collection volume 5

“Johnston’s groundbreaking strip remains critical without being caustic and sweet without being sentimental. Here, from a woman’s perspective, was the reality of daily domestic life—beautifully drawn social satire, unafraid to skewer male chauvinism, or explore twin challenges of women’s lib and motherhood.” –The Globe and Mail

“An exquisite tome… Fans of the highest virtuosity in cartooning will relish this deluxe introduction to the Pattersons’ heartfelt and delightful story” –Library Journal

“Anyone who has been a kid or has been a parent ought to find something to connect or re-connect with.” –Cinema Sentries

Comics Fan? FBorFW is available on Comixology

What is ComiXology? Amazon’s digital comics platform, explained:
ComiXology is a cloud-based digital comic distributor featuring more than 75,000 comics from major publishers like DC, Marvel, Image, BOOM, IDW, and more. ComiXology has a two-tier subscription model, including a free option and an Unlimited level costing $5.99 a month following a 60-day trial. You can read comics through ComiXology on multiple devices, including the iOS and Android apps, Amazon Kindle, and desktop web browsers.

Read more in Business Insider:

Lynn’s treasury books are available in digital format from Comixology!

Social Distancing in the Strip?

John Patterson in mask and gloves

We’ve had a few people ask us why the FBorFW characters aren’t wearing masks and social-distancing in the strip.

As you may be aware, the current strips you’re seeing were originally written and published in the early 90s—For Better or For Worse is being re-run, and we have chosen to run the strips as they were. With that being said, we have made some changes, such as making sure everyone in a car has a seat belt on.
The issue of masks and social distancing is a tough one for us. If we were to make the changes you are suggesting, which are good suggestions, we would have to rewrite the
entire strip, which we are not in a position to do at this time.
You are not alone in your thoughts, but we also hear the opposite opinion where people are happy to see normalcy in the strip as we are bombarded with Covid news everywhere we turn these days. We certainly take your comments into consideration, but at this time, I am doubtful that we will ever reference the pandemic, or any other significant current event, in the strip.
Thank you for your understanding.

Free Livestream of “Hand Drawn Life” Comics Documentary: Sat. Nov. 21st

Tom Tanquaray’s film, Hand Drawn Life, will stream free on Sat Nov 21st on YouTube Live. Sign up in the link below. Please pass this along to anyone you think would be interested. It’s a feedback forum so comments are encouraged (hopefully positive). While this film predates the current pandemic and other crises, Tom hopes it shows why comics are an important outlet to mirror the common experiences and express the collective anxieties.

Saturday, 21 November 2020 from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM (EST)

Click here for the invite and to sign up to watch!