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Lynn and Greg Evans, at Comic Con

Lynn with Greg Evans, creator of Luann

Photo credit: Bruce Guthrie

Greg Evans recently sent us this great photo of him and Lynn, taken at this summer’s San Diego Comic Con. We asked Lynn about their friendship:

Greg Evans and I have known each other for almost 35 years. Since we were both doing family comic strips, we had an immediate connection — and since any rivalry was between the syndicates and not between us, we became good friends as well. I was always intrigued by Greg’s ability to see so clearly through the eyes of a teenage girl, but his close relationship with his wife Betty (whom he has known since college) is part of his amazing skill.

Luann, Greg’s signature character, remained the same age for many years, but the pending maturity of his artist daughter, Karen, might have encouraged him to allow Luann to mature a bit, too. Karen now works with Greg on the strip, which is great fun for both of them. Greg is a prolific cartoonist with many other creative skills. He has also written, produced, and directed a “Luann” musical comedy. Our recent re-connection at Comic Con was a real treat. Now that I too live on the west coast, I hope we can get together more often!

A little about Greg and Greg’s strip:

LUANN is about the trials of becoming a young adult: the hilarity and drama, triumphs and flops, friendships and rivalries. Rich in character and intriguing “what’ll happen next?!” stories, LUANN is a compelling saga of life’s most volatile stage. Greg Evans was voted Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 2003 by the National Cartoonists Society

Lynn’s Thoughts on 2018’s San Diego Comic Con

I have just returned from Comic Con in San Diego. I was invited to be a speaker this year, and to sit on a couple of panels. It was great to play the role of cartoonist again! Even though I continue to draw and create funny designs and patterns, I miss spending time with friends who are still doing the dailies and Sundays; still working to deadline. I miss being one of them! Having said that, I don’t wish to return to the work I did for so long. The fact that FBorFW is still remembered so fondly fills me up and makes me proud of the work I’ve done. It’s a great feeling.

The first time I went to this unconventional convention, it was a relatively small gathering of cartoonists who wanted to share their work, have their folios reviewed, buy and sell stuff, and drink beer. We all walked from table to table, enjoying new ideas, seeing how artists drew and coloured — all before the magic of computers. This was magic on its own! You could see the entire exhibition floor in less than a day and I don’t remember anyone wearing costumes.

Today, the “Con” attracts tens of thousands. There is no age limit. Everyone, from the new kid in a carrier, to granny with a cane, is there– along with hordes of twenty-somethings who line up for hours, some sleeping on sidewalks in the hopes of scoring tickets to an event, a talk, or a workshop. People are friendly. People are reunited, and new friends are made. It is a seething, bustling, colourful crush of fans and foragers. Many people come in costume, looking for headgear and hardware, buying everything from space suits to makeup — whatever it takes to become a superhero. Whatever you can dream up, you can be.

The convention hall is shaped like a massive cruise ship. Each day it took at least half an hour to work my way through the comic book stands, graphic novels, animation exhibits, and original art to wherever I needed to go. Fortunately, I had a volunteer guide who took me directly to meeting rooms and signing tables or I’d have been lost! Everywhere, I was greeted by folks who read my work as children and were now reading it to kids of their own. They would appear and then dissolve again into the dense river of people. I was grateful to sit in the National Cartoonists Society  booth with Greg Evans, Maria Schriver, Steve McGarry and crew, safe and out of the way. I also spent time behind the desk at IDW publishing, signing the new collection books. Having somewhere to be, somewhere to stand, made the massive crowd easier to manage. Moving bumper to bumper with aliens, robots, rubber chickens, and the undead, is wonderful — but in small doses.

It’s over for another year. I’m home again, looking at photos and sending messages to folks I met. It was four days of fun and freedom; of harmless fantasy in a celebration of comic art at its best. At a time when the world outside seems stark raving mad, I’m grateful for the kind of craziness that brings people together in spirit and solidarity. That’s Comic Con.

Lynn J.

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 2 is Available!

Our second treasury book, The Complete Library, Vol. 2 is out now! Order it today from IDW Publishing, or check your local bookstore. (We won’t be carrying it in our online store – the sheer weight of this book makes it too expensive to ship from Canada).

Since their debut in 1979, the world has watched the Pattersons grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. The cast expands, and roles that will play a big part down the road are just starting to bud.

New adventures await Elizabeth as she enters kindergarten and has to spend some time in the hospital. Michael has to deal with a bully at school and takes a flight to Vancouver—all by himself! John has an unfortunate accident and is arrested for breaking and entering! And Elly finds a worthwhile cause in heading up a campaign to save the historic city hall that has been scheduled for demolition.

Volume Two collects the complete daily and Sunday comics from January 1983 through July 5, 1986, with all Sunday comics printed in color.

 

Love Comic Art? Help Kickstart “Hand Drawn Life” Documentary

Documentary filmmaker, Tom Tanquary, interviewed Lynn — and many other comic strip artists — for a documentary he’s making about the history and influence of newspaper comic strips.

Hand Drawn Life is now nearing the post-production phase, and Tom is looking for some contributors to their Kickstarter campaign, to raise funds to complete his longterm project.

The film has already been “written”. Although there is no narrator or voice over tracks. The narrative of the film comes entirely from the subjects in the film. Nothing is scripted. Through their words, and experiences, they weave the story of the newspaper comic strip. From the early days of Hogan’s Alley (the Yellow Kid cartoon) right up till today, they show us with first hand knowledge the importance and influence these visual Haikus have made on American culture and society.

The last chapter of this adventure is the post-production or editing work. This I can’t do on my own. To bring the work of these fine cartoonist/artists to life in a video is more than just showing the artwork. Their work will not be manipulated, animated, or otherwise changed. Only the way it is presented will be changed. Nothing within their frames will be affected. For that I need a professional editor, whom I have found in a dear friend, Paul Venus.

The budget for this part isn’t extravagant by film or TV standards but is beyond my means. It’ll take 6 weeks of full-time work to complete. And it’s work that can’t be done now and again like the way I shot the interviews. It has to be done in one continuous flow.

You can watch some clips from the film on the Kickstarter page, where multiple levels of sponsorship are available if you’d like to contribute to finishing the documentary.