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Things You Didn’t Know About FBorFW, Part One

Over the decades of FBorFW’s existence, Lynn has answered hundreds of interview questions about the strip, and her work in general. This got our team wondering if there are interview questions Lynn hasn’t been asked, and what pieces of information about the comic are less widely known. We put together a series of questions we hoped would reveal some things you didn’t know about FBorFW, and Lynn’s answers turned out extremely detailed.

Here’s the first set of Qs and As in the series:

You have covered a lot of the inspiration behind the core characters and some of the supporting cast in books like “The Lives Behind the Lines”. In addition to the name origins of the characters, were there any real-life inspirations behind some of the other supporting characters?

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Deep Dive 4: More Buried Treasures

We’re still finding more cool things in our archives, so here’s a new installment of our Deep Dive feature. Hope you like it!

How did you come to do all the North Bay Nugget Christmas cards? 

The North Bay Nugget is North Bay’s community newspaper. After moving to the tiny community of Corbeil (just outside of town), I soon got to know the publisher, graphic artist and editors. One year, I was asked if I would create a unique Christmas card for the Nugget to send out to clients and friends. I didn’t want them to pay me, so I did it as a gift. The next year, they asked me to make this an annual commitment and I agreed—in exchange for them printing my personal Christmas cards on their presses. For many years, I produced an original Christmas greeting card for the Nugget and the newspaper printed mine. It was a great exchange, and resulted in some fun and funny images. The card you see above has a lot of different faces—all of which were made up…just random cartoon faces. Even though this was the case, some folks on the newspaper staff insisted I had drawn a caricature of them.

Do you have any reminiscences about Peru?

I had gone to Peru to work with the Medical Missions. As a volunteer, I said I knew enough Spanish to be helpful. When my identification card arrived, it said “translator” on the top, and so I was tossed into learning the language fast and furious, and on the job. Immersion like this gets you close to fluency mighty fast!

On this trip, we were housed in a Christian compound a few miles out of Cuzco. Our job was to work in outreach clinics, providing medical and dental help to people who would otherwise go without. My time was spent between the doctors and dentists, explaining procedures to patients so that they would be well informed, unafraid and cooperative.

The Peruvians are beautiful, funny, helpful and articulate people who welcomed us all with enthusiasm. The best way to really experience a country is to work there—even for a week or two; nothing puts you into the picture like working alongside the locals. This photo was taken in Arequipa en route to Aguas Calientes and Machu Picchu. We were given the weekend to sightsee. Not wanting to shop, I was waiting for some of the other volunteers. This woman, her children, and two new baby goats were standing nearby hoping I would pay them to have a photo taken. Since there was little going on, and business was slow, I had my picture taken and this is it. I have been to Peru several times. I have friends there and will go again. It’s a country that beckons my soul.

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Ribbon Jello Recipe – a Fave of Lynn’s

For Lynn’s recent birthday, her daughter, Katie, made her a batch of ribbon Jello, pictured. We thought we’d share the recipe (below):

Ribbon Jello


  • 4 packages (3 oz) Jello, for example Orange, Lemon, Lime and Strawberry
  • 6 envelopes Knox gelatin
  • 1 can Eagle Brand condensed milk
  • 4 ¾ cups boiling water
  • ¼ cup water
  • Pam spray

Prepare Milk Mixture:

Prepare milk mixture first and cool:

  1. Dissolve 2 envelopes of Knox gelatin in ¼ cup cold water
  2. Add ¾ cups boiling water, stir until gelatin has dissolved
  3. Combine with 1 can condensed milk, divide into 3 parts and cool. Make sure this stays liquid; if it starts to jell, but the bowl of milk mixture into a bath of hot water and stir until it’s liquid

Prepare Jello:

  1. Mix each box of Jello separately with 1 envelope of Knox gelatin
  2. Add 1 cup boiling water to each Jello mixture, stir constantly until gelatin dissolves. Keep the Jello mixtures liquid as well.

Making the Ribbon:

  1. Pour 1 flavour of Jello into a 9″ x 13″ (sprayed with Pam) pan and refrigerate for 15 minutes
  2. Pour 1 part milk mixture over first layer of Jello. Refrigerate for 15 minutes
  3. Pour on another layer of Jello mixture, alternate with milk mixture. Repeat, refrigerating for 15 minutes after each layer of Jello. (Example: orange, milk, lime, milk, lemon, milk, strawberry)
  4. Serve in diamond-shaped pieces:

Deep Dive 3: More Discoveries in our Archives

Started a couple months ago, our Deep Dive feature has proven to be a hit. Here are a few more things we found in our archive, with some notes from Lynn on what they’re all about!

When the Sunday pages were coloured by “American Colour” in Buffalo NY, We had to send their colourists a photocopy of the original art, hand-coloured and numbered according to the colour chart they supplied us. This was quite a process, but at the time, we were excited to be able to use over 100 colours (up from 64, which was up from about 10). Sending the original art to Kansas City, and the colour rough to American Colour, meant that the 8 week lead time was essential if we were going to see the strip in the newspaper on the designated date. Now, everything can be done in an instant…but the lead time for the Sunday page, according to our contract, is still 8 weeks! Go figure!

When I draw and colour a personal greeting card by hand, I always put this little bird on the back. I confess, I don’t think this is an original idea. I think I swiped it from another cartoonist, but I have no idea who or when. Maybe by default, or by “grandfathering,” I can now call it my own!

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New: FBorFW Trivia Quiz!

We’ve just added a new feature to our site, to celebrate the strip’s 40th anniversary! Try your hand at our truly difficult FBorFW trivia questions – how well do you know the strip?

Spoiler alert! Since FBorFW has been running for 40 years, the questions cover everything that happened from 1979 to 2008.  If you’re new to the strip, there might be some spoilers lurking!