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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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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:

The Top 10 Painful Puns in FBorFW

You’ve likely noticed over the years that Lynn can’t resist a good groaner. Here’s what she says about her predilection for punning:

Puns were a favourite punch line. They were untranslatable, however, which made it difficult for my syndicate to sell my work to non-English-speaking countries. I knew that word play limited my sales, but if I could come up with a good pun, I figured it was worth the loss.

A few of the best (worst?) puns in FBorFW:

1. The Smiths’ Kid

A strip with really bad pun about a baby belonging to Mel and Colleen: my Mel and Colleen's baby

We fear this one may be lost in the mists of time someday, but for now you can see Ella Fitzgerald performing “Come To Me, My Melancholy Baby”, written in 1912, on YouTube.

2. An Ongoing Struggle

Michael keeps saying "just a sec" to Elly until she gets mad. Battle of the secses

We trust this one needs no explanation.

3. Big City Accessories

Elizabeth asks John what poise is, and he says it's how a New Yorker says purse.

A nod to our New York readers!

4. Cold Comfort (Food)

Elly and Elizabeth order hot dogs at the cold arena, but the buns are frozen.

This one is just funny because it’s relatable.

5. Elly Goes on a Tangent

Elly gets slide-tracked when she's trying to clean the crawlspace but discovers a box of slides.
Sometimes the puns are obvious; the jury is out on whether the easy ones are better or worse than the inspired ones (see below).

6. A Holiday Favourite

The family glories in excesses after Christmas dinner. Lizzie thinks it's "glory in excelsis".

We have to hand it to Lynn; this one’s pretty clever. We still groaned, though.

7. John Can’t Resist

John wooden know what trees think about.
John holds the title for the cleverest puns in the family, we think. And the worst.

8. It Runs In the Family

Deanna tries to fax a complaint letter about their washing machine, but Michael says if the machine ain't broke, don't fax it.

Michael inherited the gene, it seems.

9. It’s Intergenerational
Jim thinks that John, in a ghost costume, really likes his boos

Grandpa Jim just couldn’t help himself.

10. Even Gordon Isn’t Immune

Gordon, at his gas bar, says you can fuel some of the people some of the time, but you can't fuel all of the people all of the time.

We wonder if he was saving that one up, or if he thought of it on the spot.

Bonus: This One Was Too Clever to Leave Out

Connie thinks the lard works in mysterious ways, as the ladies go jogging.
Oh Lynn, you’re so right.