The Pattersons live in Milborough, Ontario (based on Burlington, Ontario), but over the 30-year run of For Better or For Worse®, they travelled to places near and far. For the 40th anniversary of the strip, we’re holding a photo contest to celebrate their voyages!
Here’s a list of places the Pattersons have gone; send us your family-friendly photos of yourself in any of these locations; we’ll post your photos and pick a winner on April 29th. The prize is a drawing of you as an FBorFW character.
Our Easter stuff is now online for a short time!
Colouring Pages – we’ve added new colouring sheets for this year!
Easter Eggs – search the Patterson’s home for Easter Eggs!
Egg Hunt – clear the board to win
Egg-Scape – can you catch all the chicks?
Scrambled Eggs – test your memory!
You can also read all of Lynn’s Easter strips here!
Lynn Johnston created For Better or For Worse in 1979, after being offered a 20 year contract by Universal Press Syndicate (now known as Andrews McMeel Syndication), who wanted to showcase family life from a woman’s point of view. The first strip was published on Sunday, September 9th; it was only loosely based on Lynn’s own family, but over the years FBorFW grew to accurately reflect family life across North America – in the 80s, 90s, and 2000s.
The first strip!
In 2008, Lynn wrapped up the For Better or For Worse saga, which included hundreds of characters and storylines, spanned two generations of the Patterson family, and saw Lynn awarded the Order of Canada, a Reuben Award, and a Gemini award (for an animated special based on the strip), and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
This fall marks the 40th anniversary of For Better or For Worse, and to celebrate we’re rolling out contests and new website content, to thank our longtime readers – and welcome our new ones! Watch our site for updates throughout the year.
Are you new to the strip? Learn about FBorFW here — 1979 to Now: Growing Up All Over Again.
The first new project we released this year was our revamped Strip Catalog, where you can read the entire 40-year run of FBorFW from start to finish. Explore the whole cast of characters, browse by location, call up a random strip, or look in the right sidebar for other ways to explore!
Next up is the brand-new Deep Dive feature, where we go through the FBorFW archive and ask Lynn to tell the stories of her older photos and artwork. Check out the first installment here.
Looking for a little good luck? Try our St. Patrick’s day games here, for a limited time:
Thanks to everyone who entered our Love Struck contest for Valentine’s Day! Our winner is Colette G.; Colette, we’ve reached out for your address. If you don’t receive our email, please send your mailing address to email@example.com. Congrats!