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The 40th Anniversary of FBorFW

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.

The Be YOU Book – Featuring an Interview With Lynn

Amal Samuel is an artist and writer who is the creator and advice blogger for thebeyoublog.com. She works in production in the exciting world of TV animation.

She has interviewed numerous mentors who have helped shape her career, including Lynn Johnston, creator of the comic strip For Better or For Worse, Suze Orman, author of Women & Money, Stephan Brogren of Degrassi fame, award winning Sam Sandora, of 3 River Studios and many more.

Here’s what Amal had to say about interviewing Lynn:

When I was writing The Be You! Book, I wanted to interview the people who inspired me when I was a young adult who I thought could give good advice to the young adults today. I chose to contact Lynn as I was a huge fan of For Better or For Worse as some of the main characters in the strip were kids who grew up into adults and had storylines that were similar to what a lot of people experience/go through when they’re young.

I got quite a surprise when I received a call from Lynn shortly after I wrote to her company, and she told me that she would like to schedule an interview for my book. That really made my day!

Talking on the phone with Lynn was like talking to a good friend whom you could spend hours catching up with.

Because I grew up reading For Better or For Worse, I felt a sense of familiarity when talking to her, like I had known her for a long time. She was funny, engaging, and reflective throughout the interview and very down to earth as well which I liked.

My dream as a kid was to become a cartoonist as it seemed so cool to be able to create your own stories and jokes and draw at the same time as I loved both comedy and art. So hearing the stories Lynn told me about her career as a cartoonist just brought out the kid in me especially when she talked about the famous people she met or were friends with like Robin Williams, Charles M. Shulz, Bill Watterson, and Jim Davis. I also really liked the advice she gave to young people who were dealing with low self-esteem and how to build more confidence in themselves. I think readers are really going to enjoy her interview in the book.

I was going through a bit of a tough time between April-June 2018 as I, unfortunately, lost my job and was going through some health issues as well. I started working on a comic strip idea I had as I found real joy in drawing cartoons again and I called Lynn to ask for her advice and she gave me some really good insight into the cartoon world and what it takes to create a good comic strip which was very gracious of her. She has no idea what that conversation meant to me as it really renewed some hope in myself as an artist as I thought of giving up on my dreams at one point, but that phone conversation completely changed it all and I thank her 🙂


Amal’s book is now available! Here’s how you can get it:

Love Struck is Back, For Valentine’s Day

Love Struck

From now until February 15th, enter our Love Struck contest and you could win a plush Lizzie’s Bunny toy and a copy of our Remembering Farley book!

To play, hit the falling hearts with Cupid’s arrows; if you get enough points you can enter our draw.

We’ve also brought back our Perfect Match game, and collected all of Lynn’s Valentine’s Day strips for you to read. Enjoy!