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Strip For 052281
ID: 136
Publication Date: 1981-05-22
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Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is proud to be buying Elizabeth a birthday present of bubble bath with his own money. He meets Lawrence on the way home who asks him what's in the bag. Michael downplays his present, saying he had to get some dumb thing for his sister.
Caption: Aw...I hadta get some dumb thing for my stupid sister.
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Strip For 040584
ID: 587
Publication Date: 1984-04-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is planning his birthday party. Elly has a rule about one friend per year so he is only allowed nine friends over. Michael wants to have his 15th birthday early so he can invite more friends over.
Caption: Mom? Can I have my 15th birthday early?
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Strip For 040684
ID: 588
Publication Date: 1984-04-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is driving with Connie in the car. She tells Connie that she has lots of leftover party stuff. She's been buying hats and favors for Michael's birthday. The problem is that when you invite nine children to a party, everything comes in packs of 8.
Caption: Invite 9 kids... and everything on the party rack will be 8 to a package!!
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Strip For 041184
ID: 590
Publication Date: 1984-04-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is writing out his birthday invitations. Elizabeth says she gets to go even if Michael said "no girls." Michael tells her she is insignificant. Elizabeth goes to John and tells him Michael might have used a swear word at her.
Caption: Daddy... I'm not really sure... but I fink Michael SWEARED at me!
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Strip For 041384
ID: 591
Publication Date: 1984-04-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael tells Elly about all of the other birthday parties he's been to and wants to know what she has planned. She asks if it's a party or a competition. Michael and Elizabeth look at her blankly. John tells her "May the best mom win!"
Caption: What is this - a birthday party or a competition?!! May the best mom win!!
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Strip For 041484
ID: 592
Publication Date: 1984-04-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: John tells Michael about a birthday party he had as a kid. There was a train he wanted and his grandma made a cake with the train. Elizabeth comes in part way and asks if Daddy is telling a story. Michael says it's a rerun.
Caption: and there it was! All shiny and... Daddy telling a story? Sort of. It's a rerun.
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Strip For 041684
ID: 593
Publication Date: 1984-04-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly coaches Michael in proper etiquette concerning the reception of his guests who are coming to his birthday party. Greet them properly, no grabbing. Getting presents isn't the reason you invite people to a birthday party. Michael is surprised by this.
Caption: To get more presents is not the reason you invite people to a birthday party. It isn't??
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Strip For 041784
ID: 594
Publication Date: 1984-04-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly runs Michael's birthday party. They try breaking balloons, passing peas from spoons held in their mouths, pinning the tail on the donkey. Elly has one prize left. Gordon suggests they play blackjack for it. Lawrence, Elizabeth, Darryl. Janice?
Caption: Hey! Which one of you guys can deal blackjack?
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Strip For 041884
ID: 595
Publication Date: 1984-04-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: At Michael's birthday party the kids have played games, opened gifts and now Elly wants them to play quietly while she prepares the food. The kids stampede to the kitchen table. Elly said "food" to a bunch of growing kids. Gordon, Lawrence, Darryl
Caption: You and your guests just play quietly 'till the food is ready. STAMPEDE! I must have said "food".
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Strip For 041984
ID: 596
Publication Date: 1984-04-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael's Birthday Party. Elly presents the cake to Michael in the midst of his friends. When she asks him what he wished for, he tells her he wished Elizabeth had swallowed her Jell-O before helping him blow out the candles. Darryl, Lawrence.
Caption: I wish Lizzie'd swallowed her Jell-O before helpin' me blow out the candles.
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Strip For 042084
ID: 597
Publication Date: 1984-04-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael's Birthday Party is over. He watches out the livingroom window and laments that it is all over. He asks Elly why birthday parties are so short. Amidst the disaster and chaos she tells him it's so the mothers can live longer. Elizabeth.
Caption: How come birthday parties are so short?!! ... So the mothers who give them ... can live longer.
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Strip For 033187
ID: 1129
Publication Date: 1987-03-31
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the clinic Jean tells John about the wonderful present she got for her birthday. Her husband signed them up for ballroom dance lessons. John desperately begs her not to tell his wife, otherwise he might have to do the same.
Caption: Do me a favor Jean. Sure! Don't tell my wife!!
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Strip For 042588
ID: 1283
Publication Date: 1988-04-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Pushing 40 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday presents, Elly, Michael, Connie, Gordon, Elizabeth
Caption: The Bigger The Kid, The Bigger The Wish
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Strip For 041489
ID: 1442
Publication Date: 1989-04-14
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Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Mixed birthday party, Michael, Elly
Caption: By The Way ... How Do You Dim The Lights In The Rec Room?
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Strip For 042892
ID: 2042
Publication Date: 1992-04-28
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Collection Book: Things are Looking Up (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday, turning 16, Michael, Gordon, Brian
Caption: A Man Only Needs Two Things In His Wallet ... An' That's One Of Them
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Strip For 021694
ID: 2469
Publication Date: 1994-02-16
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Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: 45th Birthday, different perspectives for men and women, Connie, Elly
Caption: ... A Stronger Sense Of Denial
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Strip For 032894
ID: 2496
Publication Date: 1994-03-28
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Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday excitement, singing, April, Michael
Caption: Happy Birfday To Me! Happy Birfday To Me!
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Strip For 033194
ID: 2498
Publication Date: 1994-03-31
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Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday party, Elly, Elizabeth
Caption: I'd Better Get Videos As Well!
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Strip For 040194
ID: 2499
Publication Date: 1994-04-01
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Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday party, Elly, April
Caption: Becky Wants To Know Why We Hafta Stay In The Rec Room
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Strip For 040294
ID: 2500
Publication Date: 1994-04-02
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Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday party, Elly, Elizabeth, Michael
Caption: ... Mom Looks Older
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Strip For 040296
ID: 2927
Publication Date: 1996-04-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Growing Like a Weed
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April's fifth birthday, John buys April a shirt with a number 5 on it so she can show off without shouting. Shows it to Elly.
Caption: I Thought We'd Show The Advertisement Without The Volume!
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Strip For 011899
ID: 3375
Publication Date: 1999-01-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Planning for John's 50th Birthday, Elly, Connie
Caption: Plastic Surgery!
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Strip For 012299
ID: 3379
Publication Date: 1999-01-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: 50th birthday, feeling old, dental clinic, bad back, John, Jean
Caption: Craack!
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Strip For 021399
ID: 3397
Publication Date: 1999-02-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Door-to-door fund-raising, surprise birthday party, Elly, Elizabeth
Caption: Everybody Who's Coming Knows About It!
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Strip For 021599
ID: 3398
Publication Date: 1999-02-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Suspicions of a surprise birthday party, John, Jean
Caption: They Can Do Whatever They Want To Do ... As Long As I Don't Have To Be There
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Strip For 021699
ID: 3399
Publication Date: 1999-02-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Surprise birthday party, John, Ted McCauley
Caption: So? - What's One Lousy Night Out Of Your Life?
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Strip For 021999
ID: 3401
Publication Date: 1999-02-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Birthday pranks, John, Jean, dental clinic staff put 49 flamingos on John's lawn.
Caption: Ah-hah!
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Strip For 022599
ID: 3405
Publication Date: 1999-02-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Giant birthday card, John, Elizabeth, Elly, April, Edgar
Caption: It Took Mom Almost A Year To Get All The Signatures!
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Strip For 022699
ID: 3406
Publication Date: 1999-02-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Giant birthday card, John, Elly
Caption: ... I Knew It Was The Kind Of Thing You'd Have Done For Me
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Strip For 022799
ID: 3407
Publication Date: 1999-02-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
The Lives Behind the Lines (Signed Copies)
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: A special cake for John's birthday, Grandma Carrie came from Winnipeg to make it, Elly, John, April, Elizabeth
Caption: Mom!!!
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Strip For 030199
ID: 3408
Publication Date: 1999-03-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Big 5-0 (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Family gathering for John's 50th birthday, Elly, Michael, April, Grandma Carrie, Grandpa William, Bev, Elizabeth, Edgar
Caption: Neither Can I! ... A Birthday With No Presents?
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