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Strip For 061799
ID: 3494
Publication Date: 1999-06-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Graduation: A Time For Change (Signed Copies)
Other Books: All About April (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Playing Superhero Sockhead, April ties up the vacuum hose with socks, Elizabeth
Caption: Take That An' That An' That An' That An' That!!
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Strip For 050185
ID: 4495
Publication Date: 1985-05-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael asks John for a job so he can earn some money. John suggests sweeping out the garage and vacuuming the car. After John lugs out the broom, extension cord, and vacuum cleaner attachments, Michael asks how much he will get paid for doing the work.
Caption: How much will I get for doing all this work?
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Strip For 102494
ID: 5666
Publication Date: 1994-10-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Starting From Scratch (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April is riding the vacuum cleaner while Elly is cleaning
Caption: ... Can't You Go Any Faster?
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Strip For 051496
ID: 5822
Publication Date: 1996-05-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Growing Like a Weed
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Asking about the doorbell on both sides of the door, intelligence, barking at an electrical cord from the vacuum, April, Becky, Edgar, Elly
Caption: ... He Only Barks At Important Stuff. Bow Ow Ow Owf!
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Strip For 090979
ID: 6064
Publication Date: 1979-09-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: More Than a Month of Sundays
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: First Sunday strip - Wives and Lovers song, Elly smashes the radio with the vacuum cleaner
Caption: For Wiiives Must Alwayss Be Lovers Tooooooo Run To His Aarms The Moment Hee Comes Home To Yoouuuuuuu Smash
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Strip For 022783
ID: 6100
Publication Date: 1983-02-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Micheal places a glass of water to his face to demonstrate a vacuum. While he thinks to himself the various qualities he is demonstrating Elly yells at him for playing with his glass. This causes him to drop the glass and make a mess. Mothers vs Science.
Caption: Trouble with mothers is .. they don't appreciate science.
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Strip For 051197
ID: 6319
Publication Date: 1997-05-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Middle Age Spread (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly gets a central vacuum system. John, April, Elizabeth, Michael.
Caption: .. Does It Say How Long Before The Novelty Wears Off?
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Strip For 072698
ID: 6357
Publication Date: 1998-07-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Sunshine and Shadow (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Edgar attacks the vacuum while Elizabeth is on the phone.
Caption: Ssssssss
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Strip For 093079
ID: 6630
Publication Date: 1979-09-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: More Than a Month of Sundays
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly puts the vacuum hose to her face to look for Michael's Batman ring and leaves a ring of dirt around her eye and mouth. At the bank she wonders why people are staring.
Caption: Ever since I left the house... people have been staring at me!!
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Strip For 102289
ID: 6810
Publication Date: 1989-10-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: It's the Thought That Counts: The 15th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
Remembering Farley (Signed Copies)
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly vacuums. Farley barks at the vacuum.
Caption: Bowowowowowf!
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Strip For 101407
ID: 7522
Publication Date: 2007-10-14
First Published On (if retro): 1979-09-30
Collection Book: More Than a Month of Sundays
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael tells Meredith a story about Elly. Elly puts the vacuum hose to her face to look for Michael's Batman ring and leaves a ring of dirt around her eye and mouth. At the bank she wonders why people are staring.
Caption: Ever since I left the house... people have been staring at me!!
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Strip For 121205
ID: 9756
Publication Date: 2005-12-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Teaching...is a Learning Experience (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly uses the canister vacuum to clean the stairs. If she gets the hoses for the central vac she'll be tempted to clean the whole house. April.
Caption: When I get out the central vac, I end up doing the whole house!
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Strip For 121305
ID: 9757
Publication Date: 2005-12-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Teaching...is a Learning Experience (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: April offers to finish cleaning the stairs with the vacuum cleaner. Elly gets the hose out for the central vac. Hated by both Edgar and Elly.
Caption: Whiiiiiiinnnne!! I know. I hate this thing as much as you do.
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Strip For 071807
ID: 10256
Publication Date: 2007-07-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Home Sweat Home (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Robin and Meredith try to reach photographs out of the closet while Deanna is trying to clean. Vacuum, desk chair, teddy, crash!, photo albums.
Caption: Um... we'll look at them now.
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Strip For 120309
ID: 11175
Publication Date: 2009-12-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael asks John for five bucks. John suggests vacuuming his car and wiping the windows. Three dollars just to vacuum. Michael has to work for money. Elly offers Michael "A penny for your thoughts?!" because he looks discouraged. He suggests a dollar.
Caption: ...Could you make that a buck?
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Strip For 032510
ID: 11295
Publication Date: 2010-03-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: At the coin operated car wash, John lets Michael vacuum the car. He finds the vacuum sucks stuff like crazy. There's a suspicious Klink Klink Klunk noise and John cannot find his keys.
Caption: Strange...where did I put my car keys?
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Strip For 032610
ID: 11296
Publication Date: 2010-03-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: John asks Michael where his car keys are...Michael says they may have gone up the vacuum hose into the vacuum. John tries to get it out when someone asks if they can use the vacuum if John is done, unless they're having a relationship.
Caption: Hey, buddy! Can I use that thing or are you having a "relationship"?
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Strip For 020811
ID: 11622
Publication Date: 2011-02-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael hog-ties Farley, Elly catches him and gives other options to alleviate his boredom. Clean up your room, sweep the garage, vacuum the stairs. Michael agrees to vacuum the stairs... later.
Caption: Then you have a choice: you can clean up your room, sweep the garage of vacuum the stairs. I'll vacuum the stairs... later.
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Lynn's Notes: This year, I will be the same age as Charles Schulz was when I first met him. Cathy Guisewite ("Cathy") and I met "Sparky" Schulz in Washington. We teased him, singing "Will you still need me, will you still feed me - when I'm sixty four?" It was 1986. In 2011, it's my turn to be sixty four...and I'm looking at life through entirely different lenses!

Sparky and I both enjoyed drawing the dogs in our strips. Snoopy was a magical fantasy character who could do almost anything, while Farley was just a regular mutt. These cartoon drawings were alive to us and eventually both Farley and Snoopy became frontrunners in our work. If they did not appear regularly, our readers would ask "why?" so it was important for us to invent ways to showcase them as often as possible.

Farley allowed me to explore the goofy visual humor that a family pet provides. He was a pleasure to draw and when we had the opportunity to animate him, he was hilarious. Watching other artists "become" Farley as they made him scratch and roll, shake off dust, bark and run wildly in circles is something that makes me laugh every time I think about it.

I am so grateful for my friendship with Sparky and for having known Bill Melendez, who animated Snoopy and all the Peanuts characters. I keep in touch with Judy Sladky, who is the magic behind Snoopy On Ice, and as a friend of Jeannie Schulz, Sparky's widow, I will soon be speaking at the Schulz Museum in Santa Rosa with Jan Eliot, who does "Stone Soup". This will connect me again to friends in the industry and remind me once more...that I'm a very "lucky dog!"
Strip For 020911
ID: 11623
Publication Date: 2011-02-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is rolling marbles down the vaccuum hose in order to check that it's clear so that he can vacuum the stairs. He still has 23 marbels to go. Procrastination. Elizabeth.
Caption: I still got 23 marbles to go.
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Lynn's Notes: When I was a kid, we had a dark maroon vacuum cleaner. My mother, having given in to anything "safe" that would keep us occupied, allowed my brother and me to roll marbles down the hose into the basement. We advanced from marbles to Plasticine "heads" which we chopped off Plasticine bodies on a guillotine made from Tinker Toys. Coins, buttons, stones and gumballs took the plunge and if recovery at the bottom didn't happen, we waited for an outpouring of angst from mother the next time she tried sucking chalk and cereal off the carpeting.

The exhaust end of the vacuum was another source of entertainment. We tried to inflate balloons, kitchen gloves, and the bulb on the turkey baster - imaginary missiles we hoped to inflict on the neighborhood. Those were the days!

Drawing images like this brings back some fine childhood memories and makes me wonder once again why our parents allowed Alan and I to progress into adulthood.
Strip For 021011
ID: 11624
Publication Date: 2011-02-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John asks Elly where Michael is. She tells him Michael is to vacuum the hall stairs. John says that he is not getting anything done, he is rolling marbles down the hose and Elizabeth is collecting them at the bottom. Elly is getting things done.
Caption: Good?!! - He's not getting anything done!! I AM!
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Lynn's Notes: The vacuum hose on the stairwell also provided my kids with a diversion. I taught them what to do! I mean, indoor activities that don't involve fast food and television are hard to come up with and usually require adult involvement. Rolling stuff down the vacuum tube is harmless and relatively noise free entertainment. I let them play with this set up whenever they couldn't play outside and anything that would roll down the pipe without clogging it was OK with me. I just drew the line at liquids and frozen peas.

Cleaning up at the end of the day was an easy price to pay for the peace it provided... besides, I knew what they were doing and where they were. The stairwell we used as kids went down into our basement. The one my kids played on sent everything into the living room. This made for some hide and seek thereafter and although I made a thorough search for marbles and the like, I kept finding residual rolling stock until the day we moved away.
Strip For 022612
ID: 12010
Publication Date: 2012-02-26
First Published On (if retro): 1983-02-27
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Micheal places a glass of water to his face to demonstrate a vacuum. While he thinks to himself the various qualities he is demonstrating Elly yells at him for playing with his glass. This causes him to drop the glass and make a mess. Mothers vs Science.
Caption: Trouble with mothers is .. they don't appreciate science.
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Lynn's Notes: When plastic glasses were introduced to our household in the 50's Alan and I used them for everything from sandbox scoops to stacking toys. It was fun to see how much water we could hold with the suction from our mouths before the glass would fall off. Hopefully we would catch it before it hit the floor and alerted the authorities. Having two kids in the strip allowed me to recall so many of my own childhood antics.
Strip For 043014
ID: 12830
Publication Date: 2014-04-30
First Published On (if retro): 1985-05-01
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A  
Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael asks John for a job so he can earn some money. John suggests sweeping out the garage and vacuuming the car. After John lugs out the broom, extension cord, and vacuum cleaner attachments, Michael asks how much he will get paid for doing the work.
Caption: How much will I get for doing all this work?
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