For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. ComicDetectiveDA

    ComicDetectiveDA said, over 2 years ago

    (Cue “The Young And The Restless” theme music…)

  2. franbarces

    franbarces GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


  3. M2MM

    M2MM said, over 2 years ago

    Stat-at-home moms feel isolated and need one another for mutual support. When one of them gets a job, someone else becomes even more isolated. Anni needs to find another outlet for herself.

  4. mabrndt

    mabrndt GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @howtheduck (from Tuesday: Here’s what Schulz said in the Foreword to The Last Straw, included in the book link from my prior comment (I posted it Tuesday late in the day, so I thought I’d repost it, because Lynn fans, who may not have seen it or the book, might be interested in his words):


       The comic pages needed Lynn
    Johnston. They needed someone with
    her distinctive approach.

       I have noticed lately that a lot of the
    so-called gags in some of our newer
    strips are virtually interchangeable. Not
    Lynn’s. Her ideas match her characters.
    She can draw, too. She can draw
    telephones, dentists’ chairs, fat ladies
    skinny ladies, dogs, trumpets, kids, and
    dresser drawers. She can also coin
    phrases like “leftunders” for “leftovers.”
    And she isn’t afraid of sadness, as when
    Lizzie became ill.

       The comic pages needed Lynn
    Johnston — she arrived just
    in time.
                            Charles M. Schulz
                            Creator of Peanuts
    This strip was originally published June 12, 1984, a day short of 29 years ago. You say leftunders didn’t originate with her, but to me coin a phrase (as Schulz claims) means originate. But no one said she originated leftunders (though I think there’s a good chance she did). I only refuted your unsubstantiated claim that she borrowed (i.e., stole) it from Schulz. Hopefully, that’s now been put to rest.

  5. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, over 2 years ago



  6. loves raising duncan

    loves raising duncan said, over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately, people do have their own lives. But obviously Elly’s friend doesn’t know about Elizabeth’s illness. But Elly, if you want to keep her as a friend, listen to her.

  7. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 2 years ago

    There is simply not enough time for everything. Now that she’s working she has to prioritize her life and that may mean less chats with Annie. Her family has to come first.

  8. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    Because I worked from home, there were moms in town who felt they could drop in for coffee any time. One of these ladies was very offended when I asked her to come when I wasn’t working and to please call first. Both of her kids were in school; I was paying a sitter to watch Kate. Every hour at the drafting board meant time I could spend with my family later. It was a hard concept for some — who thought that doodling on paper couldn’t possibly be work!

  9. summerdog

    summerdog said, over 2 years ago

    OK…..just because the friend next door misses her, Elly should quit her job?

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago


    Well done use of the search engine and regular research!

  11. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    While I sympathize with both, lives and people change. Hopefully both are understanding of each others’ feelings. I don’t think either are incorrect in their thoughts and actions, however life doesn’t always go how one person wants it sometimes.
    I don’t think that Elly should give up her desire to write or work, but she should not also neglect her friend. Hopefully, it’s possible to balance both with no hard feelings.

  12. dsom8

    dsom8 said, over 2 years ago


    Thanks for posting this.

  13. comedynut

    comedynut said, over 2 years ago

    Elly should ask her friend to come join her at the library, maybe she would get a job too and the both of them can work together until they could not stand each other and both would ge fired. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAH!!!!!!!!!

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 2 years ago

    I would get more than a little nervous about a same sex friendship getting this needy. Now if it were an opposite sex deal, hey I would sympathize and try to work out a deal. She looks pretty hot!

  15. Hawthorne

    Hawthorne said, over 2 years ago

    When you work at home, you have to set guidelines or you can’t make it. Whatever it might be you are doing at home (I was doing piecework), people never quite understand that you can’t just drop it to go and play, or, of course, if you are an artist or writer, well, a lot of people don’t perceive that as ‘work’, as Lynn says.

    It’s about responsibility.

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