For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. ComicDetectiveDA

    ComicDetectiveDA said, 10 months ago

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

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 10 months ago

    Elly works part-time in the library, and this means she no longer makes time for her friends. Will Elly respond to Annie’s heartfelt sentiment, or will we see Elly pretend like Annie never said a thing? I can’t wait to see which way Elly goes in tomorrow’s comic strip.

  3. franbarces

    franbarces GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months ago

    hugs!

  4. M2MM

    M2MM said, 10 months 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.

  5. mabrndt

    mabrndt GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months 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):

    Foreword

       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.

  6. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, 10 months ago

    @ComicDetectiveDA

    Hahahahahaaaaaa!!!!!!!

  7. loves raising duncan

    loves raising duncan said, 10 months 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.

  8. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, 10 months 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.

  9. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 10 months 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!

  10. summerdog

    summerdog said, 10 months ago

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

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 10 months ago

    @mabrndt

    Well done use of the search engine and regular research!

  12. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 10 months ago

    @mabrndt

    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.
    -
    Thanks for reprinting the forward. I had not read that one. Schulz’ praise for Lynn Johnston in it is more qualified than I would have expected. He doesn’t ever say her work is any good, but gives examples of how she is better than other hacks on the comic strip page because she can do the basic elements of comic strip creation (can draw things, etc.)
    -
    Anyway, to your point. A common misconception is that to ‘Coin’ a phrase means that you are the first person say/write a phrase that is then adopted by the general public. In fact, if a person ‘coins a phrase’ that means they are the first person to earn a buck from it – for example: in the press, which is exactly our situation here.
    -
    Thanks for reproducing the forward from Charles Schulz. I have always had a great deal of respect for his opinions and his knowledge of the English language. Whatever doubts I may have had about what he meant based on Lynn Johnston’s Tuesday comment are eliminated, The forward makes his opinion very clear. It has been put to rest for me. Thanks.

  13. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, 10 months 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.

  14. dsom8

    dsom8 said, 10 months ago

    @mabrndt

    Thanks for posting this.

  15. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 10 months ago

    @Night-Gaunt49

    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!

    -
    This is an interesting Lynn’s Notes for today’s comic strip. I would have thought the idea in the comic strip was that Anne was a sympathetic character, but it appears she was intended to be considered intrusive by the author.

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