For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, 9 months ago

    I see teddy is being used every night to keep Michael company. Good thing he brought him along…

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 9 months ago

    It’s interesting how little Michael is smart enough to understand that “homesick” means you miss your home, but doesn’t understand that home means more than just your house.
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    At the time the comic strip was written in 1984, the Johnston family has just moved from Lynn Lake, Manitoba where they had lived for 7 years to Corbeil, Ontario. Most likely this comment was a reflection of the attitude the real-life Michael had about his new house.

  3. gooseylou

    gooseylou GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    3rd panel. What the H*** are they doing to is hair????

  4. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, 9 months ago

    Duck, if you have been following Lynn’s comments at all, you will know that most of the quips and attitudes in this story arc are a reflection of Aaron’s solo trip to visit his own grandparents.

  5. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, 9 months ago

    @kfccanada

    Yeah it is a good thing or maybe Elly would’ve gotten rid of that along with his other stuff.

  6. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, 9 months ago

    @gooseylou

    I believe that in the second panel, the bunch of lines above Teddy’s head are supposed to represent a shadow on the pillow-bulge. The bulge is covering part of Michael’s hair. In the last panel, Teddy is facing slightly more outward, Michael must have shifted his head, and the pillow-bulge has thicker wrinkles. Teddy’s forehead seam is showing, too. Oh, boy – Michael’s hairline has receded, and he has developed a somewhat narrow bang in the middle of his forehead. Who knows what’s going on?

  7. keltii

    keltii GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    On Lynns page there is no comment for this one..

  8. Joan

    Joan GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    Granma’s hand brushed Michael’s hair back and hair never stays back!

  9. robert  tinsley

    robert tinsley said, 9 months ago

    The House I grew up in was always home until my mother died. Then it was just a big empty house with a lot of memories.

  10. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 9 months ago

    @JanCinLV

    Duck, if you have been following Lynn’s comments at all, you will know that most of the quips and attitudes in this story arc are a reflection of Aaron’s solo trip to visit his own grandparents.
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    I have been following Lynn’s comments on this pretty well and I am aware she is trying to convince us that these comic strip events are modeled off a trip her son Aaron took when he was 8 years old, 4 years before this comic strip was published. Even if it did happen, Lynn Johnston would not have been there to record the “quips and attitudes”. So what you are talking about is a quip or attitude reported to Lynn Johnston from the grandparents or from Aaron himself 4 years before the comic strip was created. Obviously not everything can coming directly from that trip. There have been a few Lynn’s Notes which explained the comic strip was reflecting something Lynn did with her parents and not Aaron. In the case of today’s comic strip, the comment would have made more sense coming from the recently-moved Aaron of 1984. Since there are no Lynn’s Notes to contradict me today, I suspect I might be on the right path.

  11. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 9 months ago

    @Gokie5

    Oh, boy – Michael’s hairline has receded, and he has developed a somewhat narrow bang in the middle of his forehead. Who knows what’s going on?
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    Michael’s appearance was modeled off Linus van Pelt from the Peanuts comic strip, who is known for his receding hairline problems.

  12. RedBaron38

    RedBaron38 GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    I can see him missing John and maybe Lizzie, but ELLY!? What child would miss that bossy, judgemental witch!?

  13. rekam

    rekam GoComics PRO Member said, 9 months ago

    @RedBaron38

    Any child who loves his mother unconditionally!

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, 9 months ago

    @rekam

    You don’t want to advertise that. That will just encourage unfit mothers to produce as many babies as humanly possible with no thought to feeding, clothing and sheltering them.

  15. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, 9 months ago

    @howtheduck

    “It’s interesting how little Michael is smart enough to understand that “homesick” means you miss your home, but doesn’t understand that home means more than just your house. "
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    For my parents, the home was only the house. They fought like dogs over a stupid house. They both grew up in shacks.

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