For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Arye Uygur

    Arye Uygur said, over 1 year ago

    As an adult, Michael’s house burned down because his neighbor smoked in bed; I hope Michael at this age knows how to put the cigar out.

  2. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    Now we can add tobacco to the list of things to keep out of the reach of children. The kids should know not to play with matches. We are racking up quite a list of grievances. What will be next?:
    a. House fire.
    b. The kids encounter the drug paraphernalia Elly and John failed to clean up.
    c. The kids encounter Uncle Phil passed out on the floor.
    d. The kids wander over to the neighbors, drunk and smoking a cigar, while the neighbors think, “Just like last year.”

  3. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    I think the most curious part of this comic strip is how Michael seems to have matches on his person. He goes from panel 1 to panel 2 with the lit match without any effort as if matches are just one of those things he has in his pajamas and he can light one with one hand.

  4. trekman58

    trekman58 said, over 1 year ago

    Why are these kids out of bed and their parents haven’t a clue as to what they’re doing in the middle of the night??

  5. thebird55

    thebird55 said, over 1 year ago


    Yes, even “used” tobacco. Cigarette butts are poisonous to small children.

    Tobacco in all forms has been so completely out of my life for so long that I had forgotten that.

  6. firebrand1

    firebrand1 said, over 1 year ago

    A fresh moist cigar has a wonderful aroma, it’s when it’s smoked it smells terrible. A cheap dried out cigar smaells bad all the time. This is from a non smoker.

  7. dukedoug

    dukedoug said, over 1 year ago


    When my daughter had just graduated from her Science degree she got a contract job in a cigarette factory doing “Quality Assurance” on the ciggies. The QA lab had a bottle of 100% nicotine, which was used as a calibration reference for the QA test equipment.

    That stuff was so poisonous that even a small drop on the skin could be fatal. Handling it required stringent safety precautions.

    To think that people would choose willingly to inhale the stuff into their lungs, chew it or snort it up their noses …

  8. c.davies

    c.davies GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    So negative. I was going to say “lighten up, man” but realized the pun was inappropriate. But, seriously???

  9. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 1 year ago


    I’m certain that this takes place the following morning, when the parents are catching up on much-needed sleep but the kids are awake for breakfast time.

  10. thebird55

    thebird55 said, over 1 year ago


    Yeah, and I’ll bet they aren’t feeling all that great, either.

  11. westny77

    westny77 said, over 1 year ago

    Pipes stink as well. I was waiting for take out and noticed a foul smell. I turned around and there was this idiot smoking a pipe. I wanted to shove it down his throat.

  12. Kab Buch

    Kab Buch said, over 1 year ago

    @Arye Uygur

    Your partly right. Michael was married then and renting room apartment in a house. And yes another big mouth renter through smoking did burn the house down. Michael ran back in to get his lap top on a story he written.

  13. Poollady

    Poollady said, over 1 year ago

    Cigar smoke gets you noticed alright. You’ll notice people (like me) move as far away from it as possible.

  14. DroptmaStyx

    DroptmaStyx said, over 1 year ago

    “Smells like Uncle Danny’s pig barn!” I’m going to try to use that sometime today.

  15. marvee

    marvee GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Michael’s right, it will get you noticed (it’s a phallic symbol). And maybe the odor will wake up the parents.

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