For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. Asharah

    Asharah said, 3 months ago

    Ellie, what’s the worst he could say? Does he actually know any racial slurs? And even if he was gonna say, “oh, they’re Japanese.” so what? It’s not offensive, it’s just stating the obvious.

  2. Jonathan K.

    Jonathan K. said, 3 months ago

    The first appearance of Dawn. One of my favourite characters.

  3. Lauren M

    Lauren M said, 3 months ago

    And Brian! That ws the brother right? :)

  4. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, 3 months ago


    If they are Japanese, then I would like to say “yōkoso Miruborō-shi e!” (welcome to Milborough!) on the Pattersons’ behalf.

  5. Kris Bennett

    Kris Bennett said, 3 months ago

    I loved Dawn and Brian but Elly was being a bit rash…

  6. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, 3 months ago

    Too bad Elly thinks Michael is going to embarrass himself (and, at the same time, his mother) by pointing out the difference between him and the “new kids on the block.” The only difference he cared about was if they were going to be his age. They were, and he was really happy about that! ;)

  7. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 3 months ago


    Ellie, what’s the worst he could say? Does he actually know any racial slurs?
    The fact that Elly is concerned about what Michael would say tells us that racial slurs were common in the family. Like Lynn Johnston, both Elly’s mother and father fought in WWII, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Michael had been exposed to a pile of racial slurs for Germans, Italians and Japanese every time the subject of the war came up. What was intended to be offensive to our enemies in the 1940s is no longer considered to be acceptable today.

  8. x_Tech

    x_Tech GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    I didn’t know that some kids were different until some adult told me they were.
    But by then I’d already figured out that there were adults that didn’t know Diddly or her brother Squat.

  9. Stew Bek

    Stew Bek said, 3 months ago

    Geez, wouldn’t they just be another family of Canadians (or Canucks if you choose)?

  10. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, 3 months ago

    I remember the summer I was 7, my family had moved to a new neighborhood. Just a few months later, a new family moved right next door, with TWO daughters, ages 6 and 5! I still keep in touch with the older one (the younger one became somewhat of a Duggar; last I heard she & her husband had 10 children and were homeschooling).

  11. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, 3 months ago

    I remember being ‘just kids’, too!!!!! Too bad that part didn’t last.

  12. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, 3 months ago

    @Stew Bek

    How do you know they aren’t Canadian citizens?

  13. Thomas Scott Roberts

    Thomas Scott Roberts GoComics PRO Member said, 3 months ago

    That would have been nice, but I don’t think it was ever true. My neighborhood wasn’t very mixed, but we were taught by pour parents to accept people, and that racial epithets were not to be uttered. And we did hear them. And I was disappointed in more than one friend or neighbor for making intolerant remarks.
    We had a few cliche’s in our heads- but we unlearned them.

  14. summerdog

    summerdog said, 3 months ago

    He’s so happy. Why am I tearing up, here?

  15. queenkimmie

    queenkimmie said, 3 months ago


    I’m with you didn’t realize it wasn’t proper to associate with certain people as a child (honestly didn’t see the difference we all bleed red correct) until the adults in my life told me. Never have and still don’t understand why people get hung up on skin color, belief systems, lifestyles, income, accents, you name it.

    Shame on Ellie for thinking like an adult.

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