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  1. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 7 hours ago

    As for the intent of the comic strip, as a dentist in private practice who owns his own business, John Patterson is hardly running in the rat race. He sets his own hours and takes vacations whenever he wants. I am not sure if Elly’s joke is poking fun at John’s pity party, or it the point is that she has no sympathy for her husband whatsoever.

  2. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse about 7 hours ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
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    This strip was missing for some reason. All we had in our archives was a newspaper clipping, and it had been edited down to fit into smaller format. Eventually, we did get our hands on a print with the top panels included. I redrew the whole thing (so Kevin could do the colouring and send it to the syndicate) and took the liberty of changing the punch line. What I wanted to do was connect “rat race” and “running through a maze” (like a mouse) with CHEESE! The original punch was weak: “We’re having cheese”. I mean, other than a rodent, who makes a meal out of just cheese? I think the new ending works better, but it’s still a stretch! This is an example of when I had a workable idea but couldn’t quite figure out how to word it!
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    Not entirely true Lynn’s Notes. This is the version originally published:
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    This is the version she created for her on-line comics archive on her website:
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    It’s fun to compare version to version to see the differences. In my opinion the art is best in the original and the dialogue is best in the first redraw (mainly because it doesn’t involve John cursing).

  3. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse 1 day ago

    Greg did take Lawrence back in and apologized for his reaction.
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    Spoiler this response and all the ones below. If don’t want to know about comic strips 8 years in the future, don’t read.
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    To be accurate, Greg took Lawrence back in only after Michael Patterson went searching for Lawrence and brought him back to his house. This is the strip where Greg took him back and although it is hardly an apology, it is still better than his mother and her strange dog-naming obsession:
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    Connie struck gold with Greg and gained two step daughters.
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    Connie may have struck gold, the step daughters didn’t. The 2 step daughters Molly and Gayle only last one year with Connie before they mysteriously disappear (later revealed to be that they moved to live with their crazy mother.)

  4. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse 1 day ago

    Bringing Ted in is really low. Is John completely unaware of the fact that the whole reason Connie moved to Thunder Bay was to get away from Ted when he declared that he wanted to date other people?

  5. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    Not at all. One often feels low and dull and even unattractive after a break-up. A makeover is just the thing to brighten things up.
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    You are not arguing the reason for the makeover, but only a slight variation of the result. You feel low and unattractive because of a break-up, which implies that there is an element of the break-up which is associated with feeling you were not attractive enough. Some guy has done something to do which encourages you to make yourself look better. I wish the comic strip Connie makeover had just been a makeover without the whole “because of Ted” part of it.

  6. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    Maybe Connie was saying that Elly was as sweet as ever. Frankly, my dear, who cares? They’re happy to see each other, so stop the sniping!
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    I don’t see a big smile on Elly’s face in that last panel. If there is no sniping, there is no joke to this comic strip, no matter how much you may wish it was all sweetness.

  7. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
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    It was fun to give Connie a new look. A big change in your life affects you mentally and physically, and it seemed to me that after ridding herself of the annoying Ted, Connie was renewed, refreshed, and recharged.
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    Oh, Lynn Johnston. Does this change in Connie really have to be because of Ted? I hate makeovers after breakups. If you react to a broken relationship by changing herself into someone else; it’s like you are saying that you were the problem and not him.

  8. howtheduck commented on For Better or For Worse 3 days ago

    Well, Connie and Lawrence are here. Can Annie and her children be far behind? Is someone out there preparing to eat a hat? Yum?
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    I would love to eat a hat and if Annie and her kids show up, I will gladly chomp on the local chapeau. I cannot think of a single comic strip where Lawrence and the evil Nichols boys have appeared together. I would be very surprised if we have one coming up.

  9. howtheduck commented on Luann 3 days ago

    All parties are gathering, but not all gatherings are parties. If they are gathering, but not partying, then what will they be doing? A “Hands up, don’t shoot” gathering?

  10. howtheduck commented on Luann 3 days ago

    The big reveal here is that Frank has a chiropractor that he knows and trusts. Frank does not appear to be one of those people who would only go to a osteopathic physician and not a chiropractor.