For better or worse it is no curse
When comic worlds collide
Few whine or fret, expressing regret
Make comments rude and snide.
Scene of the Crime both grim and sublime
Junior a skilled sketcher
His influences reveal themselves
Staton, Gould and Fletcher.
Patterson knows the way signings go
Has signed some books himself
McCarthy, Robinson, Coates and Sayles
Now sit upon his shelf.
Honey thinks he looks quite familiar
Has seen that face before
She met him in the funny pages
Real-time family lore.
Good morning™, book readers!
It’s Michael! I won’t say more till later in the day to avoid unnecessary spoilers.
Well isn’t this an unexpected cameo appearance! I so love doing that. But it is defeated if it is too obscure for the readers. Some do it just so some enterprising person will ferret it out. The art style for Michael fits the latter years of the strip For Better Or Worse or FBOW.
I like the reminder of how Flattop and maybe Angeltop met their doom. Though without a body for her I won’t be sure.
Sawtooth might want to have a signed copy of the book. I was expecting him to be at the event today.
Good morning™, Great Northern guest stars !
I like the change of pace for the Crimestoppers panel.
Angeltop returned twice in the 80s..,she didn’t die in the fire…she was shot in a later continuity ad died then w/a totally different look
Well if it isn’t my favorite author – Micheal from “For Better or For Worse!” He’s done his own share of book signings!
Did Lynn guest draw for this or did Joe do the ol’ ‘copy and paste’ ?
”A Certain Mr. Patterson.” ✨
I liked the guest’s strip for a long time, when we DIDN’T have a computer to allow us to select our comics
It’s very cool that (apparently) Mike and Joe had Lynn herself draw Michael! It also seems as if they’re telling us that Lynn is a fan of Dick Tracy.
This is harmless fun, but I hope it won’t come back to haunt Mike and Joe. If there really is still any kind of restriction on story length (does any one know if there is?) then I hope we won’t find ourselves with another of the infamous rushed endings. If that happens, then they just wasted a Sunday strip, where they had 5 large panels where they could have moved the story along.
Please note that my comment above is thoughtful and respectful, with no whining or fretting, and no snide or rude words whatsoever!
Now let’s see Les Moore in the background at another table, stack of books at his side and trading dispirited punny putdowns with the handful of people waiting to buy one.
Good morning to all gocomics dwellers. Have a blessed day my friends.
It’s Crossover Day! And our first guest is…
In Panel One (the “logo” panel), Tracy looks kinda’ gray. (I know he’s old, but not that old… you might want to check that.)
A great idea and nice to see Michael….
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For Better or for Worse is another of my favourite strips. This one will definitely be going into the “Saved Comic Strips” file. Thank you, Team Tracy.
Back in the 1940’s-50’s you could sell garden seeds (from back page of comics) and win prizes! I chose the “Dick Tracy” camera!
And that is how you do a Sunday comic! From the Crimestoppers recap to the cameo appearance, superb!
Yes, yes i do.
Wait a sec, is Dick there? Yesterday he said he’d drop by, and that looks like him, center bottom.
And Michael asks for Junior’s autograph? But not Dick?
It’s great seeing the FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE tie-in.
looks a little like Ted Forth
Did Lynn Johnston draw Michael in the panels? Because it’s a really good copy of her style.
Just when you thought it was safe to read comics again… FBOFW crossover.
Where’s Farley? ADD cartoonists strike again
PUTTY PUSS that is all :) lol
So if the original strip was still running in real time, Michael would be about 37 now. Do you think Lynn was trying to draw Michael at that age? (Looks younger to me.)
Ah, What a Strip!!!
So Michael Patterson was a great choice to have meeting Junior because:
1. As previously mentioned, Michael is a published author (I wonder if the film that was optioned from one of his books got made);
2. Michael and Junior both started in their respective strips as children;
3. They are now both married and each have two children;
4. They are both about the same age (see my post above); and
5. Their respective strips are both highly-regarded and award-winning!
“I’ve followed your father’s career for years…his strip was just below our family’s in the local paper.” LOL
The book’s cover is yellow – and that’s for real because it’s a Sunday strip, right?
I like the change of pace here, it is good to take a break once in a while.
Well, today’s strip sure brought the narrative momentum to a screeching halt.
Junior’s book looks like Angeltop’s book SINS OF THE FATHER.
Honeymoon is probably a bit young to be totally familiar with Michael Patterson, but I think she is subliminally aware. Michael and Junior’s meeting at Junior’s book signing is entirely apt. But I do wonder who else might be lurking in the crowd (isn’t it nice to see a crowded bookstore? —Just like the Good Old Days); maybe someone not so benign….
BTW, if Junior’s book were really available, I’d pay a dollar for that! (At least.)
Michael Patterson is in the house! Too bad his ex-girlfriend Martha MacRae isn’t included here.
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