For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for November 28, 2023

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    howtheduck  6 months ago

    The first appearance of Lilliput’s bookstore, which was based on a real life bookstore in North Bay, Ontario, near where Lynn Johnston lived, called Gulliver’s.

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    catchup  6 months ago

    I’m definitely with Elly on this one!

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    howtheduck  6 months ago

    I do not believe Lynn Johnston has ever revealed how much she got from McDonald’s for this comic strip.

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    leopardglily  6 months ago

    I feel like that every time I go to the bookstore

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    Enter.Name.Here  6 months ago

    That’s what I argue when I go to the tool department at Home Depot hardware.

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    j_m_kuehl  6 months ago

    “The complete Idiot’s guide to Book’s”

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    jmworacle  6 months ago

    Or eat “just one” cashew….

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    snsurone76  6 months ago

    I could go into a bookstore and completely lose myself for hours over a single volume. Bookstore browsing was my favorite hobby when I lived in NYC,

    Sadly, nowadays, books are rapidly being replaced by high-tech gadgetry, such as Kinder.

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    FreyjaRN Premium Member 6 months ago

    I resemble that remark. So does hubby. (One secret to our marriage lasting almost 22 years to forever is that we are book fiends.) Heck, so do several of my relatives.

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    GirlGeek Premium Member 6 months ago

    This is one of my favorite storylines. I’m glad it’s finally beginning

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    Macushlalondra  6 months ago

    She’s so right. That’s why I love the library and used book stores. And book sales.

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    Hamady Sack Premium Member 6 months ago

    What’s a bookstore?

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    dlkrueger33  6 months ago

    Sadly, our Barnes and Noble closed in our mall.

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    Walrus Gumbo Premium Member 6 months ago

    Read it, before it gets cold!

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    French Persons Premium Member 6 months ago

    Did Ay-po just randomly appear in panel three?

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    SweetieBird  6 months ago

    Elly is getting a book on animal babies. She is getting the dog.

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    nancyb creator 6 months ago

    This is why a real bookstore is so much better than an online bookstore.

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    mckeonfuneralhomebx  6 months ago

    Am surprised everything is so large in Lilliput

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    freewaydog  6 months ago

    I know what happens next at Lilliput’s…

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    Lecherous  6 months ago

    Is “Animal Babes” for Jon or April?

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    KageKat  6 months ago

    Or like going to the gaming shop and only coming out with one game!

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    Man of the Woods  6 months ago

    What’s a Bookstore??? Just kidding, or am I ?

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    bittenbyknittin  6 months ago

    That’s why I use the public library.

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    goboboyd  6 months ago

    Especially nice, nice art, and sentiment. The environment, the season, the thought.

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    1953Baby  6 months ago

    Stick to the library; there ain’t many books worth buying these days. . .

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    ladykat  6 months ago

    I agree, Ellie.

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    calliarcale  6 months ago

    So true!!!

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    CitizenOfTheValley  6 months ago

    Now days, it’s trying to buy just one e-book on an Amazon Kindle Sale.

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    DawnQuinn1  6 months ago

    I have a “library room”. All four walls lined with bookcases, floor to ceiling (excepting the door into the room obviously) A person can never have enough books. (Says all you need to know about my social life)

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    Linguist  6 months ago

    I’m like a kid in a candy store every time I go up on Kindle books.

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    Daltongang Premium Member 6 months ago

    Ah yes, the first of the segue comics where Ellie takes a job at the bookstore, she and John buy and expand the book store and later sell the bookstore when she and John retire.

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    MC4802 Premium Member 6 months ago

    Support your local bookstore! Brazos Bookstore in Houston!

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    nmbassani  6 months ago

    Yep. It’s impossible to leave with just one.

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    [Unnamed Reader - 14b4ce]  6 months ago

    And the next phase of Ellie’s life begins

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    planostanton  6 months ago

    Like Lay’s potato chips, you can’t have just one!

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    BlitzMcD  6 months ago

    The rank and file takes it to the cerebral level. Always a good thing.

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    kamoolah  6 months ago

    A small bag of fries costs today what a meal deal with large Coke did in the past.


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    John Jorgensen  6 months ago

    I assume the Dickens novel she refers to is A Christmas Carol (partly because it’s a vaguely seasonal strip, partly because that’s the only Dickens novel I’ve read). There’s not a lot of beautiful scenery in that one. The description of cold, foggy London in Stave 1 always makes me shiver and is the very soul of dreariness. The description of the newly snow-covered marketplace in Stave 3 is great fun and very appealing, but beautiful? I’m not sure.

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    1JennyJenkins  6 months ago

    So true, Elly, so true. You might as well be talking about me and my love of browsing and buying books in a real book store.

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    Saurischia Premium Member 6 months ago

    Hey, at least you still have bookstores!

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    wildlandwaters  6 months ago

    She’s going to buy a what…??

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    Moonkey Premium Member 6 months ago

    We lost our last local bookstore a year or two ago. I remember malls used to have bookstores, fabric stores, and drugstores.

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    The Great_Black President  6 months ago

    Since this is a comic strip, it would be funny to see a few strips of Elly bouncing from job to job, like this:

    Song{over background as Elly is doing things}: Working 9 to 5, what a way to make a living…

    Colonial village. Elly is dressed in a 18th Century dress

    Elly: And so, good people, when yon tallow hardens we remove it from yon mold.

    Elly pulls out a lump of beeswax, then gives herself a mortified look

    Kid{laughing}: What a crappy candle.

    Parents{high-strung}: You have ruined our vacation.

    Elly finds herself in the pillory

    Royal Governor: Goodwoman Patterson, you are hereupon terminated.

    Elly gets kicked in the butt by a kid

    Elly is walking down the street holding a suitcase

    Song: Barely getting by. It is all taking and no giving.

    Elly rings doorbell. An old lady opens door

    Old Lady: What can I do for you, missy?

    Elly: Madam, you have been selected by the good people of Slash-Co to reap the benefits of their new Nev-R-Dull knife. Prepare to shake hands with Slash-Co.

    Old Lady: AAAUUUGH

    Elly{talking to herself}: Handle first, handle first…

    Elly is wearing a leather padded suit standing in a dog pound

    Song: They just use your mind and they never give you credit.

    Sign: Pitiless Pup Attack Dog Training School

    A bunch of Dobermans tackle Elly while barking nonstop

    Elly: ACCCKKK. I quit, I quit.

    Man: I thought you said you liked dogs.

    Song: It is enough to drive you crazy if you let it. 9 to 5.

    Elly is seated with several others in a conference room. A man in a suit comes up to stage

    Sign: Million$ for Nothing Seminar

    Man: Hey hey, who wants to rich today?

    Audience: Me.

    Elly: Me, me, me. I said it first.

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    amanda.elliott3619  6 months ago

    her next job

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    sjsczurek  6 months ago

    I’ll drink to that!

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    BamCat  6 months ago

    Now that I’m retired, my New Year’s resolution was to read all the books I bought over the decades while I was working that I never got around to reading. So far, I’ve read and donated to the library thrift store two full shopping bags of books, and I have another two bags almost ready to go. This resolution will continue into next year…

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    eced52  6 months ago

    The last time I went to a vintage bookstore to buy a particular Zane Grey novel I ended up buying ten of them, and a book on Thomas Jefferson.

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    asrialfeeple  6 months ago

    That’s why there are libraries, good lady.

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    pamela welch Premium Member 6 months ago

    I empathize with that feeling Ellie & my house looks like it too!

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    Arghhgarrr Premium Member 6 months ago

    But a book is oh so more nourishing than a McDonald’s French Fry.

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    Gabby  6 months ago

    My Mom exactly!! She has so many books she could open her own little bookstore. She thinks “library” is a 4 letter word ;D

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    Cathy P.  6 months ago

    Dover, the capital of DE, did not have any bookstores at all, for at least 5 years. There is finally a very small one, now. I will support it (rather than chinese-owned amazon) and hope that it grows.

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    kmdxyz  3 months ago

    Is this the same woman who elicited all kinds of sh*tty comments when her son asked for money? Where are those commenters? Only one person brought that up :-(

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