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Friday, September 7, 2007

Art: For Better Or For Worse Ending...Sort Of

FBoFW's Mike gets caught with Weed (the guy next to him)

Continuing my obsession with all things Canadian, For Better or For Worse - one of the best recent daily comic strips - will be wrapping up its storyline sometime in 2008 rather than ending entirely this month as originally planned after almost 30 years in syndication. Creator Lynn Johnston's family strip is one of the few (along with Gasoline Alley) to have characters age in real-time, and many of us have grown up along with the Pattersons. There is a great short interview here with Johnston from the Kansas City Star . Her plans after she wraps up the current storyline is to take a hybrid approach blending old strips with some new work in a flashback format. One of the major changes is that the characters will stop aging (which is a bit of a disappointment for me). Part of the impetus for this re-thinking has been the dissolution of Johnston's real-life marriage which was the basis for the John and Elly's marriage in the strip. Johnston says that the strip will not parallel this real-life development. It should be interesting to watch.

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