For Better or For Worse…? Definitely For Better!

You may have seen the announcement in some of the leading comics news-sites, but in case you missed it, we at LOAC are both proud and pleased to welcome For Better or For Worse to our lineup of titles. FBoFW was the first family-oriented comic strip created and produced by a female cartoonist — until FBoFW‘s launch in 1979, strips like Blondie or Family Circus were the product of the male of the species. Lynn Johnston’s exceptional work on this series stands as one of the signature achievements of late 20th/early 21st Century cartooning, and beginning this fall LOAC will republish For Better or For Worse in its entirety, in a series of nine hardcovers.

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Johnston chronicles the lives of the Pattersons — Elly and John, and their children Michael, Elizabeth, and (eventually) April — in an extended family saga that is by turns funny, dramatic, touching, and resonant to the lives of those of us who inhabit the so-called real world. If you can’t identify with moment after moment as FBoFW unfolds, you’re likely living in a cave. LOAC Art Director Lorraine Turner — who’ll co-edit the series — put it this way: “Life is like a tide that ebbs and flows—raising children, caring for aging parents, and accepting the aches and pains of getting older. Lynn Johnston allowed us to witness—and sometimes laugh at—a part of ourselves through the eyes of her characters.”

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From FBoFW’s first year — the September 19th daily for that year.

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The Pattersons welcome in a new year in this strip from January 5, 1985.

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Time marches on, but some experiences never change, as Johnston points out in this March 16, 2000 FBoFW installment.

If asked for gift-giving recommendations  in the arena of “Comics for Those Who Don’t Know About Comics,” For Better or For Worse would be high on my list. It’s difficult for me to think of higher praise than that, so whether you’ll be revisiting old times with the Patterson family or meeting them for the very first time, I hope you’ll join us in welcoming For Better of For Worse to the distinguished LOAC roster of comics strips!

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