Saturday, August 30, 2008

The Patterson's say Good-bye

For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnson that began in September 1979, and ended August 30, 2008. The strip is set in the fictitious Toronto-area suburban town of Milborough, Ontario: it chronicles the lives of a Canadian family and their friends. It is seen in over 2,000 newspapers throughout Canada, the US and about 20 other countries, and is translated into eight languages from its native English.
The final daily For Better or for Worse strip was published today. I predicted that the comic strip would end with the words "for better or for worse", but I thought they would be said by Elizabeth at her wedding. Instead Johnson switched it up by having Iris say them about her and Jim. Johnson had originally planned to retire but since her recent divorce she has decided to continue on in a limited fashion. Starting on September 1, 2008, Johnston began what she calls "new-runs", starting her storyline back at the very beginning, but with all-new art and jokes. This new material will occasionally be interspliced with strips from her original run.

This was one of the first comic strips I can remember reading as a kid. The Patterson family will always have a special place in my heart and they will be missed.
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