For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that ran originally from to chronicling the lives of the Patterson family and their friends, in the town of Milborough, a fictitious suburb of TorontoOntario, Canada. Now running as reruns, For Better or For Worse is still seen in over 2, newspapers  throughout Canada, the United States and about 20 other countries. Johnston's strip began in Septemberand ended its original daily black-and-white run on August 30,with a postscript epilogue as a full-colour Sunday strip running the following day.
When I was barely 20 years old, I got married. My husband and I settled into an old apartment in Vancouver, near English Bay. I wanted to be an animator and was learning the industry from the ground up.
For most of our lives cartoonist Lynn Johnston has had us hanging on every plot twist and complication she could pack into 29 years of "For Better or For Worse. Take one of the biggest, longest-running ones: Would Elizabeth, seriously challenged in picking men, finally dump that silly helicopter flyboy boyfriend of hers and just marry Anthony, for God's sake? He'd been her sweetheart off and on since their grade-school days and had rescued her from the crazy would-be rapist she once worked with.
I don't think anyone begins a career as a cartoonist. As one possible moneymaking option drifts into another, you simply fall into it. A cartoonist is "that way" from birth.
Lynn Johnston's For Better or For Worse has been prominent on the Newspaper Comics scene since its debut in and ran untilrunning in over 2, newspapers at its peak. Set in Milborough a fictional suburb of TorontoOntario, Canadathe strip's main characters are the Patterson family: mild-mannered parents Elly and John and their children Michael, Elizabeth, and April. All but April are based closely on Johnston's real-life family : herself, now ex- husband Rod, and children Aaron and Katie.
Since it debuted inthe world has watched the Patterson family grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. See More. Sign me up to get more news about Humor books.
For thirty years, cartoonist Lynn Johnston made daily additions to what would become a monumental body of work: her newspaper comic strip, For Better or For Worse. Chronicling the daily lives of the middle-class suburbanite Patterson family — Elly and John and their children, Michael, Elizabeth, and April — Johnston's strip was ground-breaking in its adherence to narrative and emotional realism, and its refusal to engage in melodrama, superpowers, or anthropomorphic animals. As the syndicated strips appeared in daily newspapers throughout the s, s, and the first decade of the s, these characters aged with their readers, and their trials and tribulations were the same as those of their readers: the daily struggles of work, family, school, and bureaucracy.