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Encyclopedia > Lynn Johnston
Lynn Franks Johnston
Born May 28, 1947 (1947-05-28) (age 60)
Collingwood, Ontario
Occupation Cartoonist

Lynn Johnston (born May 28, 1947) is a Canadian cartoonist, well known for her comic strip For Better or For Worse, and was the first female cartoonist to win the Reuben Award. May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Map showing location of Collingwood in Ontario The town of Collingwood is located on the southern point of Georgian Bay, known as Nottawasaga Bay. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... May 28 is the 148th day of the year (149th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1947 (MCMXLVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1947 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... This article is about the comic strip, the sequential art form as published in newspapers and on the Internet. ... For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that began in September 1979. ... The Reuben Awards, named for Rube Goldberg, are presented each year by the National Cartoonists Society. ...

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Early life

Born Lynn Ridgway in Collingwood, Ontario, she was raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia. She attended the Vancouver School of Art with hopes of making a living as an artist. After working briefly in animation, she married in 1969, and moved back to Ontario, where she worked as a medical artist at McMaster University for five years. Johnston's illustrations are currently in storage in McMaster University's medical archive. They include depictions of routine hospital happenings, such as a father smoking in the waiting room. Map showing location of Collingwood in Ontario The town of Collingwood is located on the southern point of Georgian Bay, known as Nottawasaga Bay. ... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... Generally North Vancouver is the suburb of Vancouver on the North Side of the Burrard Inlet except the area that is in West Vancouver. ... Motto: Splendor Sine Occasu (Latin: Splendour without diminishment) Capital Victoria Largest city Vancouver Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor Iona Campagnolo - Premier Gordon Campbell (BC Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 36 - Senate seats 6 Confederation July 20, 1871 (6th province) Area  Ranked 4th - Total 944,735 km... Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design, a university in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is named for Canadian artist Emily Carr. ... The bouncing ball animation (below) consists of these 6 frames. ... Also: 1969 (Stargate SG-1) episode. ... McMaster University is a medium-sized research-intensive university located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with an enrollment of 18,238 full-time and 3,836 part-time students (as of 2006). ...


While expecting her first child, she drew single-panel cartoons for the ceiling of her obstetrician's office. Those drawings were published in her first book entitled David We're Pregnant, which was published in 1973. After her divorce, she did free-lance commercial and medical art in a greenhouse which was converted into a studio. Hi Mom! Hi Dad!, a sequel to David, was published in 1975. Shortly thereafter she met and married dental student Rod Johnston - and acquired the name Lynn Johnston. [1] For the song by James Blunt, see 1973 (song). ... Year 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


For Better or For Worse

In 1978, Johnston, her second husband Rod Johnston, and their two children relocated to Lynn Lake, Manitoba. She was asked by Universal Press Syndicate if she was interested in doing a comic strip. As a result, she sent off twenty copies of a strip called The Johnstons. The syndicate approved of the initial strips and offered her a contract. After a six-month "work-up" period, the strip first appeared in newspapers throughout Canada under the title For Better or For Worse. Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... Lynn Lake is a small town in the northwest region of Manitoba, Canada, 1,071 km from Winnipeg. ... Motto: Gloriosus et Liber (Latin: Glorious and free) BC AB SK MB ON QC NB PE NS NL YT NT NU Capital Winnipeg Largest city Winnipeg Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor John Harvard - Premier Gary Doer (NDP) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 14 - Senate seats 6 Confederation... Universal Press Syndicate, an Andrews McMeel Universal company, provides syndication for a number of lifestyle and opinion columns, comics, and various other content. ... For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that began in September 1979. ...


Many story lines draw from her family's real-life experiences. Her main characters are named after the middle names of her husband and children. Elly is modeled after a friend who died when Johnston was young. Her brother-in-law, Ralph Johnston, inspired the controversial story about Lawrence's coming out. Johnston's niece, Stephanie, is developmentally handicapped and her experience is shared in recent story lines on the integration of developmentally handicapped students in April's class. For other uses, see Coming out (disambiguation). ...


Since the 1990s, Johnston has been notably forthcoming in her discussion of the abuse dealt by her mother,[2] her first husband,[3] and being unprepared to be a mother to her son Aaron[4] -- topics which have also been reflected in the strip.


Johnston now resides in the Northern Ontario town of Corbeil.[5] Johnston was close friends with Charles M. Schulz, creator of Peanuts. She is also friends with Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes.[citation needed] Her daughter, Katie, now lives in Corbeil and works at the For Better or For Worse studio [6], and her son, Aaron, works in the television industry in Vancouver, BC. In September 2007, Lynn and Rod Johnston announced their separation and intention to divorce. [7] Northern Ontario is the part of the province of Ontario, Canada, which lies north of Lake Huron, Georgian Bay, the French River and Lake Nipissing. ... // Location Corbeil, Ontario is a small community on the La Vase River east of North Bay, Ontario. ... Charles Monroe Schulz (November 26, 1922 РFebruary 12, 2000) was a 20th-century American cartoonist best known worldwide for his Peanuts comic strip. ... For other uses, see Peanut (disambiguation). ... William B. Bill Watterson II (born July 5, 1958) is the author of the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes and a few poems (which are mostly embedded in his works). ... Listen to this article (3 parts) (info) Part 1ʉۢ Part 2ʉۢ Part 3 This audio file was created from an article revision dated 2006-01-29, and may not reflect subsequent edits to the article. ...


See also

For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that began in September 1979. ... The characters in Lynn Johnstons cartoon strip For Better or For Worse have extensive back stories. ... This article summarizes the backstory of For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston. ...

Selected bibliography

  • David We're Pregnant, 1973
  • Hi Mom! Hi Dad!, 1975
  • Do They Ever Grow Up?
  • Leaving Home (With Andie Parton)
  • See For Better or For Worse for compilations of the comic strip

For Better or For Worse is a comic strip by Lynn Johnston that began in September 1979. ...

Awards and honours

The Reuben Awards, named for Rube Goldberg, are presented each year by the National Cartoonists Society. ... The Gemini Awards are an annual awards ceremony in Canada. ... Lakehead University (LU) is situated at the head of Lake Superior in Thunder Bay, Ontario. ... Nickname: Motto: Superior by nature Location of Thunder Bay, Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Region Northwestern Ontario District Thunder Bay District CMA Thunder Bay Settled 1679 as Fort Caministigoyan See histories of Port Arthur and Fort William Amalgamation 1 January 1970 Government [1][2]  - Type Municipal Government  - Mayor Lynn... Motto: Ut Incepit Fidelis Sic Permanet (Latin: Loyal she began, loyal she remains) Capital Toronto Largest city Toronto Official languages English Government - Lieutenant-Governor James K. Bartleman - Premier Dalton McGuinty (Liberal) Federal representation in Canadian Parliament - House seats 106 - Senate seats 24 Confederation July 1, 1867 (1st) Area [1] Ranked... The National Cartoonists Society is an organization of professional cartoonists created in 1946. ... Seal of the Order of Canada The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means (those) desiring a better country (Hebrews 11. ... McMaster University is a medium-sized research-intensive university located in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with an enrollment of 18,238 full-time and 3,836 part-time students (as of 2006). ... Motto: Together Aspire - Together Achieve Location in the province of Ontario, Canada Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario Incorporated June 9, 1846[1] Government  - Mayor Fred Eisenberger  - City Council Hamilton City Council  - Representatives 5 MPs and 5 MPPs Area [2]  - City 1,138. ... The Pulitzer Prize is an American award regarded as the highest national honor in print journalism, literary achievements, and musical composition. ... The University of Western Ontario (known as Western, as well as UWO or Western Ontario) is a research university located in London, Ontario, Canada. ... Nickname: Location of London in relation to Middlesex County and the Province of Ontario Coordinates: , Country Canada Province Ontario County Middlesex County Settled 1826 as a village Incorporated 1855 as a city Government  - City Mayor Anne Marie DeCicco-Best  - Governing Body London City Council  - MPs Sue Barnes (LPC) Glen Pearson... Nipissing University is a primarily undergraduate university with a reputation for excellence in numerous programs and areas of study. ... North Bay ( , time zone EST) is a city in Northeastern Ontario, Canada (2006 population 53,966). ... Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design , a university in Vancouver, BC, Canada, is named for Canadian artist Emily Carr. ... For other uses, see Vancouver (disambiguation). ... Canadas Walk of Fame acknowledges the achievements and accomplishments of successful Canadians. ... Anishinaabe or more properly Anishinaabeg or Anishinabek (which is the plural form of the word) is a self-description often used by people belonging to the indigenous Odawa, Ojibwe, and Algonkin peoples of North America, who share closely related Algonquian languages. ... The Order of Manitoba, established in 1999, is the highest honour of the Province of Manitoba. ...

References

  1. ^ Official site and Johnston's For Better or For Worse retrospectives.
  2. ^ "I haven’t told many people this because my parents were still alive and I didn’t want to reveal it ... It’s hard to describe. On the one hand, she beat the living crap out of me. On the other hand, though, she was bright and witty and well read. Neither of my parents ever stopped encouraging my brother and me from pursuing our creativity." - Slate interview retrieved 12 October 2006
  3. ^ "I went for these guys who treated me like shit, and I married one of them! The guys who treated me badly were the funny guys, and I always went for the guys with the sense of humor.... My husband would say things to me like my mother did, “You’re fat and ugly.” And he treated me like garbage. His girlfriends would call him at home, and when I would pick up the phone, they would giggle at me.... I married a guy who treated me very badly, but I was happy. I was miserable, so I was happy." - Slate interview retrieved 12 October 2006.
  4. ^ "I didn’t know how to raise a child. And I wasn’t close to my parents, and because I was too proud to go to my parents for help, I mistreated that little baby.... I was exactly like my mother in that sense." - Slate interview retrieved 12 October 2006
  5. ^ FBoFW official website
  6. ^ [1]
  7. ^ [2]

External links

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Lynn Johnston
  • Official Website of For Better or For Worse
  • Official Website of FBorFW character Ned Tanner
  • Toronto Star - "For Better, for Worse, not forever" (requires registration)
  • 1993 Slate interview
  • NCS Awards

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Lynn Johnston - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (534 words)
Lynn Johnston (born May 28, 1947) is a big geek who is most known for her attractive eyes and her comic strip For Better or For Worse, and was the first female cartoonist to win the prestigious Reuben Award.
Born Lynn Ridgeway in Collingwood, Ontario, she was raised in North Vancouver, British Columbia.
Johnston's niece, Stephanie, is developmentally handicapped and her experience is shared in recent story lines on the integration of developmentally handicapped students in April's class.
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