Celebrating 25 Years of For Better or For Worse
By Lynn Johnston
(Andrews McMeel Publishing, Paperback, 9780740747397, 304pp.)
Publication Date: November 1, 2004
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(Characters) move into your home and into your head," Lynn Johnston writes about her For Better or For Worse creations. "They talk and can be heard in conversation-with you, with each other......... They allow you to be a part of their world inasmuch as you have asked them to be a part of yours."
That sentiment also applies to the millions of faithful For Better or For Worse fans who follow the popular family strip each day. Suddenly Silver celebrates that decades-old relationship between creator, characters, and readers.
Millions of readers share a daily relationship with Lynn Johnston and her cartoon family, the Pattersons. Suddenly Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of For Better or For Worse allows these faithful friends-and new readers, too-to honor that long association through a one-of-a-kind collection of strips that also includes Johnston's musings about her real life and how it's reflected in one of the cartooning world's most beloved and followed families.
Suddenly Silver is divided into three sections using cartoons from the strip's early, middle, and more recent years. This insightful structure enables readers to revisit favorite earlier strips and to watch the development of storylines and the growth of characters over the years. Throughout it all, readers will find the same focus on everyday family life humorously portrayed through the good and the not-so-good days. All the cherished characters are present, including parents Elly and John, their children and grandchild, Grandpa Jim, and of course the dogs.
Johnston's thoughts about them, their individual development, and their familial evolution makes Suddenly Silver particularly captivating. As Lynn describes her work, readers get to share in the Pattersons' rendition of real life through the heartwarming, the humorous, the tragic, and the triumphant. This book, like the cartoon it honors, will make readers smile while emphasizing what's important in life.
For Better or For Worse: What a run! What a celebration! What a future to look forward to!
Lynn Johnston was born in Collingwood, Ontario, and grew up in British Columbia. Today, she lives in Corbeil, Ontario. Johnston is the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society in 1986. She has also received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada's Walk of Fame.