30 years of FBorFW
Elly sitting at a table with crumpled papers Back to the Drawing Board

In 1979, Lynn began to draw For Better or For Worse. Some of her earliest strips didn't make it to publication for a variety of reasons. We thought you'd like to see some of these rejected drawings, so we've collected them here!


Michael would eventually marry Deanna Sobinski; these strips show his first attempts at getting her attention (including one strip where Lynn slips and calls Michael "Aaron" - the name of her real-life son). Aaron Johnston's middle name is Michael, and Katie's middle name is Elizabeth.

Lynn's Notes: I don't know why these were rejected unless they were leading into a storyline and my editors wanted more "gag-a-day" stuff. Storylines don't work too well in the early stages of a strip — this has to wait until the readers have had time to familiarize themselves with the characters and will care enough about them to want to read what happens the next day!