Monthly Archives: January 2015

Thursday January 1, 2015

Lynn’s Notes:

It seems funny to me now to see that I saw myself as "old" when I did this strip. When I look in the mirror today, the 67 year old me looks very different from the face I saw then. I have had to adjust to creases, folds, furrows, jowls and bifocals. I also have a slight tremor, so my head shakes. You gotta joke about this stuff. I like to say, "It’s a good thing my head shakes from side to side. If it nodded, I’d be agreeing to everything I’m ever asked to do!"

As teenagers, my friends and I made fun of "old folks" Senior’s homes we called "Wrinkle City" or "Menopause Manor"…well, I’m there now, and the picture looks different from the other side. When my grandfather said it took courage to be "old," I believe him. And the best laugh of all is: to my aunt Monica who is 85, …I’m a youngster!!

Friday January 2, 2015

Lynn’s Notes:

One of the good things about Michael and Lawrence’s friendship is that it comes from the heart: two boys with much in common, nothing more. In a few years Lawrence will tell Michael that he is gay, and it doesn’t matter. What does matter is their affection for one another. I had no idea when I drew these strips that Lawrence would realize this about himself, and so it was a surprise to me too. Looking back at these two boys, enjoying what will ultimately be a life-long friendship, I’m proud of the story that evolved.

Monday January 5, 2015

Lynn’s Notes:

I tried to imagine what it would be like for Lawrence to stand outside his old house in a neighbourhood that he loved. He must have felt a sense of loss and confusion. Children have no choice when it comes to enormous decisions like moving, so I assumed he would stand there, wondering why he was now living somewhere else!

Tuesday January 6, 2015

Lynn’s Notes:

Lynn’s Notes:

One of the good things about Michael and Lawrence’s friendship is that it comes from the heart: two boys Having someone new come into a family is an enormous adjustment. Aaron and I had been a team before I married Rod — and even though Rod adopted Aaron and gave him his last name, their personalities were never really compatible. I wanted Lawrence and Connie’s story to be a happy one — one in which everyone adapted and the relationships worked. Having this kind of control over their lives was like playing God!

Thursday January 8, 2015

Lynn’s Notes:

Sometimes the strip was confining. I had four panels, maybe 15 seconds a day to tell what became a pretty complicated story. I would have loved to explore Connie’s blossoming relationship with Greg. I wanted to show more, write more, but I didn’t have the time or the space. This meant that readers had to fill in some blanks for themselves! Maybe, with comic strips going to the internet, creators won’t be confined by the "one window a day" method of storytelling that we had in the newspapers.