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Strip For 102280
ID: 3913
Publication Date: 1980-10-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: John is having problems with Elly as a dental assistant. She mounts x-rays incorrectly and hands him the wrong tools. He tells the patient that it's OK because she's his wife. Helene, Helène.
Caption: It's ok, Mr. Shadbolt... she's my wife.
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Strip For 102480
ID: 3915
Publication Date: 1980-10-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: I've Got The One-More-Washload Blues (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: At the dental clinic John is very strict about keeping the place clean and tidy. Elly confronts him about his lack of cleanliness at home and where he threw his socks. Helene, Helène.
Caption: Elly, this is no time to discuss where I threw my socks this morning!
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Strip For 021383
ID: 7132
Publication Date: 1983-02-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Dental Clinic, John is working on a patient and asking questions about economics, politics, etc... but the patient can't answer. When he is done he asks Helène at reception why he made another appointment. Apparently he wants to talk. Jean. Helene
Caption: He wants to talk.
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Strip For 121884
ID: 767
Publication Date: 1984-12-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: At the Dental Clinic John has his foot in a cast, no assistant as Jean has morning sickness, and he splats his first patient. John says "Why Me" but the patient thinks that is his line, being the one sprayed in the face. Helene, Helène.
Caption: Oh well, here goes... Open please. Splat! Why me? What do you mean "why YOU"?
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Strip For 080885
ID: 913
Publication Date: 1985-08-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Dental Clinic, Helène interrupts John at his work to meet someone. Jean has brought in her new daughter, Brittany. John says the baby is beautiful. Jean says that Brittany looks like Winston Churchill, but John is saying the right things. Helene
Caption: She looks like Winston Churchill, but you're saying all the right things.
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Strip For 101285
ID: 4522
Publication Date: 1985-10-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Helène interrupts John while he's working and he has lunch with Ted MacCauley. He says he's been in agony since Connie moved away. John points out that he hurt her, humiliated her, and said vicious things. Ted says he was kidding. Helene
Caption: I was kidding! Good grief, can't she take a little kidding?
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Strip For 030998
ID: 5894
Publication Date: 1998-03-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Sunshine and Shadow (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Dental clinic, patient has multiple piercings and tattoos, John, Helene
Caption: Says He Doesn't Like Needles
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Strip For 052908
ID: 10526
Publication Date: 2008-05-29
First Published On (if retro): 1980-10-24
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: At the dental clinic John is very strict about keeping the place clean and tidy. Elly confronts him about his lack of cleanliness at home and where he threw his socks. Helene, Helène.
Caption: Elly, this is no time to discuss where I threw my socks this morning!
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Strip For 053108
ID: 10528
Publication Date: 2008-05-31
First Published On (if retro): 1980-10-22
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: John is having problems with Elly as a dental assistant. She mounts x-rays incorrectly and hands him the wrong tools. He tells the patient that it's OK because she's his wife. Helene, Helène.
Caption: It's ok, Mr. Shadbolt... she's my wife.
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Strip For 030609
ID: 10651
Publication Date: 2009-03-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: John discusses Ted McCauley's attitude towards women with his dental assistant Helene. She had a date with Ted once but she got out of it. Helène
Caption: But I got out of it.
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Strip For 030709
ID: 10653
Publication Date: 2009-03-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Something Old, Something New (Signed Copies)
Description: John has had a long day. Helene asks what's wrong. Suddenly he can no longer hear the whistle of the dental drill. Helène
Caption: ...I don't have a high-pitched whistling in my ears!
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Strip For 021212
ID: 11995
Publication Date: 2012-02-12
First Published On (if retro): 1983-02-13
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Dental Clinic, John is working on a patient and asking questions about economics, politics, etc... but the patient can't answer. When he is done he asks Helène at reception why he made another appointment. Apparently he wants to talk. Jean. Helene
Caption: He wants to talk.
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Lynn's Notes: This was an inside joke between Gunther Hildebrandt, a long time family friend, and ourselves. Gunther enjoyed reading the news and discussing current events, especially with my father-in-law. Together, they would solve the problems of the world. Gunther loved to talk, so in this strip I am having a bit of fun at his expense. The dental clinic was never the place to have a really good conversation, especially for the patient.

Gunther was a good sport. In fact, friends and family always enjoyed seeing their names, and it undoubtedly resulted in mail and phone calls from their own friends and family, from all across the continent, saying, "I saw you in the funny papers!"

Strip For 121713
ID: 12684
Publication Date: 2013-12-17
First Published On (if retro): 1984-12-18
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: At the Dental Clinic John has his foot in a cast, no assistant as Jean has morning sickness, and he splats his first patient. John says "Why Me" but the patient thinks that is his line, being the one sprayed in the face. Helene, Helène.
Caption: Oh well, here goes... Open please. Splat! Why me? What do you mean "why YOU"?
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Lynn's Notes: Having to do dentistry single-handed is really difficult, but it happens on occasion. Four-handed dentistry is now such a way of life that only the folks who practiced before this was taught, or have worked in third world countries, can manage comfortably.

Strip For 080714
ID: 12929
Publication Date: 2014-08-07
First Published On (if retro): 1985-08-08
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At the Dental Clinic, Helène interrupts John at his work to meet someone. Jean has brought in her new daughter, Brittany. John says the baby is beautiful. Jean says that Brittany looks like Winston Churchill, but John is saying the right things. Helene
Caption: She looks like Winston Churchill, but you're saying all the right things.
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Lynn's Notes: The name “Brittany” was chosen because my friends, Don and Beth, named their first daughter “Brittany.” Their second daughter, they named “Elly!”

Strip For 101114
ID: 12994
Publication Date: 2014-10-11
First Published On (if retro): 1985-10-12
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Helène interrupts John while he's working and he has lunch with Ted MacCauley. He says he's been in agony since Connie moved away. John points out that he hurt her, humiliated her, and said vicious things. Ted says he was kidding. Helene
Caption: I was kidding! Good grief, can't she take a little kidding?
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Lynn's Notes: Here’s where the "soap opera" comes into FBorFW. There had to be some romantic conflict in the story, so when Connie moved away, I enjoyed exploring some of the "what-ifs." Would people like John and Ted meet and talk like this in real life? Maybe not. Still, it was a way to answer some of the questions a sympathetic fly on the wall might ask: What if Ted felt badly? What if he realized his mistake? Exploring questions like these gave me the incentive to produce and to stay on deadline.


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