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Strip For 053183
ID: 413
Publication Date: 1983-05-31
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Lawrence says that he hates girls. Michael points out that he gave his bubblegum cards to Janice. Lawrence says Janice isn't a girl... she's better. She can blast a spitball 15 feet.
Caption: She can blast a spitball 15 feet without even trying!
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Strip For 060183
ID: 414
Publication Date: 1983-06-01
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Lawrence are bored. Janice appears with a sword and a garbage can lid for a shield. She says the back alley is full of them.
Caption: You won't believe this - but the back alley is FULL of them!
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Strip For 060283
ID: 415
Publication Date: 1983-06-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Janice, Lawrence and Michael are armed and seeking adventure. They decide that Farley is a dragon. Michael points out that Farley is a great coward and won't fight. Janice points out that his breath weapon is deadly.
Caption: - One whiff of dog breath - an' it's game over!
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Strip For 060383
ID: 4334
Publication Date: 1983-06-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Janice, Michael and Lawrence corner Farley under the porch stairs. Elly comes out and yells at them, telling them to put the trash can lids back and to stop harassing the dog. They should be ashamed. Janice thinks of Elly as a dragon.
Caption: Speaking of dragons...
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Strip For 060483
ID: 416
Publication Date: 1983-06-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael defends chasing Farley by blaming Janice, since it was her idea. Elly tells him he doesn't have to do dumb things because other kids think them up. She tells John that his son's been led astray by a woman. John thinks he's missed something.
Caption: I must have missed something!
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Strip For 122683
ID: 526
Publication Date: 1983-12-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael asks if Lawrence, Gordon, and Janice can come in and see his Christmas presents. John and Elly hear a lot of approval and John thinks that means their gifts met the neighborhood standards.
Caption: I think we came up to the neighborhood standards.
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Strip For 122783
ID: 527
Publication Date: 1983-12-27
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Lawrence, Janice, and Gordon are playing with Michael's new toys. Elizabeth keeps trying to play with them. Michael complains and Elly removes Elizabeth. The group spot her new toys and play with her so she complains that Michael won't leave them alone.
Caption: Maaaaa! We're doin' stuff - an' Michael won't leave us alone!
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Strip For 012284
ID: 7151
Publication Date: 1984-01-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly has had a rough day already. Michael has brought his friends in and people have been showing up at the door all day. It had to be today because it was the one day she'd decided not to get dressed. Lawrence, Gordon, Janice, John, other children.
Caption: I decided not to get dressed.
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Strip For 020884
ID: 546
Publication Date: 1984-02-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael has just blurted out that he hates Deanna, to her face. Darryl says he didn't have to be so mean. Michael was angry about the guys always bugging him. Deanna is running off angrily. Janice thinks it must be nice to be popular. Lawrence, Gordon.
Caption: (sigh) ... it must be nice to be popular.
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Strip For 041784
ID: 594
Publication Date: 1984-04-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly runs Michael's birthday party. They try breaking balloons, passing peas from spoons held in their mouths, pinning the tail on the donkey. Elly has one prize left. Gordon suggests they play blackjack for it. Lawrence, Elizabeth, Darryl. Janice?
Caption: Hey! Which one of you guys can deal blackjack?
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Strip For 101984
ID: 728
Publication Date: 1984-10-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael, Gordon, Lawrence, Darryl and Janice think it would be great to have a Halloween party this year. Somebody would have to get some pop, junk food, and videos, then they could dress up, etc.. Michael goes to ask "somebody". Elly is oblivious.
Caption: Somebody could get some food, an' some pop - whaddya think, Mike? Great! I'll go ask somebody.
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Strip For 102384
ID: 731
Publication Date: 1984-10-23
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael bugs Elly to have a Halloween party at home. He nags and she yells "absolutely no!" Michael reports to Lawrence, Gordon, Darryl and Janice that Elly said maybe. Hallowe'en
Caption: Absolutely NO! She said maybe!
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Strip For 051385
ID: 853
Publication Date: 1985-05-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael shows Darryl, Gordon, Janice and others something gross in a bag. They all express disgust. Lawrence asks if it's a science project of some kind. Michael tells him it's similar. The bag contains a five month old cheese sandwich from his locker.
Caption: It's a cheese sandwich that's been in my locker since Christmas!
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Strip For 051485
ID: 854
Publication Date: 1985-05-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: In the school library Michael tells a joke to Lawrence, Gordon, and Janice. He asks what is short and fat and sounds like a leaky inner tube. Instantly the librarian, Mrs. Byage, lets out a long Shhhhhhhhh which answers his question. Everyone laughs.
Caption: Hey, guys... what's short an' fat an' sounds like an inner tube with a hole in it?!! Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
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Strip For 052912
ID: 12104
Publication Date: 2012-05-29
First Published On (if retro): 1983-05-31
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Lawrence says that he hates girls. Michael points out that he gave his bubblegum cards to Janice. Lawrence says Janice isn't a girl... she's better. She can blast a spitball 15 feet.
Caption: She can blast a spitball 15 feet without even trying!
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Lynn's Notes: In a neighbourhood where boys outnumbered girls (and the girls were GIRLY) I tried to fit in by being as gross, grubby and rude as the boys were. I wanted to join their club - but the initiation was: you had to pee through the knot-hole in Gary Perkins' garage. Not having the necessary equipment, I offered to spit my way to acceptance. This I had learned to do on the back porch with my dad and when the time came for my initiation, I beat Gary by two feet, six inches. As a member, I had to constantly impress the guys with outrageous acts and better my last indiscretion to prove I was worthy. When you think of it, this was preparation for jobs later on - where women were not treated as equals!

Strip For 053012
ID: 12105
Publication Date: 2012-05-30
First Published On (if retro): 1983-06-01
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Lawrence are bored. Janice appears with a sword and a garbage can lid for a shield. She says the back alley is full of them.
Caption: You won't believe this - but the back alley is FULL of them!
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Lynn's Notes: Down the lane behind our house, the garbage cans waited. Every lid was a potential shield, every can a treasure chest. Eldon Avenue residents checked their cans as soon as school was out - knowing that a stream of kids would soon be tumbling by, looking for fun and mischief. After a year in Lynn Lake, none of us knew whose lid was on which can - and it never occurred to us to wire them on!

Strip For 053112
ID: 12106
Publication Date: 2012-05-31
First Published On (if retro): 1983-06-02
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Janice, Lawrence and Michael are armed and seeking adventure. They decide that Farley is a dragon. Michael points out that Farley is a great coward and won't fight. Janice points out that his breath weapon is deadly.
Caption: - One whiff of dog breath - an' it's game over!
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Lynn's Notes: Janice was going to be a regular character in FBorFW. I was looking forward to having a rough and tumble girl down the block who would be an even match for the boys. She was named for a tough kid I knew growing up, and I hoped to explore some of my more daring exploits through her. I imagined Mike and Lawrence battling Janice and other "enemies" in an ongoing quest for neighbourhood supremacy. Sadly, Janice soon disappeared. Perhaps she came on too strong. Perhaps I bowed to reader criticism. Either way, I lost a neat character and some potentially good story lines.

Strip For 060112
ID: 12107
Publication Date: 2012-06-01
First Published On (if retro): 1983-06-03
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Janice, Michael and Lawrence corner Farley under the porch stairs. Elly comes out and yells at them, telling them to put the trash can lids back and to stop harassing the dog. They should be ashamed. Janice thinks of Elly as a dragon.
Caption: Speaking of dragons...
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Lynn's Notes: The word "kowabunga" came from the old Tarzan movies -- and perhaps the comic books, too. I yelled it when I bounced around with my rat pack of buddies, and I encouraged Aaron to say it so he could carry on. He also loved the word, and I well remember the day he hollered "KOWABUNGA!" while on a bus ride to Toronto. Passengers on both sides of us moved out of the way; ...he had a mouth full of Cheezies at the time.

Strip For 060212
ID: 12108
Publication Date: 2012-06-02
First Published On (if retro): 1983-06-04
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael defends chasing Farley by blaming Janice, since it was her idea. Elly tells him he doesn't have to do dumb things because other kids think them up. She tells John that his son's been led astray by a woman. John thinks he's missed something.
Caption: I must have missed something!
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Lynn's Notes: Aaron's circle of friends was broken when we moved to North Bay. He had to adjust to a new school and a new language (he went into French immersion) and any cartoons depicting Michael and his buddies, at this time, were based solely on my own childhood memories. The Janice, on whom this character was based, lived down the lane from me. She was tough, but cool! She could take down a kid twice her size; so being in her good books was a must. Janice and I got along because she had the muscle and I had the mouth. We were a duo to be reckoned with -- racing about, getting into mischief...and, I thought she was lucky because her parents didn't care! Mine did and they were grateful when she moved to Calgary with her dad when her parents split up. It was the first time I'd known someone whose parents had divorced.

Strip For 122512
ID: 12319
Publication Date: 2012-12-25
First Published On (if retro): 1983-12-26
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael asks if Lawrence, Gordon, and Janice can come in and see his Christmas presents. John and Elly hear a lot of approval and John thinks that means their gifts met the neighborhood standards.
Caption: I think we came up to the neighborhood standards.
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Lynn's Notes: Comparing what we got for Christmas with the neighbourhood kids might have been a problem for our folks, except that everyone in our neighbourhood had just about the same stuff. None of us seemed to have more or less than anyone else, and those who were scrimping managed to look clean, healthy, well dressed, and confident. We lived on Fifth and Lonsdale. Folks living on Fourth fit into our "status," and folks on Sixth did, too. Above and below these streets, there seemed to be a marked difference. If we compared our yuletide haul with anyone on Third, for example, we were likely to be called rich. This was easier to take than comparisons with kids who lived on Eighth or Keith Road or the Boulevard. Our stash would be meagre compared to the kids who lived up there! Whenever I go home, I'm drawn to this area of North Vancouver. For the most part, the wartime houses and the tenement buildings have gone. In their places are impossibly priced condos and attached homes - hard for even the most confident buyers to afford, and I wonder if these subtle lines of "status" still exist. If so, it would be interesting to find out what the "poor" kids in this area get for Christmas!

Strip For 122612
ID: 12320
Publication Date: 2012-12-26
First Published On (if retro): 1983-12-27
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Lawrence, Janice, and Gordon are playing with Michael's new toys. Elizabeth keeps trying to play with them. Michael complains and Elly removes Elizabeth. The group spot her new toys and play with her so she complains that Michael won't leave them alone.
Caption: Maaaaa! We're doin' stuff - an' Michael won't leave us alone!
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Lynn's Notes: Wherever Aaron was playing, Katie wanted to be, too. With their big difference in ages, she was considered a pest. The boys would holler for assistance and I'd rescue them from the fumbling hands of a little kid. I would then have to find something special for Katie to do so she wouldn't feel left out. I often wondered if her gravitation to the boys' bombs and light sabres wasn't a neat ploy to get 100% of Mom's attention!

Strip For 012013
ID: 12345
Publication Date: 2013-01-20
First Published On (if retro): 1984-01-22
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly has had a rough day already. Michael has brought his friends in and people have been showing up at the door all day. It had to be today because it was the one day she'd decided not to get dressed. Lawrence, Gordon, Janice, John, other children.
Caption: I decided not to get dressed.
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Lynn's Notes: I can't add anything to this punch line - other than to say that nothing has changed: the day I decide to get dressed late and to wear no make-up, is the day that all the delivery guys show up! This is something I hope a good iPhone application will some day eradicate.

Strip For 020613
ID: 12362
Publication Date: 2013-02-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael has just blurted out that he hates Deanna, to her face. Darryl says he didn't have to be so mean. Michael was angry about the guys always bugging him. Deanna is running off angrily. Janice thinks it must be nice to be popular. Lawrence, Gordon.
Caption: (sigh) ... it must be nice to be popular.
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Lynn's Notes: I hear folks talking about kids and their relationships, and it surprises me when they say that real "love" doesn't happen until you're physically mature. I disagree. I remember being head over heels "in love" with a boy in my grade three class. I remember it clearly, and the feeling was as strong and as passionate as if I was 16. I had no concept of the physical stuff then — but the desperate need to be near him and to be cared for in return was overwhelming. Likewise, his rejection was painful and devastating. I hated him for showing my notes to his friends and I said so. Like Deanna Sobinski, he was attractive and popular, and he made me feel that I wasn't good enough. In retrospect, I think he just didn't know how to handle an ardent admirer.

Strip For 041613
ID: 12434
Publication Date: 2013-04-16
First Published On (if retro): 1984-04-17
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly runs Michael's birthday party. They try breaking balloons, passing peas from spoons held in their mouths, pinning the tail on the donkey. Elly has one prize left. Gordon suggests they play blackjack for it. Lawrence, Elizabeth, Darryl. Janice?
Caption: Hey! Which one of you guys can deal blackjack?
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Lynn's Notes: Party games were a must whenever I hosted a gig for my kids - and I had to keep finding new stuff for them to do. The best games were often the ones that elicited groans and complaints at adult parties but were a lot of fun - after you got started. Fortunately, kids don't need any "fortification" when it comes to being silly!

Strip For 101813
ID: 12624
Publication Date: 2013-10-18
First Published On (if retro): 1984-10-19
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael, Gordon, Lawrence, Darryl and Janice think it would be great to have a Halloween party this year. Somebody would have to get some pop, junk food, and videos, then they could dress up, etc.. Michael goes to ask "somebody". Elly is oblivious.
Caption: Somebody could get some food, an' some pop - whaddya think, Mike? Great! I'll go ask somebody.
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Strip For 102213
ID: 12628
Publication Date: 2013-10-22
First Published On (if retro): 1984-10-23
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael bugs Elly to have a Halloween party at home. He nags and she yells "absolutely no!" Michael reports to Lawrence, Gordon, Darryl and Janice that Elly said maybe. Hallowe'en
Caption: Absolutely NO! She said maybe!
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Strip For 051214
ID: 12842
Publication Date: 2014-05-12
First Published On (if retro): 1985-05-13
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael shows Darryl, Gordon, Janice and others something gross in a bag. They all express disgust. Lawrence asks if it's a science project of some kind. Michael tells him it's similar. The bag contains a five month old cheese sandwich from his locker.
Caption: It's a cheese sandwich that's been in my locker since Christmas!
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Lynn's Notes: Not so long ago I was wandering around one of the local high schools — waiting for the robotics team to run one of their competition models (I am such a fan!) when someone opened a locker. The familiar smell sent me back in time to days of lunch bags, gym strip, foolscap and gum. They say that you don’t forget smells, so test yourself: think of new Pink Pearl erasers, a doll’s saran hair, pencil shavings, crayons and wax lips…do they bring back memories?

Strip For 051314
ID: 12843
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
First Published On (if retro): 1985-05-14
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: In the school library Michael tells a joke to Lawrence, Gordon, and Janice. He asks what is short and fat and sounds like a leaky inner tube. Instantly the librarian, Mrs. Byage, lets out a long Shhhhhhhhh which answers his question. Everyone laughs.
Caption: Hey, guys... what's short an' round an' sounds like an inner tube with a hole in it?!! Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!
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Lynn's Notes: For the new release of this strip, the dialogue was changed to read, “Hey, guys, what’s short and round…” I knew I would still get negative mail but perhaps fewer complaints than when it was first printed. People don’t want to see derogatory remarks of any kind, even if it’s exactly what two little boys would say. I could have deleted the strip, but I rather liked the gag!


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