Lynn's Comments: There were times when I truly wished I was expecting another baby. To make this story real, I had to imagine myself pregnant. Seriously. All of the sentiments, all of the sensations were very real.
About This Strip:
Originally Run: 1990-11-01 Appearing:Elly Location:home
Lynn's Comments: After I drew up this strip, I actually found a boot drying rack just like the one I drew here. It was home made. My guess is that some enterprising company is making them out of plastic now!
Lynn's Comments: I remember writing love letters to a boy in school. I wrote them and then I tore them up. The one time I did give him a letter, I saw him later in the day showing it to some friends out on the soccer field. They were all laughing. I can still see their faces, and I can still feel the pain. There is no explanation for this, but…I continued to like him anyway.
About This Strip:
Originally Run: 1990-11-06 Appearing:Michael Location:home
Lynn's Comments: I once received a very nasty, angry letter from a woman who was objecting to a strip I had done. I looked up the strip and was surprised by her reaction. It was a very benign gag…nothing worthy of such a tirade. I wondered if she’d had a bad day and decided to take out her frustration on me! I replied to her letter, asked about this, and I also asked if she was feeling better now. Her reply in return was great fun.
She had indeed had a very bad day and decided to vent her anger by writing to my syndicate. After she’d mailed the letter, she wished she had not! She asked the postman for the letter back and was told that, by law, it had to go into the system. She worried about the letter but thought it would just go to an editor and not to me personally. When she got my letter, she was horrified. She apologized profusely, thanked me for my letter, and we both had a good laugh over the whole thing. Exchanges like this connected me with readers in a very sensitive way. It made my relationship with them real, and obviously, lasting!
Lynn's Comments: An animator friend called me the other day. He’s been doing some work for us on "gifs" – short animated pieces that can be shared on the internet. His question was, "Can I show the bottom teeth of the dog if he's grimacing?" The answer was YES! Grimacing is the only time that my characters showed their bottom teeth!
Lynn's Comments: When I was offered the opportunity to do a syndicated strip, Universal Press asked me to send 3 weeks of dailies as an example of my work. I was expecting my daughter, Katie, at the time, so pregnancy was on my mind. One of the strips I sent was me, well-rounded and trying to play the guitar. It was resting against my bouncing belly and I was saying to the baby inside, "What’s the matter, you don’t like Vivaldi?"
Lynn's Comments: This observation about the ceiling is directly related to the origin of this comic strip. Since patients spend a lot of time looking at an examining room ceiling, I asked my obstetrician to put something interesting on his. He said, "You're the cartoonist. I challenge you to draw something for me to put up there!"
Lynn's Comments: After 9 months, I had drawn over 80 cartoons about pregnancy. My doctor talked me into doing 101 cartoons, and my first book, “David We’re Pregnant” was born. This was the first of 3 books about pregnancy and parenthood, which were eventually sent to Universal Press Syndicate. I received a 20-year contract, and FBorFW began in 1979.