Lynn's Comments: I don't remember getting into trouble with this one, but someone was probably mad about it.
Lynn's Comments: Looking back on this strip, I had a hard time figuring out what Elizabeth was doing in the first panel here. She is stuffing her clothes into the washing machine. When I work with students, I always tell them to make sure the audience knows what they are looking at, that they use good reference so that appliances and machinery look right. Here, it seems, I didn't follow my own advice!
Lynn's Comments: I was hoping the item on the wire looked like a jock strap! When newspapers reduced the size of the comics page, we had much less space in which to make a gag work. Every square centimeter had to count and small details had to be drawn with real care so that they were evident to the reader. I hoped that I'd had enough space in the last panel to include the characters (for expression), the dialogue and the gag. Maybe not!
Lynn's Comments: My brother did call me "Sistwirp." This could be a small homage to him. Or not. Mind you, I did call him "Wiggy." Still do. Maybe we're even!
Lynn's Comments: I really got myself into trouble with this one. In the second panel, "checking pockets" was something that used to be done during a regular check-up. This involved using a probe to explore the depth of the tissue holding each tooth. The tiny spaces at the front, back and sides of each tooth are called "pockets." A healthy tooth has shallow pockets, meaning there is substantial tissue holding the tooth and the bone has not receded. "Long in the tooth" is when the bone recedes, the gum does as well, and the tooth root begins to show. I knew dentists and their staff would get the joke, but the general public might not... so I added the note, "a dental joke." It was not accepted as such. I did this strip for the sheer joy of the punchline, which was a dreadful pun. I was proud of it. The number of irate dental folks who wrote to tell me that checking pockets was NOT a joke, but a serious procedure and I should know better than to make fun of it. Well, excuuuuuse me!!! I was also on the carpet for suggesting that not all assistants wear gloves. In fact, at the time this strip was written (early '90s), wearing gloves was only just becoming a medical requirement. Yup. I apologized and explained my way through the letters, but the slap stung. This has been a long-winded explanation, but I'm glad to get it off my jest!
Lynn's Comments: I struggled over the word "Bach" in the first panel. When you are a "bachelor," do you "bach" or do you "batch?"...A thought for the day.
Lynn's Comments: I actually used photographs of my own parents when I drew Elly Patterson's parents.
Lynn's Comments: These were real Ontario winters, and when you draw strips like this you really have to make the audience feel those cold, wet, rainy days.
Lynn's Comments: Strange....I'm discovering all these things myself, now!
Lynn's Comments: Caregivers are rarely like this one! I just couldn't resist making up a crazy character when I had the chance.
Lynn's Comments: My parents lived on the other side of the country from my brother and me. When their health began to deteriorate, we both tried to see them as often as possible but it was hard to make time for a 5-hour flight. We felt helpless and guilty for not being there for them, but we did have some wonderful caregivers for whom we will be forever grateful.