Lynn's Comments: My folks were devoted to one another after 60 years of marriage. They really set the bar.
Lynn's Comments: At the time I wrote and drew these strips, I identified with Elly Patterson. Now, I identify with her mom!
Lynn's Comments: I was always impressed by the amount of patience our dog had with young children. He put up with things I would never have expected him to tolerate. I guess he knew that "puppies" need patience.
Lynn's Comments: Around this time, the newspapers began to colourize the daily strips and often without consulting the cartoonists' own colour charts. This meant mismatched hair colours and different clothing in different papers. One newspaper colourist made the Miss Edwards character Black, which made a change back to caucasian rather difficult. Readers in that area appreciated seeing a Black teacher in the mix. Eventually, correct colour palettes were established, but not before some interesting errors had been made!
Lynn's Comments: This cartoon shows how "motion" can be suggested by not having the wheels of a vehicle touch the ground. If you were to take a piece of tracing paper, trace the outline of the car and move the image down so that the wheels touch the curve of the road, you would instantly see the car standing still. A shadow underneath adds to the illusion. This is one little trick of the trade!
Lynn's Comments: Candace was an outstanding character to work with. She had a raw edge and an independence the other girls admired. Underneath, she had a troubled soul. I never had the opportunity to give her the spotlight and show readers what I knew about her. Again, the restriction to one statement a day made some stories impossible.
Lynn's Comments: My brother and I caught our dad on his balcony, smoking—after he swore that he had quit. He put the cigarette behind his back and Alan said, "Don't look now, Dad...but your elbow's on fire." Alan has a great sense of humour! So many cartoons were based on real comments and real situations.
Lynn's Comments: I got into some trouble, of course, for showing the kids smoking. Because a situation like this is not resolved until the next day, readers were left with a disturbing image that bothered them for 24 hours. I would often get an angry letter soon followed by an apology from folks who saw that the situation was just a set-up to be appropriately dealt with later, or so I hoped.
Lynn's Comments: This story was suggested by my son. He said, "Why don't you ever do anything about zits?" I remember getting one on my nose and being so upset and not wanting to go anywhere! So, I did this story with his approval and input.