Lynn's Comments: This is word-for-word from an experience I had while working on animated shows. I got a taxi to the animation studio and met this incredible young man whose outlook on life really resonated with me. Sometime later, a friend, whose life was very up and down, was going through a hard time so I wanted to give her some original art as a gift. I asked which strip she would like and she chose this one.
Lynn's Comments: Being a comic strip "creator" gave me the awful advantage of being able to steer these characters in any direction I wanted them to go. I often wondered if, in the greater scheme of things, someone "up there" had that same control over us!
Lynn's Comments: A friend who was a chiropractor allowed me to take Polaroid photos of him in his office with a patient who was in on the scheme. I wanted to show that I had done my homework!
Lynn's Comments: Here is an homage to Bil Keane's comic strip, Family Circus. I'm pretty sure that every cartoonist has done this at some point.
Lynn's Comments: This, of course, really happened. I found that a hot iron and paper towels helped to get the lipstick out of my light-coloured clothing.
Lynn's Comments: It is so important to get timing in a daily just right. In a graphic novel, you have so much more freedom, but in a comic strip, there is only so much real estate. I had to divide this one into five panels to get the timing right.
Lynn's Comments: It's hard to draw something like a freeway in a comic strip. There just isn't enough room. When this cartoon was done, the papers were shrinking the size that comics were printed so these images had to be drawn on an angle in order to make them work.
Lynn's Comments: After this strip ran, I was sent a set of video game gloves meant to keep your wrists and thumbs from getting sore from poking away at a game controller. I couldn’t believe someone had actually patented and marketed such a thing. It’s a crazy new world!
Lynn's Comments: With cell phones and GPS, we don't have these problems today, but when this strip was drawn, the discovery of a roadside pay phone was a blessing.
Lynn's Comments: I mentioned before that Miss Enjo was my grade school home economics teacher. As a speaker one year for "Unique Lives & Experiences," I appeared at the Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver and the real Miss Enjo was in the audience. I was delighted to see her after the show. Not only did she read my strip, she remembered me—and she gave me a kimono, which I treasure. She also explained that "Enjo" was not a common Japanese name. She thought it had been changed by the Canadian border staff because her family's original name was difficult to pronounce. She was a great teacher and seeing her again was wonderful.