Lynn's Comments: We weren't allowed to say or show anything indecent. For good reason, but the cookie dough implies a shared experience.
Lynn's Comments: In the top panel, the name “Voyer” was for our country neighbours across the road. The Voyer family were great friends and it was fun to wait for them to find a small surprise in the paper.
Lynn's Comments: When Gordon was roped into taking Tracey to the dance, I'd planned for them to become great friends—which is the best way to begin a romantic relationship. At the time, I had not envisioned their eventual marriage.
Lynn's Comments: Gordon did not have a happy home life. Everyone else's problems seemed trivial to him. His dad was abusive and his mother, complacent. It was up to Gordon to decide for himself how to navigate this pressure-filled world. Many young readers identified with him.
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.
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.