Lynn's Comments: I enjoyed coming up with “HLGFTZ” –the stammering sound Gordon is making as he’s forced to take the phone. Sometimes one small word made a strip worth sending in.
Lynn's Comments: Any opportunity to draw Farley at his scruffy best, gave me a thrill. I loved to draw him eating and scratching and burping and being thoroughly, happily disgusting. Not only was he great fun to draw, I had to “get into the spirit of the dog” in order to draw him well. Being Farley for a few hours was a happy, funny and relaxing time...and I have to say, he really was my favourite character!
Lynn's Comments: Well, this is interesting. I was using the vernacular of the day when I came up with this dialogue. I guess kids have been saying, “she went/he went” for a long time. No wonder it drives me crazy!!
Lynn's Comments: Oh, I passed. Now that my kids are 46 and 41, I can check off the boxes…and I passed.
Lynn's Comments: I read somewhere that a composer looked at birds perched on wires and saw a musical pattern in the way they positioned themselves. He then set these patterns to music. Anyone know if this is true?
Lynn's Comments: This strip brought appreciative mail from moms and dads who unloaded their own “KABOOM” moments. I always felt vindicated when I knew I wasn’t alone.
Lynn's Comments: Looking at the furnishings in the last panel, I have no idea where in the house Elly and Mike are. I was pretty diligent, especially after we started doing the animated specials, in keeping the house architecturally real and placing everything in the same location. Strange.
Lynn's Comments: The Fasts and the Bergans were friends in Lynn Lake; two of our favourite families. I loved to put the names of people we knew in the strip. It was a funny surprise. After the strip was published, their friends and family would contact them! It was a wonderful, continuing surprise.
Lynn's Comments: Now I do have my own small place…and I don't miss other people's clutter one bit!
Lynn's Comments: Yup...really happened.
Lynn's Comments: One more thing that really happened. I began to think my kids and husband owed a huge debt of gratitude to the strip...which happily ate up anything I could make into a daily or Sunday cartoon.
Lynn's Comments: This happened. The strip saved our bacon many times—because the strip needed this kind of material, and I needed the outlet!
Lynn's Comments: I once spent all day hiding in the lane because I was afraid my mom would find out that I had broken the milk bottles on our front porch. It was an accident. I’d been swinging a hula hoop and hit them by accident. In the end, she was angrier at me because I’d gone missing, and not because I’d knocked over the bottles.
Lynn's Comments: This strip allows me to comment on the sad decline of the beloved "corner store." These wonderful family run shops were part of the community–a place to go for small items and a conversation when there was time. I regularly walk around my neighbourhood and I know where every corner store used to be. The last one has just reopened as a specialty coffee shop. Times have changed.
Lynn's Comments: I got into reader hot-water for using the word “stoopid”. The point being that I had spelled the word incorrectly. If I was going to use it at all, it should be correctly spelled. I explained that I had spelled it the way it sounds when spoken by an enraged kid. Interestingly, they said nothing about the inappropriate use of the word “dumb.” How stoopid!
Lynn's Comments: I once recorded my husband snoring so he could actually hear how he sounded. He retaliated later by recording me!