Molly: Browse The Strips


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Originally Run: 1987-06-26
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Monday, June 27, 2016

Lynn's Comments: Having Connie, Lawrence, and their new family move back into the Pattersons' neighbourhood gave me much more to write about. Elly and Connie were a good mix of characters, and Lawrence was a wonderful sidekick for Mike. I had written them out of the strip without realizing how much they added to it!
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Originally Run: 1987-06-29
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Originally Run: 1987-07-01
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Originally Run: 1987-07-02
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Friday, July 1, 2016

Lynn's Comments: I was able to project this type of thinking onto Lawrence because this is exactly how my mind worked. Friends who have known me since grade school now tell me I was a serious pain in the wazoo, but likable!
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Originally Run: 1987-07-03
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Originally Run: 1987-07-14
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Originally Run: 1987-07-15
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Originally Run: 1987-07-16
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Friday, July 15, 2016

Lynn's Comments: While writing this short vignette, I remembered very clearly the vigils we made in our cherry tree. I could feel the branches, smell the leaves, sense the movement of the tree, and anticipate the pummeling my mother would give us if she caught us up there. A cartoonist has to have a good memory and an even better sense of "what if?"
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Originally Run: 1987-07-17
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Originally Run: 1987-07-18
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Originally Run: 1987-07-20
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Lynn's Comments: This vignette had its roots in another story from my childhood: Across the lane from our house on 5th Street, lived the Doucette family. Their back yard faced ours, and Teddy Doucette was one of my adventurous buddies. His sister, Annette, was a teenager a few years older than we were, and everything she did was of great interest to us. The Doucettes had a small wartime house much like ours, but their attic had an outside access with a ladder going up to it--a wonderful place to play and hide. The floors in their house were thin and made of painted wooden slats. The attic was directly above. In the ceiling of Annette's bedroom, a small knot had been carefully pried open, and from inside the attic, Teddy and I could spy into her room. We could see only a very small area, but the thought of watching her unseen was great fun. (Continued tomorrow).
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Originally Run: 1987-07-21
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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Lynn's Comments: (Continued from yesterday)--What we didn't know was that Annette could hear us in the attic. She had just entered her room when Teddy shifted his weight on the attic floor to get a better look. Suddenly, Annette looked up at the knothole and saw an eye looking back at her. We knew we had a matter of seconds to descend the outside ladder and escape. We just made it to the bottom when both Annette and her dad came roaring out of the house! Teddy and I ran as fast as we could, our legs pumping like mad down the lane and to temporary safety. It was exhilarating and well worth the tongue-lashing we received when we got back home. Teddy was sent to bed without supper. I was sent to my room until my dad came home.
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Originally Run: 1987-07-22
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lynn's Comments: As soon as I arrived in Montreal, I wrote to my "boyfriend." The relationship was pretty one sided, but that didn't keep me from thinking about him all the time and writing down my feelings.
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Originally Run: 1987-08-27
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Friday, August 26, 2016

Lynn's Comments: Over the summer, I sent him several letters and received nothing in reply. My Aunt Monica suggested I look elsewhere for friendship, but I continued to mope about--wondering why I had heard nothing from the love of my life.
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Originally Run: 1987-08-28
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Originally Run: 1987-09-02
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Tuesday February 21, 2017

Lynn's Comments: After the strip became second nature to me, I began to look past the main characters to the Pattersons’ neighbours and friends. I was so immersed in the neighbourhood that I wanted to know what was going on in their families, too. I began to introduce strange new characters; people who would be interesting for the readers, and a challenge for me.
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Originally Run: 1988-02-22
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Wednesday February 22, 2017

Lynn's Comments: Molly is Elly’s best friend Connie’s step-daughter. I was getting into some convoluted relationships and I only had four panels a day in which to tell a story. Four panels and one statement a day. This was hardly enough time to develop a character—especially one outside the familiar ones already established.
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Originally Run: 1988-02-23
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Friday February 24, 2017

Lynn's Comments: If I was doing the strip today, I’d be even more intrigued by the ability to talk almost subliminally in coded texts and abbreviated comments. Today, it is communication as fast and as simple as it can be, but nuances and subtlety are lost along the way. I wonder how many serious misunderstandings occur now, because people don't use or don't know enough good words to be able to express themselves!
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Originally Run: 1988-02-25
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Originally Run: 1988-02-26
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Monday February 27, 2017

Lynn's Comments: Living with teenagers is a challenge for all parents. Living with adopted teens must be an incredible challenge. I tried hard to imagine it.
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Originally Run: 1988-02-27
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Tuesday April 11, 2017

Lynn's Comments: Since my days with McMaster U. medical school, I’d wanted to see a band named "The Emetix" — the word "borborygmus" was just too long!
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Originally Run: 1988-04-11
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Wednesday April 12, 2017

Lynn's Comments: At a book fair, I once saw a famous guy sign a banana. I guess the moral of the story is, "nothing lasts forever." Bananas, by the way, are nice to draw on with a ballpoint pen…Check it out…The next day, the art is even better!
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Originally Run: 1988-04-12
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Friday April 14, 2017

Lynn's Comments: These characters were fun to work with. They gave me the opportunity to see into an older girl’s life. The problem was, my main characters drove the strip, so I really couldn't focus too heavily, or too often, on the secondary ones. In a TV sit-com, there can be a variety of situations all at once. A strip is too slow and too confining.
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Originally Run: 1988-04-14
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Originally Run: 1988-04-15
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