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: 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: 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.
Lynn's Comments: I once asked Aaron what he remembered about his school days and he said, "You made the best lunches."
Lynn's Comments: Did you catch the error here? I show John with the bottle of cleaning solution in his right hand, but it switches to his left in the last panel.
Lynn's Comments: If you aren't familiar with the old brassiere ad that described their product by saying, "it lifts and separates," then you'll miss this punch line. It was a controversial TV advertisement at the time and it spawned a lot of great comedy.
Lynn's Comments: For two years, I was a tough marshmallow. My admiration goes out to single parents everywhere.