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For Better Or For Worse: The Comic Art Of Lynn Johnston    by Lynn Johnston & Katherine Hadway order for
For Better Or For Worse
by Lynn Johnston
Order:  USA  Can
Goose Lane, 2015 (2015)
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

For the past thirty years I have been an avid reader and huge fan of For Better Or For Worse. Drawn into this wonderful fictional world, I have gotten to know, and grow up with, the Patterson family. From the early years with parents Elly and John raising young Michael and infant Elizabeth, to retirement and grand-parenthood, readers have been welcomed into the Patterson family with open arms.

Lynn Johnston's ability to make the Pattersons come alive, and experience life the way we do in the real world, has endeared her to millions of readers around the world. But haven't you wondered about the artist behind this touching and groundbreaking comic? Where does Lynn Johnston come up with so many characters and story lines? When and how did her interest in comic drawing start? These questions, and so much more, are discussed in this captivating insight into the artist's life.

Lynn shares her favorite stories from her youth, and artwork through the years in this multifaceted non-fiction story. There are even sections devoted to the development of the Pattersons and the fictional world in which they live. This book shares the lives of both Lynn and the Pattersons because the two are deeply intertwined.

Even if you are not so addicted to the strip that you have all the books of The For Better Or For Worse series, this biography serves as a good introduction. Whether you are new to the strip, or an avid fan, you'll be fascinated with the life and art of Lynn Johnston.

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