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Preview: For Better or For Worse Vol. 6

For Better or For Worse Vol. 6

(W) Lynn Johnston (A/CA) Lynn Johnston
In Shops: Apr 27, 2022
SRP: $49.99

Collect the beloved newspaper comic strip that chronicles the saga of the Patterson family in real time, over three decades, in this definitive edition.

Romance is in the air as Michael starts dating a girl he hasn’t seen since childhood. Something tells him that she is “the one,” but only if he can first make it through the stress of attending university! The trials of school affect his younger siblings, as Elizabeth struggles to find her identity in the halls of high school and April begins kindergarten!

Meanwhile, Elly has to deal with the loss of a loved one, and John comes to peace with hitting the big 5-0. And if that isn’t enough, Gordon and Tracey have a baby, Weed and Mike go on a world tour, and Lawrence meets his father for the first time!

For Better or For Worse Vol. 6

Preview: For Better or For Worse The Complete Library Volume 5: 1993-1996

For Better or For Worse The Complete Library Volume 5: 1993-1996

(W) Lynn Johnston (A/CA) Lynn Johnston
In Shops: Jan 13, 2021
SRP: $49.99

Collect the beloved newspaper comic strip that chronicles the saga of the Patterson family in real time, over three decades, in these definitive editions.

This volume features one of the most beloved stories in the strip’s history-the saga of Farley, the family dog. When little April gets into big trouble, it is up to Farley to come to her rescue. But that isn’t the only big event in the lives of the Pattersons. Michael heads off to college while Elizabeth navigates her teen years. Back at home, Elly and John deal with adult problems such as house renovations and menopause.

Lynn Johnston keeps the ongoing narrative fresh and interesting. Includes every comic strip from April 25, 1993 to August 31, 1996. Each volume also contains annotations by Lynn Johnston detailing motivations for certain strips, funny anecdotes, reactions from fans, and much more!

For Better or For Worse The Complete Library Volume 5: 1993-1996

Preview: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 4

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 4

Lynn Johnston (Author, Artist, Cover Artist)

This volume includes the story that earned Lynn Johnston a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The ‘90s start with a bang for the Pattersons when Elly finds out she is pregnant! Follow April Patterson as she grows from a toddler to a three-year-old, all in this single volume—but that isn’t all the excitement in the house, especially when there is a teenager around. Michael gets his first summer job, a steady girlfriend, and a driver’s license—if he passes the test. Adolescence is just as challenging for Elizabeth, who navigates middle school, learns to cope with the stigma of wearing glasses, and is peer-pressured into smoking a cigarette! Meanwhile, John succumbs to his (first) mid-life crisis when he buys his first model train.

The highlight of this collection, however, is Lawrence’s coming out story, a tender and compassionate tale of gender identity and acceptance for which Lynn was deservedly nominated for the newspaper industry’s top honor. Includes every comic strip from December 10, 1989 to April 24, 1993.

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 4

Preview: For Better or For Worse The Complete Library Vol. 4: 1990-1993

For Better or For Worse The Complete Library Vol. 4: 1990-1993

(W) Lynn Johnston (A/CA) Lynn Johnston
In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $49.99

This volume includes the story that earned Lynn Johnston a Pulitzer Prize nomination. The ’90s start with a bang for the Pattersons when Elly finds out she is pregnant! Follow April Patterson as she grows from a toddler to a three-year-old, all in this single volume-but that isn’t all the excitement in the house, especially when there is a teenager around. Michael gets his first summer job, a steady girlfriend, and a driver’s license-if he passes the test. Adolescence is just as challenging for Elizabeth, who navigates middle school, learns to cope with the stigma of wearing glasses, and is peer-pressured into smoking a cigarette! Meanwhile, John succumbs to his (first) mid-life crisis when he buys his first model train.

The highlight of this collection, however, is Lawrence’s coming out story, a tender and compassionate tale of gender identity and acceptance for which Lynn was deservedly nominated for the newspaper industry’s top honor. Includes every comic strip from December 10, 1989 to April 24, 1993.

For Better or For Worse The Complete Library Vol. 4: 1990-1993

Preview: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 3

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 3

Lynn Johnston (w, a & c)

No phone, no light, no motor car, not a single luxury–John and Phil’s canoe trip turns them into castaways on an island! Once back in civilization, John solves his mid-life crisis by buying a sportscar, and Elly improbably winds up in front of a judge as a result! Michael enters junior high school, but not before learning a different sort of life lesson at summer camp with a girl named Martha, while Liz loses her first tooth, gets her ears pierced, and finds herself in a “Mean Girls” situation with her friends at school. Then it’s wedding bells for Uncle Phil, and Lawrence moves back to town–with a new family of his own! Volume Three, which collects the complete daily and Sunday comics from July 6, 1986 through December 9, 1989, brings to a close the first decade of Lynn Johnston‘s modern masterwork, but of course, the story is just getting started…

HC • PC • 544 pages • 11” x 8-1/2” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-426-8

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 3

Preview: For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 2

For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library, Vol. 2

Lynn Johnston (w & a & c)

Since their debut in 1979, the world has watched the Pattersons grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family. The cast expands, and roles that will play a big part down the road are just starting to bud. New adventures await Elizabeth as she enters kindergarten and has to spend some time in the hospital. Michael has to deal with a bully at school and takes a flight to Vancouver—all by himself! John has an unfortunate accident and is arrested for breaking and entering! And Elly finds a worthwhile cause in heading up a campaign to save the historic city hall that has been scheduled for demolition. Volume Two collects the complete daily and Sunday comics from January 1983 through July 14, 1986, with all Sunday comics printed in color.

HC • PC • $39.99 • 544 pages • 11” x 8.5” • ISBN: 978-1-68405-256-1

IDW Publishing to release Lynn Johnston’s ‘For Better or For Worse’ in Complete Library Editions this October

Welcome back, Elly, John, and the entire Patterson family as IDW Publishing and the Library of American Comics have announced For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library by Lynn Johnston. These definitive hardcover editions will collect the entire series in nine volumes, three books per decade of the strip.

For Better or For Worse is one of the most beloved comic strips of all time, with a devoted audience of more than 220 million. These new collections are being produced with Lynn Johnston’s cooperation and are being edited by Dean Mullaney, Kurtis Findlay, and Lorraine Turner.

Since For Better or For Worse debuted in 1979, the world was able to watch the Patterson family grow up in real time—and to many readers, they feel like family!

Book One, coming October 2017, collects all the daily and color Sunday strips from the strip’s debut in September 1979 through the end of 1982. The book will feature a new cover panel by Lynn Johnston, and occasional context notes and comments. For Better or For Worse: The Complete Library reprints the strips in chronological order, allowing us to enjoy it as it originally unfolded!

Lynn Johnston was born in Ontario, Canada. She is the first woman to receive the Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year from the National Cartoonists Society. She has also received the Order of Canada. Lynn began For Better or For Worse in 1979. She told the saga of the Pattersons for 29 years, until August of 2008, when she retired from the daily production of new strips and storylines.

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