JOHNSTON Lynn

JOHNSON Lynn

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE OF PERSON\J\JOHNSTON Lynn, I've Got the One More Washload Blues, 1981, bc.jpg                                   I’ve Got the One – More – Washload Blues …, 1981: Back cover.

Born 1947 in Collingwood Ontario but grew up in British Columbia.

Lynn Johnston, is a cartoonist and creator of the comic strip “For Better or Worse”. She studied art at the Vancouver College of Art and began her career illustrating medical journals at McMaster University. In 1972 when she was pregnant her doctor asked her to do some cartoons for his office. What followed were three books, David We’re Pregnant, Hi Mom! Hi Dad! and Do They Ever Grow Up?.

This led to her Universal Press Syndicated comic strip, “For Better Or For Worse created in 1979. It is based on her family’s daily routine and life experiences. It has appeared in more than 2000 newspapers in 160 countries and has been translated into eight languages. Since 2010, the strip has been nearly all reprints from its early days.

In 1985, she was the first woman and first Canadian to win the Reuben “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” Award from the U.S. National Cartoonists Society. In 1992 she received the Reuben Award for “Best Syndicated Comic Strip”. In 1992 she was made a member of the Order of Canada.

WORK:

CARTOONIST:

BOOK GRAPHIC COLLECTION:                                                                                      (All books published by Andrews & McMeel unless otherwise noted.)

Cover:

Book front :

David We’re Pregnant!! Potlatch Publications, 1977.

Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Peter Martin Associates Ltd., 1977.

Book front: & back:

Do They Ever Grow Up? Musson Book Co./General Publishing Co. Ltd., 1978.

Book anniversary front:….
A Look Inside For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection.1989.

It’s The Thought That Counts. The 15th Annual Collection. 1994.

Suddenly Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of For Better or For Worse. 2004.

Book & dust jacket anniversary front & back:

The Lives Behind The Lines: 20 Years of For Better or For Worse. 1999.

Book annual front:…
Just One More Hug. 1984.

Keep The Home Fries Burning. 1986.

Starting From Scratch. 1995.
Book annual front & back: ….
The Big 5-0. 2000.

Family Business. 2002.

Growing Like a Weed. 1997.

Love Just Screws Up Everything.. 1996.

Middle Age Spread. 1998.

Reality Check. 2003.

Sunshine & Shadow. 1999.

With this Ring. 2003.

More Than a Month of Sundays. 1983.

Our Sunday Best. 1984.

Book annual wraparound: ….
Graduation: A Time For Change. 2001.

I’ve Got the One-More-Washload Blues …. 1981.

If This Is a Lecture, How Long Will It Be? 1990.

Is This “One Of Those Days”Daddy? 1982.

“It Must Be Nice to Be Little”. 1983.

It’s All Downhill From Here. 1987.

The Last Straw. 1985

Pushing 40. 1988.

There Goes My Baby. 1993.

Things Are Looking Up. 1992.

What Me Pregnant? 1991.

Book special edition front:

Remembering Farley. 1996

Content:

Precursor to “For Better Or For Worse”:

David We’re Pregnant!! Potlatch Publications, 1977.

Hi Mom! Hi Dad! Peter Martin Associates Ltd., 1977.

Do They Ever Grow Up? Musson Book Co./General Publishing Co. Ltd., 1978.

Anniversary “For Better Or For Worse”: ….
A Look Inside For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection. 1989.

It’s The Thought That Counts: Fifteenth Anniversary Collection . 1994.

The Lives Behind The Lines: 20 Years of For Better or For Worse. 1999.

Suddenly Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of For Better or For Worse. 2004.

Annual, “For Better or For Worse”: ….
The Big 5-0. 2000.

Family Business. 2002.

Graduation: A Time For Change. 2001.

Growing Like a Weed. 1997.

If This Is a Lecture, How Long Will It Be? 1990.

I’ve Got the One-More-Washload Blues. 1981.

Is This “One Of Those Days”Daddy? 1982.

“It Must Be Nice to Be Little”. 1983.

It’s All Downhill From Here. 1987.

Just One More Hug. 1984.

Keep The Home Fries Burning. 1986.

The Last Straw. 1985

Love Just Screws Up Everything. 1996.

Middle Age Spread. 1998.

Pushing 40. 1988.

Reality Check. 2003.

Starting From Scratch. 1995.

Sunshine & Shadow. 1999.

There Goes My Baby. 1993.

Things Are Looking Up. 1992.

What Me Pregnant? 1991.

With this Ring. 2003.

More Than a Month of Sundays. 1983.

Our Sunday Best. . 1984.

Edition special:

Remembering Farley. Andrews & McMeel Inc., 1996.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC:

Cover:

Dust jacket front & back:

So You’re Going To Be A Grandma!  2005.

Content:

Cartoon & poetry:

So You’re Going To Be A Grandma! Writ., Andie Parton. 2005. Poetry by Andie Parton.

ILLUSTRATOR:

BOOK TEXT:

Cover:

Book front:

Quality Time. Writ., Roy MacGregor. McClelland and Stewart Ltd., 1990.

Book front & back:

There’s a Worm in My Apple, Stoddart Publishing, 1985.

Dust jacket front:

Take My Family Please. Writ., Gary Lautens. John Wiley & Sons/Madison Press Book, 1980.

Content:

Humour:

Take My Family Please. Writ., Gary Lautens. John Wiley & Sons/Madison Press Book, 1980.

Memoir:

There’s a Worm in My Apple, Writ., Sheena Baker. Stoddart Publishing, 1985.

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY                                                                          (Lynn Johnston was identified as Lynn Franks in Canadian Children’s Annual)                (Canadian Children’s Annual was edited by R.F. Neilson. Art Direction was by Mary Tach)

Cover:

Book front & back:

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1976. Potlatch Publications, 1975.
Front: “Our Room In North Vancouver” Back: “We Shared The Umbrella”

Content:

Canadian Children’s Annual, 1976. Potlatch Publications, 1975:
Information text:

“Introducing Mr. Archimedes or, Why and Iron Sip Floats.” Writ., William Ettrdige: 84-86.

“Name a Canadian Inventor.” Writ., Margaret L. Kribs: 81-86.

Panel graphic:

“… get out your pencil crayons.” Canadian Children’s Annual, 1976: 67.

Poetry:

“Aggravation.” Writ., Agnes Copithorne: 67.

Story:

“Mr. Gilligan’s Goat.” Writ., Joan Weston: 67.

DISC AUDIO 33 RPM:

Art work:

Belly Button. Perf., Heather Bishop. Mother of Pearl Records, 1982. MP003/ WRC1-2271.

Purple People Eater. Perf., Heather Bishop. Mother of Pearl Records, 1985. MP005/WRC1-3988.

WRITER:

BOOK GRAPHIC:

Content:

Memoir:

“A Look Inside For Better or For Worse.” A Look Inside For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection. Andrews & McMeel Inc., 1989: 15-62.

WRITER & ILLUSTRATOR:

BOOK TEXT & GRAPHIC ANTHOLOGY:

Content:

Story:

“Saturday In West Vancouver.” Canadian Children’s Annual, 1981. Potlatch Publications,1980: 27-28.

SOURCE:

Book:

For Better Or For Worse: The Comic Art Of Lynn Johnston. Ed., Paula Sarson. Car., Lynn Johnston. Writ., Lynn Johnston, Katherine Hadway & Amber Landgraff. Goose Lane Editions/Art Gallery of Sudbury. 2015.

Article book:

“A Look Inside For Better or For Worse.” Writ., Lynn Johnston. A Look Inside For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection. 1989: 15-62.

“Lives Behind The Lines.” The Lives Behind The Lines: 20 Years of For Better or For Worse. . Writ.,Lynn Johnston. 1999.

Suddenly Silver: Celebrating 25 Years of For Better or For Worse. Car., Lynn Johnston. 2004.

  • “The Early Years.” Writ., Lynn Johnston: 3-6
  • “A Note From Lynn’s Husband Rodnston.”: 44.
  • “The Middle Years. Writ., Lynn Johnston: 87-91.
  • “Growing Up With Ma – a Note from Lynn & Rod’s Daughter Kate Johnston.”: 119.
  • “A Note From Lynn’s Brother-in-law, Ralph Johnston.”: 165.
  • “A Note From Lynn’s Sister-in-law, Beth Cruikshank.”: 180.
  • “The Later Years.” Writ., Lynn Johnston: 188-191.
  • “A Window into Two Worlds – a Note from Lynn & Rod’s Son, Aaron Johnston: 246.

Article periodical:

“For Better Or For Worse By Lynn Johnston.” Interviewer, Jim Mlandenovic. Canadian Cartoonist, v. 1, April 1989:2-6.

“For Better Or For Worse.” Writ., Allyson Gulliver. Illus., Jessica Lindsay. Kayak, 44, Sept. 2013: 20-23. This is both a short biography and an imaginative piece based on facts about how Johnston might have got started.

Article newspaper:

“Canadian beats odds with strip on modern housewife.” Writ., unknown. Sunday Star [Toronto], 2 May 1982: F16.

Correspondence:

Email 20 Sept. 2017, from Robert F. Neilson.

Web:

The Canadian Encyclopedia, Online

GALLERY:

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C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\J\JOHNSTON Lynn, Take My Family, Please, 1980, fc.jpg               Take My Family Please. 1980: Front cover.

C:\Users\Robert\Documents\CARTOONING ILLUSTRATION ANIMATION\IMAGE BY CARTOONIST\J\JOHNSTON Lynn, There's a Worm in My Apple, 1985, fc.jpg                There’s a Worm in My Apple, 1985: Front cover.