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'For Better or for Worse,' the Mobius strip

August 28, 2008 |  5:56 pm

For_better_or_for_worse Last fall she said she would weave old plot with new. Earlier this month her thinking had shifted, with a story in Calendar reporting that come Sept. 1, the comic strip "For Better or for Worse" would begin at the beginning, retelling the story that its creator, Lynn Johnston, started 29 years ago. While the story will be the same, some of the comics will be redrawn. Johnston says eventually the comic strip will be a 50-50 mix of old and new drawings.

(A story in today's Calendar reprinted from the Washington Post muses on the popularity, and anti-popularity, of the strip whose characters -- referred to as "the most boring people in Canada" -- aged in real time.)

The features editor who oversees the comic strips, Sherry Stern, says readers will have a say on the future of FBOFW in the Times. "For the next five weeks, The Times will run 'For Better or for Worse' daily and Sunday, so people can see it for themselves. After that we’ll let readers sample three new  comics. When we last sampled comics (during 'Doonesbury’s' vacation), we heard from hundreds of comics fans. We again welcome comments.

"Once all four comics have run and readers have had a chance to share their thoughts, we’ll make a selection," Stern said.

Comments are welcome at comics (at) latimes.com or by leaving a message at the readers' representative line, at 877-554-4000.

Update: Several readers' recent comments about this topic have been attached to earlier postings on this journal about comics, one in March and the other in June.

Panel from "For Better or for Worse" by Lynn Johnston, Universal Press Syndicate

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