According to Vertura County Star, Lynn Johnston will be ending the hybrid experiment and re-run her feature, For Better or For Worse, when the current story-lines are complete. Universal Press will continue to sell the repeats.
Johnston hasn’t set a specific end date but did start a slow phaseout of the comic in September with a “hybrid” version, alternating new strips with reprints of old ones. The “reruns,” which have a much different look from the current strips because Johnston’s artistic style has evolved, are presented in the guise of Michael Patterson talking to his daughter about his parents when they, like him, were starting a family.
Speaking via phone from her studio in Corbeil, a town in Ontario, Canada, Johnston, 60, said that after tying up loose ends, she plans to stop writing material about the modern-day characters, although she will make a few mainly cosmetic changes to the classic versions. “I’ll fix up some of the old illustrations that I want to improve, and flesh out some story lines,” she said.
The Ventura County Star reports that when the current story-lines are over, they will be dropping the feature entirely.
But Joe Howry, The Star’s editor, said he decided to discontinue the comic after the Patterson saga wraps because he believes that “rehashing old strips” is “unfair to our readers. It is a way to just keep the strip going but not having to do anything new or original.”
The article ends stating that Lynn would be open to letting For Better or For Worse continue if the right person came along.
She’s open to letting another artist write and draw the strip, continuing the cycle with Michael and Deanna’s story, but “only if it were the right person. It really has to come from the heart.”