Lynn Johnston has clarified information published in a Ventura County Star story that reported her For Better or For Worse feature was ending the hybrid model and going into reruns. In an interview with Dave Astor of E&P, she says she will wrap up the current story-lines by September of 2008, freeze the characters age and then “the 1979-launched comic will focus on the younger versions of the characters.”
This second hybrid attempt will consist of rerun material but she’ll “change various elements of the comics, create new story lines, etc. — but do all that in the drawing style she used to have.”
“I’ve become more of an illustrator,” said the Canadian cartoonist. “My old drawing style is a lot less complicated, but it’s more lively and free and joyful.”
Discussing her desire to tweak some content, Johnston recalled Charles M. Schulz remarking that he would have “liked to get a chance to fix things” in some of his past “Peanuts” comics. “This gives me that opportunity in ‘For Better or For Worse,'” she said.
So to clarify, the original “hybrid” model was confusing for a lot of readers because of the two drawing styles. I have emails from people asking if some inferior hack had taken over the strip. This new hybrid model appears to be much like the first except, Lynn now has to draw everything in her earlier drawing style.
As for the transition into this hybrid model, she explains that she’ll introduce the change to her readers using the comic itself, and she says that she’ll continue to do the strip as long as health allows.