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Exhibition Drawn to Purpose

Lynn Johnston (b. 1947). For Better or For Worse. "Well—It's Very Nice of You Two to Come and See Me Today!" April 21, 1985. Ink over graphite underdrawing, with paste-ons. Gift/purchase, 2001. Art Wood Collection of Caricature and Cartoon, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (012.00.00)
LC–DIG–ppmsca–51788 © Lynn Johnston

Female Take on Family Life

Lynn Johnston carefully sequences interaction between her main character's children and an elderly neighbor in this well-realized strip that references such themes as the constant challenge of motherhood, neighborliness, loneliness, and compassion toward the old. The scope of her themes and her engaging characters who age in real time are key aspects that won her comic a huge, devoted readership. Johnston's strip projects a mature female point of view, that of mother and wife.

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