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We Asked Lynn: 3 Interview Questions

http://www.fborfw.com/news/asked-lynn-3-interview-questions/

First of all, I would like to point out I see a ring on Lynn's left hand in this picture and it makes me very suspicious considering some of things Lynn says in response to these questions. The caption for the picture is "Lynn Laughing", but it looks more like she is about to have a seizure.



As usual, I will quote the material and then comment on it after the cut.



As part of our ongoing “We Asked Lynn” series of blog entries, we asked Lynn a few questions — the topics of travel, imagination, and animation are always safe bets, because we know we’ll get interesting responses!


We asked Lynn 3 interview questions
1. What have you learned from all your travels around the world? Is there anyplace you still really want to go, where you haven’t yet visited?


I’ve learned from my travels that people are all the same, no matter where you go. We all want to be safe and happy; to provide for our families; to have meaningful work; to laugh and play music; to belong and to love. We are all the same.


My comment: What a nice sentiment coming from Lynn.

The barrier for me has always been language. When you talk to someone, a relationship happens. Learning Spanish has been life-changing for me. I no longer go to Mexico, Cuba and Peru as a tourist — I can get to know people; really connect with them. In my opinion, our inability to understand each other is what separates us, not our clothing or our colour or our beliefs. It’s easier to think the worst of someone if you can’t understand them!

My comment: Now wait a minute. I remember that Medical Mission to Peru where she had to take Liuba Liamzini with her because she couldn’t understand the language and she needed Liuba’s help. Admittedly Lynn was not a tourist there … for part of the time. However, she seems to think that if you go someplace on a vacation, you are not a tourist if you can speak the language. Sorry, Lynn. If I go to England where they speak English, I am still a tourist. Lynn should remember that in case she decides to go to England some day (see below). As for thinking the worst of people, take a look at any of Lynn’s travelogues where she talks about the natives. Maybe Lynn’s lack of language skill is the reason. The Peru travelogue is no longer on-line, but our coverage of it is and Lynn's text is repeated, just in case someone wants to reread Lynn in all her Peruvian glory.

Dec 6, 2010 ... Lynn does Peru, Day One:
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/819531.html
Dec 7, 2010 ... Lynn does Peru, Day Two.:
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/820117.html
Dec 8, 2010 ... Lynn does Peru, Day Three:
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/820502.html
Dec 9, 2010 ... Lynn Does Peru, Day Four
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/821175.html
Dec 10, 2010 ... Lynn Does Peru, Day Five
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/821506.html
Dec 11, 2010 ... Lynn Does Peru, Day Six.
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/822379.html
Dec 14, 2010 ... Lynn Does Peru, Day Seven.
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/823683.html
Dec 15, 2010 ... Lynn Does Peru, Day Eight.
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/824474.html
Dec 16, 2010 ... Lynn Does Peru, Day Nine.
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/824899.html
Jan 3, 2011 ... Lynn Does Peru, Day Ten
http://binky-betsy.livejournal.com/832052.html

Where do I want to go next? Australia beckons, but first, my partner and I are going to England, to celebrate our 70th birthdays. In October, we’ll be attending a comic art festival in the town of Kendal [the Lakes International Comic Art Festival], before going on to see friends and relatives here and there.

My comment: Shared 70th birthday means her "partner" is almost assuredly Paul Lucas, who graduated from the same high school the same year Lynn did. He has also graduated from “friend” to “partner”. Well, Lynn, congratulations on the new title for Paul. And Paul, if that's your ring on her finger, then good for you too and maybe someday Lynn will let you graduate to fiancé.

The way Lynn has written this, it makes it seem like she and Paul are going to England and then later she will be going to Kendal, England. I suspect this is all one trip and she is really going to test Paul Lucas by bringing him to a comic convention. As for friends and relatives, I seem to remember Lynn had some distant relatives in England related on her mother’s side. That is also going to be tough for Paul Lucas because I can’t imagine Lynn being close to any relative of her mother.

Here is the website for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. The fifth Lakes International Comic Art Festival will run from 13 -15 October 2017 and Sergio Aragonés will be there. That’s probably the only guest there that Lynn will know.

https://www.comicartfestival.com/the-festival/

Lynn is one of the guests and this bizarre picture goes along with her biography. Is that supposed to be Lynn? Here’s the biography:

Lynn Johnston



Lynn is a Canadian cartoonist known for her newspaper comic strip For Better or For Worse. She was the first woman and first Canadian to win the National Cartoonist Society's Reuben Award.

Lynn Johnston was born in Ontario and grew up in British Columbia. She attended the Vancouver School of Art then took a job in an animation studio in Vancouver, where she began to apprentice as an animator. After getting married, Johnston moved to Ontario in 1969, and in 1972 the discovery that she was expecting her first child led to the publication of “David, We’re Pregnant!” which sold over 300,000 copies. Shortly after, she was divorced and worked as a commercial artist, freelancing from home.

In 1975 “Hi Mom! Hi Dad!” was published as a sequel to “David, We’re Pregnant!”. By this time she was remarried and continued to freelance until her daughter Kate was born. “Do They Ever Grow Up?” was the third publication in her first sequence of books about parenting.

In 1978 Universal Press Syndicate asked if Johnston was interested in doing a daily comic strip. She signed a twenty-year contract and the work on For Better or For Worse began. This comic strip has been syndicated since 1979 and, at its peak, appeared in more than 2,000 newspapers in 23 countries.

Johnston was the first woman to receive a Reuben Award for Cartoonist of the Year in 1985, she has been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, has received the Order of Canada and claims a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame.


My comment: This an amazing biography. So many of the facts typically confused are correct:

a. The publication of “David, We’re Pregnant” before she divorced Doug (not after as she often claims).
b. The birth of Kate occurred before Universal Press Syndicate asked Lynn to join the syndicate (not while she was pregnant with Kate causing Lynn to vomit after signing her syndicate contract).
c. More than 2000 newspapers at its peak (and not right now).
d. “Hi Mom! Hi Dad!” was published after Lynn married Rod (and not before).
e. The only lie perpetuated appears to be the 20-year contract lie. Sorry, Lynn, but we know it was only 10 years.

I do like that Kate is mentioned by name, while Aaron is not, which makes me think that this biography was not written by Lynn, but by Kate. This is far too coherent to be a Lynn Johnston-written biography.

2. Do you still spend a lot of time “living in your imagination”?

Yes, I still spend a lot of time in my imagination. I can go anywhere I want to go and it’s free! Not having to write and draw the strip makes my mental forays less focused and less productive, but I still go drifting off into my own thoughts. Really…isn’t this something we all do?

My comment: Yes. Yes it is. The difference between us and Lynn is that we usually don’t do that while we are in the middle of a conversation or while doing public speaking.

3. Have you seen any really good animated films lately? What are some of your favourites?


Yes, I’ve seen some amazing animated films. The new CGI techniques blow me away. The one show that stays in my mind, however is Pixar’s “Inside Out” — directed by Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen. It has a wonderful premise, great story arc, was ingeniously storyboarded and beautifully animated. It’s both entertaining and ingenious, so in order to appreciate the truly important content you should see it twice!

My comment: What an odd description. It makes me feel like Lynn went to the shelf of DVDs for Laura and Ryan and picked up a DVD and copied the movie critic recommendations and the credits for the movie written on the cover.

Overall, I have to give these questions an A+. There is a lot of good information here and Lynn does not come off as a complete whackadoodle. Excellent work.

EDITED to say: I think Paul and Lynn are married. She has a ring on the correct finger. She calls him her partner and for most people that might not mean anything, but Lynn Johnston has a long history of calling the husband "partner" and not "husband" in her Lynn's Notes, even when she is talking about another woman's husband. She has the ring. She's calling him partner. She's on marriage number 3. You go girl!

Congratulations to Lynn and Paul. I wish them all the best. Marriage at age 69 is a tricky business especially considering the average life expectancy of men born in 1947 is 73 years old.

EDITED a second time to say: aprilp_katje inquired and it turns out Paul and Lynn are not married. Phooey! Lynnglish has gotten the better of me once again. The picture is an old one from the time when Lynn was wearing a substitute ring after the divorce because she had gotten used to wearing one.

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What a nice sentiment coming from Lynn.

She might finally be mellowing out now that she keeps expecting to see St Peter every time she opens her eyes.

Now wait a minute. I remember that Medical Mission to Peru where she had to take Liuba Liamzini with her because she couldn’t understand the language and she needed Liuba’s help. Admittedly Lynn was not a tourist there … for part of the time. However, she seems to think that if you go someplace on a vacation, you are not a tourist if you can speak the language. Sorry, Lynn. If I go to England where they speak English, I am still a tourist. Lynn should remember that in case she decides to go to England some day (see below).

God.....I can't wait to see her notes for that trip. Exposure to actual Englishmen moight make her explode.

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<i>What a nice sentiment coming from Lynn. </i>

She might finally be mellowing out now that she keeps expecting to see St Peter every time she opens her eyes.

<i>Now wait a minute. I remember that Medical Mission to Peru where she had to take Liuba Liamzini with her because she couldn’t understand the language and she needed Liuba’s help. Admittedly Lynn was not a tourist there … for part of the time. However, she seems to think that if you go someplace on a vacation, you are not a tourist if you can speak the language. Sorry, Lynn. If I go to England where they speak English, I am still a tourist. Lynn should remember that in case she decides to go to England some day (see below).</i>

God.....I can't wait to see her notes for that trip. Exposure to actual Englishmen moight make her explode.

<i.As for thinking the worst of people, take a look at any of Lynn’s travelogues where she talks about the natives. Maybe Lynn’s lack of language skill is the reason. The Peru travelogue is no longer on-line, but our coverage of it is and Lynn's text is repeated, just in case someone wants to reread Lynn in all her Peruvian glory.</i>

That was some of my best work.

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March 9 2017, 12:11:38 UTC 4 months ago Edited:  March 9 2017, 12:17:33 UTC

Shared 70th birthday means her "partner" is almost assuredly Paul Lucas, who graduated from the same high school the same year Lynn did. He has also graduated from “friend” to “partner”. Well, Lynn, congratulations on the new title for Paul. And Paul, if that's your ring on her finger, then good for you too and maybe someday Lynn will let you graduate to fiancé.

I think he might have. I also think that Lynn is in for yet another rude shock when she finally gets it through her thick skull that her high school sweetheart fetish is so much rubbish.

The way Lynn has written this, it makes it seem like she and Paul are going to England and then later she will be going to Kendal, England. I suspect this is all one trip and she is really going to test Paul Lucas by bringing him to a comic convention. As for friends and relatives, I seem to remember Lynn had some distant relatives in England related on her mother’s side. That is also going to be tough for Paul Lucas because I can’t imagine Lynn being close to any relative of her mother.

Oh, boy. I would so not want to be him when she has to defend her campaign of character assassination.
I think he might have. I also think that Lynn is in for yet another rude shock when she finally gets it through her thick skull that her high school sweetheart fetish is so much rubbish.

There was a period when it seemed like she was chasing every single male cartoonist that was remotely near her age, so she may view him as a superior pick.

Oh, boy. I would so not want to be him when she has to defend her campaign of character assassination.

If he's around her long enough, he will see the not-so-pleasant side of her soon enough. It will be a true test for him.

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March 9 2017, 17:07:06 UTC 4 months ago

If he's around her long enough, he will see the not-so-pleasant side of her soon enough. It will be a true test for him.

I'm not sure why you think that you know the personality of Lynn Johnston better than the man who is apparently already in a relationship with her and apparently first met her more than 50 years ago. This seems to go to the idea of this LiveJournal targeting Lynn as a person rather than just commenting on her work and public statements.

--Joshua K.
This seems to go to the idea of this LiveJournal targeting Lynn as a person rather than just commenting on her work and public statements.

It is her public statements in this case either from things she has written herself or in her interviews. I know nothing about Lynn that has not come from a public statement. You will note that my entire discussion here is based on a public statement. Lynn does not hold back in her public statements and is fearless in saying things which do not reflect well on her.

Examples:

In The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston, Lynn described how she dealt with stress by getting drunk and lying on the ground while screaming. My guess is that would be a not-so-pleasant side of her to see. Has Paul Lucas seen this? If not, I suspect it will be a surprise to him.

We have a whole history of Lynn's Notes and interviews where she takes particular delight in insulting her mother, her father, her ex-husbands, her son and her daughter. To me, that's a not-so-pleasant side. Has Paul Lucas seen Lynn trash her family? If not, I suspect it will be a surprise to him.

There's also her fake illnesses. Lynn claimed to have shaky hands in the 2014 Toronto Comic Art Festival panel. Has Paul Lucas seen Lynn claim to have shaky hands? If not, I suspect it will be a surprise to him.

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God.....I can't wait to see her notes for that trip. Exposure to actual Englishmen moight make her explode.

Yes! There's something to look forward to for October.
Please, dear God, don't let her say that Englishmen all drive on the wrong side of the road.
Considering her tendency to drive her cars into ditches, I don't think she has room to complain about anyone else's driving.
This an amazing biography. So many of the facts typically confused are correct:

a. The publication of “David, We’re Pregnant” before she divorced Doug (not after as she often claims).
b. The birth of Kate occurred before Universal Press Syndicate asked Lynn to join the syndicate (not while she was pregnant with Kate causing Lynn to vomit after signing her syndicate contract).
c. More than 2000 newspapers at its peak (and not right now).
d. “Hi Mom! Hi Dad!” was published after Lynn married Rod (and not before).
e. The only lie perpetuated appears to be the 20-year contract lie. Sorry, Lynn, but we know it was only 10 years.

I do like that Kate is mentioned by name, while Aaron is not, which makes me think that this biography was not written by Lynn, but by Kate. This is far too coherent to be a Lynn Johnston-written biography.


Yep. That fits with the bio that went with the gallery tour. The coherent parts were all Katie.
Sadly this Katie was apparently nowhere around when Lynn was writing The Comic Art of Lynn Johnston.
That's for sure. Most of her time seems to have been spent saying "Yes, Mother.....people who can see the looming inevitability of the Settlepocalypse in a strip that draws its name from the wedding vows are beasts who want to kill your enjoyment of life."
That does seem to be the way that book went at least on the pages discussing us.
As I told the people on Son Of Stuck Funky, it's rather obvious that Lynn went into the whole mess thinking "I am going to FOOL the people reading the strip when Liz and Anthony get married" only to be disappointed and angered when people were able to see the obvious coming miles away.

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The caption for the picture is "Lynn Laughing", but it looks more like she is about to have a seizure.

I would have named it "Lynn Mugging for the Camera."

Now wait a minute. I remember that Medical Mission to Peru where she had to take Liuba Liamzini with her because she couldn’t understand the language and she needed Liuba’s help.

I know! Liuba did the translating, and Lynn did the mime. And since she appears to have dropped "Medical Missions" from her activities, maybe she learned that having a mime on the medical team is not that sought after.

Shared 70th birthday means her "partner" is almost assuredly Paul Lucas, who graduated from the same high school the same year Lynn did. He has also graduated from “friend” to “partner”. Well, Lynn, congratulations on the new title for Paul. And Paul, if that's your ring on her finger, then good for you too and maybe someday Lynn will let you graduate to fiancé.

Yes--he's been promoted to "partner"! I zoomed in on the picture to try to figure out whether she's wearing one ring or two on that finger, but I still couldn't tell for sure. I wonder if she's gone off and gotten married without telling anyone ("anyone" being the public, that is).

Lynn is one of the guests and this bizarre picture goes along with her biography. Is that supposed to be Lynn?

Looks like someone randomly picked out a Sunday strip featuring Mike and cropped it.

I do like that Kate is mentioned by name, while Aaron is not, which makes me think that this biography was not written by Lynn, but by Kate. This is far too coherent to be a Lynn Johnston-written biography.

Yes--when Kate is left to her own devices, she it typically good about keeping dates straight.

It makes me feel like Lynn went to the shelf of DVDs for Laura and Ryan and picked up a DVD and copied the movie critic recommendations and the credits for the movie written on the cover.

Ha, yes! That is probably exactly what happened. When confronted with the question, Lynn probably drew a blank, went to the shelf to remind herself what the name of that movie she liked was, and then while she had the case in her hand, she copied all that stuff she wouldn't know off-hand.

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Does she ever not mug for the camera? I have never seen a genuine photo of her where she wasn't trying to "perform".
The one at the 2016 Reuben Awards where she was sitting in Paul Lucas' lap didn't seem to be mugging too much, possibly because she was worried more about Paul Lucas' "performance" than her own.

She's not mugging in that shot, but her facial expression is strange, and her hands are posed in an odd way. I feel kind of bad for Paul in that picture. He almost looks depressed. "Why is Lynn sitting in my crotch... In public?"
Whatever the reason, one chair over, Jan Eliot looks very amused.

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Generally, it seems that if Lynn is aware of the camera, she will mug for it. Candid shots--it they exist--might be interesting to see.
I would have named it "Lynn Mugging for the Camera."

That title would fit almost every one of Lynn's pictures.

I know! Liuba did the translating, and Lynn did the mime. And since she appears to have dropped "Medical Missions" from her activities, maybe she learned that having a mime on the medical team is not that sought after.

Lynn had one interview where she pointed to her badge listed "Translator" for Medical Missions with pride, so my impression has been that she was doing it to show that she could make such a trip with Rod being there. Once that was accomplished, she may not have had anything else to prove.

Yes--he's been promoted to "partner"! I zoomed in on the picture to try to figure out whether she's wearing one ring or two on that finger, but I still couldn't tell for sure. I wonder if she's gone off and gotten married without telling anyone ("anyone" being the public, that is).

We would have to listen carefully to interviews or presentation because that is the place where Lynn tends to drop that kind of news. She announced Laura's birth at her Schulz Museum talk. She announced Ryan's birth on her gocomics interview with her and Jan Eliot. The last time I saw pictures of Lynn was in her making pom-pom bows video and there is no ring on her last hand at all in that video.

http://www.fborfw.com/news/making-gift-bows-lynns-video-tutorial/

The picture of her before that is from the 2016 FANS (Fund for the Arts on the North Shore) and in that picture there is no ring on her left hand. Aside from that, if the two of them were just dating, it would be ambitious to say they were taking a trip to England together far in advance in October. That implies a certain permanence to the relationship. Paul Lucas may not be the marrying kind, but I will bet that ring means something.

Looks like someone randomly picked out a Sunday strip featuring Mike and cropped it.

I know. Why would that stand for Lynn?

Yes--when Kate is left to her own devices, she it typically good about keeping dates straight.

True. I remember Kate gave me straight answers on Coffee Talk back in the day.

Ha, yes! That is probably exactly what happened. When confronted with the question, Lynn probably drew blank, went to the shelf to remind herself what the name of that movie she liked was, and then while she had the case in her hand, she copied all that stuff she wouldn't know off-hand.

When you consider she told the gocomics person in the International Women's Day interview that she didn't keep up with comics of any sort, it doesn't make sense that she would know a recent animated feature without it coming from the collection of Laura and Ryan.
That title would fit almost every one of Lynn's pictures.

Good point...

Lynn had one interview where she pointed to her badge listed "Translator" for Medical Missions with pride, so my impression has been that she was doing it to show that she could make such a trip with Rod being there. Once that was accomplished, she may not have had anything else to prove.

They should have given her a badge that said "MIME." Funnier and more accurate.

Looks like someone randomly picked out a Sunday strip featuring Mike and cropped it.

I know. Why would that stand for Lynn?


Stealth snark from someone who realized that in the latter-day strips, Mike had become Lynn's stand-in (communing with the muse while neglecting the children)?

I remember Kate gave me straight answers on Coffee Talk back in the day.

I hope that version of Kate is allowed to prevail.

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They should have given her a badge that said "MIME." Funnier and more accurate.

Ha! Yes!

Stealth snark from someone who realized that in the latter-day strips, Mike had become Lynn's stand-in (communing with the muse while neglecting the children)?

That would be very stealthy snark.

I remember Kate gave me straight answers on Coffee Talk back in the day.

I hope that version of Kate is allowed to prevail


Me too. If Lynn is running around with Paul Lucas, then maybe Kate will be writing her biographies from here on out.

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March 13 2017, 02:28:13 UTC 4 months ago

That image of Mike surrounded by skiers is actually from the a March 1998 FBOFW Calendar.
http : // sundaycomicsdebt . blogspot . ca /2012/ 02/ marching- laika- lying. html


An interesting and very odd choice to represent Lynn Johnston. I wonder why Lynn chose to colour Mike's hair that way.

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Is this Daniel? ::waves:: :)

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