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CBC of Lynn Johnston in Whitehorse

Lynn was in Whitehorse doing book signing, 2 workshops and a school visit. CBC managed to do a report on it, which implies that Lynn's visit might have been set up long enough in advance for CBC to send a reporter to one of the workshops. This is the news report which has text and a video.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/north/lynn-johnston-whitehorse-1.3868665

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


If you ever read a newspaper comic strip about a hapless teacher called Melvin Floob, you'll know it started in Whitehorse.

The character was invented by Maddy Mead, one of a few budding Yukon cartoonists who attended a workshop at the Arts Underground on Thursday.


My comment: This is the Arts Underground workshop and not the school visit oddly enough. The video actually spends more time on the kids showing their unusual characters they created than on Lynn's presentation.

Picture: Kids at comics class
Caption: Young artists invented characters and onomatopoeia. For example the word "ssschllorpp" is the sound of a person with wet feet taking off a pair of rubber boots. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

"He's a teacher who's always late and still lives with his mom," she says.

The workshop was led by Lynn Johnston, perhaps Canada's most well-known cartoonist. She created the comic strip For Better or For Worse, which follows the Patterson family. It has been an international success, finding its way into more than 2,000 newspapers (including the Whitehorse Star.)


You know you've made it if you've made the Whitehorse Star.

Picture: Farley the dog Lynn Johnston
Caption: Some rough artwork from Lynn Johnston shows the famous Farley, a beloved character who died in 1995. One of Johnston's innovations is to have characters age and die in real time. (Philippe Morin/CBC)

Johnston says it's always nice to meet young people who are interested in drawing, even if their generation is more used to webcomics than the 'Sunday funnies.'

My comment: And webcomics gets a slam from Lynn, even though it is a very slight one. Notice the implication is that the people who do webcomics are not the same as the people who are interested in drawing. Lynn may not be aware that most of the people who do webcomics actually draw them.

"I am glad to see they're reading and they're doing a lot of hand drawing," she said.

"Fantasy will never go away so and so we all have some thing in common all of us here. We're all members of the same club."


My comment: Lynn's common bond with the kids is fantasy. It's nice she has something in common with them, because those kids aren't going to know anything about Farley, the character who died in 1995, 15 years before most of these kids were born.

Johnston also held a workshop for adults at the Arts Underground in Whitehorse.

My comment: I guess no one told him about the book signing or the school visit.

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