January 2nd, 2009

Cynical Candiru

Saturday, 3 January 2009

It seems to me that the next strip will have Mike and Lawrence wistfully wish that the holidays lasted longer and Elly, who regards picking up toys as a horrid burden equivalent to not knowing things that aren't her business, thought-bubbling that they last too long, thank you very much. It's as bad as watching her kids put things away the "wrong" way and having to do it herself.

Damn. Wrong again. We gotta watch RetConnie be in love with being in love.

Panel 1: As Little WhoevertheHellthatis gets ready to dock with her, AnneAchronism asks RevElly what happened between RetConnie and RePhil. RevElly isn't sure.

Panel 2: As she kneels down to make sure that NeoLizic clings to her like a frakking barnacle, RevElly moans that they won't say squat about what happened on their date New Year's Eve. Her fellow annoying gossip says "Bummer" because she too hates the idea that people have a right to privacy.

Panel 3: RevElly hopes that maybe it didn't go so smoothly so she can drop the I told you so bomb on her.

Panel 4: Maybe she'll realize that RePhil ain't the guy for her so she can harangue him about getting her hopes up and that he has to live life on her terms.

Panel 5: RevElly's hopes that RetConnie would whine about how awful men are and be told it's her own damned fault have been dashed for now; that's because she has to foreshadow the same stupid behavior Liz will adopt when she said "If this is love, I'm loving it."

Summary: This is a disaster in the making; RetConnie ends up alone and RePhil demonized because he dares to not live life in the approved-by-huffy-bitch-big-sister manner.

FBoFW Newsletter, January

For Better or For Worse Newsletter
January 2009

=================== Greetings from the Team: ===================

Happy New Year, everyone! We hope 2009 brings you joy and prosperity. With the arrival of the new year, it's now ice-fishing season and the huts are starting to appear on the lakes in our area. If we catch a big one, we'll share the photos with you!

=================== Studio Happenings: ===================

The studio will re-open on the 5th of January, at which point we'll attend to any of your emails and outstanding customer service requests. Thanks for your patience!

We've just posted our newest game, entitled Winter Wonderland: http://www.fborfw.com/fun/winter/ Hope you like it!

The plush Farley doll that we're anticipating ran into a minor production bug last month - to make a long story both cryptic and short, "we blew the nose"! We were having trouble getting the shiny material for Farley's nose, but the dolls are now in production and we'll have him in stock soon. Here's what he looks like:

It's with pleasure that we report a change in our plans - 2009's wall calendar will not be the final one after all. Wyman Publishing, the maker of our popular calendars, has done a beautiful job of creating a 2010 calendar that we can be proud of, so we will be continuing the line. You can still order your 2009 calendars here: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/ Keep an eye out for another calendar next year!

We have two new books coming out this spring: Farley Follows his Nose, Lynn's first children's book (co-written with Beth cruikshank), followed by the latest FBorFW collection book [Lynn, what's the official title and when is it due to be released? ]

There have been a few questions from you folks about the availability of Lynn's older collection books in our online shop: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=21_27. Some of the books aren't currently available because Lynn's publisher is making a move toward on-demand printing, which means some rejigging of the way that we order and receive books from our distributor. Some of Lynn's books are on back-order until this restructuring process is complete, but we will soon be able to re-stock our shelves and make all of Lynn's FBorFW books available to you. Thanks for your patience and your interest in Lynn's work!

================== December's Giveaway: ===================

This past month we gave 5 lucky winners a limited-edition FBorFW print (from a print run of only 2000). Here are the answers to last month's trivia questions:

1. Name all of the people in the collage labelled "Who's Who" on this page: http://www.fborfw.com/features/hybridwho/
Phil Richards, Lawrence Poirier, Marian Richards, Ted McCauley and Jim Richards.

2. What did Jean Baker's father do for a living?
He was a veterinarian at a circus.

3. What's at the center of the Mtigwaki logo?
A beaver.

4. What year was it when Lynn discovered that she was pregnant with Aaron?

5. In which province did John grow up?

================== January's Giveaway: ===================

Just correctly answer the questions below and we'll enter you in the draw - the prize is a limited-edition FBorFW print (from a print run of only 2000), and we'll select 5 lucky winners at the end of the month. Send your answers to fborfw@aloeroot.com with the subject line January Trivia Contest. We regret that this contest is not open to residents of Quebec for legal reasons which we don't really comprehend.

And now, the questions...You can find all the trivia answers on our website.

1. With whom does Ted McCauley live?

2. What is the last word in the strip from Tuesday February 12, 2008?

3. Who's on the cover of our Bestest Present DVD?

4. Name one of Elly's hobbies.

=================== Special Newsletter Exclusives: ===================

1. A little trivia: Did you know that there's a Facebook group (unofficial) for FBorFW fans? If you're a Facebook.com user, you can check it out and sign up here - http://www.facebook.com/home.php#/group.php?gid=2239336890

2. Studio photo of the month: http://www.fborfw.com/newsletter/studiopic/party2008.jpg - this is the studio crew at our annual office Christmas party. Left to right: Janet (who keeps the studio spotless and helps out with everything we ask her to do), our Accounts Executive Liuba, Graphic Designer extraordinaire Kevin, Steph the web monkey, Lynn in her excellent red dress (doesn't she look great?) and marvellous contractor Paul Gauthier.

=================== A Quick Tour of our Site: ===================

Our website can, as always, be found at http://www.fborfw.com.

You can read the strip online at http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix

We post our major news items here: http://www.fborfw.com/news

Our store is here, where we offer signed copies of all Lynn's books: http://store.fborfw.com

To check out our Coffee Talk feature, click this link: http://www.fborfw.com/fun/blog

Our site contains five and a half years' worth of strips, plus lots of additional content like our popular e-greets, games and behind-the-scenes info on Lynn and the strip. Please feel free to explore the site, play the games, read the features and send your feedback to stephanie@entercomcanada.com.

=================== Shoppers' Section: ===================

Get your copy of The Bestest Present here: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=122

2009 Wall Calendars are now available!
Visit our store at http://store.fborfw.com to see the new wall calendars for 2009. Get these while they last!

We have our Day to Day calendars in stock as well! Featuring 365 days of FBorFW comic strips, this 2009 Day-To-Day calendar is an excellent desktop companion! This year finds April dealing with the trials of adolescence, Elizabeth enjoying life and teaching up north, while Michael and Deanna encounter unreasonable neighbors. http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=49&products_id=121

Home Sweat Home!
Get your autographed copy of our latest collection book here: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=33&products_id=119

Thanks for reading! We'll be back next month with more news and updates.
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