=================== Greetings from the Team: ===================
Hello folks! It's December, or Little Spirit moon to the Ojibwe. We hope you all enjoy your holidays. In the spirit of inclusiveness, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Happy Solstice, Merry Yule, and Happy Kwanzaa. Here's a very interesting list of Winter Festivals as celebrated around the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_winter_festivals
=================== Studio Happenings: ==================
New on the site: by popular request, we've put up our Christmas and winter games. Normally the "winter" games wait until there's snow on the ground, but we've had an unusually warm November and we see no point in keeping you waiting.
Christmas and Holiday Egreets: http://www.fborfw.com/fun/egreets3/index.php?page=christmas
Holiday Bake-Off: http://www.fborfw.com/fun/bakeoff/
Snowman Showdown (back early by popular request): http://www.fborfw.com/fun/showdown/
Winter Wonderland: http://www.fborfw.com/fun/winter/
Christmas studio closure: Lynn's crew is taking two weeks off at the end of December. The studio will be closing on the evening of December 18th and the gang will be back on January 4th. If you're expecting an answer to a customer service question, we'll get back to you as soon as we can! Thanks.
Check out our new, searchable catalog of FBorFW strips!
We often get requests from people who want to see a special strip one more time, or people who are looking for strips with a particular theme or punch line. Now you can search through more than 10,000 of Lynn's strips, from the earliest ones in 1979 to the most recent.
We've been working on this archive for some time now, and we're quite excited about what that means - we can easily show you all the Remembrance Day strips, for example, like we did last month: http://www.fborfw.com/features/rcaf/strips.php - and we have lots of new website features in mind now that we can access this tool. In the meantime, you browse as much as you like.
As always, when we add a new feature to the site, we're hoping for your feedback and expect that you'll find the odd bug. Let us know what you think - drop Steph a line at firstname.lastname@example.org with your comments.
From Lynn, regarding the desktop FBorFW calendars: we've had quite a few requests for the day-to-day or desk calendars.Unfortunately these have been discontinued. I guess they did not sell as well as expected and the publisher decided to make a change. We do have a 2010 wall calendar, however, thanks to Wyman Publishing. They designed and produced it as one of their 10th anniversary calendars and we're so pleased to have it in stock. This is a limited run, however, so we don't have as many as we usually have in. Again, the cost of production is a serious factor these days. I hope 2010 is a great year for you and your family.
We have 2010's wall calendars in stock - for now! Get your calendar while you can: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=49&products_id=126
*** We've been eagerly anticipating the shipment of FBorFW animated specials on DVD. This collection of six shows, produced by Lacewood Productions, is now in stock! You can order your copy here: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23
The specials on the new DVD include:
1. The Last Camping Trip
2. A Christmas Angel
3. The Good for Nothing
4. A Valentine From the Heart
5. The Babe Magnet
6. A Storm in April
We've also got copies of Lynn's beloved holiday special, The Bestest Present! http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=23&products_id=122
This past month we got a message from a musician named Yo Vanderkley, who sent us a note to tell us about a song she composed - inspired by something Lynn said in a TV interview on CBC's The Hour (http://www.cbc.ca/thehour/videos.html?id=733372667) a while ago. We listened and we liked it! Visit Yo's website to hear the song "Feels Like a Kiss" (http://musicbyyo.com/MBY/Welcome.html). (Requires QuickTime player) .
We just introduced a Bargain Bin category into our online store - every so often, in the vast cavernous expanse of the FBorFW warehouse (just kidding; it's actually not that cavernous at all), we find a handful of items left over from years past: mugs, pocket-sized editions of FBorFW collection books, t-shirts and other odds and ends. Right now we have some five-cent VHS copies of Lynn's animated specials, and some small t-shirts priced at twenty-five cents. Check out the Bargain Bin while you're browsing: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=52
October was Fundraise for Farley month at the Farley Foundation - the Foundation just reported that they've raised more than $130,000 and counting through their various events, and with the help of vet clinics all over Ontario. You can find out more (and see photos) on the Foundation's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Farley-Foundation/126971871445.
Pre-Order your Stuffed Farley toy today! http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=51&products_id=128 We're expecting our full shipment of Farleys at the end of this month! We've been told to expect an additional two-day delay due to Canadian customs paperwork, but we plan to begin shipping him out as soon as we return from our Christmas holidays. We're really thrilled about how they turned out - we learned a LOT about the manufacture of stuffed toys, and we held out until we got the high-quality huggable plush we wanted. He's soft, cuddly, fluffy and very well made.
Join our official Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Near-North-Bay-Ontario/Syndicated-Comic-Strip-For-Better-or-For-Worse/91672947902. We're up to more than 1700 fans - come join a big group of likeminded people and discuss the strip!
================== December'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 email@example.com with the subject line December Trivia Contest. We regret that this contest is not open to residents of Quebec for legal reasons which we don't really comprehend.
1. Name two of the six animated specials collected on our new DVD
2. What's Gord's last name?
3. What did Connie buy Phil for Christmas?
4. Who is the co-author of Farley Follows His Nose?
5. What colour is the icing on Elly's cupcakes in our Bake-Off game?
================== November's Giveaway: ===================
Here are the answers to last month's questions.
1. What is the name of Lynn's most recent book? Farley Follows His Nose
2. What's Weed's girlfriend's last name? Stein
3. What kind of business did Deanna start? A sewing school.
4. What's the name of the woman who owned Farley's mother? Mrs. Baird
5. During what year did Mike and Deanna experience a house fire? 2006
=================== Ojibwe Word of the Month: ===================
Bboon is the Ojibwe word for "winter". Hope yours is safe and happy!
=================== Studio Photo of the Month: ===================
Here's a snapshot of Lynn holding one of the Farley dolls. (http://www.fborfw.com/news/images/doll1.jpg)
=================== 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 Lynn's books: http://store.fborfw.com
To check out our Coffee Talk feature, click this link: http://www.fborfw.com/fun/blog
=================== Shoppers' Section: ===================
Pre-Order Farley! http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=51
Animated specials on DVD: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=23
The Bestest Present on DVD: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?
Find our new wall calendars here for a limited time: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=49&products_id=126
Check out the Bargain Bin: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/index.php?cPath=52
Get your signed copy of Just a Simple Wedding here: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=21_27&products_id=123
Farley Follows His Nose is now available here in our shop: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=50&products_id=124
We've got Ned Tanner on sale for $8.99 for a limited time! Get a little Ned here: http://store.fborfw.com/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=29
Thanks for reading! We'll be back next month with more news and updates.
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