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FBorFW Newsletter, March 2011

The new month brings us a new newsletter to marvel at.


March is here - we're hoping to see some crocuses popping up in the garden soon! It's been a long, snowy winter.

Canadian trivia: our preferred topic for small talk is the weather. Have you noticed?

Our annual Love Struck Contest was a success - thanks to everyone who entered to win a signed copy of our new treasury book! Our winner was LP Malmsten - the contest will be back next year!


Lynn was recently honoured with a Humanitarian Award! North Bay's Family Enrichment Program supports people in the community with various services, such as daycare for young moms who want to finish their education. This year the Program nominated Lynn for their Order of Merit, an award given each year for humanitarian activities. Lynn accepted her award at North Bay's Davedi Club. (See our News Bite for the full story, and scroll down to see a photo of her award).

North Bay has just opened its new Regional Health Center. Lynn was asked if she would contribute some artwork to brighten up a few of the large walls inside. The hospital will also be showcasing a life-sized sculpture of the Patterson family! Take a look at the murals and sculpture here.

Check out our weekly video podcasts! Every week Lynn answers an interview question or discusses a topic, and we post the clips!

Help us interview Lynn! For our next round of podcasts, we want you to be the interviewer! Record a YouTube video of yourself asking Lynn an interview question. Send us the link to your video - we'll collect your questions for our next interview session and Lynn will respond to a selection of them via video podcast, featuring an appearance by you!

Our podcasts are now available through iTunes! If you have iTunes installed on your computer, you can subscribe to our podcasts and receive new ones automatically each time we add one!

We've added new reader art to our website - do you draw? If you create images of the Patterson characters we'll post them here on our site.

Something Old, Something New is now available! Our first FBorFW treasury collection, a huge 408 pages of memories and laughter, features a rich serving of entirely new cartoons and full-colour Sunday strips (most never available before in a collection book). The first FBorFW Treasury offering, the omnibus features storylines from the strip's original three cartoon collections: I've Got the One-More-Washload Blues..., Is This "One of Those Days," Daddy?, and It Must Be Nice to Be Little along with commentary from Lynn. This hardcover book was a real labour of love for Lynn and her studio crew and we can't wait to share it with you! Get your autographed copy today!

Read 30 years of FBorFW strips in our online catalog! We'll be working on improving our search tools so you can track down your favourite strips more easily. In the meantime, enjoy the random strip generator, or browse the books.

Have you joined us on Facebook yet? People who "like" our Facebook page get lots of chances to win signed books, and get first notice of new stuff on our site, including our weekly podcasts. We passed 4,400 fans in Febuary and the ranks are growing every day!

Only for our newsletter subscribers: Get 5% off your orders from the FBorFW store. Use the coupon code MARCH2011 at the checkout to get five percent off any order over $10. This coupon code is good for one use per customer, and the offer expires on March 31st.

We keep getting asked "How do I get FBorFW by email?" Universal Uclick offers two types of accounts on GoComics.com - paid (Genius) and free - and both allow you to get comics by email. Users with free accounts will get ONE comic of their choice by email each day, and then GoComics features a comic below it. If the free user selects 10 comics, GoComics will randomly deliver one of the 10 each day. As a Genius (paid subscriber) the daily email will contain all the comics that you pick. Sign up for your free account here. You can also learn more about the difference between services and upgrade to Genius level if you wish.

New Farley children's book in the works! Fans of Lynn's first kids' book (with Beth Cruikshank), Farley Follows His Nose, will be pleased to 'nose' that Farley and the Lost Bone will be published soon - this beautifully illustrated story follows Farley as he tries to track down his missing bone. Each drawing in the book contains a doodle of a bone, cleverly hidden, for you to find as you read the story!





Something Old, Something New is now available!

Plush Farley! Everyone who's emailed us about Farley has loved him! Get yours today.



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Correctly answer the questions below and we'll enter you in a draw. The prize is a signed copy of our Big 5-0 collection book. We'll select five lucky winners at the end of the month.

1. Describe one of the murals Lynn contributed to the local hospital.
2. When is Elly's birthday?
3. What's the name of the strip when translated into Spanish?


Last Month's Answers:
1. Who wrote the story for Farley Follows His Nose? Beth Cruikshank
2. The subject of our first video podcast? Lynn's hobbies.
3. Two characters whose names start with "W". Weed and Wilf.
Send your answers to fborfw@aloeroot.com.
We regret that this contest is not open to residents of Quebec.




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