dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote in binky_betsy,

The Newsletter for February 2012

The newest newsletter is ready for your perusal. The interesting thing is that Winstuff Racist Caricature has been replaced by Winstuff Associate of Lord Humongous.

FBorFW Studio News
For the Month of February 2012

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It's February
We're starting to anticipate the ending of a long, snowy winter.

A travel note from Lynn:
On January 10th, I set off for Vancouver with my daughter Katie, son-in-law Lane and baby Laura (now almost 3 months old). It was her first long distance trek and she was amazingly good for someone so small. She didn't cry on the plane, she let us carry her from relatives to friends to relatives, where she was passed about, cuddled, fed and played with - and even though she's far from walking, she took it all in stride!

We stayed at Lonsdale Quay - a rather quaint, hard-to-find hotel at the foot of Lonsdale in North Vancouver. This place sits astride the old ferry docks where I used to wait for my dad to ride home from his job in the city, and even though the area has changed tremendously, it's still "home" to me! The hotel is 3 floors above a large farmer's market where foods and crafts from around the world are readily available. The Sea Bus arrives every 15 minutes or so just behind the market, so it's a great spot to park for a few days and explore the area. Lonsdale, the main road that goes from the harbour straight up the mountain, is part of my past. This long hill was where I rode my bike, walked to Brownies and rolled marbles through the gutters when it rained. Our old house on 5th Street East is long gone, but some of the other familiar structures remain. The wartime house I grew up in was bought for $7,000.00 in 1950, sold for $53,000.00 in 1969 and the low-rise condo which stands there now would be worth over a million dollars - just for the view alone!

My son, Aaron, lives an easy walk from the Quay and we saw a lot of each other during our week there. He joined us in our rented car - squeezing into the back with me, so he could spend more time with baby Laura. It was wonderful see my son overtly enjoying his unclehood! It took no time at all for him to get used to handling a baby and talking to someone so small. He said several times "What will you be? Where will you go? What do you think of this world so far?" It made me think, too, about how innocent she is and wonder what lies ahead.

We left for Toronto just before bad weather hit the west coast and had to wait out another winter storm which cancelled our flight to North Bay. Such is travel in Canada and, like the baby, we took it in stride. Even though I still think of North Vancouver as home, it's always good to come back to Ontario. If home is where your heart is...my heart (if not my being) can be in two places at once!

Happy January!

Have you explored Pinterest yet? Pinterest is an online pinboard where you can organize and share things you love. See what people are sharing from our site! We've also added a Pin It! button on the Strip Fix homepage so you can share today's strip.

We are working on the new Treasury #3...the title is "Making Ends Meet". More information and a glimpse of the cover art will follow over the next little while.

By popular request, we've returned the archive of Character Letters to our site. The Pattersons wrote monthly letters to our readers from April of 2004 until September 2007. We've just put them back online in a new easy-to-browse format. Check 'em out!

We have a feature on FBorFW.com called Coffee Talk where you can comment on the day's strip or whatever's on your mind with regard to FBorFW. We're now giving regular readers the opportunity to submit a short profile (see the left-hand side of the page for details) so all our contributors can get to know each other a bit better. To be included, send a note to design@fborfw.com with as much information as you care to share, and a picture if you like.

Guests to our website may have noticed the Meebo bar now at the bottom of each page; this is a cool new thing we're testing out in partnership with Lynn's syndicate, Universal Uclick. The bar is designed to give you an easy way to share items on the FBorFW site and to interact with us and with your friends. Here are a few things you can do with the bar:

Share or Like a page from our site on Facebook

Tweet a page in our site

See our latest podcasts on our YouTube channel

Check out our Featured Content button to see what's new and interesting on our site

See what's happening on our Facebook page without leaving the FBorFW site

Recommend our site on StumbleUpon

Take a look at our Notifications and News for announcements

Chat with your friends using Facebook Chat, AIM, Windows Live or Google Talk without leaving our site

Let us know how you feel about this addition! Email design@fborfw.com or try the "Chat with FBorFW Crew" button if you catch us online during the day.

We still have 2012 wall calendars in stock! They're now reduced to $4.50 each. Get yours while they last. Make sure to watch the slideshow on the front page of the store for coupon codes or any discounts we're currently offering! We change our specials on a monthly basis too!

New on our website: Mad for Math. Try our rapid-fire math flash cards to test your skills; various levels of difficulty are available so this game is good for the whole family - and it's a great tool for keeping your brain limber!

We've recently created a mobile version of our site. Smartphone users can now choose to view the homepage, daily strip, 14 days' worth of older strips, a random strip, and our strip catalog's browse-by-date feature, all formatted for smaller screens. We hope you enjoy this new tool!

Our Valentines Day greets are online! Send some love to your loved ones here. You can also read 30 years' worth of Valentines strips in the strip catalog.

Don't forget to enter our annual Love Struck contest! You could win a set of 4 signed Valentine's Day prints. Contest closes on February 17th

Have you joined us on Facebook yet? We have a trivia contest once a week - "like" our page for a chance to win.

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. 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.

This month's challenge - tell us which of our games you like the best and why. Thanks! We'll choose someone at random to receive a prize pack.

Use coupon code LOVE for 7% off ordersthis month! This coupon is good until the 29th!

2012 Wall Calendars are here! In The Beginning, There Was Chaos

Something Old, Something New

Kids' Book and Plush Toy Deal

Mukadayikonayayg - Black coats

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