The last panel in the storyline of the Patterson family ran today for the comic strip “For Better or For Worse,” as evidenced by author Lynn Johnston’s ‘sign-off’ note. From here forward, the strip will be reborn somewhat, starting from essentially the beginning in what the author calls “new-runs.” But the storyline as it was has now ended and the characters will be frozen in time.
For years, this strip was a highlight of the comics pages for me and my family. While it started as a running-gag-a-day strip with occasional storylines, it grew into a soap-opera of sorts, with long-playing storylines that included everything from births to deaths, growing older, and even coming out as gay. It’s one of the last truly groundbreaking comic strips still being produced.
But for now, the story has ended. I’m sad, but thankfully there are 29 years of memories to fall back on.