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Lynn Johnston, creator of the comic strip, "For Better or For Worse,” donated and signed a copy of her book, “It’s All Downhill From Here" to the Tiptree Auction. This seems to imply she knows about WisCon and the Tiptree Award. Not a connection I would have expected, for two reasons: I don't recall her referencing SF and her views on certain matters are closer to Heinlein circa 1962 than what I imagine WisCon's consensus to be.

I could totally see her doing the comic book adaptation of Podkayne of Mars. In fact, she could use the cast of FBOFW: Michael as Clark, Elizabeth as Podkayne, April as the decanted freezer babies....

Date: 2017-05-02 05:52 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] elusis
"her views on certain matters are closer to Heinlein circa 1962 than what I imagine WisCon's consensus to be."

Which matters are those, if you don't mind my asking? I read FBoFW for years before giving up a daily newspaper subscription, and I know I remember her dealing sensitively with one of the kids having a gay friend....

Date: 2017-05-02 09:31 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] graydon
Which is particularly odd given Johnson's unfortunate marriages.

Date: 2017-05-03 03:12 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] naomikritzer
That strip was so frustrating.

I really loved it for years. I appreciated the fact that the kids aged in real time, which was unique on my comics page. For most of my childhood and adolescence, it did a good job of presenting a hilarious yet generally very realistic daily strip about a family. And then it went into a deeply frustrating decline.

My theory is that at some point in adolescence, her real-life kids rebelled. She'd been mining their personal dramas for material since they'd been literal toddlers, and I think they dug in their heels and demanded some respect for their lives and privacy, and that deprived her of the really high-quality material she'd been relying on. So instead she just embraced her fantasies, which must have also been incredibly uncomfortable for her children -- imagine Elizabeth's real-life counterpart watching her mother rob the character of all agency and take away her genuinely awesome and interesting career teaching in a far-north village in order to march her through this tortured romance so she could be married off to a childhood sweetheart her Dad had a bromance with.

I didn't mind Michael marrying his childhood sweetheart, but Elizabeth's romance and marriage was just horrifying, and like many many other long-term readers I was rooting for a last minute flight from the altar. (In my personal head canon, they divorced less than a year later and Elizabeth has a fabulous, interesting career in Vancouver or maybe Montreal -- basically anywhere hundreds of miles from her family is cool with me.)

Anyway, my theory on the donation is that Elizabeth's real-world counterpart is an SF fan. Because Lynn has always struck me as the kind of person who, if she does read SF, would call it her Guilty Pleasure.

Date: 2017-05-02 08:00 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] ethelmay
I'm always surprised by revelations like this about FBOFW, because I've never read it in sequence and have just seen individual strips as very ordinary goofy slice-of-life stuff. I always forget it has the whole soap-opera thing going where people have affairs and stuff.

Date: 2017-05-02 09:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] movingfinger
Another hour on the Comics Curmudgeon! Curse you, James.

In fairness, I did find out that Mark Trail got out of the cave, and apparently that wasn't a longrunning endgame to kill everyone in a rockfall, so there's that.

Date: 2017-05-03 09:44 pm (UTC)
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Given recent events, I'd imagine the "Wiscon consensus" to be somewhat comparable to the corporate culture at Fox News.

Date: 2017-05-05 05:24 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] jbwoodford
Could you unpack that a little? I think I'm missing something here.


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