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Cartoonist Is Proud to Provide Papers with 'Literary Junk Food' CANADIAN LYNN JOHNSTON ADDRESSES FEATURE EDITORS IN HER HOME COUNTRY

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Cartoonist Is Proud to Provide Papers with 'Literary Junk Food' CANADIAN LYNN JOHNSTON ADDRESSES FEATURE EDITORS IN HER HOME COUNTRY

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VANCOUVER, British Columbia - "For Better or For Worse" creator Lynn Johnston says cartoons have been called "literary junk food," so she's "proud to be the French fry in the enormous banquet we have in today's newspapers."

Johnston, speaking at the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors (AASFE) convention here, creates a very large fry. United Media syndicates the 20-year-old strip to a "super-sized" list of over 2,000 papers - a clientele trailing only "Peanuts" and "Garfield."

Many readers see Johnston's characters as almost real. "People write me to say, 'I have a crush on Elizabeth, and I want to invite her out,'" reported Johnston, referring to her comic's college-age daughter. To which the speaker commented, "Get a life. It's a cartoon."

Johnston added that John Patterson is the character who most resembles his real-life counterpart, Lynn's husband Rod.

The cartoonist, a Canadian who grew up in the Vancouver area, said she deliberately draws her counterpart (Elly Patterson) uglier than herself. …

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