About Lynn Johnston

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Lynn Johnston

An Ontario, Canada, native, Johnston grew up in a home filled with musical and artistic talent. After attending the Vancouver School of Art, she worked in an animation studio, then at McMaster University as a medical illustrator. After five years, Johnston continued to freelance for the hospital, mostly for the obstetrics department -- the head of which encouraged her to draw cartoons for his patients. Some of these were made into a book. Two more small cartoon books on life with babies and young children followed and in 1978, these three books came to the attention of Universal Press Syndicate (now Andrews McMeel Syndication). For Better or For Worse hit the papers in 1979 and has become one of the most beloved comic strips of all time.