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Strip For 111483
ID: 498
Publication Date: 1983-11-14
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael has his hand up in class but isn't being called upon. He wonders if he happens to be invisible so he flicks his eraser at Brad Luggsworth's head. The teacher scolds him and Michael replies that he was just testing.
Caption: I was just testing...
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Strip For 111583
ID: 499
Publication Date: 1983-11-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Brad Luggsworth is angry at Michael for hitting him with an eraser in class. He threatens Michael who thinks his friends will stick up for him. He's sad and startled to discover they all suddenly have other things they need to be doing. Gordon, Lawrence
Caption: 'Bye Mike. Uh... Yeah... So Long!
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Strip For 111683
ID: 500
Publication Date: 1983-11-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is trying to get out of the school without Brad Luggsworth finding him and giving him a beating. He sneaks around, gets his things from his locker, and tries to go out a door he knows Brad doesn't use... but Brad is waiting for him anyway.
Caption: He never goes out this way. I'll just sneak out this door and... GOTCHA!
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Strip For 111783
ID: 501
Publication Date: 1983-11-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael has been caught by Brad Luggsworth who proceeds to give Michael a severe beating. Gordon, Lawrence, Deanna, and others watch and try to pick him up afterwards. Michael, obviously injured, claims the beating didn't hurt.
Caption: Hah... didn't even hurt!
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Strip For 111883
ID: 502
Publication Date: 1983-11-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: After being badly beaten up by the school bully, Michael walks home with Lawrence. Michael takes his anger out on a leafless bush, stomping it into nothingness. Lawrence agrees that, if Brad had been a bush, Michael would have creamed him for sure.
Caption: If Brad was a bush - you'da creamed him for sure!
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Strip For 111983
ID: 503
Publication Date: 1983-11-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael returns home after being beaten up by Brad. Elly notices he has a black eye and asks if he was fighting. Michael says it was only Brad that was fighting, Michael's face just happened to be in the way. Elly cleans him up and administers first aid.
Caption: - my face was just standing in the way!
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Strip For 112183
ID: 504
Publication Date: 1983-11-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Walking along the street Michael asks Lawrence why Brad is always picking on him. Lawrence wonders if maybe Michael looks like a sucker. Michael is not happy with that response.
Caption: Thanks a lot, FRIEND!
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Strip For 112583
ID: 508
Publication Date: 1983-11-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael tries to approach Brad to enact his mother's plan to be nice to the bully. When Michael asks if Brad wants to be his friend he faints when Brad agrees. Other children are surprised.
Caption: Boy, your locker must be pretty bad, Luggsworth... -Mike's fainted!
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Strip For 050985
ID: 850
Publication Date: 1985-05-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: As they leave Marian's Flower Shop, Michael tells Lawrence that he is glad he bought flowers for Mother's Day. Roses. They meet up with Brad Luggsworth who grabs Michael and asks what's in the bag. Pansies? Michael and Lawrence are afraid.
Caption: Whatcha got in the bag, nerd-head? Pansies?
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Strip For 051085
ID: 851
Publication Date: 1985-05-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Having bought flowers for Mother's Day at Marian's Flower Shop, Michael and Lawrence are harassed by Brad. He tries to grab the packages when Marian hears his name. She comes to the door and tells him his carnations are ready. The other boys laugh.
Caption: The carnations you were to pick up are ready!
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Strip For 051585
ID: 855
Publication Date: 1985-05-15
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Brad Luggsworth bumps into Michael causing him to drop his papers. The bully gives a short, insincere, apology. Michael can't think of one good thing about a guy like that. Lawrence counters that jerks like Brad make guys like themselves look great.
Caption: ... he makes guys like us look great!
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Strip For 051785
ID: 857
Publication Date: 1985-05-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Everyone is excited to hear the results of the school cake raffle draw. It's chocolate fudge! To everyone's surprise, it's Brad Luggsworth who wins. Number 661.
Caption: Congratulations, Brad Luggsworth!
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Strip For 051885
ID: 858
Publication Date: 1985-05-18
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Michael returns home angry about Brad winning the cake raffle at school. Michael complains that Brad is mean and stupid and everyone hates him, so why did he have to get the cake? Elly tells him that sometimes a loser really needs to win.
Caption: Because, Mike... sometimes a loser really needs to win.
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Strip For 111788
ID: 1368
Publication Date: 1988-11-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Vocabulary, dealing with a bully, Michael, Lawrence, Brad Luggsworth
Caption: Maybe It Was Your Tone of Voice
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Strip For 041089
ID: 1439
Publication Date: 1989-04-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Squirting water, Michael, Brian, Brad Luggsworth
Caption: ... Next, We'll Practice Direction!
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Strip For 010497
ID: 7575
Publication Date: 1997-01-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Growing Like a Weed
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: New Year's at Gordon and Tracey's, talking about old friends and the lives they've created for themselves, thanking teachers, Michael, Lawrence, Brian, Brad Luggsworth, Rhetta
Caption: I Think We Should Thank Our Teachers!
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Strip For 032002
ID: 8346
Publication Date: 2002-03-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Lilliput's, robbery, police officer, OPP, Brad Luggsworth, Elly
Caption: But, One Day, I Realized - I Certainly Knew How To Cause Trouble ... Maybe It Would Be Better If I Learned How To Stop It!!
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Strip For 032102
ID: 8347
Publication Date: 2002-03-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Lilliput's, robbery, catching up with police officer Brad Luggsworth, OPP,
Caption: Well, Officer Luggsworth, I Can't Tell You What A Pleasure This Has Been!!
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Strip For 032202
ID: 8349
Publication Date: 2002-03-22
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Lilliput's, robbery, police officer, Brad Luggsworth, comforting the staff, Moira, Elly, Kortney
Caption: Sometimes, I Feel More Like A Parent Than An Employer!
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Strip For 041602
ID: 8369
Publication Date: 2002-04-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Officer Brad Luggsworth, identify the brass engine, fingerprints, proof, Elly, April
Caption: ... We Just Need More Proof
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Strip For 041702
ID: 8370
Publication Date: 2002-04-17
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Reality Check (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: identifying the thieves, OPP, robbery, Moira, Elly, Officer Brad Luggsworth
Caption: Well, When You're In And Out Of Jail As Often As These Guys Are, Why Bother Changing!
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Strip For 111212
ID: 12275
Publication Date: 2012-11-12
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-14
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael has his hand up in class but isn't being called upon. He wonders if he happens to be invisible so he flicks his eraser at Brad Luggsworth's head. The teacher scolds him and Michael replies that he was just testing.
Caption: Paper, desk, chair, eraser, painstar, pain star.
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Lynn's Notes: I always wondered how teachers, with all they have to do and all the students they have to keep track of, still, out of the corner of an eye, manage to catch the trouble makers red handed!

Strip For 111312
ID: 12276
Publication Date: 2012-11-13
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-15
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Brad Luggsworth is angry at Michael for hitting him with an eraser in class. He threatens Michael who thinks his friends will stick up for him. He's sad and startled to discover they all suddenly have other things they need to be doing. Gordon, Lawrence
Caption: 'Bye Mike. Uh... Yeah... So Long!
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Lynn's Notes: There always has to be a villain in the classroom, someone who bullies and "breaks the law" — that's just the way it is. I bet we can all remember the names and faces of the kids who made our own young lives miserable.

Strip For 111412
ID: 12277
Publication Date: 2012-11-14
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-16
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael is trying to get out of the school without Brad Luggsworth finding him and giving him a beating. He sneaks around, gets his things from his locker, and tries to go out a door he knows Brad doesn't use... but Brad is waiting for him anyway.
Caption: He never goes out this way. I'll just sneak out this door and... GOTCHA!
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Lynn's Notes: I had two nemeses in elementary school — I can still picture them. I can remember the fear I had lying awake at night knowing that I would have to face them. I was a bit of a bully in my own right; I could fight tooth and nail if I had to, and I'd win. I wouldn't prey on just any kid, I'd go after the mean ones — the ones I thought deserved a good pummelling!

Strip For 111512
ID: 12278
Publication Date: 2012-11-15
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-17
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael has been caught by Brad Luggsworth who proceeds to give Michael a severe beating. Gordon, Lawrence, Deanna, and others watch and try to pick him up afterwards. Michael, obviously injured, claims the beating didn't hurt.
Caption: Hah... didn't even hurt!
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Lynn's Notes: Brad, for me, embodied a number of kids I knew as a child, who were ready to hit and to hurt for no reason at all.

Strip For 111612
ID: 12279
Publication Date: 2012-11-16
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-18
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: After being badly beaten up by the school bully, Michael walks home with Lawrence. Michael takes his anger out on a leafless bush, stomping it into nothingness. Lawrence agrees that, if Brad had been a bush, Michael would have creamed him for sure.
Caption: If Brad was a bush - you'da creamed him for sure!
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Lynn's Notes: I loved comic books and considered myself a superhero. Not a female superhero with a huge bust, skimpy costume, and impossible sexy powers (these women were Barbies compared to me!) — I was a REAL superhero. If I saw a smaller kid being bullied by a bigger kid, I'd take the guy on — even if it meant getting my dress torn or my face bloodied. I was a fighter, and when the mood struck, the energy I could put into a good punch-up amazed me.

Strip For 111712
ID: 12280
Publication Date: 2012-11-17
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-19
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael returns home after being beaten up by Brad. Elly notices he has a black eye and asks if he was fighting. Michael says it was only Brad that was fighting, Michael's face just happened to be in the way. Elly cleans him up and administers first aid.
Caption: - my face was just standing in the way!
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Lynn's Notes: I remember breaking a girl's finger once, because she wouldn't let go of my hair. The more she twisted my hair, the harder I bent her finger. Afterwards, I sported a bald patch and she wore a cast. Our parents forced us to make up. They couldn't believe the ferocity of our battle. We were both angry kids. It took a long time before either of us realized that we weren't angry with each other — we both were unhappy children who didn't know how to deal with their emotions.

Strip For 111912
ID: 12282
Publication Date: 2012-11-19
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-21
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Walking along the street Michael asks Lawrence why Brad is always picking on him. Lawrence wonders if maybe Michael looks like a sucker. Michael is not happy with that response.
Caption: Thanks a lot, FRIEND!
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Lynn's Notes: There is a lot being said these days about bullies and being bullied. I was picked on pretty viciously at school and I was guilty of bullying, too. We picked on each other because of our looks, our families, our clothes, and our income. We said mean things, wrote mean things, and passed on mean information — which was mostly untrue. Why? I can only guess. The thing is, we all grew up. The kids I went to school with have all lead full lives. With the perspective that only comes with age and experience, we have faced some of the kids we bullied. We can see now who they really are and they too can get to know us. With mature understanding comes respect and I confess, misgiving. As kids, we spoiled so many chances to connect with and enjoy one another. Because we were too young, too naïve, and too selfish to see past our own need for acceptance, we lost the chance to enjoy the friendship of some truly wonderful people!

Strip For 112312
ID: 12286
Publication Date: 2012-11-23
First Published On (if retro): 1983-11-25
Collection Book: Just One More Hug (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael tries to approach Brad to enact his mother's plan to be nice to the bully. When Michael asks if Brad wants to be his friend he faints when Brad agrees. Other children are surprised.
Caption: Boy, your locker must be pretty bad, Luggsworth... -Mike's fainted!
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Lynn's Notes: This positive little episode resulted in many letters — mostly from teachers and social workers who used these panels to illustrate things they had been trying to talk about: bullying, tolerance, and compassion. No parable here was unintended. By talking about ordinary things that happen to ordinary people, I'd often open a floodgate. So many things that should be resolved...aren't. It was surprising to find that my work was being seen as an opening for discussion.

Strip For 050814
ID: 12838
Publication Date: 2014-05-08
First Published On (if retro): 1985-05-09
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: As they leave Marian's Flower Shop, Michael tells Lawrence that he is glad he bought flowers for Mother's Day. Roses. They meet up with Brad Luggsworth who grabs Michael and asks what's in the bag. Pansies? Michael and Lawrence are afraid.
Caption: Whatcha got in the bag, nerd-head? Pansies?
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Lynn's Notes: There had to be a bad guy in the picture, so Brad Luggsworth was introduced. His last name just popped into my head. It suited him. Brad was out to get Michael Patterson and anyone he hung out with. I don’t know why he set Michael in his sights, but that’s the way it was. Brad was a large kid, a slow learner with a chip on his shoulder who threw his weight around. FBorFW had become a “story strip.” New characters provided great material, but they added to a growing “cast” as well.

Strip For 050914
ID: 12839
Publication Date: 2014-05-09
First Published On (if retro): 1985-05-10
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Having bought flowers for Mother's Day at Marian's Flower Shop, Michael and Lawrence are harassed by Brad. He tries to grab the packages when Marian hears his name. She comes to the door and tells him his carnations are ready. The other boys laugh.
Caption: The carnations you were to pick up are ready!
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Lynn's Notes: I don’t know who the Brad Luggsworth character was based on. There were always big kids in school who intimidated just because of their size. In my world, I was the bully. I felt safer if I was the one with the chip on my shoulder and the penchant for a fight. I was always ready to defend myself…or, maybe the word was “protect.”


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