Happy birthday to Canadian cartoonist Lynn Johnston, creator of For Better Or For Worse. Ms. Johnston began the strip in 1979 and it has grown to a distribution of over 2000 newspapers.
FBOFB is one of the few syndicated strips to have the characters age in 'real time.' It has also embraced some controversies such as outing one character, the death of the family dog, etc.
The strip and its creator received some public flack when, in 2007, she announced her retirement, only to change her mind and rerun the strip with various changes and inserts embellishing the Patterson family. A comprehensive synopsis of Ms Johnston's strip is posted here. Click here for the official web page of the strip.