Lynn Johnston Productions


For Better or For Worse, created by Lynn Johnston, originally ran from 1979-2008, chronicling the lives of the Patterson family, their friends and community. It became one of the most popular and well-known family comic strips in the world!

Not wanting to fully retire, Lynn has continued to draw and paint colourful characters. With the help of her staff, she has created a huge portfolio of designs and patterns under the name LJP (Lynn Johnston Productions, Inc.). The LJP work is charming, light-hearted, and simply joyful. It is non-political, multicultural, multigenerational, inclusive, often gender-neutral, goofy, off-the-wall, silly, sweet, and perfectly suited for licensing in all categories.

While the fan base of the comic strip will be drawn to licensed products featuring the beloved For Better or For Worse characters, the universality and timelessness of Lynn’s art means that all audiences will be attracted to licensed products featuring the LJP style.

(The following patterns, designs and illustrations are made to go on any surface. Each individual character may also be isolated and enlarged or coloured differently.) Please visit this page to download the entire catalogue as a PDF.

Lynn Johnston Productions:

For Better or For Worse:

The signature element of For Better or For Worse is that the characters age in real time. The themes are true to life and often dramatic, yet the humour is clean, clever and appeals to a wide range of audiences. For Better or For Worse is now being rerun in newspapers and online. The stories told are just as pertinent today as they were when they were originally published nearly 30 years ago.

For Better or For Worse appears in over 1600 papers in Canada, the United States, and other countries. It has been translated into eight languages. Lynn has won numerous awards for the comic strip including being a nominated finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in editorial cartooning. The strips have been published in 30+ books and have been adapted to TV in different series where it aired on Disney Channel, HBO and Teletoon.