OK, we've got to get the "FBOFW" news out of the way. Thanks to everyone for providing comments and links!
According to Editor & Publisher, Lynn Johnston will not be ending the strip come September (? had we ever heard that month named before?). Nor, I guess, will she be pulling a "Fox Trot"/"Opus" and going Sunday only.
Instead, she's planning a hybrid strip. (No, not like my car.) Some strips will feature new events, but in those strips, the characters will not continue to age. I'm assuming this means that unless Liz weds by then, she won't wed at all? And if she does get married, she won't have kids? And if Grandpa Jim makes it to next fall, maybe he won't pull a Farley and die saving Meredith (or something).
Blended in with the new strips, apparently, will be old ones--sometimes just reprinted, sometimes redrawn or recolorized. Readers may be introduced to those old comics via Michael (oh, why Michael? One of my least favorite characters...) looking at old photo albums. Johnston believes this will allow her to semi-retire, yet not give up the strip.
Longtime FBOFW readers will also get a kick out of Johnston saying that part of the reason she is giving it up is that she knows she can't stay up-to-date with technology--apparently she originally had Michael rushing back into the fire to save his paper manuscript, while someone had to tell her it would be more likely that he would want to save the laptop he had the book saved on.
Which, OK, not the worst idea ever, but it reminds me of the sitcoms where Claire Huxtable or whoever sits down on the couch and rubs her chin and says "When Theo got in trouble, it seems like it was just yesterday..." and someone puts in one of those wobbly fade-outs and whee! We're in a clip show!
The Toronto Star also has an article on the changes. They have some fun quotes (Johnston not a feminist, film at 11! Readers hate Granthony, sky still blue! Jim to stay old, not magically regress to babyhood!).
And they also have a poll, in which 745 poor deluded fools want Liz to end up with Creepthony. But most, it seems, want her with Officer Cheats A Lot, and Warren choppers into second place.