As an astute commenter pointed out, "FBOFW" cartoonist Lynn Johnston's real-life husband has left her for someone else.
While that won't be reflected in the new hybrid strip, it apparently has given her more time to work a little more new content into her recycled strips, or so says Editor & Publisher.
While I do feel sorry for Johnston -- it must be tough to end a marriage semi-publicly, and this was her second husband -- I secretly kind of wish she WOULD have worked it into the strip. Can you imagine? John leaving Elly for someone...hmm...the mother of one of the kids' friends? That neighbor she always walks with? DEANNA?
It would certainly make for a more interesting plot than another week of Michael's musings.