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Flying Solo F.A.Q.

 

Why did you create Flying Solo?

 

I wanted single people and single parents to have a way of recognizing each other, so they would know they’re not alone. I wanted it to be a “handshake of recognition” for them.

 

 

Did you start out writing cartoons?

 

No, Flying Solo began as a logo of a fighter plane, carrying a mother and child, flying through the air. It was printed on merchandise, like t-shirts and coffee mugs, and sold in stores around Ottawa. The cartoons came afterwards, and actually ran in the Ottawa Citizen for three years.

 

 

What are the cartoons about?

 

The cartoons provide a glimpse into the life of the born-again single, whether you are a single parent, divorced, or widowed, and tries to convey the lighter side of what could be an unhappy situation. You’ll see cartoons about dating, child rearing, and relationships with the “ex”.

 

 

What makes Flying Solo different?

 

A strong emphasis has been put on highlighting both the man and the woman’s experience in singledom. I wanted both sexes to have fair representation, instead of focusing on one or the other.

 

 

Did you maintain a friendly relationship with your ex-husband after your divorce?

 

I continued to see my ex-husband every evening, and, for the last 22 years, have spent holidays and birthdays with him and our children. It’s really important not to punish your children, and by seeing both sides of the divorce situation you’re able to be empathetic towards your ex, which keeps things friendly.