For LUANN’s 10th anniversary in 1995, Greg wanted to do something really special. He always liked the idea of involving readers in the strip so he decided on a fashion show where reader-designed clothes would be modeled by the LUANN characters. In a rare break-the-4th-wall strip, Luann invited readers to mail in (yes, envelope, stamps, etc) their submissions. In the next 2 weeks, Greg received 15,000 drawings from 300 people.
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We got beautiful renderings with notes on fabrics and prices, designs from school art classes, a gown (?) by a 4 year old and a cool skateboarder from a 75 year old. We got three submissions from prisoners, a few photos of actual clothing, some cut-out doll clothes and one full set of patterns complete with sewing instructions. We also got the funny and bizarre.
The finished storyline was a lot of fun to work on! Below are some never-before-published samples of the range of artwork we received from our talented and creative fans.