It has recently come to my attention that there's a damned good real-life reason why Lynn has it in her head that outsiders will come and laugh as they deny the Pattersons their rightful share (100%) of the world: the Syndicate responded to her vague comment about retiring by parachuting in a Karen Matchette. The idea Ms Matchette seems to have had was that once she'd gotten Lynn's art style down pat, she'd take over the strip and do things her own way. The problem is that when Lynn realized this, she was probably beside herself with rage. After all, the strip was her life and to have someone else come in and have the Pattersons do things she felt uncomfortable with was a bad thing in and of itself.
She would thus experience this not as a new voice saying new things in a new way but as an outsider showing up and throwing her weight around while leaving her out in the cold to be forgotten or laughed at. The end result of all of this was that it reconfirmed Lynn's need to die at her drawing-board as well as her fear and hatred of anything outside her narrow comfort zone. Well, that and another phenomenon that dare not speak its name either in Corbeil or in Milborough: the unspoken, not-to-be-acknowledged fear that the critics' real crime is being right. More on that in my next entry.