- Posted by Johanna on August 11, 2010 at 5:13 pm
- Category: Comic News
The comic strip Cathy by Cathy Guisewite will end on Sunday, October 3 after a 34-year run.
Since its debut in 1976, the strip has been a favorite of two different audiences. Women loved it for its realistic portrayal of their everyday concerns, including diet, shopping, and dating, while cartoonists loved to make fun of its simple style and bemoan its existence as a symbol of how expectations for comic art had changed since the Golden Age. From the press release:
The end of the strip comes as Guisewite finds herself longing to spend more time with family and pursue new creative venues.
“After almost 34 years of meeting newspaper deadlines,” said Guisewite, “I’m facing some personal deadlines whose requirements simply exceed my ability to procrastinate any longer: an 18-year-old daughter who needs a full-time mom to help her through her last year of high school and beyond … beloved parents I want to be able to visit more often … and a creative biological clock, which is urging me to try something else while I can.”
At its peak, Cathy had a client list of 1,400 newspapers; it won a National Cartoonists Society’s Reuben Award in 1992 and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1987. There are more than 30 collections available.
Additional quotes by Guisewite:
I’ve loved creating something that helps women feel they’re not alone.
I’ve loved creating something that men will never completely understand.
I’ve loved celebrating the giant tangle of mothers and daughters.
I’ve been criticized sometimes for reinforcing negative stereotypes of women by writing so much about weight and shopping, but to me these subjects are a rich microcosm of the extra pressures and expectations that women live with every second of the day. Now, with so many powerful, positive role models, they’re also a microcosm of the feelings of isolation women feel when we try to live up to 10 images at once and can’t. In what universe would men one second of life trying to squash themselves into “sexy workout wear”?