The internet gave a collective ACK! in August when it was announced that the 34-year-strong comic strip “Cathy” would be ending its one-note run. Far from a cultural touchstone and even further from a feminist hero, upon the announcement the New York Times called the Cathy character — based loosely on creator Cathy Guisewite — “slightly overweight, somewhat insecure and perpetually single.” The end of the series, then, seen above, is in some ways a total shocker! Then again, come on.
From the Times summer obit:
Ms. Guisewite, 59, said the autobiographical strip has been “the most astonishing form of therapy,” but her “creative biological clock” was ticking and she wanted to try something else — although she is not sure what.
There was also this announcement: “The final strip is scheduled for Oct. 3, after the end of the swimsuit season.” Which is representative of both the eye-roll-inducing, lazy humor of “Cathy,” built almost entirely around gaining weight and problems with Mom, and the contagious laziness of jokes in response. There is this though:
On the other hand, one overly earnest commenter on the official site had this message for the artist: “Congratulations, Cathy! Thank you to the real Cathy for sharing ‘Cathy’ and her life with us all!” As for us, next weekend we’re stuck with “The Family Circus.”