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How Did the Comic Strip Cathy End?

Comic strips have been a beloved part of the American newspaper scene for decades. One of the most popular comic strips was “Cathy,” which was created by Cathy Guisewite and ran from 1976 to 2010.

Over the years, readers grew attached to Cathy and her relatable struggles, but eventually, all good things must come to an end. So how did the comic strip Cathy end? Let’s take a closer look.

The Beginnings of Cathy

Cathy Guisewite began her career as a cartoonist in the early 1970s, drawing greeting cards for a company in Michigan. In 1976, she created the character of Cathy and began sending out submissions to various newspapers. The character of Cathy was a single woman in her late twenties who struggled with weight issues, relationships, and balancing work and family life.

The Success of Cathy

“Cathy” quickly became one of the most popular comic strips in America during its run. Readers related to Cathy’s struggles with weight loss and body image, as well as her anxieties about relationships and career success. The strip won numerous awards over the years, including an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1987.

The End of “Cathy”

After 34 years of publication, Guisewite announced that she would be retiring “Cathy” in October 2010. The final strip was published on October 3rd, featuring a tearful goodbye from Cathy herself. In an interview with NPR about the ending of “Cathy,” Guisewite said that it was time for both her and the character to move on:

“I think there’s something healthy about taking risks at every age, even when you’re so scared that you can barely breathe..I didn’t want to wake up at 80 years old still saying: ‘Ack! I have to do the strip!'”

The Legacy of “Cathy”

While “Cathy” may no longer be in publication, its legacy lives on. The character of Cathy paved the way for other female comic strip characters, such as Lynn Johnston’s “For Better or For Worse” and Alison Bechdel’s “Dykes to Watch Out For.” The strip also resonated with readers in a way that few others have, capturing the anxieties and struggles of modern women.

In conclusion, while it may have been sad for fans to say goodbye to Cathy after 34 years, it was ultimately a decision made by Guisewite to move on from the strip. The legacy of “Cathy” lives on, inspiring future generations of cartoonists and readers alike.