After more than three decades in newspapers around the nation, the comic strip “Cathy” made its last appearance on the pages of The Times-Tribune and in the nearly 1,400 other newspapers which have carried it.
The strip’s creator, Cathy Guisewite, told her clients she came to the difficult decision to end the popular strip to devote more time to family and to pursue other, unnamed, creative endeavors.
“Cathy” began as Ms. Guisewite’s drawings depicting traumas in her life as a single, young career woman, that she sent to her mother, who in turn urged her to give comic strip work a try. It was quickly accepted by Universal Press Syndicate which brought out the strip in the fall of 1976.
It was at least partially autobiographical, named after its creator and looked at life from her career-woman perspective through the prism of guilt – about food, Mom, relationships and work.
In the ensuing years, Ms. Guisewite achieved several distinctions including an invitation to the White House to help with the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment, appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson,” an Emmy Award for animation, and several honorary degrees. She also received the Cartoonist of the Year Award in 1992 from the National Cartoonists Society. During her career, she wrote and drew more than 10,000 strips and sold hundreds of thousands of books.
“Cathy” will be replaced daily and Sunday by Richard Thompson’s “Cul de Sac” beginning Monday, Oct. 4. The light-hearted strip focuses on Alice Otterloop, a preschooler who lives on a suburban cul-de-sac, and her family and friends.