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Long before Bridget Jones was counting calories or Carrie Bradshaw was spending her rent money on Manolos, Cathy was twitching and sweating over the same bad habits.(CNN) -- For 34 years, she has obsessed about food, relationships, work, and her mother -- but now Cathy the comic-strip character is about to say goodbye. Today, on the news, they announced that Cathy Guisewite has decided to retire the Comic Strip on October 3, 2010. I'm not Cathy Guisewite, nor am I the comic strip character.Julie Klausner suggests “Hoarding experts arrive too late to find Cathy flattened under a heap of diet aids, cats and dating books”; Ed Pierce proposes “Irving wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette”; Paul Southworth has the gruesome idea that “In a fit of self-loathing, Cathy performs at-home liposuction with a carving knife and a dustbuster; dies of sepsis.” Fair or not, scorn for poor old Cathy is nothing new.On “30 Rock,” Liz Lemon’s obsession with junk food and aversion to exercise have invited frequent comparisons to “Cathy.” Andy Samberg has also lampooned the character—and her catchphrase “Ack!"After almost 34 years of meeting newspaper deadlines," Guisewite said in a statement, "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 ...
“Cathy,” which began in 1976, deserves credit for being well ahead of the chick-lit curve.
Guisewite grew up in Midland, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B. Guisewite is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society in 1992.
On Wednesday, the cartoonist Cathy Guisewite announced that, after thirty-four years her comic strip, “Cathy,” would come to an end on October 3rd.
The strip gently pokes fun at the lives and foibles of modern women.
Cathy's characteristics and issues both made fun of and sometimes fed into negative stereotypes about women.