'Cathy' comic strip to end after 34 years
Aack! After 34 years of bargain shopping, fretting and wisecracking, Cathy is walking into the sunset.
The comic strip "Cathy" will end its run in October, creator Cathy Guisewite said, having been a staple in newspapers since its debut in 1976. At its height, it appeared in 1,400 newspapers. Syndicator Universal Uclick said 700 newspapers, including the Observer, currently carry it. The last daily strip will appear Oct. 2, and the last Sunday strip on Oct. 3.
"The first day that 'Cathy' ran, I spent most of the day hiding in the ladies room of the advertising agency in Detroit where I worked praying that no one would read the newspaper," Guisewite said in a statement. "... (I) could never, ever have comprehended that Cathy would have so many biologically unrelated, deeply connected 'sisters.'"
Guisewite, 59, said she wanted time to care for her daughter, visit her parents more often and address "a creative biological clock, which is urging me to try something else while I can."
She wouldn't let on how the strip might end, quipping, "If I had the sort of brain capable of planning two weeks ahead I never would have been able to create this strip for the last 34 years."