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Will you miss 'Cathy'?

Posted Friday, August 13, 2010, at 2:41 PM

One of the comics strips practically everyone is familiar with is about to disappear.

"Cathy" will end in early October. Its creator, Cathy Guisewite, says she wants more time for her high school senior daughter and elderly parents.

I respect what the real Cathy did with the strip, but can sort of understand some of the criticism it's received in recent years.

Some think it's out of touch with today's women and perpetuates old stereotypes.

I've paid little attention to "Cathy" in recent years.

But when I think of "Cathy" I visualize recurring art of clothes flying through the air in a store as a dowdy-looking salesclerk whose appearance never seemed to change urges her to "Buy!" Or, Cathy and boyfriend/husband Irving side by side on a couch. Or, Cathy and her mother side by side.

The art and storylines seemed to recycle, over and over. Maybe it is time for "Cathy" and Cathy to retire.

Most of us probably wish some comic strip from our past could return.

For me, those would be Berke Breathed's "Bloom County" and "The Far Side" by Gary Larsen.

And I wish some completely new strip would come along and grab the public's attention. Or could we be too occupied with video, animation and interactivity for lines on paper to have that much of an impact anymore?

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I remember Cathy Guisewite as one of Johnny Carson's favorite guests in the last few years of his show -- she was a guest that he obviously liked and enjoyed talking to, like Letterman with Bonnie Hunt or Jon Stewart with Denis Leary.

I miss "The Far Side." I loved "Bloom County," too, but for some reason Berke Breathed's occasional attempts to bring back variants of the strip (the Sunday-only "Outland" and later "Opus") never seemed as funny, on the few occasions I saw them.

I really miss "Calvin and Hobbes," though.

-- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 2:48 PM

How could I leave out that one? Another of my favorites.

-- Posted by David Melson on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 2:50 PM

I vote for Andy Capp.

-- Posted by leeiii on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 3:11 PM

How about Pogo?

-- Posted by David Melson on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 3:45 PM

I agree John, "Calvin & Hobbs" was one of my favorites. I also liked "Peanuts." I could relate to both of them and they carried subtle messages about the world.

-- Posted by amalphia on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 5:21 PM

I was in grad school at the University of Texas when Berke Breathed was the cartoonist for the excellent student newspaper, the Daily Texan. That's when he invented Steve Dallas, the prototypical frat rat. (Austin had an abundance of guys who were just like that.) His several professional strips, after that, got less and less based in any reality with which I was ever familiar. But it was kind of interesting to watch Steve Dallas becoming middle-aged (as Berke himself did, I assume). Back in the day, Steve's friends were other students -- not talking penguins, recently deceased cats, etc.

-- Posted by razyn on Fri, Aug 13, 2010, at 6:12 PM

No, I won't miss Cathy. She lost me a few years back.

-- Posted by bettyhbrown on Sat, Aug 14, 2010, at 11:27 PM

Kind of like Arlo & Janis myself.

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Sun, Aug 15, 2010, at 7:23 AM

I loooove Calvin & Hobbes, but my current favorite is Zits. The guys who write and draw this have my teenagers under surveillance, I swear they do.

-- Posted by MotherMayhem on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 10:02 AM

i deeply miss the Far Side. That rocked..

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Mon, Aug 16, 2010, at 6:58 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.