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?