‘Cathy’ comic strip to end in October after 34 years

August 14, 2010

448px-Cathy_Guisewite_(1987)(ChattahBox) – Cathy the comic-strip character is about to say goodbye.  The Emmy- and Reuben Award-winning creator Cathy Guisewite (photo right) says she is ending the comic strip in October in order to spend more time with her family and pursue new creative ventures.

“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 … and a creative biological clock, which is urging me to try something else while I can.”

Guisewite, an Ohio native who turns 60 next month, launched “Cathy” in 1976, which gave the lighthearted tribulations of an obsessed single women, from Cathy’s weight and annual bathing suit shopping trip to her many, many failed romantic relationships.   The strip, has run in some 1,400 newspapers, will run for the last time October 3, according to Universal Uclick, the syndicate.

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