“Cathy” Comic Strip to End in Early October

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By: E&P Staff

Cathy Guisewite will end her long-running, widely published “Cathy” comic strip in October, Universal Uclick has announced.

The syndicate said the final daily strip will run Oct. 2, with the final Sunday strip running the next day.

Guisewite looks to spend more time with family and pursue other creative activities.

“After almost 34 years of meeting newspaper deadlines,” said Guisewite, “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.”

Over her three decades, Cathy the character, comic and creator won fans among women of all ages. A beloved shopaholic, the cartoon Cathy struggled humorously with issues ranging from body image to balancing work and a personal life, with their “four basic guilt groups” of food, Mom, relationships and work.

Guisewite “would send her mother drawings describing the latest trauma in her life as a single young career woman, and in response, her mother urged her to try her hand at a comic strip,” Universal Uclick Editor and President Lee Salem said. “The day the submission arrived in our office, we had a contract out to Cathy in return mail. Seven months later, the strip began in newspapers.”

Cathy slowly but steadily gained popularity, eventually gaining a client list of 1,400 newspapers, producing enough strips for collections more than 30 books, and garnering such honors as a National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award in 1992 and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1987.

“Cathy balances truth and humor and speaks to women in a way that few comics have ever attempted, Salem said in announcing Guisewite’s decision to end the strip. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Cathy Guisewite in her future creative endeavors and offer our congratulations for her monumental success.”

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