Guisewite grew up in Midland, Michigan and graduated from the University of Michigan with a B. Guisewite is the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Reuben Award for “Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year” from the National Cartoonists Society in 1992.
On Wednesday, the cartoonist Cathy Guisewite announced that, after thirty-four years her comic strip, “Cathy,” would come to an end on October 3rd.
The strip debuted on November 22, 1976, and at its peak appeared in over 1,400 newspapers.
The strips have been compiled into more than 20 books. Guisewite received the National Cartoonists Society Reuben Award in 1992 for the strip.
The cartoon, now syndicated in seven-hundred newspapers, follows the eponymous character as she struggles with the “four guilt groups”: men, food, mom, and work.
Guisewite has published over thirty “Cathy” collections, with titles like “Thin Thighs in Thirty Years” and “I am Woman, Hear Me Snore.” The news sparked a huge and overwhelmingly gleeful response on Twitter, where a hot trending topic is #Ways Cathy Should End.
Not a cowgirl, cowboy."Biggest Influence Never Met: Betty Crocker, "The source of much of the 20 pounds I gained in college that inspired my entire career."Three Adjectives to Describe Herself: "Picky, picky, picky." Cathy Guisewite is the creator and cartoonist behind the long-running nationally syndicated comic strip "Cathy," one of the first mainstream comics created by a woman.
Julie Klausner suggests “Hoarding experts arrive too late to find Cathy flattened under a heap of diet aids, cats and dating books”; Ed Pierce proposes “Irving wakes up next to Suzanne Pleshette”; Paul Southworth has the gruesome idea that “In a fit of self-loathing, Cathy performs at-home liposuction with a carving knife and a dustbuster; dies of sepsis.” Fair or not, scorn for poor old Cathy is nothing new.
On “30 Rock,” Liz Lemon’s obsession with junk food and aversion to exercise have invited frequent comparisons to “Cathy.” Andy Samberg has also lampooned the character—and her catchphrase “Ack!
Creator Cathy Guisewite says she is ending the comic strip in October in order to spend more time with her family and pursue new creative ventures.
The strip, which has run in some 1,400 newspapers, will run for the last time October 3, according to Universal Uclick, the syndicate.