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It's been more than a decade since that interview, and the media landscape has changed considerably, marked by a sharp decline in newspaper subscriptions. But the basic message hasn't changed. In theory, the newspaper comics page still has fascinating potential: a blend of artwork, humor, and editorial that's accessible to children and adults alike.
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 cartoon, now syndicated in seven-hundred newspapers, follows the eponymous character as she struggles with the "four guilt groups": men, food, mom, and work. The news sparked a huge and overwhelmingly gleeful response on Twitter, where a hot trending topic is WaysCathyShouldEnd.
A casual reader of the statement may come away with the impression that Cathy was the first syndicated comic strip by a female cartoonist. In fact, that honor goes to Dale Messick, for Brenda Starrbeginning in But being the first at something is a powerful branding tool, and with enough qualifiers, anyone can be the first at something. Cathy is widely regarded as the first comic strip that spoke to a generation of working, struggling women in a voice that resonated as one of their own.
You see, when I first came out of the gates as a young cartoonist, I was throwing more stones than a mob of Palestinian children. And most of them were at my fellow cartoonists. Now in fairness, Cathy never told me she was angry about these strips, and she certainly never referenced them, but it was there in her voice.
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Cathy, who started as a comic strip character, and grew into a series of books and an Emmy-winning television show, tried every fad diet but remained consistently pudgy. She indulged in cookies, cake and chocolate and then wondered why she hated shopping for bathing suits. My career evolved a lot from my weight gain in college. It was an act of rebellion to get overweight.
She spoke with Marc Myers. That day, everyone brought a boxed costume to school, but one girl convinced a few of us to stage a rebellion. Instead of wearing the little tiger outfit my mother bought me, I put on the headband and goofy skirt my friend handed out.