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In a move that Paul Constant of the Slog called "the greatest day for American women since August 18, 1920", Cathy Guisewite will retire comic strip "CATHY" on Oct. 3, 2010.

I sincerely cannot express in words how I feel about this. Still, let me try:

Disgusting, unwelcome, slimy, and tenacious as an Olestra fart, this vapid and insulting depiction of stereotypical American female life has been offending my intelligence since I was old enough to read. It is, in my opinion, right up there with Precious Moments in terms of its absolute indefensibility, except Precious Moments at least has the virtue of being easy to make fun of. Cathy was never even that interesting.

I'm with the guy from the Slog. I hope she goes out like a suicide bomber and takes Family Circus, Marmaduke, and Garfield with her.

To Cathy Guisewite: I am going to eat something especially vile on Oct. 2 so that, as I flush the toilet the next morning, I will have the satisfaction of knowing that I just contributed more to the world in five minutes than you did in 34 years.

Good fucking riddance.

Date: 2010-08-13 10:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] amanuensis1.livejournal.com
*snortgiggles over whole post*

One thing that did resonate about Cathy was her relationship with her mom. Hateful as many may have found the strip, Cathy and her mom (at least during the years we read the strip) were me and my mom. (Still are.) So many of our phone conversations began with, "Did you see Cathy today?" "Oh, yeah. That was us last week, wasn't it." "And the week before." "And the week before that."

Date: 2010-08-13 10:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] wikdsushi.livejournal.com
Hear, hear. I can't imagine putting that much damn effort into screaming over swimwear, nor can I imagine ever saying "ACK!" in any serious way, unless doing a Bill the Cat impersonation. ("ACK! THHBPT!") It's been the same damn joke over and over since the '70s, just like with Garfield. At least Jim Davis admits that he created Garfield to be profitable, not funny.

Date: 2010-08-14 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] topknot.livejournal.com
God, how i miss "Bloom County."

*le sigh*

Date: 2010-08-13 11:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] drpaisley.livejournal.com
This might amuse you.

At least she isn't going to "reboot" the series, like Lynn Johnston and FOOB.

Date: 2010-08-14 02:52 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lots42.livejournal.com
Oh god, I can rant for hours on how insane FOOB is.

Date: 2010-08-13 11:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-s-guy.livejournal.com
I find it continually interesting that there are people under the impression that these bastions of the funny pages are written to be:

a) funny,
b) contributive, and/or
c) worth reading.

They're not, of course. They're written so that the creator can sell them and get paid. They're turgid excrescences when compared to actual humor because that's what the newspapers are buying, and presumably what the newspapers' readers want to see in their paper - or at least the newspapers know that their current readership wants tomorrow's funny pages to be very nearly exactly the same as today's. The papers also don't want content which might possibly stop a reader buying the newspaper, which means anything other than bland pap.

Now continue that reasoning for several decades.

Hell, Jim Davis has made no secret of the fact that Garfield was purely and deliberately created (and continues to be so) in order to secure him a paycheck.

Mainstream newspaper comics don't exist to be challenging, intellectual, confronting, or even funny. It's like making fun of the team who continually paints the Sydney Harbour Bridge because they're not producing Warhols and Picassos.

Looking at CG's comments on ending _Cathy_, there's a notable lack of her saying anything about the strip's quality, or that she felt it provided anything of worth to people in general. Indeed, it seems she only kept doing it because it was personal therapy, she felt it connected her to other people, and it provided a continuity of work in her life. In other words, all personal reasons. Oh, and she liked seeing it in newspapers. Vindication, presumably, of a sort.

But really, as long as newspapers continue to mandate that there only be hammered crud on the comics page, that's all that will be there. And 90% of that is inertia - newspapers know damn well that if they take a long-running strip away, even if they replace it with something better, their readership will be up in arms. A lot of people buy the paper just for the comics. The news might be interesting one day and boring the next, but the comics will always be reliably similar.

Date: 2010-08-13 11:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aphephobia.livejournal.com
I love you.

Oh, I said this ages ago on one of your less funny posts, so I hope you know that, but it bears repeating when I see a post like this.

Also, hooray.

Date: 2010-08-13 01:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rowangolightly.livejournal.com
*snicker* I couldn't agree more.

In the 'odd facts' category; before I was born, my parents lived in a row house in Philadelphia. In the next building over, lived Bill & Thelma Keene. Yep, real family and real kids. Or at least that's what my dad told me years and years ago.

Date: 2010-08-13 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunfell.livejournal.com
For me, the strip was a peek into an alternate universe that I would never EVER visit myself.

I kept one strip where she's traveling on business, and her wardrobe and appearance is pointed out in elaborate detail, from the 'smoky eyes' and the 'peek-a-boo' camisole to the 'saucy shoes'. But in the last panel, all the men at the airport notice is that she's carrying a laptop with her. And when I saw that strip, I realized that I was more on the side of the guys- who thought her laptop was fascinating- than I was with her, who went into departments of the store I rarely visit, and wore clothes, makeup, and shoes that I refused to touch.

Date: 2010-08-13 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mockingbirdq.livejournal.com
I just checked this http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Calvin-Hobbes-Unconventional-Revolutionary/dp/082642984X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1281705720&sr=8-2 out of the library, and it gives so much insight into the comic strip industry and the motivations of it's writers/artists. Suddenly you realize why Garfield, Blondie and Cathy are such unimaginative, miserable comics. I love where Bill Watterson told the entire industry off at the height of his power ;P

That said, there is one redeeming quality of Cathy Guiswite's work - you created the strip at a time when there were almost no comic strips by women and made hers successful, opening the door to other women artists in the comics. It's just a shame she didn't stop producing the series about 20 years or so ago since everything since has been nothing but the same story and punchline again and again - but as long as people were willing to read it and newspapers willing to buy it, like most of her industry she was willing to keep churning it out.

Date: 2010-08-13 01:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mockingbirdq.livejournal.com
2nd paragraph should be "She created the strip..." Still braindead this morning *yawn*

Date: 2010-08-13 02:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thediva-laments.livejournal.com
This is the best news I've had so far today. And, as always, impeccably delivered. Thank you.

Date: 2010-08-13 03:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thepikey.livejournal.com
That is indeed, Good News. Preach it, sister!

Date: 2010-08-13 04:08 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misti-k.livejournal.com
Terrorist fist bump to you, my friend.

Date: 2010-08-13 05:40 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] sheistheweather
BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Date: 2010-08-13 06:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] stone-bitch.livejournal.com
Seriously, I cheered when I heard the news. Good riddance!

Date: 2010-08-13 06:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] rosefox8.livejournal.com
Thank you for writing this.

I started reading "Cathy" three years ago because I wanted to try to understand how the strip's creator could write such an intense, extreme stereotype unending. And then a couple of months ago, I read a particular strip about salads and croutons and the relationship between genders that made me rage so hard I began screaming out loud at my computer screen. It was mildly disturbing how upset I got over a comic strip.

Date: 2010-08-13 07:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] kyra-neko-rei.livejournal.com
I DARE any newspaper to replace her/them with Two Lumps, Queen of Wands, Princess Sarah, and Something Positive.

I just dare them.

Date: 2010-08-13 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] the-s-guy.livejournal.com
Particularly the last.

Schlock Mercenary dailies, with Questionable Content alternating with Evil Inc, xkcd, and Order of the Stick to fill out the roster. Girl Genius double pages for the weekends.

Date: 2010-08-13 08:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shirtlifterbear.livejournal.com
I remember thinking to myself many years ago that "Cathy" was one of the most venomously anti-feminist propaganda tools ever.

The author CLEARLY hated herself, and everyone else of her gender.

My opinion of her has clearly not changed since the Reagan Era.

(I miss Bloom County. And Calvin and Hobbes.)

Date: 2010-08-13 08:35 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 131-di.livejournal.com
OH GOOD

It's about goddamn time. Party at my place in October!

Date: 2010-08-14 01:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xviragox.livejournal.com
Haha, YES. *raises glass*

Date: 2010-08-14 04:37 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] chorus-of-chaos.livejournal.com
good riddance.

I had to laugh at the precious moments thing. my very first job was all of two weeks in a card shop. They left me alone on the very first day, no training...ugh, it was awful, and the fucking precious moments kept STARING AT ME. I finally turned them around to face the wall so I couldn't see thier creepy eyes. The manager was like "whu?" when she came back, I told her I thought she had a poltergeist in her store.

Date: 2010-08-14 06:46 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] veedub.livejournal.com
amen and halle-fucking-lujah.

Date: 2010-08-14 02:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowgrl13.livejournal.com
I stopped reading Cathy around the time I got my first period. I couldn't understand why this woman had such....issues about her mom, her looks, her boyfriend, everything.

I do, however, like the comic strips "Lio" and "Non-Sequiter".

Date: 2010-08-14 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] crowgrl13.livejournal.com
It also frustrated me to no end how she spent YEARS trying to get married to this guy. I was like, "He doesn't want to marry you! Break up with him and move on if it's that damn important, you stupid twat!" Yeah, I was different then most girls my age....

Date: 2010-08-14 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lots42.livejournal.com
Simply -reading- Cathy strips gives me a headache.

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