AACK! 'Cathy' comic ending this October: Will you miss her?

Comic strip queen Cathy Guisewite has announced that she’ll end her iconic Cathy strip this October after 34 years, reports CNN. Somebody pass the chocolate! The strip — which spawned over 30 books and an Emmy winning animated TV special in the ’80 — was never really a big part of my life. But I have enjoyed seeing it spoofed by some of my favorite comedians. Remember when Andy Samberg did Cathy as a Weekend Update character with an occasional assist from Justin Timberlake? (If you don’t, check out the clip below.) Or on 30 Rock, when Wesley (Michael Sheen) tells Liz (Tina Fey) that her food obsession is “like being in a Cathy cartoon that just won’t end”? Or another 30 Rock moment, when Tracy points out to Liz that she had unwittingly quoted Cathy the other day: “Chocolate! Chocolate! Chocolate! Aack!” (Watch the clip on YouTube before it gets pulled.)

So, Cathy, while you and I were never really close, any friend of Tina’s (and Andy’s and Justin’s…) is a friend of mine. I salute you. But what about you, PopWatchers? Will you miss Cathy? And what are your other favorite Cathy-inspired moments in pop culture?

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  • UGH



    CAPS LOCK, off.

    • ST

      Amen to that!

    • rob

      I miss Calvin and Hobbes too. I kind of miss Bloom County as well.

      I won’t miss Cathy but if she’s been around for 30+ years she had to have some fans.

      • UGH

        For Better or For Worse did a reboot thing recently.
        How is that fairing?
        Could you imagine if Watterson did the exact opposite and revisited Calvin living in his parents’ basement as an adult?

      • orville

        It’s too bad that he doesn’t even do like one special strip every five years.

  • EWFan

    Am I the only one who thinks that EW columnist Annie Barrett could make a perfect real-life Cathy?

    • Karate Pants


      • Ceballos

        The best/worst part is that I believe that was meant as a compliment.

      • Karate Pants

        I know, right?? I am flabbergasted. Who aspires to be an overweight, dowdy frump who obsesses about her body, men, and chocolate. Oh, and she has no nose.

  • Carla

    AAAAAAAAAAAACK! I’ll miss Cathy, Irving, Mom and Electra the dog.

  • JimmyH

    I could never understand how this comic lasted so long. It will not be missed. I agree with ugh. Bring back “Calvin & Hobbes”. Too bad Bill Watterson will never let that happen.

    • Nick

      How about “Family Circus”? How has THAT comic strip lasted as long as it has?

      • jcarla

        … Considering ‘little Billy’ is now doing animation films himself (I want to say he’s at Pixar, but I can’t remember), Family Circus does seem to fixed in amber.

    • Adam

      All the best comics of the 80’s & 90’s (“C & H,” “Far Side,” “Bloom County”) ended far too soon, while crap strips that nobody cares about like “Cathy” & “Little Orphan Annie” run for decades & decades. Thankfully we’re already rid of Annie, and Cathy’s finally going away soon. Good riddance! And can we please be rid of the atrocious “For Better or Worse” strip next?

  • brandy

    The comic strip? Will not miss.

    The SNL and 30 Rock impressions? I will TOTALLY miss.

    • thin


  • ®ustymustdie

    another for the “who cares” file

  • PDT

    Was never funny. Peace out!

  • Toni

    It was funny back in the 1990s but has been in a serious rut. I wish more cartoonists would learn from Guisewhite and hang it up when they’ve nothing more to say. Make room for some fresh talent.

    • pastafarian

      If that was the case then Guisewhite herself shoulda learned from Gary Larson and quit while she was ahead, rather than lanquish for another 10 -15 years.

      • Tookie

        Agree, pastafarian!

  • Alissa

    funniest was obviously Sheldon trying to relate to Penny’s breakup woes by saying “ACK!” and saying he learned that’s what women say when they’re upset.

  • Dave

    Never liked Cathy…..too wordy and boring for a comic strip

    • jules

      not to mention too not-funny…

  • Susie

    Our long national nightmare is over. I can’t think of any comic of the last 3 decades that was more offensive to women than Cathy. This is the reason I quit reading the funnies about 20 years ago, because I would invariably read it and it would put me in a foul mood.

    • Jawamily

      How could you say that? Cathy was so inspirational! From the way she could never stand up for herself or her expectations w/r/t boyfriends to the way she constantly was shopping for clothes that didn’t fit. She was the embodiment of what little girls should aspire to be! Why, I’m sure that career gal worked her way to the top and became CEO in recent years. I had just been so inspired by the way she allowed herself to be treated by Irving that I had to stop reading for fear of inspiration over-load. And the shoes! And the chocolate! If that doesn’t sum up womanhood, I don’t know what does! AACK!

  • cass

    I thought Cathy was hilarious in the 80s, when I was a 20-something career girl like her. Related to her wardrobe, boyfriend, and diet struggles. However, as I aged, I lost interest in Cathy and her exploits. Don’t really know why–as I aged and got older than the Peanuts gang, and Calvin and Hobbes, I continued to enjoy them. At any rate, as long as we are asking for old strips to return, how about Bloom County? One of the funniest, laugh-out-loud strips ever.

  • J

    Long time coming as far as I’m concerned. I wish Lynn Johnston would do the same with For Better or For Worse, but that doesn’t seem to be happening any time soon.

    • Rock Golf

      Uhhh, J, Lynn Johnston actually stopped writing new strips over a year ago. The strips currently in print are about 20-30 years old.

      • J

        That’s what I was referring to; instead of just letting the strip die, she chose to reprint the old strips (and before that touching up the artwork on said old strips).
        At least “Cathy” won’t be hogging up space that could go to new comic strip artists like FBOFW (and Peanuts) is doing.

  • Tony

    The only thing that was any good about Cathy was her mom. And that fact that I haven’t read it in fifteen years.

  • Kate

    I noticed that most of the people on here who don’t like Cathy are men. The strip wasn’t meant for you, so of course you can’t relate. Not all women liked it either, but it was funny years ago. Sometimes things don’t need to be inspiring, just relatable and it is sometimes nice to know you’re not the only one who feels a certain way. It may not be as funny as it was (For Better or For Worse turned into a soap opera later on), but it did entertain people for years and that makes it successful.

    • Raina

      Hm, in perusing the comments I don’t see that. It seems to me like men are saying “wasn’t funny, whatever,” while women are saying they were genuinely put off and offended by the thing.

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