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2010-08-12 01:31:03 AM
From our hero, the Comics Curmudgeon himself:

Metapost: ApAACK!alypse now
There are days in the comics blogging business when I really know that I've made it. Today, for instance, I was one of surely only a few hundred people on the Universal Press Syndicate's email distribution list chosen to receive a very important email with the following subject line:

AACK! After 34 Years, Cathy Comic Strip Bids Farewell

Read all about it here, assuming you enjoy reading interviews with Cathy Guisewite in PDF format, and who doesn't, really.

Obviously, a long-running strip like Cathy can't just go away without a big to-do. But with the strip's formerly chronically single title character now married off, and the October 3 end date too close for her to finally poop out a baby, we have to ask ourselves what the bang of an ending will be. Since Cathy was a pioneer depiction of a working woman, we suggest that she get with the times: heartless layoff, followed by workplace spree killing, concluding with suicide by cop.
 
2010-08-12 01:35:18 AM
Another *ACK* bites the dust.......

i645.photobucket.com
 
2010-08-12 01:35:25 AM
But now I'll never know if she'll fit into that cute swimsuit or feel comfortable around Irving's parents!
 
2010-08-12 01:57:50 AM
I actually remember being a kid in the 1980s and Time and Newsweek would run huge articles about what a groundbreaking revolutionary strip "Cathy" was.

Seriously, people look back at that time fondly.
 
wee [TotalFark]
2010-08-12 02:06:20 AM
FTFA: "It was just such a privilege to be able to be that voice for women," she said.

If I was a chick, I'd be pissed. That lady has been shiatting all over half the population with her insipid lowest common denominator drivel and she's leaving with a claim to the title of being a "voice for women"?

I thought the comic had ended years and years ago, but good riddance in any case.
 
2010-08-12 02:07:44 AM
Only fine publications, such as Time and Newsweek, would ever be bright enough to call Cathy "groundbreaking and revolutionary".
 
2010-08-12 02:20:26 AM
MURDER/SUICIDE! PleasepleasepleasepleasePLEASE!!!
 
2010-08-12 02:35:48 AM
 
2010-08-12 02:36:09 AM
I hope it's half as good as little orphan annie's ending
 
2010-08-12 02:43:29 AM
Turns out that Cathy has just been the dream of an autistic boy in Charlie Brown's class.

/what a twist!
 
2010-08-12 03:05:52 AM
Thank goodness. I'll bet her dogs were running out of the hair on her fleece vest which she couldn't brush off with a specialized doggie comb.
 
2010-08-12 03:58:47 AM
MeinRS6: Only fine publications, such as Time and Newsweek, would ever be bright enough to call Cathy "groundbreaking and revolutionary".

Normally, were you to assert that the sky was blue, I'd glance out the window to verify. In this case, spot-on.

God, what worthless rags and what a crap comic strip.
 
2010-08-12 04:21:10 AM
The newspaper comics page is full of crap. Soon, there will be one less piece of crap. It seems like the really crappy comics last forever. The good ones get canceled way too early. I miss Bo Nanas, Out of the Gene Pool and Meet the Ings. They were funny, but they weren't formulaic, which is what Cathy and other crappy newspaper "staples" are.

The few comics I read on a regular basis are Lio and Scary Gary, Rip Haywire and Get Fuzzy. (^)

Sadly, I don't think we'll ever see another Bloom County or Calvin and Hobbes.
 
2010-08-12 04:29:27 AM
PacManDreaming: The newspaper comics page is full of crap. Soon, there will be one less piece of crap. It seems like the really crappy comics last forever. The good ones get canceled way too early. I miss Bo Nanas, Out of the Gene Pool and Meet the Ings. They were funny, but they weren't formulaic, which is what Cathy and other crappy newspaper "staples" are.

The few comics I read on a regular basis are Lio and Scary Gary, Rip Haywire and Get Fuzzy. (^)

Sadly, I don't think we'll ever see another Bloom County or Calvin and Hobbes.


Seth McFarlane is laughing himself into $200 million into the bank because you like The Family Guy.
 
2010-08-12 04:40:10 AM
Did Blondie kill her?
 
2010-08-12 04:49:59 AM
Sun God: Seth McFarlane is laughing himself into $200 million into the bank because you like The Family Guy.

The only Family Guy I've seen is what's on YouTube and bits I catch on the TV in the break room at work. Yes, people like things that are formulaic, but too much repetitiveness, like certain comics strips, and you end up with pablum. You know, things like Cathy, Garfield and the last 20 years of Peanuts.
 
2010-08-12 04:52:25 AM
Sun God: Did Blondie kill her?

Hopefully a strap-on was involved.
 
2010-08-12 04:54:38 AM
jeffleake.typepad.com

Joe Cool doesn't care about that square strip ending, man. He's just going to wander over to Student Union and hang with the cool kids who loved Calvin and Opus!
 
2010-08-12 05:03:10 AM
PacManDreaming: Sun God: Seth McFarlane is laughing himself into $200 million into the bank because you like The Family Guy.

The only Family Guy I've seen is what's on YouTube and bits I catch on the TV in the break room at work. Yes, people like things that are formulaic, but too much repetitiveness, like certain comics strips, and you end up with pablum. You know, things like Cathy, Garfield and the last 20 years of Peanuts.


I've never seen a "Family Guy" episode in my life. And very few Simpsons episodes. Groenig is worth about $500 million dollars. Those South Park guys are worth $300 million each. I've never seen a South Park episode.
 
2010-08-12 05:39:45 AM
Sun God: I've never seen a "Family Guy" episode in my life. And very few Simpsons episodes. Groenig is worth about $500 million dollars. Those South Park guys are worth $300 million each. I've never seen a South Park episode.

Yep. If you want to get rich, you have to appeal to a broad base. Sometimes, in order to get that mass appeal, you get tripe like Cathy, other times you get something really good, like Calvin and Hobbes.
 
2010-08-12 06:07:09 AM
PacManDreaming: Sun God: I've never seen a "Family Guy" episode in my life. And very few Simpsons episodes. Groenig is worth about $500 million dollars. Those South Park guys are worth $300 million each. I've never seen a South Park episode.

Yep. If you want to get rich, you have to appeal to a broad base. Sometimes, in order to get that mass appeal, you get tripe like Cathy, other times you get something really good, like Calvin and Hobbes.


Whut? John Calvin and Thomas Hobbes in one comic strip?! Avast! For I'm the son of what is gonna get you. With spiders.
 
2010-08-12 06:49:35 AM
markie_farkie: Another *ACK* bites the dust.......

Ironically, when Bloom County was coming to an end, B. Breathed made fun of the Cathy strip by having Steve Dallas cameoing looking for work.

And that, my friends, was probably the funniest Cathy strip ever - drawn by somebody else.
 
2010-08-12 07:12:55 AM
Sun God: I've never seen a "Family Guy" episode in my life. And very few Simpsons episodes. Groenig is worth about $500 million dollars. Those South Park guys are worth $300 million each. I've never seen a South Park episode.

South Park is, or at least used to be, pretty edgy and dealt with social issues from time to time, so it least there was a modicum of intelligence underneath all the farting.

Family Guy is just stupid.
 
2010-08-12 07:13:23 AM
Guisewite, 59, said she chose to end the largely autobiographical comic strip because she wanted more time with her 18-year-old daughter and her parents and because "other personal deadlines started becoming more pressing for me than the newspaper ones."

Isn't it a little late for that?
 
2010-08-12 07:18:21 AM
The Sunday comics have never been funny. One thread on Fark makes me laugh more than the last forty years of that garbage combined.
 
2010-08-12 07:19:18 AM
CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE CHOCOLATE! AACK!

-Liz Lemon
 
2010-08-12 07:22:09 AM
wee: FTFA: "It was just such a privilege to be able to be that voice for women," she said.

If I was a chick, I'd be pissed. That lady has been shiatting all over half the population with her insipid lowest common denominator drivel and she's leaving with a claim to the title of being a "voice for women"?

I thought the comic had ended years and years ago, but good riddance in any case.


This.
 
2010-08-12 07:22:52 AM
Confabulat: Funky Winkerbean

The most soul crushing comic strip ever..
 
2010-08-12 07:25:31 AM
Five Minute Standup: Guisewite, 59, said she chose to end the largely autobiographical comic strip because she wanted more time with her 18-year-old daughter and her parents and because "other personal deadlines started becoming more pressing for me than the newspaper ones."

Isn't it a little late for that?


No, it's just in time. Who in their right mind wants to spend more time with children? From 16 to 21 is the most magical age: old enough to drive you to the bar, too young to drink so they get to be the designated driver.

/I told my wife we should have had a teenager, but noooo, she had to have a baby...
 
2010-08-12 07:30:05 AM
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And good riddance.

/can Family Circle be next?
//purleaze??
 
2010-08-12 07:30:55 AM
czetie: /I told my wife we should have had a teenager, but noooo, she had to have a baby...

We're doing the child-rearing thing like it was the plot of Memento. First, we've been raising an older teenager. Next up, we'll take a crack at a tween / young teen. After that, we'll have to find a preeschooler to borrow for a few years, then we'll take the plunge and have an actual kid of our own.

They'll love it at Cannes.
 
2010-08-12 07:37:11 AM
Maybe it will be a threesome with Irving and the dog.
 
2010-08-12 07:38:38 AM
Thank god that this piece of trash is finally going to be removed from newspapers. It's been nothing but a waste of space. Davis' Garfield doesn't rehash jokes and plots as much as Cathy does (and that's saying something).

I just wish it had been Family Circle instead. That is, without a doubt, THE worst comic strip to ever enter publication. Cathy sucked, but at least it made the attempt to be humorous. Family Circle needs to be destroyed, Keanes needs to be shot, and the entire history of the comic strip needs to be burned.
 
2010-08-12 07:40:50 AM
I wish I still read the comics so this event would make my day 1% brighter. Als, I don't, so I will have to live vicariously through someone that does.

/EIP
//i expext a full report
 
2010-08-12 07:41:16 AM
Kevbo2040: Thank god that this piece of trash is finally going to be removed from newspapers. It's been nothing but a waste of space. Davis' Garfield doesn't rehash jokes and plots as much as Cathy does (and that's saying something).

I just wish it had been Family Circle instead. That is, without a doubt, THE worst comic strip to ever enter publication. Cathy sucked, but at least it made the attempt to be humorous. Family Circle needs to be destroyed, Keanes needs to be shot, and the entire history of the comic strip needs to be burned.


Oh, come on. Garfield and Cathy never had anything as groundbreaking or funny as Billy drawing the comic because his dad was on vacation or passed out drunk, or the crazy dotted line showing where he'd gone that day. Woohoo, kids are CrRrRaAaAaAaZzY!
 
2010-08-12 07:41:24 AM
at last her reign of terror draws to an end.
 
2010-08-12 07:44:02 AM
Er, that's Family Circus, fellas.
 
2010-08-12 07:45:05 AM
HaywoodJablonski: I wish I still read the comics so this event would make my day 1% brighter. Als, I don't, so I will have to live vicariously through someone that does.

/EIP
//i expext a full report


Actually, if I still read the comics that would mean I'm a shut-in, so this event would make my day 25% brighter
 
2010-08-12 07:45:09 AM
gopher321: Ironically, when Bloom County was coming to an end, B. Breathed made fun of the Cathy strip by having Steve Dallas cameoing looking for work.

And that, my friends, was probably the funniest Cathy strip ever - drawn by somebody else.


And Oliver Wendell Jones was being "bussed in" as part of a court order to appear on Family Circus. Awesome!
 
2010-08-12 07:45:59 AM
I remember reading a previous thread on comics in which it was supposed that Cathy be read as an adult, transgendered Charlie Brown. It actually makes the strip less awful to think of it that way.
 
2010-08-12 07:46:53 AM
The comic has won several awards, including a 1992 National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award and an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program in 1987

Wow Cathy, you are really racking up those awards. Are you sure now is the right time to quit? People will always wonder about what could have been.



Five Minute Standup: Guisewite, 59, said she chose to end the largely autobiographical comic strip because she wanted more time with her 18-year-old daughter and her parents and because "other personal deadlines started becoming more pressing for me than the newspaper ones."

Isn't it a little late for that?


Came here to say this as well.
 
2010-08-12 07:46:56 AM
As long as I have:

web.mac.com

Man, that Billy. What a crazy kid, with all those antics.
 
2010-08-12 07:50:35 AM
Somehow a conversation about Cathy turned into a debate on homosexuality.

Turns out there is such a thing as Shrodinger's Glory Hole which means that if you do not know if it is a guy or girl on the other side, you are both gay and not gay at the same time.
This rule does not apply to someone who has their eyes closed as feeling facial hair would be an observation.

/Unrelated
 
2010-08-12 07:50:50 AM
Empty Signal Gray: As long as I have:



Man, that Billy. What a crazy kid, with all those antics.


He could always verb it.
 
2010-08-12 07:53:06 AM
But, would you hit it?

upload.wikimedia.org
 
2010-08-12 07:54:26 AM
Last Episode

Cathy: Here Irving. I made you a delicious meal from an old family recipe.

Irving: Thanks. Gee, Cathy, the dogs are quiet. This is yummy!

Cathy: The dogs are dead, Irving. Poisoned. The very same poison that is coursing through your veins right this moment. Struggle, my love. It will only make the poison work faster. Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a call to make to your parents.

Irving: Aaack!

Cathy: Ack indeed. Oh hello. I made Irving a delicious dinner and I know how you hate it when I waste food. Can I bring a couple of plates over? Yes! Oh. I'll be right over.
 
2010-08-12 07:55:38 AM
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Does wisdom perhaps appear on the earth as a raven which is inspired by the smell of carrion?


Nietzche Family Circus

Fark hates the link so:

http://www.losanjealous.com/nfc/
 
2010-08-12 07:56:15 AM
Obligatory:
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2010-08-12 07:56:22 AM
ShillinTheVillain: Sun God: I've never seen a "Family Guy" episode in my life. And very few Simpsons episodes. Groenig is worth about $500 million dollars. Those South Park guys are worth $300 million each. I've never seen a South Park episode.

South Park is, or at least used to be, pretty edgy and dealt with social issues from time to time, so it least there was a modicum of intelligence underneath all the farting.

Family Guy is just stupid.


I have no way of criticizing South Park or Family Guy. Perhaps the internet thing is to say "Warrrbblllggrrrh, or Derp, derp.
 
2010-08-12 07:59:09 AM
Since Cathy was a pioneer depiction of a working woman, we suggest that she get with the times: heartless layoff, followed by workplace spree killing, concluding with suicide by cop.

But, how does he really feel about Cathy?

I think it would be funnier if she took up an eating disorder and died from it, Karen Carpenter style.
 
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