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It’s all so obvious, in retrospect

Cathy, 11/22/04

When Cathy of Cathy accepted Irving’s marriage proposal, all of us regular comics readers knew that we’d be seeing big changes ahead in the strip. Clearly the artist felt that the strip’s original concept had run its course, and wanted to move into entirely new directions, to grow creatively, to mine new comedic territory. This week’s strip is a sign of the next wave of Cathy, as the strip has finally, at long last, got to a point where it can get a week’s worth of mileage out of mother-in-law jokes.

Yeah, that’s right. Mother-in-law jokes. The thrills just keep coming! Where else are you going to get mother-in-law jokes? I mean, other than in Hagar the Horrible, Herb and Jamaal, the Lockhorns, the Middletons, and Momma? But don’t be afraid, Cathy! Blaze new trails! Excelsior!

14 responses to “It’s all so obvious, in retrospect”

  1. Tom M
    November 23rd, 2004 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    You forgot the Mother of All Mother-in-Law Jokes King: Andy Capp!

  2. Josh
    November 23rd, 2004 at 5:02 am [Reply]

    It’s wrong, but I really do like Cathy. And I’m a guy!

  3. Russell
    November 23rd, 2004 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    I thought Cathy died from bulemia in 1999.

  4. Anonymous
    November 23rd, 2004 at 10:55 am [Reply]

    We are on a collision course with all the tried and true mother-in-law jokes for years to come. And if that gets boring, Cathy can always become pregnant, leading to years of pregnancy jokes, then years of baby jokes, years of toddler jokes.

    This is breaking new ground because, ummmmm, errrrrr, the guilt factor?

  5. dalton
    November 23rd, 2004 at 3:04 pm [Reply]

    Then, if we’re really lucky, maybe they’ll break up and we’ll get a spin off called “Irving – Gay Dad Divorcee”.

  6. insomni
    November 23rd, 2004 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    Contrary to Josh, I’ve always despised Cathy. The artist should be grateful to you… I had always made a point not to read this strip. This is the first one I’ve read in probably more than a decade, just because you posted it. Heeey… are these artists paying you?!?

  7. Barry Manilowe
    November 24th, 2004 at 8:37 pm [Reply]

    True enough Dalton, mother-in-law jokes are passe. Cathy needs to punch up her strip with poop and pedophile jokes. That’s a formula that can’t miss!!!

  8. Anonymous
    November 28th, 2004 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    Obviously this is just a prep of things to come. The Cathy’s mother vs. mother-in-law guilt fest that will end with Cathy being hospitalized with a psychotic break and no one will remember to feed the dog until it’s too late and he’ll be found gnawing Irving’s leg off after he dies from auto-erotic asphyixiation.

    Hey, a girl can dream. Gee I wonder what will happy when Cathy goes bathing suit shopping with her mother-in-law?

  9. Anonymous
    November 30th, 2004 at 4:45 pm [Reply]


  10. Crank
    December 3rd, 2004 at 7:53 pm [Reply]

    I’m more amazed by the fact that Charlie Brown has resurfaced as Cathy’s father-in-law.

  11. Honey
    December 17th, 2004 at 7:04 am [Reply]

    I really hate Cathy.

  12. Jon
    December 21st, 2004 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    Cathy Guisewite was on NPR the other day. You can’t see the position of someone’s tongue vis a vis her cheek when she’s on the radio, but it sounded like she said the phrase “my creative work” without irony.

    She then made the ludicrous claim that “Cathy” has always balanced girlishness with a mechanically inquisitive mind. This alleged dichotomy was inspired by her own childhood Xmas presents, which included both a doll and an electric train.

    She did not explain Cathy’s disgustingly chronic sweating or her noselessness.

  13. peep
    March 1st, 2005 at 4:45 am [Reply]

    holy shit! what IS with the noeslessness? everyone else in the strip has one, right? oh my gaw, now that is just creepy.


  14. PsychoPearl
    August 22nd, 2008 at 2:01 pm [Reply]

    when do we find out irving is a woman?

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