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Acking into the sunset

Cathy, 10/3/10

Being America’s #1 Newspaper Comics Blogger is in fact a pretty sweet gig, but sometimes there are heavy responsibilities that go along with it. For instance, you are expected to have opinions about things that you don’t really want to have opinions about, like the end of Cathy! Readers of this blog know that my feelings about the strip range, depending on the day and the punchline, from disinterest to irritation to occasional mild but shameful amusement. In Cathy’s very first mention on this blog, I openly rooted for the Cathy-Irving marriage to herald the demise of the strip; probably if it had wrapped up back then, in the summer of 2004, I wouldn’t have felt a need to weigh in.

It is important to remember that when Cathy launched in 1976, it was actively new and exciting and, in the grand scheme of things, good for a newspaper comic to focus on a lady who was unmarried and had a job. Sally Forth mined some of the same novelty (minus the unmarried part) when it launched a few years later; but Sally was always a more or less fully functional human being, whereas Cathy is a nightmare bundle of neuroses. The fact that the character always seemed to take every negative stereotype about women and extend them to cringe-inducing extremes made it hard to celebrate it as a feminist achievement.

But still, there is one thing we can really thank the strip for, and that is only revealing Cathy’s successful insemination in the final strip, rather than subjecting us to God knows how many months of strips about morning sickness. And maternity clothes! Good lord, can you imagine all the strips with Cathy trying on maternity clothes? Sparing all of us this was a true act of mercy.

Apartment 3-G, 10/3/10

Meanwhile, in happier news, the predicted Tommie-ignoring is proceeding apace! “I had always dreamed of having a huge wedding party, but really, other than the two of you, who else is there?”

143 responses to “Acking into the sunset”

  1. Backup
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:21 pm [Reply]

    I can see Lu Ann plotting to ruin the wedding already.

  2. Eric W
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:27 pm [Reply]

    First Lu Ann is Katherine Heigl, now Margo is Julia Roberts. A recipe for a better chick flick, I cannot imagine.

  3. AndyL
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:30 pm [Reply]

    I think Margo’s eyebrow might be stuck.

  4. dyslexic dog
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:31 pm [Reply]

    @Backup (#1):
    Judging by her appearance, it will be via the Trojan Horse.

  5. Tim O'Shenko
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:33 pm [Reply]

    A3G: This is what Tommie wanted. No really, as soon as the spotlight was thrust upon her with this whole reality-show debacle, she tactfully roped her roommates into the makeover proceedings. Why? She knew that by the time they had their Big Reveal, all the attention would be back on Margo & Lu Ann, leaving her free to return to the shadows.

    But why? What diabolical schemes, what nefarious deeds could she be planning while our eyes are diverted?

  6. cj
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:34 pm [Reply]

    A4G:
    “Bridesmaids? That should not even be a question. Aphrodite, Goddess of Love, is in attendance at all legitimate weddings.”

  7. BigTed
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:36 pm [Reply]

    Cathy’s baby just said “aack”! She must be some kind of tiny fetal super-genius — not only does she know her mom’s famous catchphrase but, given the family she’s about to be born into, she even knows how to use it correctly.

  8. sugarpie
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:45 pm [Reply]

    A3G I’m trying to get interested in the wedding plot. Really trying. But fuckity, it’s hard to take my eyes off Lu Ann’s hair because it just keeps getting worse. Today it looks like a road-kill cocker spaniel is draped across her noggin. When I was in high school the girls used to get those ‘shag cuts’ that look just like Lu Ann’s.

    That is a real mess. How do you go about fixing something like that? Seriously, do you just wait a year for it to grow out?

  9. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:46 pm [Reply]

    I stopped reading Cathy years ago, but: ACK. And not just ACK: GAG. All the hard-won accomplishments of women, all the incredible sacrifices and victories of feminism, and what does it come down to? A woman’s “ability” to get knocked up.

    ACK. ACK. ACK.

    And good riddance.

  10. Scott Bot
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:47 pm [Reply]

    JP – That image of Neddy threatening to flatten Jules’ head with a book is something that needs to be permanently enshrined on a t-shirt.

  11. Smokehouse
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:50 pm [Reply]

    Margo must be letting her new style get to her head, she’s striking a different model pose in every panel. She’s really working it in panel one to distract us from the fact that she doesn’t have a speaking line.

  12. B.B.
    October 3rd, 2010 at 9:59 pm [Reply]

    I always liked Irving, and now I know why. He’s obviously a loathsome sociopath, but classy enough to weave his excitement over his new iPhone *into* Cathy’s pregnancy announcement.

  13. Ralph Reduxual
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:04 pm [Reply]

    Wow, Cathy and Irving sure are a proactive, modern couple. I just hope he turned off the WiFi and 3G radios before using the Ultrasound App on his jailbroken iPhone, for the baby’s safety.

  14. susteph
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:09 pm [Reply]

    apropos of nothing, “cathy” author cathy guisewite was the commencement speaker at my college graduation. absolutely true. i graduated from rhode island college in 1979. so there you go. it’s an afternoon of cringe-inducing embarrassment i’ll carry with me to my grave.

  15. Shawn S.
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:10 pm [Reply]

    The true act of mercy was we never had to witness Cathy and Irving having sex. Ack! ACK! ACKKKKKKKKK!!!!!!!

  16. Austria
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    BaBl: Been done already with a different punchline. “I figured they just slept in coffins all summer.”

    BB: Who else wants to bet this is a rerun? *raises hand*

    Blondie: The dog is actually a seal, you heard it here first.

    Cathy: aack

    FC: Aaaaaand another rerun, I’m guessing! Seriously, why can’t you two just fade out in grace? Why must you continue to torment us with crappy reruns?

    HtH: Okay, this actually isn’t terrible. I think it’s Hagar being forced to hold that pose that makes it.

    Lio: Was there ever so epic a crossover? I think not.

    Luann: HEY YOU KNOW WHAT’S HILARIOUS AND HASN’T ALREADY BEEN DONE A MILLION TIMES BEFORE?!? THE TEENAGERS AND THEIR TEXTING AND THEIR CELL PHONES, THAT’S WHAT! IT’S LIKE THEY NEVER LEAVE HOME WITHOUT ‘EM, YOU KNOW? OH AND DON’T EVEN GET ME STARTED ON THE FACEBOOK

    MC: Oh man, I thought Lio was Apollo Justice at first. With the red shirt, it looks like him!! I was like ACE ATTORNEY IN MY CAGE WHAT I LOVE YOU PEOPLE oh wait. Laughed, though. Very classy.

  17. Rusty
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:17 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps the worst thing about the last Cathy is that it may signify that the couple did indeed knock boots at least once. Even Snuffy and Louisey are more credible when contemplating potential cartoon sexual activity. Guisewhite claimed she didn’t know how she would end the strip back when the ending was announced, it is fitting that she went with the most predictable scenario possible.

  18. Amateur
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:18 pm [Reply]

    @bourbon babe, unbuckled (#9): I guess you COULD look at it that way . . . or if you’re me, you could think, “Well, hey, even though it’s pretty late in the game, maybe there’s still a chance for me.”

    Nothing wrong with a little hope. Even from a comic strip. (When the biological clock is ticking away your lifelong dream, you take whatever hope you can get.)

  19. NoahSnark
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:26 pm [Reply]

    ACK is an appropriate response for a child who finds out Cathy is her mom.

  20. True Fable
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:28 pm [Reply]

    Cathy and Irving knocking boots? Naaaw. I’m certain that Mr. and Mrs. Up-On-All-The-Latest-Stuff went the artificial insemination route, namely because if Irving didn’t directly place it in the womb, his semen would never get past all the fat rolls. Those poor little beggars would wear their tails out just trying to find her vagina. Cathy is still a virgin, which is why Irving doesn’t give a shit about anything but his techno toys. He can’t miss what he doesn’t know.

    You have to think about this stuff, which is why my brain hurts so bad right now.

  21. Doug Puthoff
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:29 pm [Reply]

    One of the happiest days of my life was when the local paper replaced “Cathy” with “Get Fuzzy” in 2003. One of the saddest was when that fishwrap replaced “GF” and “Pearls Before Swine” last year.

  22. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:30 pm [Reply]

    @Austria (#16): Family Circus could end with Thel announcing that she’s pregnant again, but you run the risk of them deciding it’s not cancelled after all, and then there’d be five of them.

    @Amateur (#18): Ah there is something wrong with it, because it’s so bittersweet and it stands in the way of pursuing an incompatible, but achievable dream.

  23. Amateur
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#22):

    . . .

    I’m sorry, but I read that three times and I can’t understand what you’re saying. I probably need to give up Web browsing for the night and hit the hay.

  24. dyslexic dog
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:33 pm [Reply]

    Just so we’re clear: ack.

  25. LogopolisMike
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:45 pm [Reply]

    Cathy: The fetus saying “ACK” shows a self-awareness that I have never, ever even imagined giving Cathy Guisewhite credit for. Does this mean I need to re-read the entire 34 year run of Cathy in a differit shopping seasent light? Because it’s almost the holidays and between avoiding wasted calories, doing my last minute shopping VERY last minute, and writing thank you cards for gifts I didn’t want, I’m going to busy until swimsuit shopping season — and you know what I mess that is.

  26. LogopolisMike
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:46 pm [Reply]

    going to BE busy obviously

  27. Roman Fingers
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:47 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (y#7): It’s all part of the service. Nothing so obscure that I can’t crush it’s very soul.

  28. UnclGhost
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:47 pm [Reply]

    Cathy + “Belly Laffs”? Out of all the possible futures, this ranks just above the one where apes take over.

  29. Yep
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:51 pm [Reply]

    When Calvin and Hobbes ended, we were left with a blank snow-white slate of endless possibility for the future; by contrast, when Cathy ends, we are left with a locked gender-normative “ack” that ensures an endless re-enactment of doomed generational progeny, along with an immediately dated topical “iphone” pseudo-joke. Ack indeed.

  30. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:53 pm [Reply]

    @Roman Fingers (#27): Well, you know a helluva lot more about currency than Locher, I’m pretty sure. Though I realize that could be interpreted as damning with faint praise:-).

  31. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 10:56 pm [Reply]

    CATHY — One thing I don’t get, having never produced a baby myself. Doesn’t the pregnancy need to be a few months along before an ultrasound reveals the sex? I would have thought this joyous announcement would have taken place much closer to the day the stick turned color, or however one does a pregnancy test these days.

  32. Soccerhead
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:01 pm [Reply]

    Curtis: Does anybody actually say, “bar of chocolate”?

  33. Ing
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:05 pm [Reply]

    ummm…why is Margo nude?

  34. CC
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    With Cathy’s demise, the Los Angeles Times is replacing it with Stone Soup.

    But, also dropping Rex Morgan for the KenKen puzzle.

    Link: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/readers/2010/10/changes-to-the-comics-pages.html

    Anyone wishing to weigh in on this decision and try and help the good Doctor get back into the Times can email them here:

    comics@latimes.com
    or
    readers.representative@latimes.com

  35. Aviatrix
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:10 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#31): You may be able to use modern technology to know you’re pregnant the first missed day, but many pregnancies don’t make it out of the first trimester. Given Cathy’s age, there could be a lot of problems with a pregnancy. It would be imprudent to tell people until there’s a reasonable chance of a live birth.

    I score this one as sensible on Cathy’s part.

  36. Amateur
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:10 pm [Reply]

    @Soccerhead (#32): A good rule of thumb: Nobody in real life ever actually says what anyone in “Curtis” says. See the “I can only say this show appears to be a combination of cooking and travel shows!” debacle from the other day.

  37. Rusty
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:13 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#31): Irving is incapable of producing male chromosones, hence it has to be a girl.

  38. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    @Backup (#1): When I read back what you wrote, you seemed to be saying that Lu Ann was going to plot to do something. That can’t be right.

  39. Hank
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:19 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#35): …especially given that Cathy is (based on her creator’s date of birth) SIXTY years old.

  40. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:21 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#35): Thank you. I’ll add this to the long list of useful things I’ve learned on CC.

  41. Poteet
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:26 pm [Reply]

    @Rusty (#37): I’ll add that to the very long list of useless but fun things I’ve learned here:-). Actually, my newspaper dropped Cathy shortly before or after she got married (can’t even remember which), and in the CATHY years that I remember, Irving was usually portrayed as unlikeable. At least that’s the way I remember him, so the idea that Cathy married him still seems weird to me. Now, of course, I’ll never have to think about it again.

    Farewell, Cathy. Thanks for the strips I did like, back in the day, usually the ones about Cathy being disorganized that made me feel a little better about being disorganized myself. Ack.

  42. Retromancy
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:27 pm [Reply]

    Didn’t Margo have “long flowing hair extensions” – it seems to be a different length in every panel – or maybe its become sentient and fluxuating and pulsing just waiting to strangle someone.

  43. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:31 pm [Reply]

    @LogopolisMike (#25):

    Cathy G. is not Lynn Johnston. Thank goodness. The former still has her husband, her daugher and her parents that she gave up the strip so she could spend more time with them. If there is “classic Cathy,” it was not her call.

  44. Bradbury
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    Why is Cathy’s mother implying Cathy is from the generation that fought for women’s rights? Even if Cathy is 45 that means she was born in 1965 and went to college in the mid 80s. Perhaps she was a very vocal and politically conscious baby.

    Guisewite is trying to fit a lot of undeserved self-congratulation in this strip and it makes no sense in the context of a character who’s apparently age 30-40ish. It’s nice to see this awful comic kept the stupidity, offensiveness and glurge levels right up to its dying breath.

  45. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    So Margo and Lu Ann are currently wearing the weirdest dresses in the room and now they’re going to be bridesmaids? They’ll still be wearing the weirdest dresses–and the ugliest–in the room. It’s what bridesmaids do.

  46. Etters
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:36 pm [Reply]

    That “ack” isn’t from Cathy’s baby; it’s her vagina, and it’s ack-ing in response to both the horrors it witnessed at the conception of the baby, and also the guilt it feels at the part it will play at bringing another Cathy into the world.

  47. ElkMeadow
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:37 pm [Reply]

    @Poteet (#31):

    Saturday’s strip said that the time was jumped to next spring, so she’d be probably about three-four months along.

  48. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    Oh, my acking heart! After 34 years, Cathy Guisewite is finally laying her ubiquitous* creation to rest! I’m trying to keep my emotions in check, but…

    “Goodbye and good riddance, Comic Strip Cathy! Don’t let the door hit your ample posterior on the way out!” (DANCES A JIG)

    *I’m not naive enough to think that this spells the end of CSC. She will continue to be the subject of calendars, strip compilations, etc. But at least I won’t have to look at her on the comics page anymore!

  49. DeLand DeLakes
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:48 pm [Reply]

    Ah, yes: we live in a society so transformed, it has enabled a female cartoonist to reinscribe hetero-patriarchal reproduction in one final, tiny “aaaaacckkk.” Talk about the mixed blessings of contemporary feminism.

  50. Ktrout
    October 3rd, 2010 at 11:55 pm [Reply]

    Don’t you love it when “anything is possible” but the results are the same as always?

  51. Walker of Dog
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:13 am [Reply]

    @Etters (#46): Meanwhile, Cathy’s uterus is too distracted to ack – it’s going to spend the next several months tidying up after its guest and worrying how it will ever get its figure back.

  52. Aviatrix
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:18 am [Reply]

    @Hank (#39): Yeah, you see why I kept my reference to her age ambiguous.

    And, for the record, I accept the duality of Cathy, the character now, being a reasonable age to conceive a child while Cathy, the character when the strip was first introduced, broke some ground. Yeah, it doesn’t work if you have to assign one age to her, but it’s worth the brain stretch to make the point. It has always been possible for exceptional women to have careers, but the original Cathy participated in the wave that allowed ordinary, imperfect, insecure aacking women to participate in the workforce on the same terms as ordinary men. (Okay not quite the same terms, but being underpaid was the way women got in the door). Had she been a paragon of achievement and self-control she would have been one more voice telling ordinary women to go back to the kitchen.

  53. CanuckDownSouth
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:21 am [Reply]

    Poteet#31 More information, etc, etc.. There’s actually a blood test for the child’s sex where they amplify the kid’s DNA floating in the mom’s blood; the umbilical is apparently not quite a one-way street. Online journal abstract hunt indicates it works after about 8 weeks. This isn’t a widely-used technique. The article I found indicated they were studying it in order to find out when women at risk of having children with adrenal hyperplasia were having girls. Early in-utero hormonal intervention can dramatically mitigate the effects of the syndrome on girls, and the earlier the better.

  54. Aviatrix
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:24 am [Reply]

    JP: So when Jules asked for €6000 to go to a shoe show in Milan, dad says no, but when he asks for $6M, dad says yes. I wonder if I can get the same out of my folks if I fire up the Business Plan template in Microsoft Word.

  55. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:28 am [Reply]

    Lio – The tribute is way too good for the honoree.

    Slylock doesn’t believe Count Weirdly because the seamless plastic bubble they’re in is already an impossibility, and two impossibilities in one dastardly trap is just too damned far-fetched, even for Weirdly.

    Josh – That horse is Spark Plug, aka “Sparky,” and … whoops, Eric Costello beat me to it. [Hi, Eric! Kip Williams here. Long time, eh?] Anyhoo, long story short, “Horse Trader” is clearly a swinger magazine for pluggers.

    @Austria (#16): Epic crossover? Well, there was the Gasoline Alley tribute to Dick Tracy, which went for a couple of weeks and was way better drawn than the actual strip — that was epic. And there was an Alley Oop where they advertised for a temp, and I think the respondents included Beetle Bailey, Popeye, Cap’n Easy, and maybe Smokey Stover. It’s been a while.

  56. bats :[
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    10/4 Good Buddies:

    MW: you know that Jill Black? Well, she’s dead. It’s just a matter of days.

    MT: and all is not lost!

  57. Aviatrix
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:32 am [Reply]

    MW: Mary is so horrified at the realization that her meddle has been snatched from under her very nose, that it looks as if her lips are falling off. I believe it’s just that they line up perfectly with the elbow creases of the diner who wasn’t there in the shot from the previous angle.

  58. Sheila Sternwell
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:47 am [Reply]

    Margo’s hair is slowly turning into the shoulder-length flip Lu Ann used to have. And for god’s sake, I hope Lu Ann’s hair changes back to something that doesn’t look like it sat in the kitchen sink for a week, and soon.

  59. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:50 am [Reply]

    MARY WORTH looks aghast at the suggestion that Jill Black might have more experience as a wedding planner than she does!

    BEETLE BAILEY is totally wasted after Sarge gives him a hand job!

    Seeing MANDRAKE described as a “city magician” is probably the highlight of Monday’s strip!

  60. hcv
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:56 am [Reply]

    Each time I see Lu Ann’s new look, it reminds me of the Star Trek TOS episode where the crew is kidnapped by Apollo, who makes Special Guest Babe Crew Member dress up in much the same style.

    “Welcome… to ROMAN TIMES!”

  61. Carly
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:00 am [Reply]

    I love the identical arched eyebrows in the third A3G panel. Clearly all of Margo’s work with her disciple is finally paying off if Lu Ann has learned to express that much derision with one solitary eyebrow.

    As for Cathy, don’t jinx us with suggesting all those possible things we could have been tortured with; you’ll give her ideas and she’ll pull a Favre.

  62. FOOBed again
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:03 am [Reply]

    MW: I think what’s going to happen is that Jill Black doesn’t know jack about wedding planning, and she’s going to charge Adrian a big fee and then mess things up. She probably heard about the Ted Confey debacle, and knows that Adrian is dumb as a post a little bit gullible. Mary will need to step in and meddle her out of the situation and save the day by planning a big Charterstone wedding with plenty of salmon squares and Potato-Ade.

  63. Anonymous
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    On an unrelated note, the Mastrioni’s (Hart Studios) new strip they’ve been working on for a few years will apparently debut in newspapers tomorrow.
    I guess that TV spot they did where they talked about how newspaper comics are a dying breed and also they have a new comic they’ve been working on if anyone’s interested in printing that did the trick.

  64. Anonymous
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    @Anonymous (#63): As I type that I wonder if it’s any coincidence that their new comic is getting in as Cathy goes out.
    Hm…

  65. Lisa
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    Cathy: What if she or her syndicate decide to do reruns? {ducking and covering}

  66. This Guy
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:18 am [Reply]

    A song for the end of Cathy:

    Nothing changes cause it’s all the same
    The world you get’s the one you give away
    It all just happens again
    Way down the line

    And all the things you learn when you’re a kid
    You’ll fuck up just like your parents did
    It all just happens again
    Way down the line

    I had an Orwell joke here, but I think it’s all been said already and better.

    A cheery tune

  67. Anonymous
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:18 am [Reply]

    No, Dick, it’s one of the other homeless people giving out thousand dollar bills!

    Goddammit Dick!

  68. True Fable
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:19 am [Reply]

    Fist O’ Justice Theater Sunday Matinee So Johnson’s Vote Hunt is close enough for Rusty and Sappy to run off to and discover, but Mark just throws down a campsite between his house and the fence…. because he feels like it? WHY? Is Cherry’s cooking that bad? Is Doc’s liniment that strong? Is Rusty that hideous? Or is Joe Gotfired no Johnny Malotte and does not warrant an invitation to sit at a table for a meal?
    Then again, Joe Gotfired says, “I was on my way to Lost Forest” – pal, you are IN Lost Forest, Lost Forest expands and contracts as it damn well sees fit, Lost Forest is your daddy. Lost Forest decides where you throw down your massive perfectly stuffed duffle bag, and it determines whether that ginormous chipmunk will be your guide or make you its bitch.

  69. Mordock999
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:48 am [Reply]

    Today’s Luann – 10/04/10

    Dirk – (KNOCK, KNOCK)

    Tiffany – “Who’s THERE?”

    Dirk – “Dirk!”

    Tiffany – “Dirk, WHO?”

    Dirk – “Dirk from uhhh, UPS! HERE to deliver a ‘Suspious Package’ to a Miss Toni Daytona, and MURDER ANYBODY that GETS in the way, NOW that I know EXACTLY WHERE she lives THANKS to THAT Grining Jackass, TJ! OPEN UP!”

    Tiffany – “Uhhhhhh, She’s NOT here! She’s moved away!”

    Dirk – “She WHAT!?! You’re Lyin’ to me! Maybe I should just BUST the door down and…,”

    Tiffany – “Just Kidding! Here’s the keys to the house and the code to the security system. She gets home at 5:00 pm and drives a red 2008 Cougar, license number AXE-901. I’m LATE for My hair appointmnet! GOTTA RUN!!!”

    Dirk – “Ha,ha,ha!”

    ___________________________
    DEATH to TJ!!! NOW, You KNOW WHY!!!

  70. True Fable
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:49 am [Reply]

    Bolda You’re a better man than I, Baldo. I think Gracie is a know-it-all little shitfiend.

    Pretty People Posse! Yeah, my dad loans me six million dollars all the time. Frankly I’m sick of it.

    Marmadick Unspeakable sixty-nine action, or unspeakable mistaking a dog for a man, or both.

    Mary Wrath You fool! You are bringing in a ringer to Mary’s House of Meddle, how dare you!

    Kit Walker, Lucky Guessing Ranger I still say it’ll take him until at least next week before he will recognize Diana, chiefly because he’ll spend a few days angsting at the door instead of looking in through the goddamn window.

    Zaggy A pantless man questioning the ad for stinky buns. Folks, it just writes itself sometimes.

  71. Alfred E. Neuman
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:12 am [Reply]

    Monday Stuff

    Archie— That’s strange. I’d always figured Archie as a master debater.

    FW— Becky is quite disarming today.

    Hi & Lois— I had no idea that not-so-sweet Lois had such a vicious tongue that the neighbors had to send her a petition to get her to shut up. Maybe Country Joe McDonald could write a song about her.

    Luann— No reason for Dirk to be suspicious of that conversation. No reason at all. No sir. [*]

  72. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:20 am [Reply]

    HI & LOIS… can’t understand why no one wants to play the board game version of “Truce or Consequences” with them! According to the wags at Nora’s Diner, the Flagstons are a couple of CHEATERS!

    SPIDER-MAN… magnanimously offers to take Aunt May to a Broadway show! Too bad he didn’t ask her BEFORE she developed cataracts in both eyes!

  73. Jym
    October 4th, 2010 at 2:56 am [Reply]

    =v= Cathy: The only reason this strip got into newspapers was to serve as a token woman-created strip with bad artwork and a premise that seemed modern-ish but was ultimately unthreatening. The original cast was her stereotypical strident feminist friend (Andrea), a male chauvinist pig boyfriend (Irving), and aw shucks little ol’ Cathy somewhere in the middle. She worked at an office, but definitely down at the bottom of the totem pole, and acted like a total idiot. (There was some hint that she and Irving shared a bed in those early days, but that kind of sniggering humor was not uncommon until the Reagan years.)

    I don’t agree that this strip opened any doors for women. It was too derivative to actually blaze any trails. Women who could draw and/or write better couldn’t get syndicated because editors could say they already had a strip drawn by a woman. When they finally added For Better or For Worse, a strip by a woman who could draw well, it was with the explicit understanding that it would also be unthreatening, devoted to the domestic sphere.

  74. Jym
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:04 am [Reply]

    =v= Years ago, I realized that daily Cathy strips fit a pattern:

    (1) Intro remarks, perhaps some clue as to what the strip is about.
    (2) Actually stating what the strip is about, perhaps repeating the first panel.
    (3) Culmination of everything repeated in the first two panels, only with more words that “hilariously” crowd out the characters (human and dog), often illustrated with sweat flying everywhere. In the early years this culmination (as the National Lampoon pointed out) often took the form of “Chomp! Chomp! Chomp!” or “Ack! Ack! Ack!”
    (4) One of the strip’s handful of punchlines.

    A good time-saving approach is to just read the 2nd panel, after which you know what the punchline will be.

  75. Cliff Arroyo
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:12 am [Reply]

    5. Tim O’Shenko: “What diabolical schemes, what nefarious deeds could (Tommie) be planning while our eyes are diverted?”

    Probably something unutterably boring. That’s how she rolls.

    In other news, I’m jonesing for some Bobbie action and hoping against hope that she’ll be an unvited guest at the wedding and bring her little friends with her, Smith and Wesson.

  76. Alison
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:50 am [Reply]

    One day when I was in high school, the teacher handed out a paper with a “Cathy” cartoon on it. Someone from the back of the class said loudly, “I HATE ‘Cathy’.” This was followed by mummers of agreement from, well, everybody in the entire room. This is one of my few amusing memories from high school.

    As for the strip itself: Good riddance to bad rubbish.

  77. Jerseygull
    October 4th, 2010 at 4:30 am [Reply]

    Interesting article from Salon on the death of newspaper comics. http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2010/10/02/good_grief

  78. Steve the Pocket
    October 4th, 2010 at 4:50 am [Reply]

    A happy AACKtoberfest to all y’all. So I have to ask, those of you who actually still get newspapers, what’s appearing in Cathy‘s old slot in your part of the world?

    Curtis: Wouldn’t one want to not hire someone to endorse their weight-loss program until after they had, yanow, actually lost weight? And also Disney’s Doug did the “Waist-Away” thing first.

    Garfield: Oh hey, it’s the most entertaining character in the entire comic. She’d better not disappoint me.

    One Big Happy is still The Family Circus in multiple panels.

  79. Apeman
    October 4th, 2010 at 5:00 am [Reply]

    @Retromancy (#42):
    The extensions are made from a part of the alien symbiote that was the black Spider-Man costume. It bends to Margo’s will.

  80. Zla'od
    October 4th, 2010 at 5:02 am [Reply]

    For all you nay-sayers who doubt that Cathy could be sexually active, I recall a strip from…it must have been a decade or more ago. Anyway, Cathy’s mom asks her pointedly why a single girl like her would need a double bed. (Her blushing response: “It fit the sheets I bought!”) This strongly suggests that she’s been sleeping with all her boyfriends over the years.

  81. Mr. O'Malley
    October 4th, 2010 at 5:10 am [Reply]

    @Jym (#73): Except that the early FOOBs, as you can see from the reruns, were not drawn well at all. I give Lynn credit, that when she managed to sell the strip, she realized how limited her drawing skills were, and she studied art technique until in the end of the run the strips were very nicely drawn.

    Ellie got out of the house and ran a bookstore for a while. Kind of like feminist Blondie and her catering business, I suppose. I remember the strips from this period as being not too bad, but I might change my mind if they show up in reruns.

    They may not rerun those strips because nobody under the age of 30 would know what a bookstore is. Of course, nobody under the age of 30 would buy a newspaper either.

    That didn’t stop Peanuts from rerunning a series about learning to write with a fountain pen, but I guess Peanuts doesn’t have to follow the rules.

  82. The Restless Mouse
    October 4th, 2010 at 5:32 am [Reply]

    #15 Shawn; You said it! I wouldn’t even be able to tolerate implied Irving-on-Cathy action ala 9CL hand motions, or worse “Aaack!!!” heard from another room.

    Speaking of 9CL, I notice they are swimming in the local swamp again, but apparently the artist “Brooke” does not know how to draw leeches. I tried to add some and discovered I don’t know how to draw leeches either. Guess I will have to settle for giving Dear Abby devil-horns and a beard for Carolyn Hax.

  83. John C Fremont
    October 4th, 2010 at 5:53 am [Reply]

    MT – “Where are you heading, Joe?”
    “I’m going down to shoot my old lady, Mark.”

  84. Comicsmama
    October 4th, 2010 at 6:57 am [Reply]

    I’m still trying to figure out how Margo can have extensions when her hair is shorter than it was before the makeover.

  85. Little Guy
    October 4th, 2010 at 7:11 am [Reply]

    Goodbye Farewell Amen Cathy: Okay, that was sweet and nice to wrap up, and there wasn’t the need to use a wall of words to go out. Well played, AAACK-Woman.

    yPV: Aleta as played by Jean Harlow.

  86. queek, source of Cuteness, Kawaii Commando
    October 4th, 2010 at 7:46 am [Reply]

    TMMB: snow? a bit early for that in most places. re-run?

    F-: clever concept. not especially funny, but at least somewhat amusing.

    GF: Bucky doesn’t expect the Inquisition. but then, no one does. . . .

    LaC: heeee!

    MC: Brigit in a red-carpet outfit: o MY! also, ahhhh, the classics.

    SF: awwwwwwww. Points for effort, Ted.

    6Cx: heee! (could have been a Zits gag, as well.)

    SFx: yeah, got that one quick.

    Frazz: ahhhh, the classics, brought to you by Acme.

    IP: I giggled.

    SB: if you’re stealing gags from the old days of BC, than you might want to reconsider your profession. ZOT!

    standard disclaimer and apology for any oversnark.

  87. CanuckDownSouth
    October 4th, 2010 at 7:51 am [Reply]

    #84-Comicsmama No, I haven’t figured out whether extensions are too novel, weird and threatening for the artists or their target audience, but only a flatiron was used to give Margo ‘longer’ hair. Not that that helps explain the changing hairlength.

    Luann gets stupider. After TJ sets up ‘Toni will be home alone’ there’s no way Tiff’s ‘Toni moved’ act will work. If they want to catch him violating the restraining order, they don’t need the act. or they could just go with what Dirk’s already done around Brad.

  88. terrapin
    October 4th, 2010 at 7:53 am [Reply]

    Sit down Stu! You’ll burst your prostate!

  89. bourbon babe, unbuckled
    October 4th, 2010 at 7:55 am [Reply]

    SM: Aunt May has the panicked, fixed smile of someone who’s thinking, “MJ on Broadway? I must have something else to do tonight! Think, May, think!”

    MT: Yes, turn your back and look away, Giant Chipmunk—Mark is assuming his “seductive woodsman” pose!

    JP: Wait, is that a smile on Jules’s face? Don’t use those muscles too suddenly, Jules; I imagine they’re atrophied from lack of use.

    MW: Adrian, even your feeble attempt to curry favor by coordinating your wrist cuff with Mary’s kicky scarf can’t save you now.

    A3G: So “went out dancing” is now code for “faded quietly back into the shadows where everyone forgot about her again”?

    SF: A Confederacy of Dunces fan? Yay, Ces!

  90. wossname
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:02 am [Reply]

    A3G – Lu Ann obviously waits for Margo’s permission to bring up any topic of discussion. Wise woman.

    DT – Uhh, are those supposed to be human facial expressions? That’s more of Dick’s eyes than I’ve ever seen before, and that’s not a good thing. Please, bring back the squint.

    FW – Hey – what happened to the big seduction scene?

    Luann – Can this get any stupider? (I’m sure the answer is yes, and that it will be confirmed tomorrow.) So TJ tells Dirk that Toni is going to be all alone and vulnerable at her house tomorrow at 4… and the plan is that when Dirk arrives, Tiffany will say “Oh, Toni doesn’t live here any more!” and that will end all threat of Dirk ever bothering them again. Right.

    MT – I can’t decide if way the background is colored in panels 1 and 3 indicates great artistry, or great sloppiness, on the part of the color monkeys.

    MW – Oh, you don’t think there will be any conflict between Mary/Adrian and this Jill Black person, do you? Surely not!

    Phan – this is actually exciting suspenseful not boring.

    Popeye – HUH???

    SF – Ces, I think you just said one of bourbon babe’s magic words. (Four words, actually.)

    Sly – Poor Shady Shrew tries to brighten up his shoddy digs with a little trinket, and this is the thanks he gets! He’ll probably completely abandon his plan to wash the dishes now.

    S-M – “And we waited until half an hour before the play, because we know you couldn’t possibly have any other plans in your poor miserable life.”

  91. Rusty
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:03 am [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#78): The hartford Courant is giving the space to try outs of different strips, starting with Dustin. The last time they did this, there was about 6 different strips given what seemed a month each, and then the winner by popular vote was some dreck named Arctic Circle. I don’t have much optimism about it.

  92. Bobbie Merrill
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:13 am [Reply]

    @Cliff Arroyo (#75): Oh, I don’t care about that wedding — although seeing that low-class stepdaughter of mine and her trashy friend in bridesmaid dresses would be amusing. No, you can look for me with a pistol if that no-good ex of mine, Martin, actually tries to tie the knot with that– that– maid. I expect to be released from the Upstate Institution for the Criminally Addled before that, and I’m sure I can get a gun the same way I got the last one, by bribing a mugger. (They’re very vulgar but they can be useful.) Maybe I can even get my friend Helen to come up from Florida and bring her shotgun. She’s from a very good family, you know.

  93. Écureuil Écumant
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    JP: That $6M sure gave Jules one hell of a prognathous jut! (“Spent all of my life / Tryin’ to grow me a chin…”)

    @89 bourbon babe, unbuckled said:

    SF: A Confederacy of Dunces fan? Yay, Ces!

    Yeah, it kind of explains Ted. He’s got the requisite hat; I’ve seen it.

  94. Amateur
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:45 am [Reply]

    MW: A meddling rival? With experience?? DUN DUN DUN!!!

  95. Braniff
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:51 am [Reply]

    @True Fable (#20): Either that, or Cathy or Irving are having same-sex affairs with the office lady or the electronics nerd who inspired The 40-Year Old Virgin.

  96. Braniff
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:53 am [Reply]

    FC: Mommy, you’d better call Lucy Van Pelt on the phone and get her over to pull a Charlie Brown with Jeffy–before he causes any more damage to the household!!!

  97. Rana
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:55 am [Reply]

    @wossname (#90): Re: Luann I hadn’t realized it until you said it, but, yeah. You’d think that someone who felt you needed to know that a former girlfriend was (a) injured and (b) alone/lonely, would also understand that you’d need to know that (c) she’d moved (if, indeed, she had). Way to blow the set up, TJ!

  98. The "Noodle Incident"
    October 4th, 2010 at 8:56 am [Reply]

    MW: Oh, it is ON.

  99. Tube sock
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    MW: That bitch is going to die!

  100. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    9CL — Rauncho Libre!

  101. Shem
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:16 am [Reply]

    I’m glad to see I’m not the only one who was skeeved out by Cathy’s “life” ending the moment she gets knocked up.

    In the meantime, the Philadelphia Inquirer has apparently decided to replace Cathy with… nothing. Just run the other strips a teensy bit bigger. I’m perfectly fine with this, because the last time they replaced strips, we ended up with Pickles and Sherman’s Lagoon.

  102. Pozzo
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:20 am [Reply]

    Re: the throwaway panels of “Cathy” – are these supposed to be the beloved characters we’ll all miss so much? I haven’t read the strip in years, but I don’t recall there being anybody besides Irving, her parents, the dogs, her boss and her lesbian (my guess) co-worker. I think the others are just temps that weren’t needed in “Dilbert” today.

  103. aprilp_katje
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:32 am [Reply]

    @Hank (#39): Yes! I was about to comment–how can Cathy possible NOT be menopausal by now?

  104. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    B.C. — You’re supposed to play with the pieces, Fat Broad… not eat them! (In any event you might want to stay away from food additives like MSG…)

    Baldo — Gracie is an Islamic cleric… or at least that’s what I thought when I misread “muuah” as “mullah”!

  105. tb4000
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    Luann: Every episode of an 80s sitcom, and every episode of a Disney Channel sitcom, all rolled up into one even unfunnier ball.

  106. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:34 am [Reply]

    9 – People don’t really frame their thoughts to match their physical condition. They don’t think “I’m c-c-cold” or “achoo! it’s dusty in here!”

    3G – The thing that’s really burning Lu Ann must be the megadose of Botox they slipped her.

    Dick – It’s like the artist has a checklist of facial features, and if he draws one of each, his job is done, whether it looks like the character it’s supposed to be or not. “That’s it! I’m done… wait: nose. Okay, straight line, two curves. NOW I’m done.”

    It also seems increasingly likely that Locher’s contributions to the strip occur every three or four weeks and consist of a vague indication of the next ponderous plot twist, and that Comic Shop Guy just keeps doing what he’s doing until he hears from him.

  107. [Old Man] Muffaroo
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    Marfield – Another shark-jumping moment. Armstrong could have had the child-object cutely misunderstand the term “neighborhood watch” and visualize an immense Rolex in a wagon, but instead he has to show the thing being lugged around by a guy in checked pants and a ha-ha-look-how-funny face. Just award this strip the Golden Crutch and let it go.

    Prickly – Gagstopper’s Textbook: Use the exact same light weight of lettering when you reverse it over a black background. The missing vertical strokes will help keep many in your audience from risking the myriad dangers of laughter and smiling.

    Slylock – Magnet, shmagnet. Slylock’s going to torture Shady Shrew with a fork until he confesses, which he’ll probably do within seconds since he’s always released from prison quickly enough to come home and do his dishes before the water congeals.

    Tiger – Punkinhead clearly has misunderstood the term “handler.”

  108. teenchy
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:37 am [Reply]

    What stands out most for me compared to your 2004 Cathy post is the quantity and quality of the comments made. Clearly since that time the ‘Mudgeon has gone from being a bit of an anomaly to one of the premier, if not the premier, comics criticism blogs in this whole network of tubes. Kudos to you, Josh (and where due to Uncle Lumpy too).

  109. miranda
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:41 am [Reply]

    I don’t fully share your aversion to Cathy, who at her best was heir to self-conscious spinsters like Rhoda Morgenstern and Sheila Levine. Getting married always makes these women unfunny.

    Whereas Sally Forth, with her unfunny wisecracks reminiscent of every sideways-smirking, smarter-than-the-menfolk wife or girlfriend in the odious Funkiverse, sets my teeth on edge. Never was and never will be funny.

  110. TheDiva
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:42 am [Reply]

    @CanuckDownSouth (#53): Gender can also be determined by amniocentesis, which seems likely in this case–I would think Cathy and Irving would want to know if their offspring has inherited the chromosomal defect that rendered Cathy noseless. Otherwise, most people who want to find out gender get it at the 20-week ultrasound (the “halfway point” of the pregnancy)–a bit odd for them to wait so long for the announcement, but since Cathy’s figure has probably prevented her from showing thus far I can accept it.

    There’s an old notion that pre-verbal children have universal knowledge, attuned to the world and its mysteries in a way their elders cannot comprehend. I suspect Cathy’s fetus recognizes its parents for the shallow, neurotic people they are, and is responding accordingly. But as tragic as the poor child’s fate is, the most important thing is that we don’t have to witness it. Moving on!

    C’shaft: Yes, that would be just one of many benefits.

    DT: No, I’m sure it’s just some other transient handing out large amounts of cash for random acts of kindness. Happens all the time.

    MW: “Adrian! Are…are you seeing another meddler? Harlot! Jezebel!”

  111. Jerseygull
    October 4th, 2010 at 9:52 am [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#78): Asbury Park Press added “Pajama Diaries.” I was hoping for “Get Fuzzy” or “Pearls Before Swine,” but no, they decided what the one page of comics really needed was yet another strip about families, to go with Refoob, Family Circus, Grand Avenue, Curtis and Baby Blues. Sigh.

  112. commodorejohn
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:00 am [Reply]

    @Jerseygull (#77): Eh, just another piece blaming the Internet for the demise of print media. I won’t deny that it’s played a part, but I maintain that the majority of the blame lies with the newspaper industry itself and the way it aggressively prunes away the content that people actually want to read to make way for more of the things they don’t give a shit about. As someone here once put it, “we’re sinking! Quick, destroy all the lifeboats!” The Internet is a convenient scapegoat for them, but it’s far from being the most guilty party in this slow death.

  113. Snowshoecat
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:02 am [Reply]

    MW 10/04

    Wedding planner? OH NOOOOOOOO!

    Look at the expression of horror/incredulity on Mary’s face. After sending the sickly orange contents of her fork into Adrian’s face, picture Mary striding purposefully into (the undefined) “Administration” and snarling, “back off, Black. The wedding is MINE! Bitch!”

  114. Sequitur
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:09 am [Reply]

    True Fable, you are funny today!

    but

    ACK! GOCOMICS is running vintage Cathy strips. Today’s is apparently from 1999.

    JUST LET IT GO! PLEASE!

  115. Les of the Jungle Patrol
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:19 am [Reply]

    aaaack

  116. Darkefang
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:26 am [Reply]

    MW: Jill Black is going to help Adrian plan her wedding? I guess we can all cross her off of the list of people that Mary Worth isn’t going to murder.

    RMMD: Nora must be an amazing cook if her customers would rather talk about some old guy’s prostate than eat.

    S-M: Is that Aunt May, or is it Abe Vigoda in drag after a botox binge?

  117. Rocky Stoneaxe
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    Curtis… admires Michelle’s ability to lie on cue! (Why am I not surprised?)

    DtM (Unexpurgated Version) — After stifling another giggle, an inebriated Alice Mitchell looks at the minister and says: “Count your blessings, Reverand — I have to get loaded just to survive another day with that hellspawn!”

  118. Sequitur
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:34 am [Reply]

    @Steve the Pocket (#78): Our paper only carried Cathy on Sundays. I have to wait until October 10th for the replacement. Or maybe they’ll just enlarge a couple of comics a bit to take up the space.

    I added Cathy to my GOCOMICS.com list when I heard it was being cancelled to see how it would play out. As I stated @114, they’re now showing old strips (arrrgh!)

  119. Scott Bot
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    JP – ‘Six million? Uh, Jules, remember what I said about not loving you? Let’s just forget that little mistake, shall we?’

    MT – Thank you, Mister Exposition.

  120. commodorejohn
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:49 am [Reply]

    It gave me a warm fuzzy feeling this morning to find Cathy grayed out on the Chron comics page. HA HA, TAKE THAT, YOU OBNOXIOUS WHINY HEIFER!

    Agnes – I wasn’t even aware “fungible” was a dictionary word [*] until I looked it up, at which point I had a good laugh at the fact that Wiktionary is the kind of place where xkcd gets quoted as an example of usage.

    A3G – Ha ha, silly Lu Ann! Tommie doesn’t have any friends!

    Archie – Whoa, Cammie’s rocking the “modernist librarian” look!

    AS – …no.

    A.D. – I’m not sure why this is a saying. Every Chinese restaurant I’ve been to offers portions too large for me to eat in one sitting – as the small sizes. (And I’m not exactly a light eater.)

    Crankshaft – Wipe the fucking smirk off, Jeff. You’re no less obnoxious than your father-in-law. Hell, I’d be happier to see you gone, because for all his many, many faults, Ed isn’t a condescending twat who treats anyone over sixty-five like a small child.

    DT – EEEEEEEEEAAAAARRRRRGH

    FW – Milk it for bathos, then use it as a crap-tastic punchline? That’s our Batiuk!

    GT – I’m pretty that first panel makes them legally married in the Bible-belt states.

    JP – “Six million dollars? Well, doesn’t that just make my breasts jut!”

    Luann – Writing a story like this is a crime, right? It has to be.

    MW – Ohhh! Bitch is steppin’ in on Mary’s turf! Now things have to get…unpleasant.

    Momma – Fuck Momma. Just wad her wrinkled little corpse up into a ball and toss her in the trash, dammit. She’s a worthless, hateful little piece of shit and I hope she dies horribly.

    The Norm – Aww.

    OBH – Hey, it worked for Bob Dylan.

    Phantom – “Nope, not Diana! Just some cranky woman complaining about my shining a bright light in her eyes!”

    Popeye – I’m seeing the phrase “fresh fish” and something about Olive being desireable. I’m very, very frightened of continuing any further into this storyline.

    PC – That would explain a lot.

    RMMD – Bless you, Woody Wilson. Panel two made my week, and it’s only just starting.

    SM – Oh look, it’s Mrs. Bates!

  121. Ack to work
    October 4th, 2010 at 10:59 am [Reply]

    Cathy: There will be a reboot. Cathy 2.0 will be b-ack!

  122. Mibbitmaker
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    @The Restless Mouse (#82): Of course Brooke can draw leeches — otherwise known a Burber women! *rimshot* Chins, on the other hand…

  123. Buck Ripsnort
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:18 am [Reply]

    @Rana (#97): Nah, TJ is merely setting up the HI-larious scene where Dirk ends up raping TIFFANY instead of TONI, as he intended. Though I’d be happier if he just bent TJ over a garbage can and finished the story there and then.

  124. Buck Ripsnort
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    Can’t find a link, but I seem to recall Cathy was an underground strip for several years before damping down the feminism for the mainstream syndicate; she even visited a lesbian bar once. Re-run THOSE strips, gocomics!

  125. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:26 am [Reply]

    10-4 Good Buddy

    DS: Um, was this translated into Mandarin and then translated back by a chimp?

    Marvin: Well, that’s different.

    PBS: Timmy needs to apply to Pastis for more anthropomorphism points.

    Ziggy: If it’s not a typo, you’re in a crossover with Marvin.

    Archie: Young Yoko Ono is highly amused.

    Baldo: Aw.

    EC: Oh Abby, we’re all going to have to listen to it.

    DtM: The padre and Dennis’ parents are pleased at his response, this being The Church of Holy Agent Smith.

    Phantom: “Whoever that is out there, you’ve caught me at kind of a bad time. Aaaahh. Hey, where’s the TP?”

    9CL: The dungeonmaster is really giving Brooke a lot of leeway with his female paladin.

    Shoe: This is the one time in 100,000 when bug-eyed horror is actually the appropriate response to one of the jokes in Shoe. In fact the Perfesser should start backing slowly away now.

    SFx: Whether Shady is guilty or innocent, Slylock will no doubt be compelled to shave off all his fur and have his skin sterilized after being in that depressing kitchen.

    MW: Mary has her katana sharpened and she’s coming for Jill whatever-her-name-is. There can be only one!

    FW: These are the jokes, folks. Well, the closest you’re likely to get.

    GT: Whatever the Ghost just did, it required him taking out a condom. This game just gets raunchier and raunchier.

    MC: Not true, but I’m sure George Herriman is smiling, wherever he is.

    6C: The three very mild mannered furies. Greek myth had little to say about them.

    BB: While Sarge said “helping hand” instead of “firm fist”, it’s really a distinction without a difference in this case.

  126. Red Greenback
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:28 am [Reply]

    JP: “Neddy, I can now rebuild the shoes, I will have the technology. I will now have the capability to make the worlds first bionic shoe. Better than they were before. Better. Stronger. Faster.”

  127. Artist formerly known as Ben
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    @commodorejohn (#120): Re: Popeye: They work “tuna salad” in there too. We’re all scared.

  128. Buck Ripsnort
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    GF: I’d be more impressed if we didn’t all know the boffo line “NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!” is coming up by the end of the week.

  129. Sequitur
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:35 am [Reply]

    SM: Hmmmm. That’s The Joker disguised as Aunt May.

  130. Hibbleton
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    MT: “Here Joe, let me warm that coffee for you by putting my boots on fire.”

  131. Shylock
    October 4th, 2010 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    @True Fable (#20): Non-thin women don’t have ‘fat rolly’ entrances to their vaginas. They look and feel like beautiful women, not bones and gristle. Irving didn’t need an app for that.

  132. pedore
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:20 pm [Reply]

    I like how everyone in Apartment 3-G is so obsessively using each others names now. “You look shocked, Lu Ann, and you look shocked also, Margo!” “Why yes we are, Jack!”; “Will you, Lu Ann and Margo, be my bridesmaids?” “Of course we will, Doris!”. It’s nice to see the artist acknowledging that between the drawing style and the new ‘fashions’ for the girls, none of us have any damn idea who any of these people are.

  133. greghousesgf
    October 4th, 2010 at 12:27 pm [Reply]

    I feel sorry for that kid getting a shrill idiot like Cathy for a mom.

  134. The Ridger
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    @Aviatrix (#54): Sure, because six thousand is clearly not serious, but six million is. I mean, what can you do on six thousand? Nothing. But six million, that means you’ve got serious plans. Business plans. Serious ones.

    Seriously, though, yes. Asking for a lot of money usually gets you taken more seriously.

  135. The Ridger
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:12 pm [Reply]

    @Mr. O’Malley (#81): Do you go to bookstores? I only ask because when I do, I find them full of twentysomethings using the wifi and kids running around all over the place. They may not be buying much, but they know what a bookstore is.

  136. BenBen
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:29 pm [Reply]

    You know you’ve been part of a medium struggling for relevance when you have a 36-year run, produce thousands and thousands of comic strips read quite possibly by millions, and decide that your life work’s very last word should be “iPhone.”

  137. Poteet
    October 4th, 2010 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    @ElkMeadow (#47): Thanks. I just looked up the Saturday strip and now it makes sense.

  138. Dood
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:23 pm [Reply]

    Who’s hotter, Alice Mitchell or Blondie Bumstead? Who’s more menacing, Dennis or Elmo?

  139. Braniff
    October 4th, 2010 at 3:36 pm [Reply]

    @greghousesgf (#133): Is there any way that Cathy’s kid could be traded by Irving for the classic Dennis Mitchell (the classic Dennis the Menace) in a future Cathy comic strip? (I am convinced she will pull a Brett Favre and unretire at least once.) Then Cathy would be faced with putting her kid in the corner, tormenting her girlfriend, breaking all sorts of things and discovering religion.

  140. Vermic
    October 4th, 2010 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    So Cathy was viviparous after all! This strip really knew how to bring the twists.

  141. Lisa
    October 4th, 2010 at 7:22 pm [Reply]

    {ACK! GOCOMICS is running vintage Cathy strips. Today’s is apparently from 1999.}

    I called it in post 65 late last night. So kill me.

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    October 7th, 2010 at 6:00 pm [Reply]

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