After Decades Of Comics, 'Cathy' Cartoonist Found Writing 'So Liberating'

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Cathy Guisewite, the creator of the "Cathy" comic strip, didn't really want the character to be named after her. People would think that "Cathy" was based on her own life, she reasoned, and ... they would be right. Or, at least, they wouldn't be wrong. "Cathy was kind of my heart," Guisewite says. "Other stronger characters in the strip like Andrea were more my brain. But Cathy was kind of my heart, that was me." When "Cathy" hit the newspapers in 1976, it struck a chord with a lot of women. Fans identified with her self-deprecating humor and her relentless insecurity about her looks and love life. Detractors railed against the strip for reinforcing stereotypes of women. Now, more than 40 years after Cathy's debut, Guisewite has published a book of...

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After Decades Of Comics, 'Cathy' Cartoonist Found Writing 'So Liberating'

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