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Cathy Guisewite

Struggling with the “four basic guilt groups” the Cathy comic strip ran for 34 years and was a semi-autobiographical journey. Katie tells us about the amazing Cathy Guisewite from an advertising firm Vice President to award-winning cartoonist. 

Show Notes

  • BLOOPER – Katie forgets who Bonnie is.
  • “We don’t judge, we just love” – Leah
  • The Gal Pals this month are Dr. Leah Leach, Bonnie Fillenwarth, Katie Harris and Denise Jaeckel.
  • Leah already talked about Wonder Woman, Denise already talked about Betty Boop, Bonnie already talked about Sailor Moon.
  • Get to know you question – what comic strip did you read as a kid?
  • BOOK – Allie Brosh Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened (Gal’s Guide Library listing)
  • BOOK – Alison Bechdel Are You My Mother? (Gal’s Guide Library listing)
  • Katie’s 1 Cool Cartoon Thing is cartoonist Cathy Guisewite and her comic strip Cathy
  • Separation of church and state
  • Cathy’s autobiographical nature
  • Life arch
  • 34 year comic strip run
  • Early life in Ohio & Michigan
  • Copy editor to vice president at an advertising agency
  • Sent drawings to her mother
  • Four basic guilt groups
  • Submitted the Cathy comic strip
  • Hugely successful
  • Full time cartoonist
  • Charles Schultz encouragement
  • Merchandising
  • Room of Cathy
  • Emmy Award
  • Caught between the Betty’s
  • BOOK – Cathy Guisewite 50 Things That Aren’t My Fault (Amazon listing)
  • Address the Cathy critics
  • Retired from the comic stip in 2010
  • Adopter a daughter
  • Then thought her daughter needed a father
  • Cathy & Cathy got married
  • We need a grant!
  • Help us buy books for the library!
  • Cake!
  • Emmerson & Irving in the comic
  • Next month is Suffrage Month

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