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Aack! Cathy, the iconic and much-maligned comic strip by Cathy Guisewite, chronicled the day-to-day tribulations of its titular working woman for 35 years, met with equal praise and derision. In this podcast, Jamie Loftus (Lolita Podcast, My Year in Mensa) weaves between reporting and fiction,Read more

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Aackt 8: Guisewite Shut

Aug 23 • 01:19:53

Aackt 7: 12 Artists

Aug 16 • 01:28:29

In our penultimate (!) episode, Jamie speaks with twelve artists who work in semi-autobiographical comics in the spirit of Cathy today, and how autobio comics have changed with the times since Cathy-mania. ...

Aackt 6: Cathy and the Dreaded Mirror, Part 2

Aug 11 • 57:11

Aackt 6: Cathy and the Dreaded Mirror, Part 1

Aug 9 • 49:14

Aackt 5: Cathy and the Boomer Paradox

Aug 2 • 01:25:03

The Cathy comic takes a look at the trials and tribulations of boomer women of the middle class, from their early days navigating women's liberation through the 2008 recession, when the cracks in the boomer on facade were on full display. This week, Jamie traces the boomer legacy by speaking with women who were there -- yes, including her mom....

Minisode: Take the "Show Your Mom What a Podcast Is" Challenge

Jul 26 • 07:09

Aackt 4: The Pages Around Cathy, Part 2

Jul 21 • 46:45

In part two of Jamie's exploration into who shared the American funny pages with Cathy Guisewite, we take a look at the artists chronicling the experiences of the boomer and Gen X crowd day to day along with her -- Gary Trudeau of Doonesbury, Aaron McGruder of The Boondocks, Alison Bechdel of Dykes to Watch Out For, and Lynn Johnston of For Better or For Worse. Tell your m...

Aackt 4: The Pages Around Cathy, Part 1

Jul 19 • 51:37

Cathy Guisewite is often hailed as one of the only women in comic strips, but that's far from the truth -- this week, we uncover her frequently overlooked predecessors going back to the flapper age, and the underground scene that developed when the funny pages wouldn't address the issues feminists wanted to hear about, Wimmen's Commix. ...

Aackt 3: Cathy and American Feminist Backlash

Jul 12 • 01:14:27

Aackt 2 Part 2: Who is Cathy Guisewite?

Jul 7 • 45:08

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