Comic Book: Omaha the Cat Dancer
A Petting Zoo People
sexually explicit Soap Opera
about a feline stripper and her friends told with a sex-positive feminist point of view. The series started in 1978. The artist throughout the series has been Reed Waller, with the writing handled for the most part by Kate Worley until her death in 2004.
The titular character is a Cat Folk
girl in her early 20s working as an ecdysiast... a nightclub dancer, in the fictional town of Mipple City. Her boyfriend Chuck works as an artist and nominally supports her dancing career. After posing for a men's magazine centerfold, Omaha gets invited to a shady dance performance that turns out to be a drug-fueled orgy for various corrupt businessmen and government officials
and while fleeing the scene with her boyfriend, Omaha's best friend Shelley is shot while leading them to safety.
From there, Omaha and Chuck get dragged into a byzantine plot between various power brokers that includes Chuck's father Charles Tabey Sr. - one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. While dealing with the external political plots, the whole cast of characters also have to cope with complex emotional issues that can shatter their lives.
Once parodied by Robert Crumb
in "Wichita the Rat Dancer".