The series centers around cats that would be considered wild (like lions) and domesticated (like our housecats) alongside mice, and rats in a setting where they interact. They can interact with others, but usually prefer to interact within species. The smaller cats live in teepees and have bisexual polyamorous relationships based on Native American history, stories and legends.
Katmandu features two storylines. The first is of Leahtrah & Thorin and is set in their time period, approximating our 1940s-1950s, and set within a continental area like that of the Arabian Desert. The second follows stories that Leahtrah tells her husband and children of her ancestress, Liska, and is set in what would be the American Early Colonial Period. Liska's world is based upon Lakota Sioux, Cheyenne, and other Native American tribes and their legends.
The mature series is rated for readers aged fourteen and up. The final issue of the comic ended with #37. The story officially wrapped up in the final issue of Shanda the Panda issue #50, in the side story "Katmandu End of the Tail." The series has also spawned six issues of the Katmandu Annual and a private press 8 issue mini-series of Katmandu adult stories.
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