The Katbox is a website that hosts furry webcomics. The Katbox has both a World of Warcraft guild and a Steam group, both named Bought the Farm. The site's homepage is a portal to the various comics, which presently number 14, not counting "bonus comics," which are set in the worlds of the main comics and tell stories that would otherwise remain unseen in the main narrative.
Early years: 2004 - 2009
The Katbox was founded by SoulKat, co-author of the site's first comic Las Lindas, which went online in September of 2004. It was joined in May 2005 by Nekonny's Caribbean Blue. A year later, the first page of Avencri's The Eye of Ramalach was posted in January, with regular updates beginning in March.
The total number of Katbox comics remained at three for the next several years. A fourth comic, Things Will Be Different, joined in November 2008 but was officially cancelled in January 2009 because the artist had lost interest. In October of that year, Running Wild, created by Jesonite ("Jeso") joined, but was canceled in February 2010. Katbox forumites referred to the "curse of the fourth comic."
Rapid influx: 2010 - 2012
In January 2010, Eye of Ramalach author Avencri began work on a second comic, Tina of the South, which was updated by donation. At the time of launch, it was treated as a "bonus comic" in site formatting, as Las Lindas had a number of bonus comics which were also updated by donation. However, unlike the Las Lindas bonus comics, Tina of the South told an independent story, and future site updates showed it as a top-level comic on the site's portal page.
On April 1, 2010, as part of a tradition of sitewide April Fools Day pranks, the number of Katbox comics abruptly jumped to 14. For the 11 new comics, each had one page posted, usually by different people (two, iMew and 88mm Neko, were drawn by Nekonny, author of Caribbean Blue). Over the course of April 1, most of the new comics were abruptly cancelled, with site staff feigning surprise. Two of the comics actually became established, however: iMew began donation-based updates in May, and Anthronauts began weekly updates in June.
Like Tina of the South, iMew was an independent creation of an existing artist, and was also treated as a bonus comic before receiving its own portal-page icon. When iMew concluded its run in September 2013, it was the first Katbox comic reach an official end.
Following the April 1 prank, the site homepage was restructured to reflect the new comics. With the addition of Anthronauts and iMew, and the recognition of Tina of the South as an independent comic, the site comic count jumped to six.
Changes: 2013 - present
In early 2013, Nixie began a second comic, Fungus Farm, which ran until June and was interactive. Anthronauts was rebooted at this point as well, and relaunched in July. The original version of the series remains archived as Anthronauts: Alternate Reality.
On September 6, SoulKat announced on the site forum that Swashbuckled was being dismissed from the site because Mastergodai, the primary artist, was no longer interested in working on the project. On November 9, Nekonny and Mihari completed Caribbean Blue, which had run for nine years and 326 pages. It was the second Katbox comic to be completed, following iMew.
The site's policy for NSFW content was revised in the fall, separating the site's general PG-13 atmosphere apart from more mature material.
|Addictive Science||April 2009 - present||Artist and writer: Cervelet||Daily||Co-hosted on SmackJeeves||Black and white|
|Anthronauts||April 2010 - June 2013; Reboot July 2013 - present||Artist and writer: Nixie||Weekly (Fridays)||Katbox exclusive||Color||Originally part of an April Fools prank|
|Caribbean Blue||May 2005 - November 2014||Artist and writer: Nekonny, writer: Mihari||Weekly||Katbox exclusive||B&W/Color||Finished run. Some guest comics in black and white|
|Chitsu Anddo Asu||February 2014 - present||Artist: Mastergodai Upstairstudios, writer: ID||Irregular||Katbox exclusive||Color|
|Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures||1999 - present; on the Katbox since September 2013||Artist and writer: Amber Williams||Irregularly (once or more weekly)||Co-hosted with MissMab.com||B&W/Color|
|Draconia Chronicles||1999 - present; on the Katbox since January 2011||Artist and writer Razorfox. Former staff: Donnie Sturges (writer-in-chief), Jen Starling (Photoshop), and Jason Cumberledge (lettering)||Irregularly||Katbox exclusive||B&W/Color||Originally hosted independently at 2wconline.net|
|The Eye of Ramalach||January 2006 - present||Artist and writer: Avencri. Former writers: ID G3off||Irregularly||Katbox exclusive||Color|
|Fungus Farm||February 2013 - June 2013||Artist and writer: Nixie||Irregularly||Katbox exclusive||B&W/Color||Cancelled. Story was reader-interactive.|
|iMew||April 2010 - August 2013||Artist: Nekonny, writer: Curran||Irregularly||Katbox exclusive||Black and white||Finished run. Updates were by donation.|
|Knuckle Up||April 2012 - present||Writer and illustrator: Mastergodai, soft brushed: Upstairstudios||Irregularly||Co-hosted with Petite Symphony||Color|
|Las Lindas||September 2004 - present||Artist: Chalo, writer: SoulKat. Former writer: ID, side comic writer: Curran.||Weekly (Wednesdays)||Katbox exclusive||Color|
|Mousechievous||May 2015 - present||Artist: Skidd, writer: xvik||?||Katbox exclusive||Black and white|
|Our World||December 2010 - present; on the Katbox since February 2014||Artist: Kuurion, writer: Captain Video||Biweekly (Tuesdays and Fridays)||Katbox exclusive||Black and white||Originally published independently|
|Paprika||March 2015 - present||Artist and writer: Nekonny||Biweekly||Katbox exclusive||Black and white||A remake of an earlier comic called Tina OnLine, with a continuity to unfold on either side of Caribbean Blue|
|Project Zero||October 2012 - present||Writer and illustrator: Mastergodai, soft brushed: Upstairstudios||Irregularly||Co-hosted with Petite Symphony||Color|
|Rascals||September 2009 - present; on the Katbox since August 2012||Writer and illustrator: Mastergodai, soft brushed: Upstairstudios||Weekly (Fridays)||Co-hosted with Petite Symphony||Color|
|Rascals Goyoku||December 2011 - present||Writer and illustrator: Mastergodai, soft brushed: Upstairstudios||Irregularly||Co-hosted with Petite Symphony||Color|
|Running Wild||October 2009 - February 2010||Artist and writer: Jeso||Weekly (Fridays)||Katbox exclusive||Color||Cancelled|
|Swashbuckled||August 2012 - September 2014; on the Katbox since February 2013||Mastergodai, KingofKOF, RubyLuvCow||Irregularly||Co-hosted with Comic Fury||B&W/Color||Originally posted on Fur Affinity starting in May 2012. Dismissed from the Katbox in September 2014.|
|Things Will Be Different||November 2008 - January 2009||Artist: Spazzy Koneko, writer: KingofKOF||Weekly (Saturdays)||?||Color||Cancelled|
|Tina of the South||January 2010 - present||Artist: Avencri, writer: G3off||Irregularly||Katbox exclusive||Black and white||Published by donation|
|Tora Tora Tokyo||March 2015 - present||Artist: Nekonny, writer: SoulKat||weekly||Katbox exclusive||Black and white|
|UberQuest||February 2014 - present||Phuufy and Skidd||Semiweekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays)||Katbox exclusive||Color|
|Yosh!||November 2003 - present; on the Katbox since ?||Writer and artist: Philip Brown, Cowriter: Alex Peterson||Monday, Wednesday, Friday||Katbox exclusive||B&W/Color||Originally published independently|
- Dated archive for "Caribbean Blue"
- Dated archive for "The Eye of Ramalach"
- FA journal post regarding start of comic
- Katbox Forum topic regarding the cancellation of Running Wild
- April Fools 2010 thread
- "Swashbuckled will be removed tomorrow at 12:00PM PST."
- Caribbean Blue archive.
- "Katbox Revised NSFW Policy"
- Forum thread: Roles of Sturges and Starling
- KingofKOF's Swashbuckled blog
- Swashbuckled's FurAffinity page