|Born||August 3, 1949|
|Profession or hobby||Cartoonist, writer|
Waller was heavily inspired by satirical works such as MAD magazine and Fritz the Cat, as well as the underground comics tied to the counterculture of the 1960s, such as the Air Pirates, led by Dan O'Neill, started in 1971, which published satirical comics mimicking classic Disney artists but with explicit content.
In the early 1970s, Waller was inspired by the legal battles between Disney and O'Neill and wanted to create an APA with a focus on 'funny animals', a genre that had died down with the end of Fritz the Cat in 1972 and Pogo in 1975. Waller and Fletcher printed a batch of around 100 fliers calling for artists to participate in the "Funny Animal Liberation Front," similar in nature to O'Neill's "Mouse Liberation Front." The name Vootie comes from Members were required to submit two pages of art for a bimonthly publication. In April 1976, submissions for Vootie 0 were collected and distributed among members in and out of the Twin Cities area. Vootie has been considered a major contribution to the origins of the furry fandom.
Omaha the Cat Dancer
In 1978, Reed had been playing guitar in a pick-up band for local strip clubs in Minneapolis, sketching the strippers in between sets. Jim Schumeister went as far as to suggest "Why don't you do your own funny-animal comic about strippers? You could call it Charlie's Bimbos. At the same time, the magazine received a letter from Taral Wayne stating "There's not enough sex in funny animal comics." Taking inspiration from these simultaneous sources, Waller created "The Adventures of Omaha" in response. Members of Vootie were split over the idea of adult content with funny animals, with Reed leading the crowd championing sexual liberation akin to the underground comics he was inspired by. The rest were concerned that if they were associated with adult artwork, they would struggle to enter the profitable children's entertainment market.
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