Lackadaisy (also known as Lackadaisy Cats) is a webcomic created by artist Tracy J. Butler, which has won a Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards in 2007 and 2008. The comic is set in a Prohibition-era 1927 St. Louis with a population of anthropomorphic cats. The plot chronicles the fortunes of the Lackadaisy speakeasy after its founder is murdered.
The style of the comic is highly detailed, with cartoon characters that resemble styles from animated films of Walt Disney and Don Bluth. The strips are sepia-toned, resembling aged photographs of the 1920s era. Launched on July 19, 2006, the comic updates on an irregular basis, with 23 pages in 2006, 25 in 2007, 13 more by the end of September 2008, and continuing on a monthly basis through 2009.
When Prohibition grips the country in 1920, Atlas May sets his eatery, the Little Daisy Café, as the front for a successful speakeasy called the Lackadaisy. Situated at the mouth of a network of limestone caves, access to the speakeasy from the Café is only granted to those showing a pin in the shape of a Clubs card suit.
With fairly easy access to illegal alcohol and a steady clientèle, business burgeons, and the Lackadaisy becomes a premier establishment.
In 1926, however, Atlas is mysteriously killed, and management of the Little Daisy and the Lackadaisy falls to his widow Mitzi. Patronage at the Lackadaisy gradually falls off, bringing it to the brink of collapse, with only a handful of its original crew remaining and doing their best to keep the business alive.
I've rather enjoyed this little story ever since I stumbled across it. Very enjoyable and the art works is great.