The furry fandom is a subculture interested in anthropomorphic animal characters with human personalities and characteristics. The term "furry fandom" is also used to refer to the community of people who gather on the internet and at furry conventions. The furry fandom has its roots in the underground comix movement of the s, a genre of comic books that depicts explicit content. Many of its featured works contained adult themes, such as "Omaha" the Cat Dancer , which contained explicit sex. According to fandom historian Fred Patten , the concept of furry originated at a science fiction convention in ,  when a character drawing from Steve Gallacci's Albedo Anthropomorphics started a discussion of anthropomorphic characters in science fiction novels. This led to the formation of a discussion group that met at science fiction conventions and comics conventions.