Martin Wagner was the author of the 'Hepcats' comic strip, about a group of college students. Wagner, who drew all his characters with animal faces, started his comic in the school newspaper of the University of Texas at Austin. Previously, he drew the 'Shasta Says' comic for the Daily Cougar at the University of Houston. Later on, 'Hepcats' appeared as a series of comic books. 'Hepcats' covered campus issues, but also dealt with serious themes such as suicide, childbirth, and terrorism, though always in a lighthearted way. Martin Wagner cancelled 'Hepcats' and retired from comics in 1999.