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1978
First installment of “The Adventures of Omaha” by Reed Waller appears in Vootie

1981
Omaha the Cat Dancer” debuts in Kitchen Sink Press’ Bizarre Sex #9

1982
5-page untitled “Omaha” story appears in Bizarre Sex #10

1983
“Hotsizz Twonkies” one-page parody strip starring Omaha appears in E-Man #5 from First Comics

1984
5-page untitled “Omaha” story appears in Dope Comix #5 (reprinted in Bizarre Sex Series #5, fourth printing, and as “Shelly and Omaha” in The Collected Omaha Volume 1)

The Omaha the Cat Dancer ongoing series begins, issue #1 published by SteelDragon Press

1986
Omaha #2

Kate Worley begins writing Omaha with #2

Omaha # 2 300-copy limited edition “pocket preview” issued by SteelDragon Press

Omaha “Ann Sheridan” print

Omaha #3, first issue published after the series’ return to Kitchen Sink

First T-shirt design

1987
Omaha #4-8

The Collected Omaha Volume 1 published, will go on to become Kitchen Sink’s best selling title of the 1980s

Omaha “Mucha” print

Chicago comics shop Friendly Frank’s is raided and six comics are seized, including four issues of Omaha. In a smoke-filled room the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund is formed. A benefit portfolio is issued, including an Omaha plate.

1988
Omaha #9-11

The Collected Omaha Volume 2

The Omaha Picture Disc LP is issued

In August, Kate is injured in a car accident. Her two-year recovery process begins a slow decline in the series’ frequency.

1989
Omaha # 12-13

The Collected Omaha Volume 3

One-page Omaha gag strip “Alterations” appears in the benefit comic Fire Sale

2nd T-shirt design

Omaha “Unomato” Print

Limited edition Omaha porcelain statue

1990
Omaha #14

Bizarre Sex #9 reissued as Omaha #0

The Collected Omaha Volume 4

The Erotic Art of Reed Waller

3rd T-shirt design

Omaha polyester necktie (a silk version would follow shortly)

Issues of Omaha are seized in New Zealand. In November, that country’s Obscene Publications Tribunal declares the series “not indecent” without restriction.

In Toronto, police seize issues of Omaha and, evidently desperate, charge it with “depicting bestiality” - a charge that earns the Toronto authorities the horse laugh and goes nowhere in court.

1991
Omaha #15-16

Omaha guest stars in Munden’s Bar Annual #2 from First Comics in the story “A Strip in Time.”

Omaha Art Nouveau Silkscreen Serigraph is announced by Kitchen Sink Press, but is subsequently postponed.

A set of Omaha rubber stamps is issued by Alice in Rubberland.

In November, Reed is diagnosed with colon cancer.

1992
Omaha #17

Images of Omaha #1 and #2, edited by Kate and featuring art and writing by an international who’s who of comics creators, is published by Kitchen Sink Press to defray Reed’s medical expenses.

1993
Omaha #18-19

The Collected Omaha Volume 5

Omaha Trading Cards, a boxed set of 36 cards written by Kate and featuring new art by Reed

1994
Omaha # 20, the last new issue published by Kitchen Sink

Omaha #0 Silver Edition published by Kitchen Sink, celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary and publishing rare art by Reed from Say What? and Vootie

Omaha Vol. 2 #1-3, from new publisher Fantagraphics

Omaha supporting character Rob takes center stage in the 5-page story “Rob Steps Out” in Gay Comics #22 from publisher Bob Ross.

4th T-shirt design

Omaha Art Nouveau Silkscreen released

1995
Omaha Vol. 2 #4, the last new story for over a decade

1998
The Collected Omaha Volume 6

2002
Kate and Reed agree to resume their collaboration and complete the story of Omaha.

Kate is diagnosed with lung cancer, begins chemotherapy and radiation treatments.

2004
Kate dies on June 6, 2004. At Kate’s request, her husband James Vance begins editing and completing the portions of the new Omaha conclusion that were unfinished at her death.

2005
The Complete Omaha Volume 1, the first in a comprehensive reprint project of the entire series including previously uncollected stories, is issued by NBM.

The Complete Omaha Volume 2

2006
Sizzle Magazine #28 from NBM begins to serialize the Omaha finale.

Sizzle #29, #30, #32

The Complete Omaha Volume 3-5

2007
The Complete Omaha Volume 6

Sizzle #34

The official Omaha the Catdancer website launches




 

Bizarre Sex #9
(Omaha #0)
(1981)

 
Bizarre Sex #10
(1982)
 
E-man #5
"hotsizz Twonkies"
(1983)
 

 Omaha the Cat Dancer #1
(1984)

 
Dope Comix #5
(1984)
 

Omaha the cat dancer #2
(1986)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #3
(1986)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #4
(1987)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #5
(1987)

 
Omaha the cat dancer #6
(1987)
 

Omaha the cat dancer #7
(1987)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #8
(1987)

 

snarf #10
"chuck and omaha"

(1987)

 

The Collected Omaha Volume 1
(1987)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #9
(1988)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #10
(1988)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #11
(1988)

 

The Collected Omaha Volume 2
(1988)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #12
(1989)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #13
(1989)

 
FIRE SALE
"Alterations"
(1989)
 

The Collected Omaha Volume 3
(1989)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #14
(199o)

 

The Collected Omaha Volume 4
(1990)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #15
(1991)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #16
(1991)

 

Munden's Bar Annual #2
(1991)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #17
(1992)

 

Images of Omaha # 1
(1992)

 

Images of Omaha #2
(1992)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #18
(1993)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #19
(1993)

 

The Collected Omaha Volume 5
(1993)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #20
(1994)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #21
(Volume 2, #1)
(1994)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #22
(Volume 2, #2)
(1994)

 

Omaha the cat dancer #23
(Volume 2, #3)
(1994)

 

Gay comics # 22
"rob steps out"

(1994)

 

Omaha #0
(Kitchen Sink press 25th Anniversary Reprint)
(1994)

 

Omaha the Cat Dancer #24
(Volume 2, #4)
(1995)

 

The Collected Omaha Volume 6
(1998)

 
foreign editions
 
       
Strokes and tummy rubs
1989 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Continuing Series: Omaha the Cat Dancer, by Reed Waller and Kate Worley (Kitchen Sink)
1989 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Black-and-White Series Omaha the Cat Dancer, by Reed Waller and Kate Worley (Kitchen Sink)
1989 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer/Artist: Reed Waller and Kate Worley, for Omaha the Cat Dancer (Kitchen Sink)
1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee Best Black and White Series: Omaha the Cat Dancer, by Reed Waller and Kate Worley (Kitchen Sink)
1991 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards - Nominee - Best Writer: Kate Worley for Omaha the Cat Dancer (Kitchen Sink)
1994 Squiddies Best Ongoing Series: Omaha the Cat Dancer


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