Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Love Struck In The Rain

Images Of Omaha #2 (Kitchen Sink Press, 1992)
Art by Dave Sim & Gerhard

Between 1984 and 1995 artist Reed Waller and writer Kate Worley produced 24 issues of the erotic anthropomorphic comic Omaha The Cat Dancer. In 1991, Reed was diagnosed with colon cancer. His fellow comics pros - including some of the best-known comics artists and writers in the world - stepped up and contributed art and stories to the two-part benefit comic Images of Omaha. The outpouring of affection and respect by professionals and fans alike made Images of Omaha a success, defraying Reed’s considerable medical expenses. When those expensive procedures saved his life, it was a double victory for all. Omaha ceased publication in 1995 as the creators went their separate ways. Ostensibly retired from comics, Reed never completely left the world of Omaha behind, however; fan demand kept him busy turning out sketches and finished drawings of his beloved characters ever since the series ended. In 2003, Reed and Kate agreed to complete the story of Omaha. Kate's death in 2004 was a blow on both professional and personal levels. But - now collaborating with her husband James Vance, who is editing and fleshing out Kate's scripts for the final chapters - Reed returned to his critically acclaimed and sorely missed masterpiece, Omaha The Cat Dancer. Between 2005 and 2008, NBM Publishing published seven volumes of the The Complete Omaha The Cat Dancer. For all the latest Omaha news visit the official Omaha The Cat Dancer web-site.

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