Friday, June 16, 2017

James Vance (1953-2017)

I guess it's okay now to report sadly that Kings in Disguise and later Omaha the Cat Dancer writer Jim Vance passed away June 5, after a long and difficult battle with cancer.
Jim and familyJim and Kate Worley were married about 10 years when she passed away in 2004. At that time she and I, with agent Denis Kitchen, were negotiating on a new publication of Omaha the Cat Dancer with 150 new pages to complete the story. Jim took up the writing duties using Kate's copious notes, and we worked hard together, while he also worked on the Kings sequel, On the Ropes. Both were finished in 2013 and Omaha's final volume debuted at the 2013 San Diego Comicon.
Jim's wife Jodi Berg has looked after Jim during this time and and her daughter Kaitlyn and Jim and Kate's children Jake and Sarah are now in her care and doing remarkably considering they all have fought to overcome disabiities.
There is a GoFundMe project being started for Jo and "her" children to save their house. Please go there and read more about the amazing story, and consider a donation.


Please follow the link and read the story.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Happy Birthday, Kate Worley

Kate would have been 59 last Thursday. She was a tall and hard-to-miss fixture in Minneapolis fandom, and in the music circle, and in Shockwave Radio.

Here is a photo from showing some soon-to-be famous faces: (from left) Kate Worley, Emma Bull, Jerry Boyajian, Steven Brust.

Happy birthday, Kate.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

Omaha waits while Nellie Tools Up

Omaha fans are waiting for Omaha material old and new to appear here, but that's going to have to wait.
What I'm waiting for, is for Jim Vance and Jo to give me the keys to the site so that either it can be updated or I can move some material to my site and add links. Due to health reasons, there hasn't been any update on the "Omaha" official site since 2008. So visitors there may not even know that the story was finished, and the full set of Omaha is available from NBM Publications.
When Jim and Jo get better, they'll get back to me, and we'll talk about what to do with the Omaha web presence. As I said before, I do intend to have sketches, pages, and unavailable material up for viewing and eventually, for sale. But there's still a lot of work to do before any of that is possible.
Meantime, the "Cat Dancing with Omaha" yahoo group is still active (although there havent been any posts for a while). Sign up if you're not a member.
In the meantime, the entire Omaha the Cat Dancer Picture Disk is on my site available for listening.

Meanwhile, Nellie and the Drummers, idle for 12 years, are hard at work on their new album, "Backstage Musical."
Between 2004 when I completed two numbers for the new album, and now, I've had to upgrade my computer and all my software. Additionally, the more ambitious project I'm beginning requires better instruments and better equipment, so I invested a little money I didn't previously have, into big band and orchestra instruments and an upgrade for my Digital Audio Workstation. Nellie's voice works just fine the way it is.
Watch the Nellie section of my website for developments, and new tracks as they are finished.

Friday, January 08, 2016

A New Period Begins

Yes, it's pretty much a new period in my life.

With Omaha the Cat Dancer finally finished, I'm retired. Now it's time to start cleaning up the mess online.

This blog has never been kept up, and it's likely that it will be closed down after I make some progress on my new site, at

The Omaha the Cat Dancer Yahoo group has been closed, Mark is finally used up, and I can't do anything with it myself, because of confusion with my Yahoo account. Oh well, it has served its purpose.

Likewise I lost control of this blog when Blogspot switched to Google and i couldn't get logged in here either.

Then all my online files, such as blog images and Nellie and the Drummers music and my Furry Sex Panel video, all got erased when Consolidated Communications (who bought Enventis, who bought Hickorytech my ISP) decided to discontinue offering personal web space two weeks ago.

So I am starting my own website for the first time in 15 years. There I hope to be able to offer my artwork for sale, records and memorabilia, the Nellie and the Drummers music, and just generally be present. But mostly just for fun.

I will be contacting Jim Vance and see if he would like some help in bringing back up to date.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Cyberpunk Nostalgia

It's time for a little cyberpunk nostalgia.

This link now works again!

This song was created for Nellie's first album in 1999, when cyberpunk was still fun, and the mix of digital 3D animation, computer generated audio, and vintage pop music was a novelty. Having the Andrews Sisters do a cyberpunk ballad seemed like a natural.
Be sure and check out the entire Nellie albums on my website HERE!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Contact information

It's been pointed out that I'm a hard person to get hold of. For those looking for me, I can be emailed at


Sunday, August 03, 2014

Omaha merchandise, sketches available

Okay, I'm on eBay and in celebration of Omaha being finished and my 65th birthday today, I have been offering a few A/Ps of the "Afternoon of a Feline" serigraph from 1994 and the Shakers Omaha the Cat Dancer Picture Disc from 1988. Other items may become available as i continue to dig through the piles of stuff in  my house.

The picture disks are up now and can be found here:

I'm including a one-off CD-ROM of the digitally remastered version of the album with an extra track.
The serigraph is not available this month due to eBay listing restrictions, but I will put some up again in September.

Anyone making queries about sketches or about original Omaha pages, email me or watch this blog.