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 omahathecatdancer.com 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.
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 reedwalleromaha.com.
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 omahathecatdancer.com back up to date.
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!
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.
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.
Okay, it looks like I'll have a little time to write, finally.
San Diego Comicon was quite an experience. I hadn't been out of my village for nearly 10 years, and though I was working with Jim Vance on completing the book, it was going at a snail's pace and seemed like working in the coal mine, except for the encouragement of the people on the Cat Dancing With Omaha Yahoo group, who kept us going.
My health has never been good, but at my age things pile up, and before I could venture forward to speak or appear in public, I had to have major dental work done. With no health coverage that was a problem, but I made a deal with my employer, and I got fitted with a full upper denture, only 3 weeks before San Diego. Adjusting to the new appliance was difficult and required several radical changes of diet while I adapted, and those dietary changes were not easy for me either because of my frail digestive system, the result of my colon cancer. But somehow I got myself operating and with some financial help from a fan/collector (you know who you are!) I flew out to San Diego and spent 3 days in the middle of something wilder than anything I've ever seen before.
After fighting my way through a Super Bowl sized crowd 8-10 blocks from the sumptuous Horton Grand Hotel and down the street, weaving my way between gigantic multi-story promotional booths for game companies and TV shows, lugging 40 lbs. of artwork and books, I found my way to the Convention Center, and finally to the NBM booth, and was welcomed by Terry Nantier and his gang.
Here are some photos taken by NBM photographer Justin Brandon at San Diego.
Reed Waller signing and visiting, with Terry Nantier
Reed and Rick Geary sketching (back: Terry Nantier, booth mgr. Patrick Turner)
Over the weekend I only had time to do about half a dozen sketches, I was so busy talking with fans. It was gratifying to see so many people glad to see me and eager to express their appreciation for Omaha, their sorrow over the loss of Kate, and their gratitude to Jim Vance and me for completing it. Though many visitors weren't even aware that we'd done the job, and the premiere appearance of the final volume of Omaha was a complete surprise to them!
It was exciting to emerge from obscurity to be recognized as an Old Pro. But it was also spooky and strange to be there by myself, after so many years of sitting in the hot seat sketching while Kate did all the talking for the two of us.
Terry warned me not to expect to be "the center of attention," since SDCC had changed quite a bit since the Old Days. I had to laugh. As if we were ever the center of attention. "If there's even 50 people there who remember Omaha, I'll be happy," I said.
I certainly got my wish. All weekend I was kept busy visiting with fans, telling stories, listening to stories, hearing about what kind of impact Omaha had on some people's lives during a time of profound social change.
On Saturday I wove my way through the buildings to the marina, to be interviewed for Comic Book Resources TV. The video, plus audio interviews with me, Jim Vance, and Denis Kitchen, and Jim's deeply moving introduction to the final volume can all be found by visiting the Omaha home page at NBM.Please check this out!
It took me six months to recover from the ordeal, but it was worth it. Now I'm going to try to catch up on this blog, and begin to repay my old debts.