Kate Worley

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Kathleen L Worley
Born(1958-03-16)March 16, 1958[1]
DiedJune 6, 2004(2004-06-06) (aged 46)

Kathleen L Worley (March 16, 1958 – June 6, 2004) was an American comic book writer best known for her work on Omaha the Cat Dancer. She was a writer and performer for the science fiction comedy radio program Shockwave Radio Theater.[2][3]


Early life and career[edit]

After moving in the 1970s from her native Illinois to Minneapolis, Minnesota, Worley became one of the early contributors the Shockwave Radio Theater there.[2] Through fellow contributors, she met cartoonist and musician Reed Waller, with whom she began a romantic and professional relationship.[4] Moving in together, they wrote songs and performed as a duet and with local bands, as well as being popular figures at Minicon and other science fiction conventions.[2]

Omaha the Cat Dancer[edit]

Created by Waller, Omaha the Cat Dancer, the story of an anthropomorphic female cat who worked as a stripper, originated as an "adult comic strip" in an "obscure local publication"[2] before evolving into a nationally distributing comic-book series. Four pages into issue #2, Waller suffered writer's block, and after some months, Worley offered "a few tentative suggestions about directions for the storyline, new characters, anything she could think of that might help...."[2] At Waller's invitation, Worley became the series' scripter.[2]

Omaha went on hiatus when Worley and Waller were both injured in a car accident; this hiatus was greatly extended when they had an acrimonious parting, after which they refused to work together.

Worley also wrote for the publisher Tekno Comix.

Personal life[edit]

Worley was married to comic book writer Jim Vance.[2] In 2002, Worley was diagnosed with cancer; she and Waller reconciled enough to produce several more issues of Omaha before she died in 2004.[2] She had two children with James, a son in 1996 and a daughter two years later.


  1. ^ "United States Social Security Death Index," index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/V3PJ-FMN : accessed April 4, 2013), Kathleen L Worley, June 6, 2004.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Biography of Kate Worley". CatDancer Corporation. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Annotation of Shockwave Silver". Dave Romm. Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  4. ^ Waller, Reed (1995) [1987]. "Introduction to "Omaha"". The Collected "Omaha" the Cat Dancer. Fantagraphics Books. ISBN 978-1-56097-161-0.