The Collected "Omaha"
The Cat Dancer #1

Originally published by:

Kitchen Sink Press

ISBN: none
Edition size: 1,700 numbered
MSRP: $45.00 (at least)

It pains me to criticize this title, for it was produced by, at the time, one of my favorite publishers - Kitchen Sink Press. Fortunately or unfortunately, Kitchen Sink closed its doors in 1999 and the rights to Omaha were transferred to NBM Publishing. I have very fond memories of Omaha. Even though it centered around a very frisky and curvaceous "furry" (a section of fandom I never got into), the art was top-notch and the stories were extremely well-grounded, as Omaha struggled with her profession, relationship, and other problems of everyday life.

Omaha started as a comic book and was subsequently published in a series of collected hard and softcovers. Kitchen Sink offered "limited, signed & numbered" hardcover editions. Unfortunately, they went on the cheap and did this:

What we have here is a bookplate, which is a small palm- or hand-sized paper signature plate. They're usually pasted onto an endpage using some sort of glue. This is, essentially, the poor man's version of a limitation page. Due to their nature, they can be inexpensively added to ANY book and don't require extra binding steps for the manufacturer. In the case of Omaha, Kitchen Sink simply grabbed 1700 of their direct-sales hardcovers and slapped them in. Ta-Da! Instant limited-editions for pennies!

Don't believe me? The proof is part of the book:

Hardcover - $25. Absolutely no mention of a limited-edition, S/N hardcover. Regular Joe Schmoe, off-the-shelf books were used in this production.

So, now you're not buying it? You think this is pretty absurd? A cheat, even? You're not alone. The only upside is that this is marginally better than what was done for Crisis on Infinite Earths (entry #2), since the bookplates themselves had to be printed. But, let's face it - I could've done just as good a job on my home laser. Hell, I could've done them in full color with my inkjet. And this was from, at the time, a fairly major publisher of independent comics.

Kitchen Sink was pretty notorious for doing this with most of their other titles, as well, not just with Omaha. I have another "S/N" book of theirs, Will Eisner's The Dreamer, which was chruned-out the same way.

Here are some additional pictures.

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The front. As you can probably tell, I had already Brodarted it by the time I took these pics. I purchased this book many, many years ago.

The back, featuring three color captions (the interior is all b/w).

And the spine.