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CutterMike
08-18-2011, 05:04 PM
Remember those old Marvel monster stories where the "monster" was only scary as long as you didn't stop to think about his silly it was...? With names like Googam, Monstrom, Gorgilla, and Droom...?

Well, earlier today I had a few minutes to kill and was in a bit of a silly mood...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u224/CutterMike/FailsToAstonish.jpg

Matt Doc Martin
08-19-2011, 02:47 AM
remember those old marvel monster stories where the "monster" was only scary as long as you didn't stop to think about his silly it was...? With names like googam, monstrom, gorgilla, and droom...?

Well, earlier today i had a few minutes to kill and was in a bit of a silly mood...

http://i169.photobucket.com/albums/u224/cuttermike/failstoastonish.jpg

brilliant!

Gail Simone
08-19-2011, 05:46 AM
That's pretty funny! Dang, those old monster covers are fun.

THEDOC
08-19-2011, 06:23 AM
I see another new artist listed:


November Guest Confirmation: John "Waki" Wycough.

John is a member of Tsunami Studios, better known as "Waki" Wycough. He worked as a Inker / Writer on a variety of projects to include:

Fear Itself : Home Front - Marvel; Chaos War : Ares - Marvel; G.I. Joe - IDW; Transformers - IDW; and other books such as: Doctor Who, The Alchemist, Forgotten Realms, Star Wars, Bloodrayne, Noble Causes, Lone, Shadowhawk, Intimidators, Robotech, Marvel trading cards, by various other comics publishers.

John also can tell you about Upcoming Limelight (creator owned series).
Anyone know him?

Gail Simone
08-19-2011, 07:07 AM
I am not familiar with him but he came in earlier in the thread.

J.R. LeMar
08-19-2011, 07:17 AM
I see another new artist listed:


Anyone know him?

Jump back to page 202 (http://www.606studios.com/bendisboard/showthread.php?194906-Rick-Olney-Still-does-not-pay-freelancers-or-anyone-else.&p=8016717&viewfull=1#post8016717) I emailed him with all my links about Olney (http://fookyoutwit.net/category/rick-olney-2/) and then he showed up here soon after. Basically his response was "Yeah, I've read a lot of bad things about Rick Olney but I've never been to the Adirondack mountains before and it sounds like fun so I don't care."


Also it's funny to notice that Olney still has Clayton's entry as a confirmed guest on his blog (Michael Keller, Dave Ryan, and Dave Hoover are all still listed as well), although there is a comment from Matt Doc Martin on Aug. 18 that is listed as "removed by blog administrator." Gee, I wonder what that was about?

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 08:40 AM
Also it's funny to notice that Olney still has Clayton's entry as a confirmed guest on his blog (Michael Keller, Dave Ryan, and Dave Hoover are all still listed as well), although there is a comment from Matt Doc Martin on Aug. 18 that is listed as "removed by blog administrator." Gee, I wonder what that was about?

I know for a fact that I am NOT ATTENDING, so I don't know why he hasn't taken down my listing along with the rest of the "Guest" that have stated they are not attending either...I don't know why, but I DO KNOW that I was immediately removed from the "Adirondack Comicfest Group" on Facebook (no loss there) because of making the public announcement about my regret of signing the contract...I also know that I have cut all ties and communication with Olney...PERIOD!

J.R. LeMar
08-19-2011, 09:09 AM
I know for a fact that I am NOT ATTENDING,

I know, I wasn't trying to imply that you were still going, I know you aren't, which is why I find it funny that Olney still has y'all up on the blog. That's why I was pointing out the recently removed comment from Matt Doc Martin, which I can only assume was about the cancellations. So that's proof that Olney has been online since the announcments, and has been active on his blog, yet deliberately left the posts up.


so I don't know why he hasn't taken down my listing along with the rest of the "Guest" that have stated they are not attending either...

If you had been following Olney's antics for as long as some of us have, you would not be surprised by this. This is a pretty embarassing blow to him, so he needs to figure out how he's going to publicly react first. I am actually a little surprised that he's managed to remain silent this long, and hasn't already written a massive, insult-filled, blog post about how certain people have finally gone too far, and they're about to face serious legal action ("soon") for interfering with his business. All while attempting to portray himself as an innocent victim who just wants to do something nice for our brave American soldiers, but is being harrassed, stalked, and libeled by jealous trolls.

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 09:46 AM
I know, I wasn't trying to imply that you were still going, I know you aren't, which is why I find it funny that Olney still has y'all up on the blog.

I just wanted to make it clear to anyone who maybe coming in late on the thread and not be aware of what is going on...it was nothing against you, J.R., or anyone else here on the thread...didn't mean for it too come across the wrong way, I apologize :(

Gail Simone
08-19-2011, 09:58 AM
How dishonest is it to leave the names up of all those people who have already canceled?

That is disgusting.

JTPencils
08-19-2011, 10:00 AM
If you had been following Olney's antics for as long as some of us have, you would not be surprised by this. This is a pretty embarassing blow to him, so he needs to figure out how he's going to publicly react first. I am actually a little surprised that he's managed to remain silent this long, and hasn't already written a massive, insult-filled, blog post about how certain people have finally gone too far, and they're about to face serious legal action ("soon") for interfering with his business. All while attempting to portray himself as an innocent victim who just wants to do something nice for our brave American soldiers, but is being harrassed, stalked, and libeled by jealous trolls.

J.R.,... you forgot to also invoke some form of serious ailment, which of course absolves him of any and all repercussions from his rantings or lies.

JTPencils
08-19-2011, 10:03 AM
How dishonest is it to leave the names up of all those people who have already canceled?

That is disgusting.

Gail.. I have to paraphrase from Sesame Street....


"Olney... Disgusting... Successful".... (sing along folks) One of these words are not like the others... one of these words just aren't right...

Flamebird
08-19-2011, 11:14 AM
I know for a fact that I am NOT ATTENDING, so I don't know why he hasn't taken down my listing along with the rest of the "Guest" that have stated they are not attending either...I don't know why, but I DO KNOW that I was immediately removed from the "Adirondack Comicfest Group" on Facebook (no loss there) because of making the public announcement about my regret of signing the contract...I also know that I have cut all ties and communication with Olney...PERIOD!


Ya might wanna remove it from your Facebook listing, too. No reason to give olney a place to point to.

Flamebird
08-19-2011, 11:16 AM
How dishonest is it to leave the names up of all those people who have already canceled?

That is disgusting.
Please, it's "biZness as usual for him.
Hell he still has this thing listed as an LLC, when we know it isn't.

Artful Angie
08-19-2011, 11:31 AM
I know for a fact that I am NOT ATTENDING, so I don't know why he hasn't taken down my listing along with the rest of the "Guest" that have stated they are not attending either...I don't know why, but I DO KNOW that I was immediately removed from the "Adirondack Comicfest Group" on Facebook (no loss there) because of making the public announcement about my regret of signing the contract...I also know that I have cut all ties and communication with Olney...PERIOD!

Micael, it's common practice for Rick to play the Bait & Switch game of leaving your info up there and still tell people you'll be at the con until that actual weekend. Then he'll tell people YOU cancelled on HIM at the last minute and then he's the victim and you're the tool who "hates veterans" along with puppies, kids, apple pie and ring-tailed lemurs.

Yummmm... Lemurs....

JTPencils
08-19-2011, 11:36 AM
Please, it's "biZness as usual for him.
Hell he still has this thing listed as an LLC, when we know it isn't.

Well, you can't expect him to remember every place that he laid out his lies, can you? There's bound to be a post or two out there that he can't delete or retract. He'll just wait until the cops approach him and use the old "I forgot" defense.

Artful Angie
08-19-2011, 11:37 AM
The only way he'll remove it or list you as cancelled is to officially request to him in email that he take it down, or you'll seek legal action for false advertisement.

Which any of us can also report him to the BBB or state attorney's fraud office for, since Clayton and Michael have publicly stated they're not attending here in a forum which Rick quotes from, thereby acknowledging he is aware of their intentions. He can't say he didn't know about this thread when he spends half his nights quoting from it.

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 11:40 AM
Ya might wanna remove it from your Facebook listing, too. No reason to give olney a place to point to.

I have removed anything I can think of having to do with Adirondack and Olney from anywhere that I can possibly remove it from...if I missed something, by all means please let me know and I will remove it IMMEDIATELY!

J.R. LeMar
08-19-2011, 11:51 AM
How dishonest is it to leave the names up of all those people who have already canceled?

Again, that's SOP for him. Of course he'll leave up the names as long as he can, for the benefit of any unimformed lurkers, so they'll look @ it and see that a lot of guests are confirmed, which makes it look legit.


J.R.,... you forgot to also invoke some form of serious ailment, which of course absolves him of any and all repercussions from his rantings or lies.

Right, he's already brought up the cancer recently, y'know, that cancer that was miraculously cured last year. Maybe his excuse for not updating the blog is that he's been too tired from all the chemo treatments.


Ya might wanna remove it from your Facebook listing, too. No reason to give olney a place to point to.

And "unfollow" his blogs.


The only way he'll remove it or list you as cancelled is to officially request to him in email that he take it down, or you'll seek legal action for false advertisement.

A cease and desist letter should fix it. We know how he immediately backs down to anyone with a REAL lawyer.


He can't say he didn't know about this thread when he spends half his nights quoting from it..

Especially since, as I said, he logged in Monday to remove a comment from the post about Clayton. And, another post was just edited today (I know that because I also looked @ it this morning & it was unchanged):

Rick Olney HAS established a Comics and Pop Culture show in November! (http://sequentialsoul.blogspot.com/2011/08/rick-olney-has-established-comics-and.html?zx=41152c01520f0bc)

Remember how this was the long multi-paragraph post with pictures from past Might Mini Cons, plus insinuations of future lawsuits against his detractors?. All gone now (as is the comment from Michael Kellar about how he was looking forward to going despite the haters), and it's just a little paragraph.
.

Jim Ritchey
08-19-2011, 12:01 PM
Registering as an LLC is just about the easiest and absolutely cheapest legal thing you can do ($40 in Georgia)--is this moron really that incompetent, cheap--and/or BROKE?

Gail Simone
08-19-2011, 12:11 PM
As much as it is just rewards to see Olney's history catch up with him, I feel like there should be something positive to come out of this for everyone.

I am supporting Clayton's Fallen Heroes project all the way. I intend to get permission from DC to do a story for the book, and plan to promote it everywhere to the
best of my ability. If we can work it out, I would love to work with Michael Kellar on it.

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 12:50 PM
All gone now (as is the comment from Michael Kellar about how he was looking forward to going despite the haters), and it's just a little paragraph.
.

I sincerely apologize for that comment that I made, before I took the time to do some research and open my eyes!!!
I was not in my right mind at the time and I should have done my homework/research before I signed the contract.
I will say this...ALL of this has TRULY opened my eyes and taught me a lesson about contracts if they should be presented to me from now on.

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 12:55 PM
As much as it is just rewards to see Olney's history catch up with him, I feel like there should be something positive to come out of this for everyone.

I am supporting Clayton's Fallen Heroes project all the way. I intend to get permission from DC to do a story for the book, and plan to promote it everywhere to the
best of my ability. If we can work it out, I would love to work with Michael Kellar on it.

Gail,
I am up to do some work with you, I would be willing to ink any story that you write, I feel I am a pretty adaptable inker and I can work over just about any style of pencils.
Thank you for taking the time to help promote our studio and the GN, that means alot to myself and I believe Clayton as well!

Gail Simone
08-19-2011, 12:59 PM
Michael, listen, I begrudge no one for being overwhelmed when they first become aware of this thread. I don't think we were all as welcoming and patient as we should have been, either.

What matters is that you and Clayton are good, honorable guys! No one here takes the slightest offense at past misunderstandings with you guys and I'm sure we all hope you understand
our own comments in the past! That's all done, you guys are aces with me.

JTPencils
08-19-2011, 01:19 PM
Michael's still a novice here until he receives his first Olney threat! Whether it be of half inferred violence, "leagle" treatment, or just the usual vitriol and bashing....



ahhhhh Who am I kidding... I'm just glad they were able to be made aware of what they were getting into, and able to pull out before they wasted their time and energy on the little stained one. Makes these sorts of threads as important as they were 5 years ago when this all started!

Matt Doc Martin
08-19-2011, 01:30 PM
I wonder if MY invite to Olney's "con" is still good....

HamsterRage
08-19-2011, 01:57 PM
As much as it is just rewards to see Olney's history catch up with him, I feel like there should be something positive to come out of this for everyone.

I am supporting Clayton's Fallen Heroes project all the way. I intend to get permission from DC to do a story for the book, and plan to promote it everywhere to the
best of my ability. If we can work it out, I would love to work with Michael Kellar on it.

I'd love to contribute as well now that Clayton is clear of Olney. Would happily contribute pencils.

Matt Doc Martin
08-19-2011, 01:58 PM
I'd love to contribute as well now that Clayton is clear of Olney. Would happily contribute pencils.

Good man!

The Hero Maker
08-19-2011, 02:12 PM
As much as it is just rewards to see Olney's history catch up with him, I feel like there should be something positive to come out of this for everyone.

I am supporting Clayton's Fallen Heroes project all the way. I intend to get permission from DC to do a story for the book, and plan to promote it everywhere to the
best of my ability. If we can work it out, I would love to work with Michael Kellar on it.

I just wish the whole incident never happened Gail, Thank you for saying you will help to support our cause. I am sure I can work it out that Michael can ink the art for the story you script from our soldier. Hamsterrage send me an email with a link to your work so I can review it cmerwin6@gmail.com

Flamebird
08-19-2011, 02:15 PM
Weren't you leaving the thread and didn't want mentioned anymore?

Matt Doc Martin
08-19-2011, 02:17 PM
Weren't you leaving the thread and didn't want mentioned anymore?

He received new info and has made good. Please be kind.

Tony Isabella
08-19-2011, 02:25 PM
When this whole thing started, I told Clayton there were good people who would support his work honoring our soldiers and vets...but not while Olney was in the picture.

Now that Olney is out of the picture...

Clayton...I am currently booked until the end of September. However, if you'd like me to write a story for your project, I'm happy to do so. I have many vets and currently serving men and women among my readers. If I can thank them for their service in this small way, I would be honored.

Tony

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 02:33 PM
I'd love to contribute as well now that Clayton is clear of Olney. Would happily contribute pencils.

Hamster,
I would be honored to ink over your pencils if you want to pickup a story from Clayton that came from a member of the Armed Forces :)
Could you send me a link to look at your work, please. I can be reached at comicbookinker1971@yahoo.com also in my signature is the link to my website to see my ink work.

The Hero Maker
08-19-2011, 02:45 PM
When this whole thing started, I told Clayton there were good people who would support his work honoring our soldiers and vets...but not while Olney was in the picture.

Now that Olney is out of the picture...

Clayton...I am currently booked until the end of September. However, if you'd like me to write a story for your project, I'm happy to do so. I have many vets and currently serving men and women among my readers. If I can thank them for their service in this small way, I would be honored.

Tony

Thank you Tony, I would be happy to have you on board with the project as well. I would like your permission to put your name up on our website as a contributor to the project As well as Gail once she is able to do so with permission if granted by DC.

Tony Isabella
08-19-2011, 02:55 PM
You have my permission.

The Hero Maker
08-19-2011, 02:59 PM
You have my permission.

Thank You Tony.

Matt Doc Martin
08-19-2011, 03:06 PM
Now if we can just get some more folks to sue Rick Olney! It would be the greatest gift ever. My birthday is 11/2 if anyone cares to make my wish come true.

Cam63
08-19-2011, 03:13 PM
Wrapping it would be a bitch.

Tom Stillwell
08-19-2011, 03:22 PM
Clayton, don't forget that I want to contribute something as well.

The Hero Maker
08-19-2011, 03:29 PM
Clayton, don't forget that I want to contribute something as well.

I wont Tom I already have you down as wanting to contribute.

AIPman1
08-19-2011, 04:48 PM
I sincerely apologize for that comment that I made, before I took the time to do some research and open my eyes!!!
I was not in my right mind at the time and I should have done my homework/research before I signed the contract.
I will say this...ALL of this has TRULY opened my eyes and taught me a lesson about contracts if they should be presented to me from now on.

Dont worry man. Rick Olney is like a DRUG, if you are effected...it takes a LOT to shake the effects. I defended the guy for over a year when he OWED ME MONEY, believing he would eventually take care of things. That was before the TOTS blowup. I cut him loose from being a co-admin for the SPA and he managed to talk MORE THAN HALF of the SPA Membership to follow him despite my warnings about the guy. It wasn't till THE THREAD that the stars all aligned and we were able to heal friendships in the small press. The truth did set us all free.

Be glad that you're free now, and hey, cool hook-up if you get to work directly with Gail!

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 05:10 PM
Dont worry man. Rick Olney is like a DRUG, if you are effected...it takes a LOT to shake the effects. I defended the guy for over a year when he OWED ME MONEY, believing he would eventually take care of things. That was before the TOTS blowup. I cut him loose from being a co-admin for the SPA and he managed to talk MORE THAN HALF of the SPA Membership to follow him despite my warnings about the guy. It wasn't till THE THREAD that the stars all aligned and we were able to heal friendships in the small press. The truth did set us all free.

Be glad that you're free now, and hey, cool hook-up if you get to work directly with Gail!

Thank you Ian, I greatly appreciate those words of wisdom :)

I am very humbled at the mere thought of possibly working on a project with Gail!

KJ!
08-19-2011, 05:13 PM
I see another new artist listed:


Anyone know him?

He was in the thread earlier. He's worked on my beloved Transformers comics, including one of the best TF tales of all time (and a damn good comic in its own right).

I was......disappointed at his attitude, but maybe he's come to his senses by now.

:)

KJ!
08-19-2011, 05:24 PM
Thank you Ian, I greatly appreciate those words of wisdom :)

I am very humbled at the mere thought of possibly working on a project with Gail!

Just remember Michael, that this happened in spite of your connection with Olney, not because of him. He'll try and insinuate he was the one who got you hooked up with A-list creators etc etc.

Fair warning.

Artful Angie
08-19-2011, 05:33 PM
The word is getting out about Rick doing such a good job organizing his comic convention. Here's a blurb from The Sci-Fi Channel's website earlier today.

http://blastr.com/2011/08/artist-creates-awesome-in.php

Artist creates awesome Indiana Jones world map

By Kevin Coll
11:39AM on Aug 18, 2011

What's a geek to do when inspired by the amazing movies we all watch and love? For one Indiana Jones fanboy, the answer was to work with Lucasfilm to create an official—and totally awesome—Indiana Jones World Map. Authorized by the folks behind the movie, artist Matt Busch illustrated a very comprehensive poster map that highlights all of the locations where Indy has made archaeological discoveries ... and we mean ALL the locations, including the novels, the comic books, the Young Indy TV shows, the videogames and more.
Busch is selling the limited-edition poster on his web site and has released a cool video chronicling his journey and process creating the maps, which have 36 different archaeological artifacts displayed with legend sections listing info on the items. The video is complete with shared insights into the extensive research and detail Busch put into illustrating this monumental image.

All the proceeds from the sale of this print, which measures a whopping 24" x 36" (fit for a world map!) and was commissioned by Lucasfilm and funded by Adirondack Comicfest, go to American Disabled Veterans. Animated red lines indicating air travel not included.

And there's a link to a YouTube video showing off the map:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgGyev6nCDU&feature=player_embedded


BUT!!!!!

Hold the phone!!! What's this in the comments section of the article???


SithPriest on Aug 18, 2011 12:36 PM

Not impressed. Looks like one of a thousand maps hanging in some kid's dorm room. Back to the drawing board you go! Reply

REPLY:

Alvar Hanso on Aug 18, 2011 01:22 PM
Not impressed with your Troll Post, sounds like a thousand other lazy fan boys with nothing to show for their life than complaining about other people's art! Back to your mom's basement you go troll!

"Troll"?? Hmm.. That sounds familiar... What else is said....


Josh on Aug 18, 2011 04:03 PM

Wait, in the video he made a point about how his prototype had a mistake of the grail stone not being discovered by Indy but in the final map he has the Staff of Ra headpiece being discovered by Indy in Nepal? So I guess by "discovered" he means "asked Marion for the artifact discovered by her father."

REPLY:
IndyFan on Aug 18, 2011 07:07 PM
Don't question the logic. Remember any question or comment not praising the artwork will be seen as trolling.

Alvar Hanso on Aug 18, 2011 10:58 PM
Way to be a politician IndyFan, no one said that.
Josh, I think the artist was trying to include every artifact used by Indy in the movie.


Okay, sounds reasonable. But here's my favorite:


Jason Riley on Aug 18, 2011 11:37 PM

Adirondack Comicfest is being run by a man named Rick Olney, who has a history of not paying people, mostly artists, for work that they've done for him. He has two outstanding legal judgments against him from early 2007 that he has still not paid. Several guests of this convention have dropped out after they learned of his history. You can read more about him here:

http://fookyoutwit.net/2011/07/13/a-warning-to-comics-professionals-about-rick-olney/

REPLY

Artful Angie

And that Hanso guy who commented here is Olney. He calls everyone who disagrees with him a "troll". Do a Google search on him to see that the comic fest is a SCAM. He did the same thing to St Jude's Children's Cancer Research years ago. Took in celebrity donations for a charity auction, never had the auction, kept the donations for himself, and never even paid St Jude for their logo.

He's a fat bastich!

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 05:35 PM
This is a little off the beaten path...but, I was wondering if anyone here on the thread has had a chance to actually see the GN "Untold Stories from Iraq & Afghanistan" v.1 and read some of the stories inside? Some of these real life stories will touch your heart.

If you have not had a chance to actually read some of the stories inside the GN, please feel free to head over to Amazon and purchase a copy and help support our troops, or if you would like to make a donation instead, please contact Clayton for the details regarding how to make a donation to Heroes Fallen Studios Inc.

Amazon link - http://www.amazon.com/dp/0983266700/ref=cm_sw_r_fa_dp_Co3kob1KSA6MP

Please take a moment to spread the word about the GN to your family & friends, we would greatly appreciate it!

Thank you for your time :)

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 05:42 PM
Just remember Michael, that this happened in spite of your connection with Olney, not because of him. He'll try and insinuate he was the one who got you hooked up with A-list creators etc etc.

Fair warning.

Thanks KJ, I will be on the look out...

Michael W. Kellar
08-19-2011, 05:56 PM
All the proceeds from the sale of this print, which measures a whopping 24" x 36" (fit for a world map!) and was commissioned by Lucasfilm and funded by Adirondack Comicfest, go to American Disabled Veterans.[/I][/B]

I wonder if this is now going to get Lucasfilm or Matt Busch involved? Since Olney has dropped the "LLC" and all...just a curious question.

J.R. LeMar
08-19-2011, 05:59 PM
Registering as an LLC is just about the easiest and absolutely cheapest legal thing you can do ($40 in Georgia)--is this moron really that incompetent, cheap--and/or BROKE?

I'd guess it's a combination of both. Keep in mind he doesn't even own the domain name. Of course, in order to register a domain on Godaddy you'd need a credit card...


I sincerely apologize for that comment that I made, before I took the time to do some research and open my eyes!!!

No need to apologize, you'd made it abundantly clear how you feel now. I only brought it up because, again, I found it funny that that post was originally full of Olney's bragging about how awesome he is, and all his past conventions were, and this one will be. Now he had to go back and delete all that. And notice the title of the post "Rick Olney HAS..." There's no mention of anyone else or pretense of him just promoting some organization. This entire thing is designed by him, is solely to promote himself and pretend he's legitimate.


Michael's still a novice here until he receives his first Olney threat! Whether it be of half inferred violence, "leagle" treatment, or just the usual vitriol and bashing....

So far the only threat I've gotten from him was when said he was going to post my picture on his blog (that only the people here read) the next time I posted in this thread. I was almost tempted to respond by saying that I would post a picture of Starr Lynn Olney-Pfluke on my blog, along with a review of some of the "music" that was on her Myspace page. But then I realized that would probably be a crappy thing to do to the people who read my blogs, so I didn't bother.


Now if we can just get some more folks to sue Rick Olney! It would be the greatest gift ever. My birthday is 11/2 if anyone cares to make my wish come true.

Anyone know why Chuck Dixon never sued? I've said before that I can understand why some of the freelancers who were screwed by Olney haven't bothered suing him, since you won't actually get any money anyway, but Dixon should be able to afford it easily, so why wouldn't he just do it to stick it to Olney? He has a contract, Olney broke it, so file the Small Claim and that'll be one more default judgment that we can show to folks. Have Sarah ask him about it. And I wonder about Val Staples, as well. I'd assume that the people who actually have signed contracts, as opposed to folks like Tim and Danny who just have emails, would have the easiest time filing claims.




The word is getting out about Rick doing such a good job organizing his comic convention. Here's a blurb from The Sci-Fi Channel's website earlier today.

Cool, Jason Riley, one of my longtime netfriends and blog subscribers. Didn't know he'd done that.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-19-2011, 06:01 PM
Artful Angie

And that Hanso guy who commented here is Olney. He calls everyone who disagrees with him a "troll".
Do you have anything besides them calling someone a troll as your proof it is Rick?

I ask because a quick search shows that someone using the screen name Alvar Hanso has posted on that site for almost a year at least. If they have a friend who comments there and therefore knows for certain it is not Rick, they'll not likely take anything else you wrote about Rick as fact or bother to Google him to find out the real story. If they then post that, anyone else reading will just treat you like a troll. It's a lesson I've learned from past personal experiences.

J.R. LeMar
08-19-2011, 06:05 PM
I agree with Not Larry. There's no reason to assume that particular poster was Rick Olney.

"Alvar Hanso" definitely overreacted by immediately calling that first person who criticized the poster a "troll," but that just looks like typical message board behavior that I've seen a million times over the years.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-19-2011, 06:09 PM
but that just looks like typical message board behavior that I've seen a million times over the years.
Only a million times? I've seen it at least a billion ;)

But then I use to be a moderator on AOL in the 90's, I have been to the deepest depths of hell where the troll is born.

J.R. LeMar
08-19-2011, 06:12 PM
I was a late-comer to the internet. Didn't get my first PC until 2002. But I used to be a regular member of the early John Byrne Forum, so I've seen some pretty bad stuff myself.

Matt Doc Martin
08-19-2011, 06:50 PM
Anyone know why Chuck Dixon never sued? I've said before that I can understand why some of the freelancers who were screwed by Olney haven't bothered suing him, since you won't actually get any money anyway, but Dixon should be able to afford it easily, so why wouldn't he just do it to stick it to Olney? He has a contract, Olney broke it, so file the Small Claim and that'll be one more default judgment that we can show to folks. Have Sarah ask him about it. And I wonder about Val Staples, as well. I'd assume that the people who actually have signed contracts, as opposed to folks like Tim and Danny who just have emails, would have the easiest time filing claims.



Even the freelancers have nothing to lose.

1) Court fees would be covered...no money out of pocket
2) All it takes is a few hours of their time
3) At worst, nothing happens. At best, Olney pays and/or is finally shut up/put in prison. No more people get ripped off by him.

SarahBeach
08-19-2011, 07:42 PM
I don't know why Chuck hasn't pursued it, except that I think he knows there'd be no money forthcoming. He doesn't usually look back much, instead pushing forward with his current and future projects. And compared to what he is/was owed when CrossGen folded, what Olney owes him is small potatoes.

Yes, I know this is the attitude we're trying to combat, that Olney is too insignificant to go after. But I can understand why some folks just dust off their hands and move on.

Flamebird
08-19-2011, 07:49 PM
I don't know why Chuck hasn't pursued it, except that I think he knows there'd be no money forthcoming. He doesn't usually look back much, instead pushing forward with his current and future projects. And compared to what he is/was owed when CrossGen folded, what Olney owes him is small potatoes.

Yes, I know this is the attitude we're trying to combat, that Olney is too insignificant to go after. But I can understand why some folks just dust off their hands and move on.

You mean he's not cowering in fear of olney's mighty Leaggle team?

:Le Sigh:
;)

THEDOC
08-19-2011, 11:11 PM
Speaking of "trolls", when this "event" doesn't come to fruition, he'll blame the "haters and trolls" here for preventing veterans from getting the recognition and monetary help they need.

Has Jim ever hear from Ms. Parker?

THE_DAREDIVA
08-19-2011, 11:24 PM
The word is getting out about Rick doing such a good job organizing his comic convention. Here's a blurb from The Sci-Fi Channel's website earlier today.

http://blastr.com/2011/08/artist-creates-awesome-in.php

Artist creates awesome Indiana Jones world map

By Kevin Coll
11:39AM on Aug 18, 2011

What's a geek to do when inspired by the amazing movies we all watch and love? For one Indiana Jones fanboy, the answer was to work with Lucasfilm to create an official—and totally awesome—Indiana Jones World Map. Authorized by the folks behind the movie, artist Matt Busch illustrated a very comprehensive poster map that highlights all of the locations where Indy has made archaeological discoveries ... and we mean ALL the locations, including the novels, the comic books, the Young Indy TV shows, the videogames and more.
Busch is selling the limited-edition poster on his web site and has released a cool video chronicling his journey and process creating the maps, which have 36 different archaeological artifacts displayed with legend sections listing info on the items. The video is complete with shared insights into the extensive research and detail Busch put into illustrating this monumental image.

All the proceeds from the sale of this print, which measures a whopping 24" x 36" (fit for a world map!) and was commissioned by Lucasfilm and funded by Adirondack Comicfest, go to American Disabled Veterans. Animated red lines indicating air travel not included.

And there's a link to a YouTube video showing off the map:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgGyev6nCDU&feature=player_embedded




Hold it just one screeching minute!

Just who the hell are "American Disabled Veterans" in this context? Certainly NOT the Disabled American Veterans service organization, of which I am a life member, and past commander of my local Chapter. We are limited to how we raise funds for the organization by regulation of our charter, and everything must be done through the national office.

This is another example of the obfuscating that Olney is famous for. Has this map guy not gotten the message yet that there IS NO Adirondack Comicfest? Where is the money? Hopefully, RO hasn't gotten his paws on it. I am disgusted, once again.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-19-2011, 11:41 PM
An interesting thing about that map. When Matt Busch first put it in his online store he was selling it for $29.95. I looked a few days later and the price was suddenly $34.95. I just went now and he's selling it for $59.95

http://mattbuschstore.com/products-page/featured-products/indiana-jones-world-map/

So Matt has doubled the selling price in a 10 day period. I also noticed that he now lists it as a limited edition of 255 prints but when it was a lower price he said it was a limited edition of 250 prints.

Edited to add: In looking through Google's cache of the page, the map was also $39.95 at one point before it's current price.



(http://mattbuschstore.com/products-page/featured-products/indiana-jones-world-map/)

THE_DAREDIVA
08-19-2011, 11:48 PM
An interesting thing about that map. When Matt Busch first put it in his online store he was selling it for $29.95. I looked a few days later and the price was suddenly $34.95. I just went now and he's selling it for $59.95

http://mattbuschstore.com/products-page/featured-products/indiana-jones-world-map/

So Matt has doubled the selling price in a 10 day period. I also noticed that he now lists it as a limited edition of 255 prints but when it was a lower price he said it was a limited edition of 250 prints.




(http://mattbuschstore.com/products-page/featured-products/indiana-jones-world-map/)

Maybe he's splitting the proceeds with RO? Or just price jacking, now that he has some interest going? Still want to know who these vets are he says he's going to help out.

J.R. LeMar
08-19-2011, 11:52 PM
This is a little off the beaten path...but, I was wondering if anyone here on the thread has had a chance to actually see the GN "Untold Stories from Iraq & Afghanistan" v.1 and read some of the stories inside?

That would be me. Bought and reviewed it last month. Of course, after so many weeks of suspicious silence on Clayton's part, I eventually stopped giving him (& you and the rest of his associates) the benefit of the doubt, and I threw my copy away and deleted the review from my blog. And then like two days later you both came forward publicly announcing your disassociation from Olney. Oops.:Oops: Guess I should've listened to Gail after all...

Anyway, I just realized, thanks to the wonders of Google Cache, I was able to find my old review, copy it (& the comments) and then re-post it back on my blog: http://fookyoutwit.com/2011/07/12/untold-tales-from-iraq-and-afghanistan-the-comic-book/

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-19-2011, 11:59 PM
Maybe he's splitting the proceeds with RO? Or just price jacking, now that he has some interest going? Still want to know who these vets are he says he's going to help out.
Well we already know from this post: http://adirondackcomicfest.blogspot.com/2011/07/perk-for-guests-staff-volunteers.html


So I'll have a number of these high quality posters, suitable for framing, each signed and numbered to be able to give each guest, staff member, volunteers one. I have also decided after checking with a couple people that we shall be donating several to each of the Non-profit organizations on site through the weekend for any auction type purposes they may wish to hold, or they can simply do with them as they like.

Lastly, we'll be framing a number of these posters as a unique give-away item to handed out via a free raffle to be held on both Saturday and Sunday during the Adirondack ComicFest. All you have to do is be present to win once your ticket number is announced.

Not a bad perk, is it? Thanks Matt! I'll be in touch shortly to make the final arrangements. You rock, amigo!

If Rick already has the maps in hand, since he's not going to have any guests, staff members, volunteers or non profits, he'll be pocketing a tidy sum of money if sells them on eBay. Or perhaps he'll get that storefront going on his long abandoned http://adirondathon.blogspot.com/ page.

Edited to add: So I went to view the video at Matt Busch's YouTube channel. He's commented there because someone mentions the price difference. He states: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgGyev6nCDU


Yeah- they're almost sold out, so the price has risen in hopes of raising more for Disabled Vets. :)

THE_DAREDIVA
08-20-2011, 01:19 AM
Almost SOLD out? Didn't take long to divest himself of 255 of these, then? How many, I wonder, went directly to Rick, or if they did at all?

And to up the price like that? Damn, that sounds awfully fishy to me.

Anybody know if this is REALLY authorized by Lucasfilms? Because we can reasonably assume that Adirondack ComicFest is most likely not to have "funded" the production of these maps.

Artful Angie
08-20-2011, 03:37 AM
I agree with Not Larry. There's no reason to assume that particular poster was Rick Olney.

"Alvar Hanso" definitely overreacted by immediately calling that first person who criticized the poster a "troll," but that just looks like typical message board behavior that I've seen a million times over the years.

True enough. I was just going by my gut and a little lack of sleep. LOL You see the word "troll" in dealings with Senor Olney, and you just want to make that snap decision.

Artful Angie
08-20-2011, 04:00 AM
Almost SOLD out? Didn't take long to divest himself of 255 of these, then? How many, I wonder, went directly to Rick, or if they did at all?

And to up the price like that? Damn, that sounds awfully fishy to me.

Anybody know if this is REALLY authorized by Lucasfilms? Because we can reasonably assume that Adirondack ComicFest is most likely not to have "funded" the production of these maps.

Remember though, not ALL of them are being sold:

http://adirondackcomicfest.blogspot.com/2011/07/perk-for-guests-staff-volunteers.html


A PERK FOR GUESTS, STAFF & VOLUNTEERS...


Did you know that it is the 30th anniversary of Indiana Jones this year?

So how is Indiana Jones tied into the Adirondack ComicFest, you wonder?

Stuff happens in life. Some times it is good stuff and some times it is bad stuff. Sometimes bad stuff turns into good stuff and well, you get the picture...

In this instance, I had booked Matt Busch to be a guest at the June 2011 event. But, due to unforeseen circumstances on the part of my two man local website building team our website due to be online this past April didn't go live until we lost our window to get the ACF event properly promoted over the Internet. So concessions were made and some guests were re-booked for the ACF being moved to November. Then in contacting Matt, he had to decline November.

Meanwhile I just heard from Matt -- and this is what he said

"Hi Rick!

The Indiana Jones World Maps are all signed and numbered. I have them boxed flat, in pristine condition, ready to ship!

Sorry to hear that the Adirondack Comicfest is getting drama from unprofessional professionals. Once the Indiana Jones fans sites get a load of this, they should be sending some good words out there for sure.
Speaking of which, I have some new tidbits and images for you on this that really detail how cool this map is, and how great that Lucasfilm authorized this for us! Here is the final image of the fully illustrated Indiana Jones World Map! Perfect timing, being the 30th Anniversary of Indiana Jones this year. The print measures a whopping 24" X 36" (fit for a world map!) and easy to frame in any standard movie poster size frame. There are 36 different archeological artifacts displayed. Each artifact is illustrated near the location Indy discovered it, and numbered chronologically.The research is extremely thorough with careful attention to detail. I had actually been working on researching this for two and a half years.

In each of the four corners, I illustrated an exotic stone relief carving, each representing a cultural motif from one of the four Indiana Jones feature films. There are 3 Legend sections that list info on the artifacts, including name, city and country, year, title of the story the artifact was discovered in, followed by some symbols. The Key chart that lets you decipher those symbols for each artifact to see how the story was presented, be it film, novel, TV Episode, etc... In many cases, these stories have been delivered in multiple platforms. In other words, "Indiana Jones and the Fate of Atlantis" was at first designed as a video game, but later developed as a comic book, too.

Anyway, this is gonna be huge. I'm excited to see people's reaction!"

So I'll have a number of these high quality posters, suitable for framing, each signed and numbered to be able to give each guest, staff member, volunteers one. I have also decided after checking with a couple people that we shall be donating several to each of the Non-profit organizations on site through the weekend for any auction type purposes they may wish to hold, or they can simply do with them as they like.

Lastly, we'll be framing a number of these posters as a unique give-away item to handed out via a free raffle to be held on both Saturday and Sunday during the Adirondack ComicFest. All you have to do is be present to win once your ticket number is announced.

Not a bad perk, is it? Thanks Matt! I'll be in touch shortly to make the final arrangements. You rock, amigo!

Posted by Rick Olney at 3:19 PM

3 comments:
Michael W. Kellar said...
This is pretty AWESOME...I will have to make space on a wall in my studio to hang one of these bad boys!

July 14, 2011 7:02 PM
Valerie Finnigan said...
Sounds pretty sweet!

July 14, 2011 11:11 PM
Rick Olney said...
Something a bit unique, I'd say. Wouldn't the world be a better place if we all had a little bit of 'Indiana Jones' in all of us? lol


A few things come to mind:

* You HAVE to be present to win the raffle. Does that mean if you aren't, Rick gets to keep it? Or will they keep drawing tickets until there's a winner? Remember, this is Rick we're talking about.

* How many "staff, guests, volunteers, etc." does Rick have working on this convention?

* "I have also decided after checking with a couple people that we shall be donating several to each of the Non-profit organizations on site through the weekend" There's supposed to be more than one "disabled veteran's group" being "helped" by Rick?? And what people did he have to "check with"??

* Did Matt get paid for these yet? According to the SyFy article, he was "funded" by the convention.

* Has anyone contacted LucasFilms to see if it was authorized to be done? Or was it "authorized" by the same person who "authorized" Rick to tell people he has a "Star Wars" character named after him?

* I am SO GLAD to see Clayton and Michael speaking out so publicly about the issues they had with Rick's "iron clad" contract and empty promises. Has anyone heard if Valerie is still planning to attend, or has she been notified of the recent events?

Michael W. Kellar
08-20-2011, 04:09 AM
Anybody know if this is REALLY authorized by Lucasfilms? Because we can reasonably assume that Adirondack ComicFest is most likely not to have "funded" the production of these maps.

I don't think that George Lucas would be to happy to hear this...

Michael W. Kellar
08-20-2011, 04:16 AM
* Has anyone contacted LucasFilms to see if it was authorized to be done? Or was it "authorized" by the same person who "authorized" Rick to tell people he has a "Star Wars" character named after him?

I don't think George Lucas would like to hear of this, maybe someone should get in touch with him or his agent and advise them of what has transpired, I mean I am sure that Matt Busch was paid by Lucasfilm to create this map due to his relationship over the years with Lucasfilm. It is the other aspect that has me concerned for Lucas & Busch.


* I am SO GLAD to see Clayton and Michael speaking out so publicly about the issues they had with Rick's "iron clad" contract and empty promises.

I personally, do not regret speaking out publicly.

KJ!
08-20-2011, 05:34 AM
That would be me. Bought and reviewed it last month. Of course, after so many weeks of suspicious silence on Clayton's part, I eventually stopped giving him (& you and the rest of his associates) the benefit of the doubt, and I threw my copy away and deleted the review from my blog. And then like two days later you both came forward publicly announcing your disassociation from Olney. Oops.:Oops: Guess I should've listened to Gail after all...

Anyway, I just realized, thanks to the wonders of Google Cache, I was able to find my old review, copy it (& the comments) and then re-post it back on my blog: http://fookyoutwit.com/2011/07/12/untold-tales-from-iraq-and-afghanistan-the-comic-book/

I'll step forward and state that I also talked to you about that, and thought it was all dodgy as hell, at said time.

Matt Doc Martin
08-20-2011, 05:42 AM
I don't think that George Lucas would be to happy to hear this...

Oh, but Rick Olney SWEARS that a figure of an insignificant character named Ric Olie is named after HIM. Much like how race car driver Mark Martin is named after me. And New York Islanders Left Winger Matt Martin. I am pretty sure "DOC" Absurd is named after me too.

In fact, I will sue any of you schlubs that use "Matt", "Doc", or "Martin" in your names. My team of Dairy Queen-fed lawyers are standing by now, smiling tightly as their digestive tract spasms.

THE_DAREDIVA
08-20-2011, 05:56 AM
The hits, they just keep on comin'...

So, I decided to ask about a thing or two on the youtube video:



Just which veterans' organization will benefit from the sale of this? There IS NO organization called American Disabled Veterans. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), however, do exist, and I know they are not benefiting from this. And since there is no Adirondack ComicFest, how could they have funded the production of this map?

awlrite4now 4 hours ago
@awlrite4now Hi new account person. I hesitate to respond, because it sounds like you're looking to pick a fight. You make all-knowing (yet incorrect) statements, yet demand answers.

Let me first apologize for my mistake. The proceeds from this are indeed going to DAV, my bad for messing up the wording. My heart was in the right place, and I think people will understand for whom the charity is intended.

Second of all, there is an Adirondack Comicfest. And they funded the production just fine.

mattbusch 9 minutes ago

Oh, RLY? The DAV doesn't even allow chapters to have BAKE SALES! All fund-raising goes through the national offices, where we can only raise funds through our Forget-me-not sales, or by national campaigns.

And who put up the money for the Adirondack Comicfest to fund that production? Hmmm? The silent partners?

I won't poke the bear any more, but I had to know if he'd respond to a question.

Matt Doc Martin
08-20-2011, 06:12 AM
The hits, they just keep on comin'...

So, I decided to ask about a thing or two on the youtube video:




Oh, RLY? The DAV doesn't even allow chapters to have BAKE SALES! All fund-raising goes through the national offices, where we can only raise funds through our Forget-me-not sales, or by national campaigns.

And who put up the money for the Adirondack Comicfest to fund that production? Hmmm? The silent partners?

I won't poke the bear any more, but I had to know if he'd respond to a question.

I love poking bears, and you ask good questions. Another cocksucker is looking to rip off a charity.

J.R. LeMar
08-20-2011, 06:21 AM
I'll step forward and state that I also talked to you about that, and thought it was all dodgy as hell, at said time.

First, y'know all this time I was wondering who "you" are? I knew I was talking to someone from this board, but all I had was the real name on FB, I wasn't sure which screen-name you were using here. I was actually suspecting it was someone else.
Second, what were we supposed to think? Again, as many of my previous posts @ the time can attest, I kept giving him the benefit of the doubt, even when the news of that other little controversy popped up. But then he's being silent here, asking people not to mention his name in this thread (that was the thing that really ticked me off), only assuring people in private, not publicly, that he's against Olney, and then all the guests who keep getting announced to this thing are all somehow connected to Heroes Fallen. It started looking suspicious. Plus, as I also said, I spent a couple of hours going through the old threads about Olney, and re-reading so many of his hateful posts, and the stories of people who he scammed, some who were in desperate need of money @ the time, just made me especially angry, and I just didn't want to have anything to do with anyone even remotely connected to Rick Olney.
Anyway, so I don't have the book anymore, but @ least my blog can still help promote in whatever small way, and I'll be sure to buy the next issue, especially if it's got folks like Gail, Tony, Tom, and Brian working in it.

Also, speaking of this event, according to Olney's blog (which still has Clayton and Co. listed as confirmed guests) it's supposed to be held @ The George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center. I looked it up online and was brought to this site: http://adirondackscenicbyways.org/resource/george-t-hiltebrant-recreation-center.html
which has a link to the center's official website: http://www.oldforgeny.com/ I clicked on special events and checked November 2011 (http://www.oldforgeny.com/events.html#November2011) and only one event is listed:
Nov. 25-27 Adirondack Christmas on Main Street so then I clicked on contact and called the Town of Webb Visitor Information Center @ 315-369-6983 and just spoke to a woman and asked her about the Adirondack Comics Fest which is supposed to be held Nov. 11-13, she put me on hold for about a minute to check, and then she said they did not have anything listed for those days or under that name.

I know I'm shocked, how about y'all?

THEDOC
08-20-2011, 06:34 AM
Oh, but Rick Olney SWEARS that a figure of an insignificant character named Ric Olie is named after HIM. Much like how race car driver Mark Martin is named after me. And New York Islanders Left Winger Matt Martin. I am pretty sure "DOC" Absurd is named after me too.

In fact, I will sue any of you schlubs that use "Matt", "Doc", or "Martin" in your names. My team of Dairy Queen-fed lawyers are standing by now, smiling tightly as their digestive tract spasms.

No, I am the oldest here you and Tim took the "DOC" handle without my permission and going against the made up NDA I just made up. My leagle team will be in contact with you. You trolls you.

Reminds me of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hs7Fq_bSRs

THEDOC
08-20-2011, 06:37 AM
First, y'know all this time I was wondering who "you" are? I knew I was talking to someone from this board, but all I had was the real name on FB, I wasn't sure which screen-name you were using here. I was actually suspecting it was someone else.
Second, what were we supposed to think? Again, as many of my previous posts @ the time can attest, I kept giving him the benefit of the doubt, even when the news of that other little controversy popped up. But then he's being silent here, asking people not to mention his name in this thread (that was the thing that really ticked me off), only assuring people in private, not publicly, that he's against Olney, and then all the guests who keep getting announced to this thing are all somehow connected to Heroes Fallen. It started looking suspicious. Plus, as I also said, I spent a couple of hours going through the old threads about Olney, and re-reading so many of his hateful posts, and the stories of people who he scammed, some who were in desperate need of money @ the time, just made me especially angry, and I just didn't want to have anything to do with anyone even remotely connected to Rick Olney.
Anyway, so I don't have the book anymore, but @ least my blog can still help promote in whatever small way, and I'll be sure to buy the next issue, especially if it's got folks like Gail, Tony, Tom, and Brian working in it.

Also, speaking of this event, according to Olney's blog (which still has Clayton and Co. listed as confirmed guests) it's supposed to be held @ The George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center. I looked it up online and was brought to this site: http://adirondackscenicbyways.org/resource/george-t-hiltebrant-recreation-center.html
which has a link to the center's official website: http://www.oldforgeny.com/ I clicked on special events and checked November 2011 (http://www.oldforgeny.com/events.html#November2011) and only one event is listed:
Nov. 25-27 Adirondack Christmas on Main Street so then I clicked on contact and called the Town of Webb Visitor Information Center @ 315-369-6983 and just spoke to a woman and asked her about the Adirondack Comics Fest which is supposed to be held Nov. 11-13, she put me on hold for about a minute to check, and then she said they did not have anything listed for those days or under that name.

I know I'm shocked, how about y'all?

I'm shocked!!! Not!!

Shurato2099
08-20-2011, 06:39 AM
I am shocked! Shocked, I tell you, that ... uh ... what, exactly, is going on around here anyway?

Matt Doc Martin
08-20-2011, 06:52 AM
No, I am the oldest here you and Tim took the "DOC" handle without my permission and going against the made up NDA I just made up. My leagle team will be in contact with you. You trolls you.

Reminds me of this:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Hs7Fq_bSRs

Screw you and your grasp of time and physics!

Michael W. Kellar
08-20-2011, 07:10 AM
I too called 315-369-6983 (was told that I was the second person to call today) the lady on the other end of the phone checked with another lady in the office into "Adirondack Comicfest" and "Adirondathon, LLC" and neither lady in the office could find out any information for either name. When I mentioned Olney, she stated that the name sounded familiar and that I should check with the publicity department because they may have forgotten to list it on their website.
So, I have a call into Laurie Barkauskas, Events Coordinator - (315) 369-6983 x23 http://www.visitmyadirondacks.com/contact.html inquiring about the event and if it is actually scheduled to take place Nov 11-13, I am just waiting to hear back from her...I am curious myself.

Artful Angie
08-20-2011, 08:31 AM
I too called 315-369-6983 (was told that I was the second person to call today) the lady on the other end of the phone checked with another lady in the office into "Adirondack Comicfest" and "Adirondathon, LLC" and neither lady in the office could find out any information for either name. When I mentioned Olney, she stated that the name sounded familiar and that I should check with the publicity department because they may have forgotten to list it on their website.
So, I have a call into Laurie Barkauskas, Events Coordinator - (315) 369-6983 x23 http://www.visitmyadirondacks.com/contact.html inquiring about the event and if it is actually scheduled to take place Nov 11-13, I am just waiting to hear back from her...I am curious myself.

Don't you guys get it?? Come on. Doc and Matt, you two should know better. Tsk Tsk Tsk.


Michael, the reason why you won't see any postings at Old Forge about the con is that...

Shhh!!! It's a SECRET convention!

Ask everybody! Rick had a con in 2007 that no guests, attendees, or volunteeers seem to remember being at. And all the photos taken there are SUPER SECRET and can only be seen at Area 51.

That's why your info is still at the website, Michael. This con is SO SECRET that YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU'RE STILL ATTENDING!!!

THEDOC
08-20-2011, 08:39 AM
Don't you guys get it?? Come on. Doc and Matt, you two should know better. Tsk Tsk Tsk.


Michael, the reason why you won't see any postings at Old Forge about the con is that...

Shhh!!! It's a SECRET convention!

Ask everybody! Rick had a con in 2007 that no guests, attendees, or volunteeers seem to remember being at. And all the photos taken there are SUPER SECRET and can only be seen at Area 51.

That's why your info is still at the website, Michael. This con is SO SECRET that YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU'RE STILL ATTENDING!!!

Sorry the spirit of RO temporarily possessed me.

No no the convention is happening on Earth 2. But due to rebooting info may not be available.

Michael W. Kellar
08-20-2011, 08:56 AM
Michael, the reason why you won't see any postings at Old Forge about the con is that...

Shhh!!! It's a SECRET convention!

That's why your info is still at the website, Michael. This con is SO SECRET that YOU DON'T EVEN KNOW YOU'RE STILL ATTENDING!!!

I have a question or two, maybe more?

How in the world do you promote a convention that is not being promoted in the right places for all to see? I mean there should have been promotions for the convention taking place ALL over the internet not just FB and a Blog...how in the world does one expect for people to make arrangements to take time off of work, make hotel reservations, flight plans, save money to attend the convention and buy stuff at the convention? I would want to promote the convention everywhere I possibly could.

I mean Heroes Con & San Diego Comic Con International advertise a year in advance as well as other conventions...heck, even MonsterCon (a North Carolina convention that was hosted by Comic Monstore in Salisbury, NC) that bless Ray's heart only took place for 2 years, 2007 & 2008, and there probably won't be another one for the foreseeable future...was promoted everywhere that we possibly could promote it.

At least MonsterCon 2007, a one day show, was a spur of the moment thing and was planned 6 months in advance, I was asked to be the artist liaison and try and get artist to the show which I brought in a few.

Then for MonsterCon 2008, a two day show, we began to advertise/promote it at the end of the 2007 show, plans began right away for a new Venue and as the artist liaison, I began contacting ALOT of artist and brought in more than the previous year.

So a SECRET, HUSH, HUSH convention is to me "No Convention" at all, I'm just saying from my experience with MonsterCon 2007 & 2008!

Michael W. Kellar
08-20-2011, 09:04 AM
Okay, I really need to either a) shut down this laptop and leave the other laptop up and running so I can continue to watch/listen to Star Trek: TNG while I ink a Batman pinup or b) power off this laptop.

I keep getting drawn back to the thread and I have work to do...talk to you all later, probably tomorrow since tonight I will not be around either laptop, I will be at a Kannapolis Intimidators (Minor League Baseball farm team for Chicago White Sox) game with my son, Dustin, for Boy Scout Appreciation night.

So, I am powering down now...

AIPman1
08-20-2011, 09:17 AM
It amazes me more and more, that in 2003, we did not all show up at THE VENUE to locked doors and a janitor standing there going, there's no show here today. Rick Olney, late, shows up...I can fix this! Cmon, it's nice out, lets set up in the parking lot! Dont listen to that janitor, he's a hater!

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-20-2011, 09:26 AM
I've been reading the comments from Matt Busch's video. The sorting method was a bit confusing at first but I have it now and have arranged it into an easier to read format. For those who haven't gone there:


@awlrite4now (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=awlrite4now): Just which veterans' organization will benefit from the sale of this? There IS NO organization called American Disabled Veterans. The Disabled American Veterans (DAV), however, do exist, and I know they are not benefiting from this. And since there is no Adirondack ComicFest, how could they have funded the production of this map?

@mattbusch (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=mattbusch): Hi new account person. I hesitate to respond, because it sounds like you're looking to pick a fight. You make all-knowing (yet incorrect) statements, yet demand answers. Let me first apologize for my mistake. The proceeds from this are indeed going to DAV, my bad for messing up the wording. My heart was in the right place, and I think people will understand for whom the charity is intended. Second of all, there is an Adirondack Comicfest. And they funded the production just fine.

@docmartin72 (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=docmartin72): I am NOT a new account person, and ask the same questions. You are aware their are significant penalties associated with charity fraud, yes? So you know, in case you never did a single Google Search, Rick Olney, who IS "Adirondack Comicfest" in total, once used St Judes Children's Research Hospital's logos and name to raise money. HE NEVER DONATED ANYTHING, and did not have permission. Please post anything you have showing that you have prior approval to use the DAV name. Furthermore, why hesitate to respond? It is a fair and honest question, and backed up with fact. You made one claim, and an important one, yet "messed up the wording". So be it. Given what you CLAIM now, where is your documentation and proof?

@mattbusch (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=mattbusch): Hi Doc, I hesitated to respond, as I do with you, because I see hostility in your words. I also noticed that the previous comment was left by someone who created an anonymous account in order to reply. I have put my blood sweat and tears into this for 3 years, and when I had opportunities to work with Lucasfilm licensees on this to make serious dough, I opted to do something nice for those who have fought so we all can sleep easy at night. I'm very passionate about the charity.

@docmartin72 (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=docmartin72): I do not post anonymous comments. We are not asking about your passion for the charity. We are asking for proof that the charity actually benefits from the sales. You raise your prices and sell based on claiming that vets benefit. Where is the proof? Where is permission from the Disabled American Veterans organization?

@mattbusch (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=mattbusch): Hi Doc, this will be my last response on the matter on YouTube. If you want the proof, you will have to wait until the handing of the check is made public. Until then, there is no proof because it hasn't happened yet. In terms of working with the charity itself, you'd have to contact Adirondack Comicfest about that, as they will be having that honor (I won't be able to attend the show). As for me personally, I was not aware that I needed permission to give to a charity.

@docmartin72 (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=docmartin72): You DO need permission to use a charity's name to raise money. That is the law. It helps prevent Chairty Fraud, which Rick Olney, who you are associating this auction with, has perpetuated. Not to mention the dozens of creators unpaid by Olney (and some court judgments against him), yet you claim you received monies from him. I hope people reading these comments see your failure to document permission and how you jacked up prices, and instead, choose to donate money directly.

@mattbusch (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=mattbusch): Respond to this video... I'm aware of the witch-hunt against Rick Olney. How much of the past slander of him is true, and how much is artists disgruntled that things didn't work out like they were supposed to? I have no idea, and I don't care- as that's between those artists and Rick I can tell you that my dealing with him (which has been minimal) has been nothing short of professional.

@mattbusch (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=mattbusch): Respond to this video... I can also tell you that the check presented to the vets will certainly be documented, and shared with the public.
But- probably not as a comment here on YouTube. My email has a comment you left about being a vet as well (though I don't see it here). I sincerely salute you and give you my word that that I am doing my part to see that the proceeds go where they are supposed to. I have been alerted by plenty, but am confident this will benefit vets as planned.

@docmartin72 (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=docmartin72): I have also just now contacted DAV personally, to make sure they are aware and that everything goes as planned. I do appreciate your concern and interest in the matter. I can't speak for Rick, or even Adirondack Comicfest, but I will do my part to make sure nothing ill comes of this. ESPECIALLY if it concerns helping our disabled veterans!

@mattbusch (http://www.youtube.com/comment_search?username=mattbusch): I'm sorry you feel that way about me. I hope to prove you wrong. Please DO forward this, as it's my heart-felt intention that the funds go to the right place, and I hope they aren't upset I didn't get their permission to help them them out. Be well, my friend.

I have bolded the parts that most stood out to me.

So Matt Busch is aware of Rick's reputation and doesn't care because he has been professional with him. We've heard that before.

How will this check presentation be documented? Video from the con? Part of that live stream Rick is claiming to be having? If Matt is selling the Maps in his store, he alone knows how much money it brings in. He'd also be the only one with access to the money. So how would Rick, even if he was on the up and up... hahahaha, anyway, even if Rick wanted to, how would he then be able to give the charity money since Matt Busch is the one selling them?

The Hero Maker
08-20-2011, 09:31 AM
That would be me. Bought and reviewed it last month. Of course, after so many weeks of suspicious silence on Clayton's part, I eventually stopped giving him (& you and the rest of his associates) the benefit of the doubt, and I threw my copy away and deleted the review from my blog. And then like two days later you both came forward publicly announcing your disassociation from Olney. Oops.:Oops: Guess I should've listened to Gail after all...

Anyway, I just realized, thanks to the wonders of Google Cache, I was able to find my old review, copy it (& the comments) and then re-post it back on my blog: http://fookyoutwit.com/2011/07/12/untold-tales-from-iraq-and-afghanistan-the-comic-book/

JR sorry to hear that you threw away your book. The reason I remained silent is as President of the organization I have to be very careful with what I post online. So I do my best to be as professional as possible about what and how I post. email me your mailing address again and I will replace the book for you sir. And yes you should have listened to Gail.

Matt Busch
08-20-2011, 09:42 AM
Hey gang,

Matt Busch here. I've been alerted to the recent stir about the Indiana Jones World Map. I've been led to this forum, and while I won't be able to join the fun on a regular basis, I did want to add my 2 cents and let you know what is going on.

Earlier this year, I was contacted by Rick Olney to be a part of his Adirondack Comicfest show. At the time, I had no knowledge of Rick or any claims made against him. Perhaps I should have researched more up front, but I've rarely had any issues like this in the past, and he sounded as legit as the next convention promoter. It turned out that I had a conflicting engagement preventing me from attending, but he had mentioned doing a print that would benefit our veterans. I was all about it.

Meanwhile, I had just finished the IJ Map, a project that I worked on without pay for the sheer love of all things Indy. I had been in talks with Lucasfilm about it all along, and per our long-standing relationship, was confident that my time wouldn't be of waste. Upon completing the map, I had several options, in terms of turning it into a product with one of LF's licensees. Potentially, it could be sold as a limited fine art print through ACME, or a mass-produced cheaper poster through Trends International, or perhaps something educational with Random House or Del Rey.

At the same time, I was contacted by Rick about the charity print, and realized that I wouldn't have time to create something brand new for the charity, but that I might have something rare or never-been-printed from my 20 year career past that could work. As I was thinking this- there was the finished map sitting in front of me...

I suddenly had what I thought was a great idea (and I hope it ends up that way). Here is this pop culture convention, set in the historical community of the Adirondack Mountains, with a patriotic theme benefiting veterans... The Indy Map would be perfect for this. I spent so long working on it that I really felt like this was the perfect answer to a passion project I spent countless hours on.

Rick loved the idea, and so did Lucasfilm, who gave me the green light.

Since then, as you can guess, my inbox has been pummeled with email from colleagues warning me about Rick. So, sure, I've very wary of this and am taking extreme caution to make sure I don't get screwed, and my god- the Disabled American Veterans! I would go ballistic if all the proceeds don't go to them!

As for my dealing with Rick, I'm sorry if anyone here has been burned by him. That's business between you guys and something I choose to stay out of. So far, he has been legit with me. I hope that continues to be the case, and I don't return to this forum bashing him with you guys later. (I say that with respect to you guys, of course I'm nervous about this now.) I guess you'll have to ask me again when all is said and done.

I have since contacted the Disabled American Veterans personally to make sure they are aware of what is going on, and will take every measure possible to make sure they get what is promised and will not use their great name and cause in vain. Not if I or Lucasfilm has anything to say about it.

Side note, to answer some concerns: Originally LF granted 250, but later upped that number to 255 in order to retain the last 5 for their records. Also, the cost has risen in an effort to raise more funds, but let me also elaborate that the limited number being sold Online is what is almost sold out, not what will be available through Comicfest.

I hope that extinguishes concerns, at least for the time being. I'm aware, concerned, and will do my best to make sure all happens as it should. In the mean time, I wish you all well, hope you enjoy the map, and hope good karma comes your way if you have been wronged. :)

Sincerely,

Matt Busch

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-20-2011, 09:53 AM
Question for Matt Busch. You said:


Meanwhile, I had just finished the IJ Map, a project that I worked on without pay for the sheer love of all things Indy. I had been in talks with Lucasfilm about it all along, and per our long-standing relationship, was confident that my time wouldn't be of waste. Upon completing the map, I had several options, in terms of turning it into a product with one of LF's licensees. Potentially, it could be sold as a limited fine art print through ACME, or a mass-produced cheaper poster through Trends International, or perhaps something educational with Random House or Del Rey.

At the same time, I was contacted by Rick about the charity print, and realized that I wouldn't have time to create something brand new for the charity, but that I might have something rare or never-been-printed from my 20 year career past that could work. As I was thinking this- there was the finished map sitting in front of me...

If the maps were already finished by the time Rick contacted you, what does it mean to say Adirondack ComicFest funded it?

bert
08-20-2011, 10:36 AM
Hi Matt.

nice to see you here.

(and too funny, while you were posting here, I was looking at your website, and composing that email to you).

Nice to see that at least you had been in contact with LucasFilms.

I do hope you take my email how it was intended, as I meant every word (including potential purchases from your store, and the comments on your skill as an artist)

best,
bert

Artful Angie
08-20-2011, 10:44 AM
I have a question or two, maybe more?

How in the world do you promote a convention that is not being promoted in the right places for all to see? I mean there should have been promotions for the convention taking place ALL over the internet not just FB and a Blog...how in the world does one expect for people to make arrangements to take time off of work, make hotel reservations, flight plans, save money to attend the convention and buy stuff at the convention? I would want to promote the convention everywhere I possibly could.

I mean Heroes Con & San Diego Comic Con International advertise a year in advance as well as other conventions...heck, even MonsterCon (a North Carolina convention that was hosted by Comic Monstore in Salisbury, NC) that bless Ray's heart only took place for 2 years, 2007 & 2008, and there probably won't be another one for the foreseeable future...was promoted everywhere that we possibly could promote it.

At least MonsterCon 2007, a one day show, was a spur of the moment thing and was planned 6 months in advance, I was asked to be the artist liaison and try and get artist to the show which I brought in a few.

Then for MonsterCon 2008, a two day show, we began to advertise/promote it at the end of the 2007 show, plans began right away for a new Venue and as the artist liaison, I began contacting ALOT of artist and brought in more than the previous year.

So a SECRET, HUSH, HUSH convention is to me "No Convention" at all, I'm just saying from my experience with MonsterCon 2007 & 2008!

Michael, I'll try to answer some of that.

Out of everybody who posts regularly here, I actually am the only one who lives in The Mohawk Valley, and Rick's house is a stone's throw from me. Not that I'd throw a stone there, because he'd sick his legal beagles (which I think might actually be his nickname for the fish in his aquarium tank) on me, and then post a 355 page diatribe about how the stone affected his valiant battle against cancer.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO PROMOTING of this con going on in the area. Not one poster. Not one ad. othing in the papers. And especially no mention of it in ANY of the VFW clubs in the area. Hell, there's not even a badly scribbled flyer sitting on the bulletin board of the supermarket located less than a mile from Ricky's home.

Rick is not welcome in the local comic book shop, Ravenswood. He's not banned, but as Janine the owner told him, he not allowed to order from Previews anymore unless he pays up front in cash, because he screwed them over on almost $1,200.00 in an order that he turned around and decided not to pick up. He also wrote checks that bounced, and he took forever to pay them off. Rick will tell you to call Janine and ask her if he ever bounced a check. Do it. Janine's policy is if you write a bad check and cover it, then you didn't "bounce" the check. So what he says is "true". He didn't bounce it because he covered it. It just took him a few months to do it.

So you can imagine why they wouldn't be interested in putting up a flyer for anything Rick's doing.

There's a comic shop in Syracuse called Cloud City Comics which is run by Jeff Watkins, who comments here occasionally. Rick threatened to throw a rock through the store's plate glass window when Jeff spoke out against him, and (if I recall off the top of my head) he has an order preventing Rick from entering the store. The other stores in Syracuse should be able to tell their own Olney stories.

The reason why you don't see anything from Rick about this con is because you'd see exactly what transpired. Rick tried to have a con so he could "show those naysayers he could do it". I guarantee you if he had pulled it off, you wouldn't be able to shut Rick up enough. He would spend the next seven years telling everybody how he "beat the odds" and "put those trolls in their place", etc, etc, etc...

Off the top of my head, here is a list of places in Utica alone that would be a better place to have a comic convention:

Hotel Utica
Radisson Hotel- Downtown Utica
Mohawk Valley Convention Center
Sangertown Square Mall
Best Western- North Utica
The Uptown Theatre
The Stanley Theatre
Player's Theatre

I could absolutely guarantee I have better contacts to promote a convention in Utica, especially in the radio and tv promotional aspects. The reason Ricky can't do anything is the Mohawk Vally is because he's trashed his own reputation here, so NO ONE will help him with another scam.

So he had to try and scam people 60 miles north of here in a remote section of the state where his own bad name hadn't caught up with him yet.

Matt Doc Martin
08-20-2011, 10:56 AM
I've been reading the comments from Matt Busch's video. The sorting method was a bit confusing at first but I have it now and have arranged it into an easier to read format. For those who haven't gone there:



I have bolded the parts that most stood out to me.

So Matt Busch is aware of Rick's reputation and doesn't care because he has been professional with him. We've heard that before.

How will this check presentation be documented? Video from the con? Part of that live stream Rick is claiming to be having? If Matt is selling the Maps in his store, he alone knows how much money it brings in. He'd also be the only one with access to the money. So how would Rick, even if he was on the up and up... hahahaha, anyway, even if Rick wanted to, how would he then be able to give the charity money since Matt Busch is the one selling them?

My other concern is just how much of the proceeds will go to the DAV. If 175 maps sold at $39.95, and another 50 sold at $59.95, you are looking at a total of $9989.25, give or take, that potentially goes to vets. Now I am not sure exactly how many have been sold at either price, so my numbers are ESTIMATES. If Matt Busch were to end sales today and donate to the DAV, how much actual money would they see? Will he answer this?

And I am "docmartin72" .

Flamebird
08-20-2011, 11:33 AM
My other concern is just how much of the proceeds will go to the DAV. If 175 maps sold at $39.95, and another 50 sold at $59.95, you are looking at a total of $9989.25, give or take, that potentially goes to vets. Now I am not sure exactly how many have been sold at either price, so my numbers are ESTIMATES. If Matt Busch were to end sales today and donate to the DAV, how much actual money would they see? Will he answer this?

And I am "docmartin72" .

I'm more curious as to where olney got money to "fund" anything.
More and more it's obvious that none of these people care if someone else get screwed; not till it happens to them.
My sympathies in that direction are starting to wane horribly.
By the way, doesn't Lucas Arts already know about olney and his bs about the action figure? I seem to remember they laughed about it a few years ago.
If so, I doubt they'd be thrilled to hear that officially licensed art would now be associated with him.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 11:38 AM
Matt, welcome.

I hope you have not found the commentary too harsh. I appreciate you coming here.

I speak to you now as a fellow working professional. Have you ever, ever seen as much negative
commentary about a single convention promoter as you find routinely about Rick? Why is it that professionals
of sterling reputation and character all say he cheated them gleefully, and then threatened them
for years?

Why is it not one single pro, not one solitary name professional, has a good word to say about him?

Does it really seem likely to you that Chuck Dixon, Val Staples, Greg Horn, Mike Kaluta, Tomy Isabella,
myself, and many, many others who have never ever had this kind of problem with a publisher or
con organizer just suddenly banded together and made up all these allegations to be mean?

Not to mention the retailers, venues, and other creative associates who have crossed been
cheated by this man?

Why is it impossible to find a single good word about him from any credible professional?
Does that not strike you as odd?

And you should know, Matt...keeping in contact like this is the ONLY way to prevent
more freelancers from being treated as we were all treated. That said, I wish you well, and when
you do get to see the real Rick Olney, you are welcome here, but of course by then the damage will be done.

Tom Stillwell
08-20-2011, 11:49 AM
How much of the past slander of him is true, and how much is artists disgruntled that things didn't work out like they were supposed to?

Things not working out? You mean like being promised a certain page rate, doing the work you were hired for, getting the run around on payments overdue for months and then finally being told you would be paid on the back end of a profits from a book that would never see print?

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-20-2011, 02:05 PM
Monkey boy is reading and dancing for us today.


In case you haven't seen the Indiana Jones World Map video, check it out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgGyev6nCDU

Creatively, Matt Busch did a superb job! You'll also note that the Adirondack ComicFest got noted as being THE event to have copies of this INDIANA WORLD MAP for sale to benefit the DAV.
The maps are individually numbered and signed by artist and creator, Matt Busch. You can bet that these maps are sure to be a treasured collectors item in the months and years to come.

Unfortunately these maps will only be available for sale at the Adirondack ComicFest. Should any remain unsold after the November 11th thru 13th weekend. We'll offer them for sale here in the afterglow.

I'll also have some more updates on the Veterans Day Breakfast and Memorial program and the DAV, as well as two other Veterans charities that the Adirondack ComicFest is in touch with in the coming few days. God bless the troops and our veterans of all branches of military service!
http://adirondackcomicfest.blogspot.com/2011/08/veterans-day-in-november-update-indiana.html

Good job linking to a YouTube video containing comments about what a scam artist you are Rick. Also, Matt Busch if you are around did you notice what Rick said? He falsely stated the maps are only available at his convention. No link to your store or mention you are selling them.

Artful Angie
08-20-2011, 02:18 PM
Or that he wasn't even the impetus to get the maps made, just that they would be sold by him and the proceeds going to the DAV.

Well, Ricky, since you're reading this, I'll give you another clue.

Everybody, I'm out for the evening. Beardslee Castle is doing a Superman-themed murder mystery dinner theatre. So me and the spouse are off to that.

Check it out!

http://beardsleecastle.com/MM.htm

Saturday, August 20th
Kent Clark, Mild-mannered Reporter
Kent Clark has discovered that, though it isn’t what it used to be, the print media is still worth fighting for. His newspaper, The Daily Planetoid, is involved in a power-struggle as its owner, the notorious cheap-skate, Perrier White, is looking to cash out. Unscrupulous investors are lining up faster than a speeding bullet to seize control leading Kent to ask the question: Is the paper also worth dying for? Looks like some nasty stuff is about to happen but who will save the day? Jimmy? Lois? You? Or maybe, “You Know Who”?


all shows start at 7pm and last 2 1/2 to 3 hours
Ticket price $45 per person:: Tickets can be purchased by phone with a major credit card or by mail with a check. ($1 fee per order for mailing tickets) or purchase at the Castle whenever we are open. We recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you make plans as the shows generally sell out. Last minute attendees may purchase at the door if they call the day of the event. Because of the need for a seating plan for the show we don't recommend showing up without a ticket.

Flamebird
08-20-2011, 02:37 PM
Ticket price $45 per person:: Tickets can be purchased by phone with a major credit card or by mail with a check. ($1 fee per order for mailing tickets) or purchase at the Castle whenever we are open. We recommend purchasing tickets as soon as you make plans as the shows generally sell out. Last minute attendees may purchase at the door if they call the day of the event. Because of the need for a seating plan for the show we don't recommend showing up without a ticket.[/I][/B]

Guess rick won't be showing up for this, huh?

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-20-2011, 02:48 PM
Found something interesting if you ever find yourself with time on your hands. We all know Rick goes through periods of mass deletion of his blog. It currently only goes back to November 2010. Well I found this site that has his blog cataloged to 2009. Unfortunately it only stores the first few sentences of the blog. Still that is enough to document some of Rick's past threats and claims. Here's the site, starting on page 4 where the now deleted blogs begin.

http://www.blogcatalog.com/blogs/sequential-soul/4

SarahBeach
08-20-2011, 03:19 PM
To Matt Busch -- I hope you will come to understand that the seeming hostility directed toward you is actually passionate committment to the cause of keeping Rick Olney from cheating another professional creator.

No one questions your commitment to your craft (and working three years on such a map is dedication indeed!), nor your desire to raise funds to help disabled veterans.

What we are questioning is your awareness of the history Rick Olney has. You say he has treated you "legitimately" and been professional with you. Please understand that many of the posters here have had five years of observation of Rick's methods. He can talk a good show when he's starting out. He knows all the sorts of things to say to appear (at the beginning) as if he is indeed acting as a professional.

BUT ... please note:
(1): We have not been able to verify ANY of the company names that have been connected with this proported festival for the Veterans' Day weekend.
(2): We have contacted the only facility that could serve as the venue for this festival/convention in Old Forge, New York, and no such event is currently on their listings!
(3): The procedures for conducting fundraising for the specific charity The Disabled American Veterans BY an organization (supposedly, the festival/convention) have not been complied with (something that we have seen before, regarding St. Jude Children's Hospital in particular).

These are the key points that we wish to draw to your attention.

You should also be aware that in the past artists have donated original works for purported charity auctions at events Rick Olney was going to have, and when those events were canceled, the donated items were NOT returned to the artists.

THAT is a point that we are concerned about on your behalf, and hope you will take note of. You have created something of very definite value, the printed copies of this item, being limited, will have a very definite value -- and you seem to be blithely trusting them into the hands of a man there is every REASON to distrust! We actually fear that if you have already SHIPPED those copies to Rick, not only will they NOT be part of an auction at the convention (because there will not BE a convention in all likelihood), but that you will NOT get them back, so that they can then be sold by other means to raise funds for the disabled veterens.

The ONLY upside I see to such a loss, is that the internet is even more active now than it was in the past when Rick abscounded with auction items. Should he sell the prints on eBay or elsewhere and try and keep the money for himself, there are eyes everywhere that will catch it. People will be watching, and will contact authorities if the prints surface and are sold without authorization.

MacQuarrie
08-20-2011, 03:25 PM
Hi Matt.


As for my dealing with Rick, I'm sorry if anyone here has been burned by him. That's business between you guys and something I choose to stay out of. So far, he has been legit with me. I hope that continues to be the case, and I don't return to this forum bashing him with you guys later. (I say that with respect to you guys, of course I'm nervous about this now.) I guess you'll have to ask me again when all is said and done.
No, I'm afraid he has not.

Adirondathon does not legally exist, and he told you it did. It is not an LLC, and he told you it was. The venue has not been booked, and he told you it will take place on a particular day and time. So far every single thing he has told you about himself and his imaginary organization are false.

He has not been legit with you, and based on past performance, not one penny from those posters will ever go to any Veterans' organization if it goes through Olney. If he takes possession of the posters prior to the event, they will not come back to you when the event is inevitably canceled. They will end up sold on Ebay and the money will go to Olney.

Sorry, but that's his track record.

SarahBeach
08-20-2011, 03:39 PM
Mac said it more concisely than I did.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 04:01 PM
I have a question or two, maybe more?

How in the world do you promote a convention that is not being promoted in the right places for all to see? I mean there should have been promotions for the convention taking place ALL over the internet not just FB and a Blog...how in the world does one expect for people to make arrangements to take time off of work, make hotel reservations, flight plans, save money to attend the convention and buy stuff at the convention? I would want to promote the convention everywhere I possibly could.

I mean Heroes Con & San Diego Comic Con International advertise a year in advance as well as other conventions...heck, even MonsterCon (a North Carolina convention that was hosted by Comic Monstore in Salisbury, NC) that bless Ray's heart only took place for 2 years, 2007 & 2008, and there probably won't be another one for the foreseeable future...was promoted everywhere that we possibly could promote it.

At least MonsterCon 2007, a one day show, was a spur of the moment thing and was planned 6 months in advance, I was asked to be the artist liaison and try and get artist to the show which I brought in a few.

Then for MonsterCon 2008, a two day show, we began to advertise/promote it at the end of the 2007 show, plans began right away for a new Venue and as the artist liaison, I began contacting ALOT of artist and brought in more than the previous year.

So a SECRET, HUSH, HUSH convention is to me "No Convention" at all, I'm just saying from my experience with MonsterCon 2007 & 2008!


Michael, it's a fair question.

But the answer is really simple and just proves how sad it is that people still believe Rick's freakish narrative.


The simple truth is, he has alienated everyone in comics who could help him on this. He's either cheated them,
had a freak meltdown, or been banned.

He can't use the free resource of the website that tracks conventions for promoters, because he not only canceled
far too many cons, he actually cheated that website's owner out of money--same as always, ask for work, never pay.
So that's out.

He can't use CBR, they have banned him.

He can't use the Comics Beat, they know exactly what he's about and Heidi McDonald was one of the attendees
at the fabled 2003 Shitty Mini Con. And he's insulted her repeatedly with gross slimy comments about her
panties for some reason.

He can't use Bleeding Cool, a website that actually tried to help him by giving him the benefit of the doubt,
which he of course ruined by losing his mind and declaring Rich Johnston an enemy for not believing
Rick's wild claims.

Newsarama knows of him and won't run his press releases, he cheated his former press agent Ronee
out of her salary completely.

He can't use Comicon.com. This is sad but true, not only was he banned (and his sockpuppets) for being
a toxic and offensive troll, but to this DAY, you are not allowed to even mention his NAME on their
site.

There just aren't that many options he hasn't destroyed, not that many bridges left to burn.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 04:35 PM
I'm more curious as to where olney got money to "fund" anything.
More and more it's obvious that none of these people care if someone else get screwed; not till it happens to them.
My sympathies in that direction are starting to wane horribly.
By the way, doesn't Lucas Arts already know about olney and his bs about the action figure? I seem to remember they laughed about it a few years ago.
If so, I doubt they'd be thrilled to hear that officially licensed art would now be associated with him.

Flamebird, that's not entirely fair. Both Clayton and Michael have expressed concern and backed it up by canceling their attendance at the show.
Others who were scheduled dropped out immediately when Rick's history of abuse and non-payment came to light.

And I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of these other folks drop out as well once they start seeing the side of Rick that he's hidden from them
til now.

Give them a chance, I am convinced Rick will alienate them like he's alienated everyone else who ever trusted him.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-20-2011, 04:48 PM
I was looking back at some old blogs and saw this. I remember how funny we all found it at the time and it's still utterly hilarious how deluded Rick can be.


It was a pleasant surprise to see and hear a personal shout-out to "The Oracle of ORCA" in the recently released Marvel Iron Man II film. Anyone keen enough to spot the segment of Tony Stark exiting the Stark Expo to greet fans and catch a glimpse of Stan Lee will also see an actor (sporting a beard and mustache) answering to Stark's greeting of, "Hey! The oracle of ORCA!", as said individual, sporting a somewhat familiar look (seen on the staircase) replies, "What a pleasure. Nice to see you. Call me." to Stark. Hahahaha! I suppose I owe a bit of a thank you to script writer, Justin Theroux. So Thank you, sir! The mention of ORCA will help in our Fall 2010 new website premiere.

The person on the stairs was Larry Ellison, co founder of the Orcale Foundation and according to Forbes, the 5th richest person in the world. He is worth 39.5 billion.

Unlike the founder of Orca who is worth $3.95

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 05:10 PM
As a final warning to those still clinging to Rick's bullshit, remember, he has a history of canceling conventions with NO NOTICE.

Here is a comment from one person who was supposed to attend one of Rick's conventions. It is eerily similar to many, many other
guests, not just from comics but from the Star Wars and horror communities (Rick is almost as loathed in the horror community as he
is in the comics field). This was after Johanna Draper Carlson dared to correctly point out that he had canceled the show with one week's notice
due to lack of funds (his bank wouldn't loan him the money, according to his own version of the events).


"Paula Says:
October 10, 2006 at 2:18 PM

It is unfortunate what Rick and his family has been through. HOWEVER, he could have gone way of professional etiquette and given some notice that the event was cancelled. Moreover, he could have responded to any of my of my TAPS colleagues emails and voicemails asking what was going on and if the conference was still on. Many of us saved that weekend for his conference, for which he had us sign a contract months before, when we could have made plans to be at other venues OR made plans with OUR families and friends. I tell all of you and would say to Rick himself, that he is unreliable and people should not sign contracts with him, save dates for him, or book plane tickets and buy tickets for his venues, etc."


This person and her friends were just a few of the MANY people Rick has treated like shit after his delusional conventions always collapse. The only thing worse than an Olney convention being canceled with no notice,
leaving guests with tremendous out-of-pocket expenses?

Is if the thing actually happens and you have to be AROUND him.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 05:15 PM
I was looking back at some old blogs and saw this. I remember how funny we all found it at the time and it's still utterly hilarious how deluded Rick can be.



The person on the stairs was Larry Ellison, co founder of the Orcale Foundation and according to Forbes, the 5th richest person in the world. He is worth 39.5 billion.

Unlike the founder of Orca who is worth $3.95

That's still one of my favorites, that Rick is deluded enough to think a 200 million dollar film wants to include a shout out to a failed publisher and failed convention
organizer. Also, that he thinks a good looking billionaire somehow evokes HIM in the minds of viewers.


Might be his all time dumbest moment, but it does show the depth of his delusion. And again, when he talked to us at his con about Lucasfilms naming a character after
him, he SPECIFICALLY said no one had contacted him, he couldn't verify it, he just thought it was true (it was obviously bullshit, and sad, pathetic, self-delusional bullshit at that),
but later, suddenly he decides oh, wait, yes, they DID tell him that! Oh, I just remembered...I TOTALLY HAVE DOCUMENTATION! And I'm going to SHOW IT RIGHT AWAY (five years
later, still no documentation).


So we contacted our friends at Lucasfilm including the character's freaking DESIGNER, and they totally laughed at the idea, they thought it was hysterical, and gave us a note to
reprint saying it was absolutely false.

Didn't even slow Rick down. He's still telling that lie. The character's DESIGNER says it's not true, but Rick's delusion is all that matters.

Pathetic.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 05:20 PM
It's funny how if you google Rick's name, you get nothing but people who have had terrible experiences with him, but Matt somehow feels that it's because 'waaah, some pro didn't get what they wanted.'

"
[info]weyrdchic
2007-01-10 09:08 am UTC (link)
*pops in from sporadic lurking*

Oh Jesus tapdancing Christ. My girlfriend and I were once in talks to sell an illustrated sci-fi series to this guy, when he was claiming to start up some kind of publishing company. We knew someone who'd worked with him and was, surprise surprise, still expecting money but didn't know half of this crap about him. So after stopping us two seconds into our pitch with 'sounds great, we'll do it', he was then unable to tell us:

1) how he was going to advertise it and where
2) who he would market it towards
3) who he would get to illustrate it and under what grounds although he claimed to have people in mind
4) anything regarding the state of his pending company or plans for the books at all

under the guise of 'trade secrets', while pretty much ignoring any statement we made or other question we asked. (I mean, I don't know what the official policies are of a place like Del Ray Books or something, where I normally wouldn't ask questions like that, but this was a beginning 'small press' and we were talking about this through a freaking message board.)

When we started going 'uhhhh' he blew up at us and decided to put us on a deadline for a decision to force our hands, at which point we finally thought to do a Google search on his name and promptly never even spoke to him again. (He reacted to this by threatening to sue our friend for slander. Charming.)

It was very, very special. The thread makes me gape but doesn't surprise me a bit, although I'm cracking up through my disgust at the homophobia because we stated about a zillion times that the novels had predominantly GLBT characters and were extremely poly-friendly."


Totally at random, first link I clicked on, Rick's trying to cheat someone.

J.R. LeMar
08-20-2011, 05:22 PM
From Troy Hickman (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Troy_Hickman) (posting as "holeycrullers") on July 12 2007 (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showpost.php?p=5109948&postcount=36646) about his experience with Rick Olney, as a planned guest @ one of his conventions:


Actually, I can shed a bit of light on that. Yes, I was invited to be a guest at that con, but no, I didn't decline. I did, in fact, accept the offer.

And who wouldn't? I was told all my expenses would be taken care of. I'd be flown to NY. I'd be put up in a nice hotel. I'd be fed. I'd be taken to and from the venue in a limo. We're talking the life of Riley here.

And I should've known better. Despite some acclaim and Eisner noms and such, I'm still basically an unknown to comicdom assembled. Given that, if he was making that offer to me, it would sure seem likely that a LOT of other folks were hearing the same stuff, and probably more.

And sure enough, every time I asked about it afterwards, I was told "yeah, we're still working on it," even though my name was appearing on the website as a confirmed guest.

I've learned to take everything in comics, whether it's said by publishers, distributors, con organizers, whatever, with a Googam-sized grain of salt. There are countless folks in this biz who, while their hearts might be in the right place, talk a much bigger game than they can feasibly play. So I wasn't surprised when the con plans went belly up.

All I really lost out on was that weekend, which I held open when I might've scheduled another appearance somewhere. But it sounds like a lot of folks took a much bigger hit from Rick Olney...

J.R. LeMar
08-20-2011, 05:34 PM
And, for the new readers who are just joining us, here's the Ric Olie story, as first presented in the old YABS thread by TCJohnson quoted an old, now-deleted, Myspace blog from Olney, on Dec. 30 2006 (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showpost.php?p=4175257&postcount=852)


Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)


In this Star Wars prequel, Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and a young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) must protect the Queen of Naboo (Natalie Portman) from the evil clutches of Darth Sidious and Senator Palpatine. Along the way, they meet a prepubescent Anakin Skywalker, who shows intimations of a great gift. Dazzling special effects from director George Lucas's CGI specialists make this entry in the saga really hum.

But I'd like to focus on a character near and dear to me; Naboo Pilot Ric Olie, played by actor, Ralph Brown.

Olié, Ric

This man was a native of the planet Naboo, and was the leader of Royal Armed Forces.. Bravo Squadron. However, like the rest of Naboo society, he was unprepared for the Trade Federation..s invasion force of droids. Olie and his pilots were quickly rounded up and prepared for dispatching to a detention camp when Qui-Gin Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi managed to liberate Queen Amidala from her Neimoidian captors. Obi-Wan freed the pilots, and the group fled Naboo for Coruscant. Ric Olie took control as the senior pilot, guiding them through the Federation..s blockade as best he could. However, all his skills were no match for the firepower of the Federation battle cruisers. He was forced to limp the ship to Tatooine for repairs, but eventually got Amidala to Coruscant. While en route, Ric brought young Anakin Skywalker into the cockpit and taught him about the working of the starship. Later, during the Battle of Naboo, Ric led Bravo Squadron against the Federation..s droid control ship. With the unexpected help of young Anakin, they were able to destroy the control ship and eliminate the threat imposed by the Federation..s droid armies. And, yes, Ric Olie was portrayed by Ralph Brown. But he was also named after me, Rick Olney, as there often is, a rest of the story.

I mentioned ORCA earlier. It was a fandom group that initially grew out of 9 neighborhood kids from the west end of Utica in central New York. After a late summer garage sale, and with the curiosity of nine youngsters from a four block radius. I identified that many kids were buying comics or having mom or dad buy them and then, simply were not reading them. Another curiosity to me was how how these kids lived so close within that neighborhood radius but didn't really know each other. When I was a lad that age, we all hung out and played stuff like kickball, baseball, and softball. We had fights and even chased after each other's girlfriends. All harmless fun at the ages of 12 to 16 years back then.

Well, without making this blog about ORCA -- ORCA soon grew outside of the school district, the County, the State, and in 2003 it topped out at slightly over 1800 roster members. It was back in 1996, when I got contacted by Skywalker Ranch regarding a children's Cancer benefit that had plans to have. ORCA had a system that allowed it to buy and gather, along with taking in donations, a number of comic books to give away freely. Skywalker Ranch was simply asking for a donation of comic books. So I packed up three long boxes and sent them out to them. I also sent them copies of our newsletter, Fresh. (examples pictured)

Fresh was distributed freely at comic book events, mailed to industry types, and we got some nice notice from within fandom and the comic book entertainment industry for our efforts with it.

Meanwhile, someone at Skywalker Ranch decided to thank me for what I was doing in a rather unique way. Taking to heart that I believed then as I believe now regarding kids reading comic books being good all the way around for the hobby and this industry. And, I can only guess looking into my bold claims about ORCA and our goals to put the comic book in schools, libraries, and places where kids couldn't help BUT find them ... My name was altered slightly and bestowed upon a character that rescued Queen Amidala, her court, a couple of well known Jedi Knights, and a young man that would one day grow up to be the greatest starship pilot to traverse the Lucas universe. And where did young Anakin Skywalker get his first starship piloting lesson. Why... from Ric Olie, of course! Kind of like me giving away all those free comic books to kids to foster healthier younger reader reading habits.

There is slightly more to the story, details wise, but to date I've only seen two Star Wars Action figures created and sold based on real people [Me and George Lucas]

What's that Jack Palance used to close his Ripley's television program with; Believe it or not!

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-20-2011, 05:52 PM
There's another version of Rick's "Ric Olie" story that still exists online.


Yeah, it was pretty unbelieveable for me at first. And it happened kind of funny like, because I had gotten a request to send some comics via my connection then to ORCA (Organized Readers of Comics Associated) from SkyWalker Ranch to a kid's cancer benefit. So after sending out like 3000, I got a thank you letter signed by George that also instructed me to go see the film.

At that time, a friend of mine was also dealing with brain cancer and he was a huge Star Wars and sports figure geek and collector. He really wanted to go to see the film, and his wife and oldest daughter were both nurses ... so the four of us went. Now, I never figured on anything other than maybe a credit in the end film credits. And that would've been cool enough ... but those credits were the smallest and fastest rolling I'd ever seen. So I dismissed the whole matter. My friend, Steve...he died a few weeks later. But we enjoyed that film together and I'm glad to have seen it with him.

Now a bunch of weeks pass... and I'm in Toys R Us looking for a birthday present for my oldest grandson. As I'm like most comic book readers, I walk down through the action figure aisle ... and I'm looking at all the Episode One figures on display. Then I spot it! Looking up I see the starship captain figure that wasn't identified by name in the film. The name \"Ric Olie\" is just too much a coincidence and then it all comes together. It was George's way of thanking me. Like \"Ric Olie\" giving young Anakin Skywalker his first flying lesson, I had been giving kids (and kids with cancer via Lucas' charity event) their first comic books. That's what ORCA did. We pumped comics into schools, hospitals, and we created some of the first library outreach efforts to put comics and sequentially driven books on library shelves as early as 1994. Our free comics giving away efforts actually pre-date Diamond's FCBD efforts. And truth further be told, my contacts with Diamond back then heavily touted our efforts with suggestions for getting them to work with us in placing comics even on the slightly damaged, yet readable level, places where ORCA had tread. Then Joe Field and Diamond created FCBD. Were those things related? I don't know. Most of us that worked within ORCA at the time thought so, and it was a good thing.

Anyway, I bought all those \"Ric Olie\" figures that day. And I later found out from a toy collector/dealer that of the two most rare figures of that film were the \"Rick Olie\" one and a Queen Amadala figure in some different, more elaborate costume. 'Course, my love of Star Wars and all things George Lucas has never waned.
http://www.grantbond.com/bulletin/viewtopic.php?t=29&sid=e037b1b0d8af809cb3c303ee933776bd
(http://www.grantbond.com/bulletin/viewtopic.php?t=29&sid=e037b1b0d8af809cb3c303ee933776bd)
I like pointing out how Rick's problem with numbers is always one of the surest ways to spot a lie. So notice in the copy of the MySpace blog J.R posted above that Rick said he sent 3 long boxes worth of comics to Skywalker Ranch. Yet in the post I just quoted, it became 3000 books. So either Rick has found long boxes that will fit 1000 books each in them or, shocker of shocks he's lying. Though since we all know he never sent 1 comic let alone 3000 or 3 boxes, it's all Rick being pathetic in the end.

Plus of course you can all see that the first post of Rick's makes no mention of a George Lucas letter or telling him to see the movie. It's also odd that Rick says he gave the books in 1996 and his good buddy George told him to see the movie when Phantom Menace didn't come out until May of 1999.

Flamebird
08-20-2011, 05:55 PM
Flamebird, that's not entirely fair. Both Clayton and Michael have expressed concern and backed it up by canceling their attendance at the show.
Others who were scheduled dropped out immediately when Rick's history of abuse and non-payment came to light.

And I wouldn't be surprised if a couple of these other folks drop out as well once they start seeing the side of Rick that he's hidden from them
til now.

Give them a chance, I am convinced Rick will alienate them like he's alienated everyone else who ever trusted him.

I think you just have more faith and trust in people than I do.
Mine has all been used up till I no longer buy this sort of thing without facts to back them up.
Probably makes you a better person, but also means you'll probably get burned more.

J.R. LeMar
08-20-2011, 06:17 PM
I like pointing out how Rick's problem with numbers is always one of the surest ways to spot a lie. So notice in the copy of the MySpace blog J.R posted above that Rick said he sent 3 long boxes worth of comics to Skywalker Ranch. Yet in the post I just quoted, it became 3000 books. So either Rick has found long boxes that will fit 1000 books each in them or, shocker of shocks he's lying.

They must have been really really really long boxes.



Plus of course you can all see that the first post of Rick's makes no mention of a George Lucas letter or telling him to see the movie.

Well, he did say that there was "slightly more to the story."

But anyway, yeah, he's full of crap. I recall someone pointed out on the YABS board once that even if he did maybe donate something to a Lucas-sponsored charity years ago, receiving a form letter of thanks isn't so unusual. And it wouldn't be surprising if said letter has some line like "and make sure you go see The Phantom Menace when it hits the theaters!" as a simple promotional line. But Olney, of course, would be the type to go to the movie and see a character with a name that maybe sorta sounds similar to his and then decide that this must be what Lucasfilm meant when they personally "instructed him to go see the movie," and it was a tribute to him as way of saying thanks and that they specifically chose this character to name after him because he was a pilot who gave lessons to Anakin just like Olney gave away comics to kids. Although you'd think if they went through all that much effort to honor Olney then they would've actually told him about it, and sent him a copy of the action figure, instead of just mysteriously telling him to go to the movie and then hoping he'd just figure it out.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 06:25 PM
That is the most amazing thing about Rick, his stories are never the same twice. He can't remember the lies he has told from one day to the next.

And gullible people still buy them.

And again, when we forwarded the story that Skywalker Ranch needed Rick to send kids comics, they laughed out loud.

JTPencils
08-20-2011, 06:35 PM
Well... let's be fair.. it's not like Skywalker Ranch has any better contacts for comics then Olney... (in his demented little mind at least).

KJ!
08-20-2011, 07:01 PM
There's another version of Rick's "Ric Olie" story that still exists online.


http://www.grantbond.com/bulletin/viewtopic.php?t=29&sid=e037b1b0d8af809cb3c303ee933776bd
(http://www.grantbond.com/bulletin/viewtopic.php?t=29&sid=e037b1b0d8af809cb3c303ee933776bd)
I like pointing out how Rick's problem with numbers is always one of the surest ways to spot a lie. So notice in the copy of the MySpace blog J.R posted above that Rick said he sent 3 long boxes worth of comics to Skywalker Ranch. Yet in the post I just quoted, it became 3000 books. So either Rick has found long boxes that will fit 1000 books each in them or, shocker of shocks he's lying. Though since we all know he never sent 1 comic let alone 3000 or 3 boxes, it's all Rick being pathetic in the end.

Plus of course you can all see that the first post of Rick's makes no mention of a George Lucas letter or telling him to see the movie. It's also odd that Rick says he gave the books in 1996 and his good buddy George told him to see the movie when Phantom Menace didn't come out until May of 1999.

And another lie: the Ric Olie figure was a pegwarmer. You could walk into ANY store and find at least a dozen of it. Most of them ended up being clearanced for a dollar or two. It was the pegwarmer of pegwarmers. So it was absolutely NOT rare, and any collector would have known that, let alone a DEALER.

And whoops JR, sorry, for some reason I thought you knew who I was, yet I don't know how I thought out! My bad, bud!

NatGertler
08-20-2011, 07:14 PM
"@mattbusch: Respond to this video... I'm aware of the witch-hunt against Rick Olney. How much of the past slander of him is true,"The good news is that none of the past slander is true. The bad news is that's merely a technicality, as "slander" refers only to false statements; there are plenty of accusations against Olney that are indeed true.

Artful Angie
08-20-2011, 07:23 PM
I was looking back at some old blogs and saw this. I remember how funny we all found it at the time and it's still utterly hilarious how deluded Rick can be.



The person on the stairs was Larry Ellison, co founder of the Orcale Foundation and according to Forbes, the 5th richest person in the world. He is worth 39.5 billion.

Unlike the founder of Orca who is worth $3.95

Yeah, I mentioned this a while back. The real significant comment is the ORCA's "Fall 2010 new website premiere".

Ummm..... Where exactly is that website, Rick???

Oh, WAIT!! That's what he's going to use the convention funds for. To buy himself an up to date calendar!!

J.R. LeMar
08-20-2011, 07:29 PM
Dang, thought I was editing a post, but seem to have posted twice...nevermind

J.R. LeMar
08-20-2011, 07:34 PM
And whoops JR, sorry, for some reason I thought you knew who I was, yet I don't know how I thought out! My bad, bud!

I probably knew who you were back when whenever which one of us first added the other on FB, but then it just it gets hard for me to remember whose real name goes with which screen name unless it's something obvious, like Brian Crowley being "Hamster Rage". After your first PM on the subject I looked over your profile to refresh my memory, and since I saw you were in Australia, I assumed you were "Cam63", :Oops:


Now I'll mark my 375th post here (after which I really do need to take a break) with a few more blasts from the past.
From "Howler" on the old YABS thread (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showpost.php?p=5346267&postcount=37869), quoting Olney's now-defunct Myspace blog, after Olney had been silent offline for several months:


Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Summer 2007
Current mood: chipper
Category: Life

So I seem to have been missed. No worries, as I've been tending to things that had been put off for the last few years.

The 2007 MMC was enough of a success that we'll be offering that feature again next year, only pushing the event date back a month or so. It actually turned out nice. I have pictures, but we're holding up on posting them until we drop the *new* MMC website.

This next bit will cause a stir in the weasel holes! I wrote some new stories. Got some backing on moving my self publishing plans forward.

Far as TALES OF THE SPOOKY unpaid talents:

With me -- you get more with sugar than salt. This is all being very slowly resolved. Emphasis is on very, very slowly. No, read very, very VERY slowly. Those of you being patient can thank the anti-Olney movement. They've stalled it all and had my extra money going towards legal representation instead of paying off those of you that will be paid. Truthfully, it shouldn't be very much longer.

Word to those of you familiar with WACK-A-MOLE, little weasels, it is almost hammer time.

Notice the date. 4 years ago as of tomorrow (or today, depending on which country you're reading this from) and still no pictures of the successful 2007 MMC (that was the top-secret camping event that had over 40 guests, and sold out in advance despite no announced location or only two confirmed guests, the hot wheels collector and amateur artist Jason Dube from Sacramento), and of course no new MMC website, and there was no 2008 MMC. No self-published comics, no TOTS talents repaid (again, notice how, as with every other public declaration of repayment, he doesn't give a definitive date as to when anyone will be paid, just "shouldn't be very much longer"), still no evidence of him ever having legal representation, & "hammer time" still hasn't come for anybody.

The next day (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showpost.php?p=5346734&postcount=37886), Gail Simone said:


My prediction right now, and you can quote me...

If Reacharound Rick, the Deadbeat's delight, isn't in jail a year from now, he'll STILL be pulling all this shit he's been pulling all along.

1) Claiming he'll pay the people he's cheated, eventually, if they don't speak out against him (a total lie, of course, no one will be paid).

2) Claiming revenge on his enemies is coming soon (but like all impotent loser deadbeats, he will be unable to follow through on this, just as it's always been when he threatens, the dishrag)

3) Claiming he'll have another con (he's done. Slippy slide parties for people who can't stand you don't count as a con).

4) Claiming he'll have comics published, soon (never happen, the guy knows as much about comics as he does about deodorant).


So far Gail's prediction record is 4 for 4.

And when Tony Isabella posted a new round of warnings about Rick Olney, and announced he would be attending the Syracuse Heroes Expo on Oct. 21 2007, Olney posted another Myspace blog on Aug. 23 2007 (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showpost.php?p=5355660&postcount=37944)


By all means, come to upstate New York in October, Mr. Isabella. It'll make serving you with legal papers easier.

And regarding:

"Also...

Since Olney apparently really is too astonishingly stupid to realize that keeping quiet was to his benefit, I'll be posting another round of Olney warnings on the Internets. And whatever impotent threats he makes in response to them."

What a pathetic and vile loser he is.

Tony Isabella"

Your words damn you further. I have no intention of letting you (or your cohorts) have any control over my life. You're simply a bully. A childish punk that was probably bullied as a youngster, acting out now as an immature adult. This is your time to try and impress your friends here. Show the industry your hidden technique as a bully. You've carried it around inside you for 40+ years. Eddie must be soooooo proud of his father.


I know how to deal with you, Mr. Isabella. See you in October.

When Jeff Watkins, the organizer of the con, warned Olney against trying to threaten his guests into not coming, Olney responded on August 27 2007 (http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showpost.php?p=5378516&postcount=38146)


Don't threaten me for announcing that Tony Isabella is going to be served once he gets to Syracuse. That's nothing you have any control over. Not to mention, it wasn't a threat. It was a promise.


To which Jeff added:


Besides, when Tony is NOT served any type of documents what so ever, you will end up looking like an even bigger dolt.

And we all know how that turned out, don't we?;)

Michael W. Kellar
08-20-2011, 08:00 PM
Rick is not welcome in the local comic book shop, Ravenswood. He's not banned, but as Janine the owner told him, he not allowed to order from Previews anymore unless he pays up front in cash, because he screwed them over on almost $1,200.00 in an order that he turned around and decided not to pick up. He also wrote checks that bounced, and he took forever to pay them off. Rick will tell you to call Janine and ask her if he ever bounced a check. Do it. Janine's policy is if you write a bad check and cover it, then you didn't "bounce" the check. So what he says is "true". He didn't bounce it because he covered it. It just took him a few months to do it.

I did call Ravenswood Comics (#315-735-3699) earlier today and spoke to the manager, told him who I was and where I was calling from, North Carolina.

I explained about being invited to "Adirondack Comicfest" and asked what he could tell me about Olney, even the manager verified (not that I don't believe ALL the mishaps, because I DO) what I have been reading on the internet and warned me to "STAY AWAY FROM OLNEY" that he is not someone I want to do business with and they will only deal with him on a "CASH ONLY" basis and that he did finally make good on all the bounced checks, and that they got stuck with all the product that he never picked up from the "Previews" order.

I told the manager (I didn't quite catch his name when the phone was handed over to him by the employee) that I had asked to be released from my contract and was waiting to hear back (even though it really doesn't matter because I AM NOT going to the Adirondack Comicfest in November), we talked about other things as well, which has no bearing on the first part of this comment, more about Heroes Fallen Studios and the GN and a little about our organization...this is all facts that I am stating here.

I then thanked him for his time and conversation and apologized for bothering him on a Saturday and was told it was okay and good luck.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-20-2011, 09:08 PM
Should be noted that within the last few hours Matt Busch updated his online store to say:


*NOTE* The limited number of maps available Online has sold out. However, the remainder of prints will be available at the Adirondack Comicfest.

If Matt Busch reads this, a few questions. If all the proceeds go to charity I think it would be helpful for everyone if you could share, how many maps were sold online/how many are in Rick's hands? Also is Rick setting the price of the maps sold at Adirondack ComicFest or are you? I already asked this but to keep all my questions together, you've stated Rick/Adirondack ComicFest funded the map, yet also stated the maps were done by the time you spoke to Rick. That doesn't seem to add up to me. Can you explain?

Matt Doc Martin
08-20-2011, 09:29 PM
Should be noted that within the last few hours Matt Busch updated his online store to say:



If Matt Busch reads this, a few questions. If all the proceeds go to charity I think it would be helpful for everyone if you could share, how many maps were sold online/how many are in Rick's hands? Also is Rick setting the price of the maps sold at Adirondack ComicFest or are you? I already asked this but to keep all my questions together, you've stated Rick/Adirondack ComicFest funded the map, yet also stated the maps were done by the time you spoke to Rick. That doesn't seem to add up to me. Can you explain?

I would be REAL interested in hearing those answers.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 09:34 PM
Something's funky there.

Gail Simone
08-20-2011, 09:40 PM
I did call Ravenswood Comics (#315-735-3699) earlier today and spoke to the manager, told him who I was and where I was calling from, North Carolina.

I explained about being invited to "Adirondack Comicfest" and asked what he could tell me about Olney, even the manager verified (not that I don't believe ALL the mishaps, because I DO) what I have been reading on the internet and warned me to "STAY AWAY FROM OLNEY" that he is not someone I want to do business with and they will only deal with him on a "CASH ONLY" basis and that he did finally make good on all the bounced checks, and that they got stuck with all the product that he never picked up from the "Previews" order.

I told the manager (I didn't quite catch his name when the phone was handed over to him by the employee) that I had asked to be released from my contract and was waiting to hear back (even though it really doesn't matter because I AM NOT going to the Adirondack Comicfest in November), we talked about other things as well, which has no bearing on the first part of this comment, more about Heroes Fallen Studios and the GN and a little about our organization...this is all facts that I am stating here.

I then thanked him for his time and conversation and apologized for bothering him on a Saturday and was told it was okay and good luck.

Michael, you are amazing.

Thank you for taking the time to find out the truth.

Can I ask what part of NC you are from? I visited it for the first time this year and we absolutely fell in love with the area.

THE_DAREDIVA
08-21-2011, 02:56 AM
Should be noted that within the last few hours Matt Busch updated his online store to say:


*NOTE* The limited number of maps available Online has sold out. However, the remainder of prints will be available at the Adirondack Comicfest.

If Matt Busch reads this, a few questions. If all the proceeds go to charity I think it would be helpful for everyone if you could share, how many maps were sold online/how many are in Rick's hands? Also is Rick setting the price of the maps sold at Adirondack ComicFest or are you? I already asked this but to keep all my questions together, you've stated Rick/Adirondack ComicFest funded the map, yet also stated the maps were done by the time you spoke to Rick. That doesn't seem to add up to me. Can you explain?

Yes, I would like to know these answers, also. Especially since I experienced a nice bit of snark telling me I didn't know what I was talking about over there on YouTube. I would be awlrite4now. I am also a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, and past commander of my local chapter, so I am acquainted with how fundraising can be done for this organization.

If you are indeed selling these to give money to the DAV, how much of this will actually go to the DAV? Will this be to the national organization, or to a local chapter? If a local chapter, will it go to one in the neighborhood of the Adirondack ComicFest, or one near you?

May I quote you chapter and verse on another point, sir?

From the current national bylaws, found at www.dav.org (http://www.dav.org)

Section 15.3 Paragraph 13

Para. 13: The privilege to use the name
"Disabled American Veterans", any name similar
to it, or symbols of it, shall not be transferable,
directly or indirectly, without prior approval of the
state department having jurisdiction, and of the
National Executive Committee.

Have you requested this approval, sir? Has Adirondack ComicFest requested this approval? It will be easy enough for me to find out.

If you have, and this is all above board, thank you for donating. If you have not, then I believe you have some explaining to do. Because you are on record now saying that you are selling merchandise for the benefit of the Disabled American Veterans.

I anxiously await your reply.

Michael W. Kellar
08-21-2011, 02:58 AM
Michael, you are amazing.

Thank you for taking the time to find out the truth.

Can I ask what part of NC you are from? I visited it for the first time this year and we absolutely fell in love with the area.

Gail,

I just want to say, NOT that I doubted any of the stories that are on the internet about Olney, since I have read just about everything there is to read, but to verbally hear one over the phone from someone who knows me from some "Joe Blow" off the street...that speaks a much different tone.

I live in New London, NC, it is a small town where everyone just about knows everyone.

I know alot of people through baseball, because my soon to be 12 year old son, Dustin (09/12/99), has played Dixie Youth Baseball for the last 2 seasons.

My daughter, Ashley (03/24/01), is in her second year of Cheerleading.

My 14 year old son, Michael (02/14/97, not a Jr. we have different middle names), and Dustin along with my fiancées 11 year old son (Cory) all did Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a little over a year...Cory is still doing BJJ.

Lastly, there is Boy Scouts as well, Cory is and has been in scouts since he could and Dustin did scouts for almost 18 months. Melissa, my fiancée, is the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 41.

Melissa got started in Scouts because of her oldest son, Chris, who is now 21 years old and an Eagle Scout. When Chris was little and the his Troop needed a Scoutmaster, Melissa stepped up to the plate and did the job so his Troop wouldn't fold and she has been doing it ever since, what an amazing woman.

Hope all my ramblings made sense :-?

You should move to NC, we would gladly welcome the most prominent DC Comics writer, the weather really isn't all that bad, I don't recommend the city unless you want that city life and NC has one of the most popular Comic Cons on the east coast...Heroes Con, which I am sure you have been to a few times.

I LOVE IT HERE, even though I am originally from Texas, born and raised.

Tony Isabella
08-21-2011, 04:12 AM
This has occurred to me before, but I don't know if I've shared the thought with you:

Is Olney in some sort of Fantasy Convention League? It would be like a fantasy football league where you plan conventions and pretend they exist without actually doing anything in the real world. It would explain so much.

Matt Doc Martin
08-21-2011, 06:07 AM
Something's funky there.

His favorite Indiana Jones movie is Temple of Doom. Naturally something is wrong with his thought process.

Shurato2099
08-21-2011, 06:13 AM
<.<

>.>

What was wrong with Temple of Doom?

Michael W. Kellar
08-21-2011, 06:28 AM
All this talk of Indiana Jones movies makes want to have a marathon while I ink today...I think I will do just that :)
My favorite is "Raiders of the Lost Ark" :) :) :)

The Hero Maker
08-21-2011, 06:35 AM
Okay Folks lets show Dan Jurgens we thank him for his donation to Help Support Heroes Fallen Studios support our troops ! He graciously donated Original Art Pages for Auction check out our First one up on the site now!!!!!http://heroesfallenstudiosinc.webs.com/onlineauctions.htm

Online Auctions heroesfallenstudiosinc.org Heroes fallen Studios Inc. is a Non-Profit 501c3 Organization registered in the state of VA. that supports the men and women of our Armed Forces. You can help by spreading the word and letting your friends and contacts know. Thank you all!

MacQuarrie
08-21-2011, 07:36 AM
By the way, doesn't Lucas Arts already know about olney and his bs about the action figure? I seem to remember they laughed about it a few years ago.
If so, I doubt they'd be thrilled to hear that officially licensed art would now be associated with him.
Lucasfilm is a big place with a lot of people in it. It is HIGHLY unlikely that the people who knew and laughed about the "Ric Olie" story would know about or have anything to do with approving the map. It would be next to impossible for the couple of people who know about Olney to find out about Adirondathon, remember Olney's name, and get word to the people in Marketing who approved licensing the poster. Besides which, the licensing people may have merely approved the art and authorized that profits would go to Veterans' charities; the particulars of when and how they would be sold were most likely left up to Matt and whatever distribution channel(s) he chose.

Gail Simone
08-21-2011, 08:38 AM
Okay Folks lets show Dan Jurgens we thank him for his donation to Help Support Heroes Fallen Studios support our troops ! He graciously donated Original Art Pages for Auction check out our First one up on the site now!!!!!http://heroesfallenstudiosinc.webs.com/onlineauctions.htm

Online Auctions heroesfallenstudiosinc.org Heroes fallen Studios Inc. is a Non-Profit 501c3 Organization registered in the state of VA. that supports the men and women of our Armed Forces. You can help by spreading the word and letting your friends and contacts know. Thank you all!


Clayton, I posted enthusiastic links on my facebook and twitter pages.

Gail Simone
08-21-2011, 08:49 AM
Gail,

I just want to say, NOT that I doubted any of the stories that are on the internet about Olney, since I have read just about everything there is to read, but to verbally hear one over the phone from someone who knows me from some "Joe Blow" off the street...that speaks a much different tone.

I live in New London, NC, it is a small town where everyone just about knows everyone.

I know alot of people through baseball, because my soon to be 12 year old son, Dustin (09/12/99), has played Dixie Youth Baseball for the last 2 seasons.

My daughter, Ashley (03/24/01), is in her second year of Cheerleading.

My 14 year old son, Michael (02/14/97, not a Jr. we have different middle names), and Dustin along with my fiancées 11 year old son (Cory) all did Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for a little over a year...Cory is still doing BJJ.

Lastly, there is Boy Scouts as well, Cory is and has been in scouts since he could and Dustin did scouts for almost 18 months. Melissa, my fiancée, is the Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 41.

Melissa got started in Scouts because of her oldest son, Chris, who is now 21 years old and an Eagle Scout. When Chris was little and the his Troop needed a Scoutmaster, Melissa stepped up to the plate and did the job so his Troop wouldn't fold and she has been doing it ever since, what an amazing woman.

Hope all my ramblings made sense :-?

You should move to NC, we would gladly welcome the most prominent DC Comics writer, the weather really isn't all that bad, I don't recommend the city unless you want that city life and NC has one of the most popular Comic Cons on the east coast...Heroes Con, which I am sure you have been to a few times.

I LOVE IT HERE, even though I am originally from Texas, born and raised.


Michael, it's fine, there is no reason on Earth not to check this stuff out for yourself. That's just good common sense.

But there's a very good reason why Rick can't provide anyone with any references. It's because all of us
have terrible stories of how we were treated.

I tried to get some emails, just to say hello, to a couple people who were at the con, before I realized what
kind of person Rick was. He panicked, he definitely was terrified that we would compare notes. It set off the
first real alarm warning.

And I say again, a hundred cons and working for every major (and a lot of minor) publishers, I have had zero
problems with any of them, ever. So Matt's comments aren't just ignorant, they're goofy as hell.

I will say the map looks nice, though.

Gail Simone
08-21-2011, 08:53 AM
Dear Matt, if Rick is a decent, honest con promoter, as you clearly believe...

...why has he not removed all the pros who have canceled their appearance?

Simplest thing in the world to do...he's made lots of other corrections. Why does he
still have half a dozen creators up there who googled his name and opted out
of the con?

Wouldn't any decent, honest person remove their names?

SarahBeach
08-21-2011, 09:48 AM
I thought I'd look at his blog, just to touch base. I'm usually content to read the reports of it here. But gosh! Doesn't he change the background of his blog a lot? In heaven's name, why? He seems to know crap about "branding." (On the other hand, if his idea of "branding" is inflicting the drooling (non)Tightlip Face or the creepy man-ORCA thingee on us, maybe that lack of understanding is a good thing.)

Anyway, following the link to the Adirondack ComicFest blog, I noted the following in the sidebar --

Adirondack ComicFest
When: November 11th, 12th, and 13th, 2011

Where: The George T. Hiltebrant Recreation Center at 225 North Street in Old Forge, New York on Friday from 1pm-5pm; Saturday from 10am-5pm and on Sunday from 10am-5pm.

Admission: On Friday, Veterans Day -- All Veterans, along with active and inactive Military members get in for free (must show proof of status).

Saturday and Sunday -- Day rate is $15 or $23 dollars per person for a two day pass. Children 10 & under -- free with paid adult admission. Children left unattended shall be sacrificed to the dunk tank. Hahahaha!

Food & Drink available on site on Saturday & Sunday. Open Hours posted on site.

So... the information for Friday, Veterans' Day is that admission to the Fest is free for Vets (nice). But apparently there is NO ADMISSION for anyone else. Seems a bit weird to me. So the Vets' families and friends are going to have to kick their heels somewhere else on Friday?

The only day rate given is for Saturday and Sunday. And the only multiple day pass is a two day pass. There is no three day pass, apparently.

It just seems a strange way to run a convention to me.

And then there's the last sentences there: Food & Drink available on site on Saturday & Sunday. Open Hours posted on site.

Okay, the first bit there I understand to mean that there will be food & drink available at the venue on Saturday & Sunday. On Friday, apparently attendees are SOL if they get hungry and thirsty. The second bit made me go "Huh?" Because "Open Hours posted on site" is a phrase I usually take to mean that the information is posted on the website --- that is, right above this in the announcement. So it's kind of redundant. If he means that the "Open Hours" for the convention would be posted at the venue, it should be something like "Convention Hours will be posted at the venue."

Of course, it's Olney. We know that he doesn't really understand how the English language works.

I wonder if what he meant was that on Friday ONLY, Veterans would be granted free admission to the convention. And that other people attending, they'd have to pay the day rate. But for the rest of the convention (that is, Saturday and Sunday), even the Vets would have to pay admission. I wonder if he actually meant to have a different admission price for the general public.... and just never got it posted. But at present, it LOOKS like only Vets have admission to the convention of Friday (and they get that admission for free), and then everyone pays either the single day rate or the two day admission rate for Saturday & Sunday.

Michael W. Kellar
08-21-2011, 09:50 AM
Wouldn't any decent, honest person remove their names?

It is because he is holding us to his contract which, I agree with Clayton, is Null & Void since he did not provide information as requested like ANY good business would do upon entering into a contract with a company or someone for that matter...if asked to do so.

Jim Ritchey
08-21-2011, 10:00 AM
His favorite Indiana Jones movie is Temple of Doom. Naturally something is wrong with his thought process.

My guess is the other two originals hit a nerve--with all the racist nationalists runnin' around,, being cast in a bad light. :D

Never understood the appeal of 'Temple of Doom', at all--I've always thought it was condescending, 'imperialistic' crap--with the good white man protecting good brown people from bad brown people. I liked 'Crystal Skull' considerably more...

Matt Doc Martin
08-21-2011, 10:05 AM
I thought I'd look at his blog, just to touch base. I'm usually content to read the reports of it here. But gosh! Doesn't he change the background of his blog a lot? In heaven's name, why? He seems to know crap about "branding." (On the other hand, if his idea of "branding" is inflicting the drooling (non)Tightlip Face or the creepy man-ORCA thingee on us, maybe that lack of understanding is a good thing.)

Anyway, following the link to the Adirondack ComicFest blog, I noted the following in the sidebar --


So... the information for Friday, Veterans' Day is that admission to the Fest is free for Vets (nice). But apparently there is NO ADMISSION for anyone else. Seems a bit weird to me. So the Vets' families and friends are going to have to kick their heels somewhere else on Friday?

The only day rate given is for Saturday and Sunday. And the only multiple day pass is a two day pass. There is no three day pass, apparently.

It just seems a strange way to run a convention to me.

And then there's the last sentences there: Food & Drink available on site on Saturday & Sunday. Open Hours posted on site.

Okay, the first bit there I understand to mean that there will be food & drink available at the venue on Saturday & Sunday. On Friday, apparently attendees are SOL if they get hungry and thirsty. The second bit made me go "Huh?" Because "Open Hours posted on site" is a phrase I usually take to mean that the information is posted on the website --- that is, right above this in the announcement. So it's kind of redundant. If he means that the "Open Hours" for the convention would be posted at the venue, it should be something like "Convention Hours will be posted at the venue."

Of course, it's Olney. We know that he doesn't really understand how the English language works.

I wonder if what he meant was that on Friday ONLY, Veterans would be granted free admission to the convention. And that other people attending, they'd have to pay the day rate. But for the rest of the convention (that is, Saturday and Sunday), even the Vets would have to pay admission. I wonder if he actually meant to have a different admission price for the general public.... and just never got it posted. But at present, it LOOKS like only Vets have admission to the convention of Friday (and they get that admission for free), and then everyone pays either the single day rate or the two day admission rate for Saturday & Sunday.

As closely as he follows this site, I expect changes to be made soon.

The Hero Maker
08-21-2011, 11:36 AM
Clayton, I posted enthusiastic links on my facebook and twitter pages.

Thank You Mrs. Simone! much appreciated.

Gail Simone
08-21-2011, 12:14 PM
By the way, I looked for this super-ultra rare extra special collector's Ric Olie figure on eBay? There are tons of them for sale, cheaper than almost any other figure I have see, commonly around 3-4 dollars in the package, but with several around $1.50.

So, not only did he make up the whole story, but he made up it's 'super rare' status as well. They are practically begging people to take them for nothing.

Tony Isabella
08-21-2011, 01:47 PM
If those creators who have informed Olney that they are NOT going to his imaginary convention would like, I can announce their non-participation in the various venues open to me.

Once I get through August, I will likely devote an episode of my daily TONY ISABELLA'S BLOGGY THING to the Vile One and others of his ilk.

THEDOC
08-21-2011, 02:05 PM
Okay Folks lets show Dan Jurgens we thank him for his donation to Help Support Heroes Fallen Studios support our troops ! He graciously donated Original Art Pages for Auction check out our First one up on the site now!!!!!http://heroesfallenstudiosinc.webs.com/onlineauctions.htm

Online Auctions heroesfallenstudiosinc.org Heroes fallen Studios Inc. is a Non-Profit 501c3 Organization registered in the state of VA. that supports the men and women of our Armed Forces. You can help by spreading the word and letting your friends and contacts know. Thank you all!

Awesome page. Congrats!!
My son is a salesman for Vladimir Arts, he goes to different bases around the country selling military based art by painters like James Dietz http://www.jamesdietz.com/index.htm
I should ask if any of those artists can contribute to your cause.

The Hero Maker
08-21-2011, 02:44 PM
Awesome page. Congrats!!
My son is a salesman for Vladimir Arts, he goes to different bases around the country selling military based art by painters like James Dietz http://www.jamesdietz.com/index.htm
I should ask if any of those artists can contribute to your cause.

That would be great THEDOC Thank you!

Gail Simone
08-21-2011, 03:02 PM
At least one more story about Rick is appearing this week.

Flamebird
08-21-2011, 03:45 PM
Lucasfilm is a big place with a lot of people in it. It is HIGHLY unlikely that the people who knew and laughed about the "Ric Olie" story would know about or have anything to do with approving the map. It would be next to impossible for the couple of people who know about Olney to find out about Adirondathon, remember Olney's name, and get word to the people in Marketing who approved licensing the poster. Besides which, the licensing people may have merely approved the art and authorized that profits would go to Veterans' charities; the particulars of when and how they would be sold were most likely left up to Matt and whatever distribution channel(s) he chose.
I was basing it more on the theory of people that work together tend to swap stories, more than anything official.
The biggest company I ever worked for had a few thousand people, but the gossip and anecdotes spread far faster than any company policy.
But yeah, though it would crush rick to know it; I doubt anyone there actually knows or cares that he exists.

Gail Simone
08-21-2011, 05:37 PM
Just a reminder of the kind of lying deadbeat we're dealing with...from the BEAT forum. Worth repeating.

**********************

Here’s the experiences of a small press publisher (Al Luchidor) who says this is just a FRACTION of the crap and lies Olney perpetrated. And again, it shows he’s been doing this for at LEAST ten years, using his fake ‘credentials’ in the comics industry to pull this sort of thing.

“Well, I first encountered Rick Olney after being interviewed at a small comicon in Utica, NY in 1997 (I think). It was my first con pushing my Luchador imprint and we were approached by this comic club. They interviewed me and my artist, and we exchanged info. At the time they were meeting at this new lcs that had opened up. I attended the next month’s meeting and I was amazed. Here was a forum for all types of comic readers to interact. It was like a message board in real life. The only drawback was the odor.

Rick approached me and my artist after the meeting and told us how great our comics were and that we were the next best thing since sliced bread. Rick asked if we could sell him 25 copies of each of our 4 titles (I was an ambitious small presser to start). I was flattered and offered him a wholesale price for the 100 books and he agreed to it. I believe the price was somewhere around 100 bucks. At the next monthly orca meeting my artist and I did a little presentation about imagination (as Rick requested). After the meeting he gave me partial payment on the books and said I’d get the balance at the next meeting. . . I had no previous dealings with Rick so I didn’t think anything about it. I thought that getting my books in the hands of readers was more important than the money. Little did I know.

I was duped into believing Rick’s mantra about ORCA. I even took some of my pals to the meetings and fronted their memberships. To this day, they have never received anything from ORCA, not even a newsletter.

In the weeks following the orca meeting where we did the little dog and pony show (we made little “exclusive “ pin up gallery books to give out . . .) my phone rang one night. It was Rick. He blew some smoke in my direction. How great me and my artist were . . . and to that end, he was going to be our benefactor. He invited us to go down to the Pittsburgh comicon that April. Rick was going to let us have half his booth and we would sell books like hot cakes. Oh, the connections we’d make. . . .We only had about a month to prepare so I busily went about printing 100 copies of each book we had at the time. Since I was kinda new to the con scene I called down to Renee George to ask her some questions about what I could or couldn’t bring as far as displays went. She was kind of shocked when I mentioned Rick Olney and ORCA. She said that they didn’t have a booth. I was shocked. I asked about getting my own small press booth. Unfortunately, they were all sold out. I was screwed with all these books I printed with no where to sell them. (side note: the next year I got my own booth and we went down and did well. I met a great number of pros and made a lot of friends and Pittsburgh comicon is a show I now do every year.)

Now, I know I should have learned my lesson. But I’m a nice guy and ORCA was local so I thought that going to the meetings would further my local sales. Somewhere around 98-99 I was asked by Rick and the Stronachs (the people who designed and maintained orcafresh.net) to help them re-organize ORCA and apply for 501(c) status. I attended a number of meetings and the 501(c) status was never achieved. Nor was any re-organization. Rick would not let go of control. It was pretty much his way or the hiway. I specifically brought up his spending habits. He blasted me and told me that it was not my concern. . . . even though his reputation reflected back on ORCA. I stopped attending meetings shortly there after.

Around the same time these reorganization meetings were going on there were two other projects I was privy to . . . the first was the comics in the class room project. I was there to see the rough drafts and some of the editing . . . most of which was done by Bob and Mary Stronach. I think their input far outweighed Rick’s and they made that project come to life.

The second project that came to fruition (in spite of Rick) was a trip to NYC to tour Marvel comics. Rick was promoting the trip and collecting money. I can’t remember how much he was charging . . . it wasn’t a lot but it was more than 20 bucks. Somewhere along the line, I got him to agree that my artist and I could go based on what he owed me. So, a couple weeks before the trip is supposed to happen I learned that he had not secured a bus and that it wasn’t likely to happen. Me being me, I knew he had collected money from kids and they were excited, I put him in touch with a friend of mine who owned a limo/transportation company. The bus cost either 650 or 750. the tour at marvel was free. The only cost ol’ Rick had was the bus and the bus was filled so covering that should have been no problemo . . .

For months after the trip I fielded calls from my pal about the bus payment. I looked like the idiot for Rick’s non payment and I apologized to my friend immensely.

Since I’m being honest, I’ll also tell you that I did moderate the orcafresh.net small press forum. That was a lot like refereeing a Harlem Globetrotter game. Rick could say what he wanted and everybody else was curtailed. His vision of moderation also included recruitment. That was a hard sell. Eventually, I let the moderating happen by itself.

Like I said, ORCA and Rick are local so there’s a lot I’m privy to. Such as the mini con at the college you attended. What a cluster fuck. But you know that. . . what you probably don’t know is that one of my good friends (who I had drinks with last night) was the director of extra curricular activities at HCCC said that the bill for the venue is still open as far as he knows.

Further minicon info: the website and character logos were designed by another friend of mine. He was warned about keeping Rick on a short leash payment wise. But he still got screwed. Rick owed him approx $500 and chips arranged to collect it from him at one of the mini cons. Chris came to Utica from Rochester and I bought him lunch and took him to the mini con to collect. . . . Rick paid him in vintage comics and a Fred Hembeck original art page.

I was also a member of the figma.com message board community and I can verify Glen Barbis’s comments as well as Rich “showman” Stahnke’s exchange about a commission for a naked Invisible Woman sketch.

I really want to post this stuff and more that would probably come up on the YABS message board, but, I really don’t need Olney’s bullshit in my life. But, I want to corroborate other’s stories so we can hopefully keep Rick from preying on the comic book community.”

Just a reminder.

Gail Simone
08-21-2011, 08:17 PM
He's sending threatening letters to the canceling attendees now.

JTPencils
08-21-2011, 08:32 PM
"If it weren't for those meddling kids!!!"

No doubt it includes "You will hear from my lawyer... or lawyers... or from their firms (I have several at my beck and call)..." *sigh*.

We should be having a "Goos Night Pukee" style melt down soon. And then the con will be canceled... because it's ALL our fault... and ya know what... I'd be fine with that! Though it completely stinks for those that had counted on attending (in good faith) and getting their projects and product out there... it's better that they avoid him at all costs, and don't incur the costs (and headaches) of having to deal with the little stain.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-21-2011, 08:34 PM
He's sending threatening letters to the canceling attendees now.
My mind immediately went to Rick cutting out letters from magazines while rocking back and forth.

Flamebird
08-21-2011, 08:42 PM
My mind immediately went to Rick cutting out letters from magazines while rocking back and forth.

Think his wife makes him use safety scissors? :rofl:

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-21-2011, 09:02 PM
Think his wife makes him use safety scissors? :rofl:

I was thinking it would be something along these lines.

http://i51.tinypic.com/2z53pk6.jpg

JTPencils
08-21-2011, 10:23 PM
I was thinking it would be something along these lines.

http://i51.tinypic.com/2z53pk6.jpg

Makes way too much sense. You have to really murder the English language first.

Flamebird
08-21-2011, 11:07 PM
I was thinking it would be something along these lines.

http://i51.tinypic.com/2z53pk6.jpg

He'd never be that creative; or spell that well. :no:

Flamebird
08-21-2011, 11:19 PM
The hits, they just keep on comin'...

So, I decided to ask about a thing or two on the youtube video:




Oh, RLY? The DAV doesn't even allow chapters to have BAKE SALES! All fund-raising goes through the national offices, where we can only raise funds through our Forget-me-not sales, or by national campaigns.

And who put up the money for the Adirondack Comicfest to fund that production? Hmmm? The silent partners?

I won't poke the bear any more, but I had to know if he'd respond to a question.
Hey Darediva; he's stating for a fact that the money from these go to the DAV.
You happen to have any connections that you can check that out with?


In case you haven't seen the Indiana Jones World Map video, check it out here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rgGyev6nCDU

Creatively, Matt Busch did a superb job! You'll also note that the Adirondack ComicFest got noted as being THE event to have copies of this INDIANA WORLD MAP for sale to benefit the DAV.
The maps are individually numbered and signed by artist and creator, Matt Busch. You can bet that these maps are sure to be a treasured collectors item in the months and years to come.

Unfortunately these maps will only be available for sale at the Adirondack ComicFest. Should any remain unsold after the November 11th thru 13th weekend. We'll offer them for sale here in the afterglow.

I'll also have some more updates on the Veterans Day Breakfast and Memorial program and the DAV, as well as two other Veterans charities that the Adirondack ComicFest is in touch with in the coming few days. God bless the troops and our veterans of all branches of military service!
Posted by Rick Olney at 2:30 PM

You'll notice that once again, no mention of how many of these he's gonna have or how much they will cost.
So even if they give some money to the DAV, how will we know they gave all of it from sales of this map?

MacQuarrie
08-21-2011, 11:22 PM
Though it completely stinks for those that had counted on attending (in good faith) and getting their projects and product out there... it's better that they avoid him at all costs, and don't incur the costs (and headaches) of having to deal with the little stain.
I'm sure that with a little effort they can find some other thing to do on that weekend that would be more effective in getting their stuff out there. Like pretty much anything beyond getting out of bed.

I had a table at a bad convention once. It's really bleak and dispiriting sitting there with all your stuff on the table and the only people coming by are other exhibitors. The upside is you have the opportunity to make some friends in the business as you bond over the shared fiasco. Other than that it's a waste of a weekend.

Worst case scenario, we spared some people that experience. Best case, we kept a scumbag from ripping off some veterans' charities.

Artful Angie
08-22-2011, 02:51 AM
I did call Ravenswood Comics (#315-735-3699) earlier today and spoke to the manager, told him who I was and where I was calling from, North Carolina.

I explained about being invited to "Adirondack Comicfest" and asked what he could tell me about Olney, even the manager verified (not that I don't believe ALL the mishaps, because I DO) what I have been reading on the internet and warned me to "STAY AWAY FROM OLNEY" that he is not someone I want to do business with and they will only deal with him on a "CASH ONLY" basis and that he did finally make good on all the bounced checks, and that they got stuck with all the product that he never picked up from the "Previews" order.

I told the manager (I didn't quite catch his name when the phone was handed over to him by the employee) that I had asked to be released from my contract and was waiting to hear back (even though it really doesn't matter because I AM NOT going to the Adirondack Comicfest in November), we talked about other things as well, which has no bearing on the first part of this comment, more about Heroes Fallen Studios and the GN and a little about our organization...this is all facts that I am stating here.

I then thanked him for his time and conversation and apologized for bothering him on a Saturday and was told it was okay and good luck.

That was Joe, the manager. Joe will just tell it like it is. Rick has mentioned him in his rants before, even going so far as to say the reason Joe doesn't like him is because he was married once to Rick's sister. That is also more Olney BS.


But I'm glad you took my advice. I know I come of very much as just someone who has a personal vendetta against Rick for all the stuff he did. But when you live in this area, and see how he abused the chances of someone legitimitely trying to start a convention, you'll see why it matters so much. Rick did his best to ruin the reputation f this area in the industry.

Artful Angie
08-22-2011, 02:56 AM
I thought I'd look at his blog, just to touch base. I'm usually content to read the reports of it here. But gosh! Doesn't he change the background of his blog a lot? In heaven's name, why? He seems to know crap about "branding." (On the other hand, if his idea of "branding" is inflicting the drooling (non)Tightlip Face or the creepy man-ORCA thingee on us, maybe that lack of understanding is a good thing.)

Anyway, following the link to the Adirondack ComicFest blog, I noted the following in the sidebar --


So... the information for Friday, Veterans' Day is that admission to the Fest is free for Vets (nice). But apparently there is NO ADMISSION for anyone else. Seems a bit weird to me. So the Vets' families and friends are going to have to kick their heels somewhere else on Friday?

The only day rate given is for Saturday and Sunday. And the only multiple day pass is a two day pass. There is no three day pass, apparently.

It just seems a strange way to run a convention to me.

And then there's the last sentences there: Food & Drink available on site on Saturday & Sunday. Open Hours posted on site.

Okay, the first bit there I understand to mean that there will be food & drink available at the venue on Saturday & Sunday. On Friday, apparently attendees are SOL if they get hungry and thirsty. The second bit made me go "Huh?" Because "Open Hours posted on site" is a phrase I usually take to mean that the information is posted on the website --- that is, right above this in the announcement. So it's kind of redundant. If he means that the "Open Hours" for the convention would be posted at the venue, it should be something like "Convention Hours will be posted at the venue."

Of course, it's Olney. We know that he doesn't really understand how the English language works.

I wonder if what he meant was that on Friday ONLY, Veterans would be granted free admission to the convention. And that other people attending, they'd have to pay the day rate. But for the rest of the convention (that is, Saturday and Sunday), even the Vets would have to pay admission. I wonder if he actually meant to have a different admission price for the general public.... and just never got it posted. But at present, it LOOKS like only Vets have admission to the convention of Friday (and they get that admission for free), and then everyone pays either the single day rate or the two day admission rate for Saturday & Sunday.

Sarah, there is a kitchen area in the rec center which you have to pay extra to use for the weekend. It also has to be insured by the people renting the center.

Artful Angie
08-22-2011, 03:19 AM
Hello Matt Busch!

I'd like to point out to you some using Rick's own words.

Let's go to what he posted on July 14th, when he first mentioned your poster:


So I'll have a number of these high quality posters, suitable for framing, each signed and numbered to be able to give each guest, staff member, volunteers one. I have also decided after checking with a couple people that we shall be donating several to each of the Non-profit organizations on site through the weekend for any auction type purposes they may wish to hold, or they can simply do with them as they like.


Now, let's go to this past Saturday, August 20th, again talking about your poster:


I'll also have some more updates on the Veterans Day Breakfast and Memorial program and the DAV, as well as two other Veterans charities that the Adirondack ComicFest is in touch with in the coming few days. God bless the troops and our veterans of all branches of military service!

So, a month ago there were more than one charity already involved with the convention,and they're "going to be on site all weekend", but just this past weekend it was only the DAV, and let's stick a pin in that one to come back to later, and only charities "they'll be in touch with soon".

Starting to see a pattern, Matt??

Just in case anyone wants to confirm anything, here's the Syracuse, NY Disabled American Veterans chapter's info:

Disabled American Veterans
(315) 423-5541
344 W Genesee St, #203, Syracuse, NY 13202

There is no chapter in Utica or the Mohawk Valley. The closest one to Old Forge would be at Fort Drum:

Disabled American Veterans
(315) 681-4124
2207 Officers Loop, Fort Drum, NY 13602

And here's the closest VFW post to Rick in Herkimer:

Michael Pliseck VFW Post 4915
(315) 866-9353
129 Mohawk St, Herkimer, NY

I can't find a phone number for the VFW Post 9314 in Old Forge.

Gail Simone
08-22-2011, 07:45 AM
I can't get over that he is intentionally leaving up the names of the creators who are canceling because they want nothing to do with him.

That's one of the grossest, most unprofessional things I've ever seen. He's using their good names to promote something they have
explicitly said they will not be involved in in any way. It's disgusting.

Shurato2099
08-22-2011, 07:57 AM
Gail! Your in-box is full again! :)

As to Olney ... guys like him really test my mantra: Attribute not to malice what can be explained by stupidity.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-22-2011, 08:37 AM
Rick left this as a comment to his last post at the convention website.


As a note of record: We are in touch now with the DAV, Fisher House, and the Semper Fi Fund people regarding our various Veteran Day plans to help each charity. I'll keep you all posted here.

As an aside, you'd think if he really wanted that information out there he would make a big post about it instead of slipping it into a comment many will overlook.

For those enquiring types who'd like to ask some questions:

http://www.fisherhouse.org/
(http://www.fisherhouse.org/)
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Phone: 888 294-8560 or (301) 294-8560
Fax: (301) 294-8562
info@fisherhouse.org
(info@fisherhouse.org)
There is only one New York state location.

Stratton VA Medical Center
113 Holland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
518 626-6919 fax: 518 626-5452
Manager: Jerry Jensen
jerry.jensen@va.gov
-------
http://semperfifund.org/

There are numerous ways to contact them, including an online email form here:

http://semperfifund.org/contact/

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-22-2011, 08:45 AM
Btw, as we discuss the many donations Rick is now claiming to be making, remember this post he made last month.


$1k donation (http://www.givethankswalk.org/)being made to this outstanding effort for a charitable cause that I have long supported. I'll be contacting the people I know at St. Jude Children's Hospital before the end of the month to make them aware of this pledge to donate to the above. Official confirmation will be shared with readers of this blog after November 15, 2011.

Sincerely,
Rick Olney
July 7, 2011
http://sequentialsoul.blogspot.com/2011/07/1k-pledge-to-be-made-to-charitable.html

CutterMike
08-22-2011, 09:12 AM
Hey, zinestud, you good Christian, you...

Remember this...?

"Take heed that ye do not your almsgiving before men, to be seen by them; otherwise ye have no reward from your Father who is in Heaven.

"Therefore when thou givest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward.

"But when thou givest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth,

"that thine almsgiving may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret, Himself shall reward thee openly." Matthew 6:1-4


Of course, all of this is predicated on your actually GIVING anything to anyone AT ALL! Otherwise, you get people here on Earth knowing that you're a liar and a cheat AND forego your planned-for reward later on.

You lose TWICE, rICK!

Gail Simone
08-22-2011, 09:44 AM
Interesting...he may have pissed off the wrong person this time.

News as it develops.

Matt Doc Martin
08-22-2011, 09:51 AM
Interesting...he may have pissed off the wrong person this time.

News as it develops.

I am awaiting a link!

Gail Simone
08-22-2011, 09:53 AM
Someone's speaking with a lawyer this very week.

Kevin T Brown
08-22-2011, 10:02 AM
Interesting...he may have pissed off the wrong person this time.

News as it develops.


Someone's speaking with a lawyer this very week.

:shock:

Oh this ought to be very interesting...

:lol:

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-22-2011, 11:32 AM
I thought it would be good to keep a list of guests who have said they will not be attending the Adirondack Comic Fest. I'm starting to have a hard time keeping track and of course since Rick refuses to update his site, he's useless.

Dave Ryan
Dave Hoover
Clayton Murwin
Michael Kellar

I would assume yes but can Clayton or Michael confirm that Valerie Finnigan and Nick Jones have also cancelled?

I'm also unsure if we got confirmation of Arvell Jones cancelling. Tony perhaps would know?

Matt Doc Martin
08-22-2011, 11:38 AM
I thought it would be good to keep a list of guests who have said they will not be attending the Adirondack Comic Fest. I'm starting to have a hard time keeping track and of course since Rick refuses to update his site, he's useless.

Dave Ryan
Dave Hoover
Clayton Murwin
Michael Kellar

I would assume yes but can Clayton or Michael confirm that Valerie Finnigan and Nick Jones have also cancelled?

I'm also unsure if we got confirmation of Arvell Jones cancelling. Tony perhaps would know?

At this point, I have my doubts that Rick Olney will attend.

Gail Simone
08-22-2011, 11:59 AM
At this point, I have my doubts that Rick Olney will attend.

Rick canceled his appearance, but then his leaggle team sent him a cut-and-pasted threatening letter,
so he grudgingly is attending.

HOWEVER! Bingo-bango, he's moved the venue to a slippy-slide park!


Hahahahaha, screw you, convention-goers!

Shurato2099
08-22-2011, 12:12 PM
Rick canceled his appearance, but then his leaggle team sent him a cut-and-pasted threatening letter,
so he grudgingly is attending.

HOWEVER! Bingo-bango, he's moved the venue to a slippy-slide park!


Hahahahaha, screw you, convention-goers!

Now, see, there have been times in my life when I would -so- have attended a convention at a slippy-slide park, especially if the guests were fun and all of the comics were poly-bagged.

Flamebird
08-22-2011, 12:22 PM
Now, see, there have been times in my life when I would -so- have attended a convention at a slippy-slide park, especially if the guests were fun and all of the comics were poly-bagged.

Nah, the comics should be fun and the guests poly-bagged.
Keep things interesting.

Tony Isabella
08-22-2011, 01:26 PM
Arvell Jones has, indeed, cancelled.

Gail Simone
08-22-2011, 01:34 PM
Rick has said that intends to keep the names of the guests who have canceled up on his site until thirty days before the event, an appalling abuse of both the guests and the attendees.

That is INCREDIBLY unscrupulous. I've never even HEARD of such a thing.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-22-2011, 01:35 PM
Arvell Jones has, indeed, cancelled.

Thanks Tony. So here is the updated confirmed cancelled list.

Dave Ryan
Dave Hoover
Clayton Murwin
Michael Kellar
Arvell Jones

JTPencils
08-22-2011, 01:36 PM
Someone's speaking with a lawyer this very week.

We're talking a real lawyer here, right? Not the usual fictional kind that Olney harps on and on about?

Gail Simone
08-22-2011, 02:09 PM
Rick has said that intends to keep the names of the guests who have canceled up on his site until thirty days before the event, an appalling abuse of both the guests and the attendees.

That is INCREDIBLY unscrupulous. I've never even HEARD of such a thing.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-22-2011, 02:12 PM
Rick has said that intends to keep the names of the guests who have canceled up on his site until thirty days before the event, an appalling abuse of both the guests and the attendees.

That is INCREDIBLY unscrupulous. I've never even HEARD of such a thing.
No doubt he would also at that time try to make it seem they cancelled so late and he then has to cancel the convention because they didn't leave him enough time to get more guests.

I'd suggest the cancelling guests make it known as often as they can between now and then they have cancelled. Be it Facebook, Twitter, various message boards and maybe sent in emails to some of the top comic book news sites.

leftwingnutcase
08-22-2011, 02:15 PM
I placed a call this morning to Herkimer County Clerk, the business division to be exact. I wanted to check if ADIRONDACK, LLC is an actual incorporated company. The only business listing they had for Rick Olney was Tightlip. Nothing for ADIRONDACK, LLC...the company listed on the guest contract. They couldn't find ADIRONDACK, LLC listed as a business incorporated in Herkimer County. That means either ADIRONDACK, LLC is incorporated elsewhere or that is has never been incorporated at all. Which also means that guests have been signing contracts with a company that doesn't legally exist or that another party is the registered agent behind ADIRONDACK, LLC. Food for thought.

Actually the "company" was called Adirondithon, LLC on Facebook. I was notified just now that Rick Olney changed the Facebook entry to simply Adirondathon. Still, if he issued contracts, or anything "official" as party to an LLC, that is, of course, illegal.

EDIT: I'm sorry, I've been pages behind and just learned this is old news.

SarahBeach
08-22-2011, 02:28 PM
Those invited guests who have now cancelled need to send a formal cease and desist letter to Rick - and send it to him at rick.olney@gmail.com (which is apparently the email address he now considers his "real" one, even though the other addys I have for him have not bounced back anything) as well as in hard copy. The letter should indicate that he MUST take down the notices of them AS GUESTS because it interferes with their ability to secure other options for the Veterans' Day weekend. Also, since they have cancelled their appearances, they need to remind him that he has no right to use their names or images to promote his event.

Please folks, if you are reading this, do not delay in doing this.

And Rick, if you are reading this, save yourself some angst, and just take down the names without waiting for the C&D notices to start arriving.

I'm reminded that last week, the scam "self-publish" company PublishAmerica tried to run a rig saying that for $49 a MS, they would get J.K. Rowling to read them and evaluate them. JKR, of course, had nothing to do with PA, and her representatives sent a C&D notice to PA. They tried bluffing their way out of it, but in the face of the proverbial 800 pound gorilla who had real lawyers at her beck and call, they folded up that scam.

Rick, you actually don't want people with real lawyers to come after you some more. Because, it's not just about money for them, it's about reputation and business, and they will protect themselves.

THEDOC
08-22-2011, 04:12 PM
I thought Ben Dunn cancelled as well.

Artful Angie
08-22-2011, 04:22 PM
Rick left this as a comment to his last post at the convention website.



As an aside, you'd think if he really wanted that information out there he would make a big post about it instead of slipping it into a comment many will overlook.

For those enquiring types who'd like to ask some questions:

http://www.fisherhouse.org/
(http://www.fisherhouse.org/)
Fisher House Foundation, Inc.
111 Rockville Pike, Suite 420
Rockville, Maryland 20850

Phone: 888 294-8560 or (301) 294-8560
Fax: (301) 294-8562
info@fisherhouse.org
(info@fisherhouse.org)
There is only one New York state location.

Stratton VA Medical Center
113 Holland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208
518 626-6919 fax: 518 626-5452
Manager: Jerry Jensen
jerry.jensen@va.gov
-------
http://semperfifund.org/

There are numerous ways to contact them, including an online email form here:

http://semperfifund.org/contact/

Nice work, Ricky, trying to catch up with your various lies as we call you out on them.

JTPencils
08-22-2011, 04:29 PM
"The Adirondack ComicFest is a yearly comics and pop culture event held in the Adirondack region of New York State. Owned and operated by Adirondathon, it offers a weekend full of fun, imagination, and excitement!"

It IS? When was this thing ever held before that it's a "yearly... event"?? Has anyone heard of this little event ever before? Especially since one minute it's an LLC, and then it's not... that sort of thing.

And yeah.... he's holding tight to the people who have declared that they are NOT attending. I say... let him get hammered by real lawyers.. maybe that will finally shut the little snake down!!

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-22-2011, 04:35 PM
I thought Ben Dunn cancelled as well.
Not officially as far as I know.

The Bleeding Cool article states he would be contacting Rick with concerns. J.R LeMar contacted him at DeviantART just over 2 weeks ago with links about Rick's dealings and Ben said he would follow up on things. Nothing since then.

Artful Angie
08-22-2011, 04:41 PM
Those invited guests who have now cancelled need to send a formal cease and desist letter to Rick - and send it to him at rick.olney@gmail.com (which is apparently the email address he now considers his "real" one, even though the other addys I have for him have not bounced back anything) as well as in hard copy. The letter should indicate that he MUST take down the notices of them AS GUESTS because it interferes with their ability to secure other options for the Veterans' Day weekend. Also, since they have cancelled their appearances, they need to remind him that he has no right to use their names or images to promote his event.

Please folks, if you are reading this, do not delay in doing this.

And Rick, if you are reading this, save yourself some angst, and just take down the names without waiting for the C&D notices to start arriving.

I'm reminded that last week, the scam "self-publish" company PublishAmerica tried to run a rig saying that for $49 a MS, they would get J.K. Rowling to read them and evaluate them. JKR, of course, had nothing to do with PA, and her representatives sent a C&D notice to PA. They tried bluffing their way out of it, but in the face of the proverbial 800 pound gorilla who had real lawyers at her beck and call, they folded up that scam.

Rick, you actually don't want people with real lawyers to come after you some more. Because, it's not just about money for them, it's about reputation and business, and they will protect themselves.


He'll do the same thing he did with your friend and the photo, Sarah. He'll say he needs to receive an email from someone authorized to speak on the talents' behalf. And only then will he consider removing their information.

TO EVERYONE WHO HAS CANCELLED THEIR ATTENDANCE TO RICK'S SHOW

You will need to send Rick an email, and just to add to your chance of not being ignored by Rick, add a comment on your individual entries announcing you are cancelling and to demand he remove your information from the website.

I know both Michael and Clayton have read this thread since they cnacelled and since we started mentioning Rick still had their names listed on the website.

Clayton and Michael would you please update us?


1) Has Valarie and Nick Jones been informed of your cancellation? And do they still plan to attend?

2) Can you update us on the progress of your attempt to notify Rick to remove your information from the website??


Thank you in advance your reply.

Also, Michael. I'll be talking to Janine this week about placing an order for copies of the book to sell in store.

MacQuarrie
08-22-2011, 04:53 PM
Actually the "company" was called Adirondithon, LLC on Facebook. I was notified just now that Rick Olney changed the Facebook entry to simply Adirondathon. Still, if he issued contracts, or anything "official" as party to an LLC, that is, of course, illegal.

EDIT: I'm sorry, I've been pages behind and just learned this is old news.
Just to reiterate: If anyone signed a contract with Adirondathon LLC, that contract is invalid, because Adirondathon LLC never legally existed. Additionally, contracts signed with that company do not automatically transfer to the new company, Adirondathon, unless you agree to it. Since Adirondathon also does not legally exist, you don't have to worry about it. You are under no obligation to honor your invalid contract with these two non-existent companies.

MacQuarrie
08-22-2011, 04:58 PM
Wanna drive him crazy? Somebody should order tickets to Adirondathon and pay by check.... made out to "Adirondathon." He wouldn't be able to cash it!

NatGertler
08-22-2011, 06:17 PM
Wanna drive him crazy? Somebody should order tickets to Adirondathon and pay by check.... made out to "Adirondathon." He wouldn't be able to cash it!It's actually pretty easy to sign a check over to yourself as a third party, and have no one check on the second party.

So, anyone think he filed a Fictitious Business Statement to do business as Adirondathon? I doubt it...

THE_DAREDIVA
08-22-2011, 06:59 PM
I have sent an email to the Semper Fi Fund, and will be contacting national headquarters of the DAV. I will not stand by and watch anyone who wants to donate to veterans get snookered by the likes of Olney.

Gail Simone
08-22-2011, 10:17 PM
And again, to all who have decided to attend anyway....

It's not our job to judge you. Do what your conscience tells you.

But follow a couple simple rules.

Do not, under ANY CIRCUMSTANCES or for ANY REASON, pay any expenses out of pocket to be reimbursed by Rick Olney.

Do NOT let him use any excuse not to pay all expenses BEFORE you leave for the con, and I guarantee you, he will have several.

Do not at any time sign ANYTHING that allows him to use your name or likeness to promote future events until this one is OVER and all
bills and payments have been settled satisfactorily.

Do not under ANY circumstances sign anything that doesn't allow you to speak if he doesn't live up to the terms of the agreement.

But mainly, mainly, do NOT drag friends and colleagues into this with you. They may forgive you, but you won't forgive yourself.

Michael W. Kellar
08-23-2011, 04:16 AM
Clayton and Michael would you please update us?

Has Valarie and Nick Jones been informed of your cancellation? And do they still plan to attend?

Yes, they both have been informed of our cancellations as for what they decide to do is in their hands.


Also, Michael. I'll be talking to Janine this week about placing an order for copies of the book to sell in store.

Actually, Clayton is the contact for placing an order for books, the "Towers of Books" are at his house and he would have to ship them to the store.
I am only an inker for Heroes Fallen Studios.
Thank you for setting up the order with Ravenswood Comics to carry our book in the store :)

Michael W. Kellar
08-23-2011, 04:19 AM
I have sent an email to the Semper Fi Fund, and will be contacting national headquarters of the DAV. I will not stand by and watch anyone who wants to donate to veterans get snookered by the likes of Olney.

:) :) :) :) :)

THE_DAREDIVA
08-23-2011, 07:01 AM
Things could be getting interesting, very very soon. Just sayin'.

Michael W. Kellar
08-23-2011, 07:06 AM
Things could be getting interesting, very very soon. Just sayin'.

Are you stirring up trouble? :eek: LMAO :eek:

THE_DAREDIVA
08-23-2011, 07:29 AM
Just reporting the facts, sir. :smug: Yep, could be veeeeeeerrrrrry interesting.

Michael W. Kellar
08-23-2011, 07:32 AM
Just reporting the facts, sir. :smug: Yep, could be veeeeeeerrrrrry interesting.

:) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 08:15 AM
Wow, SOMEONE'S going to be having a bad week! Yikes!

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 08:16 AM
Also, here is a helpful bit of advice from the great COLLEEN DORAN: Never sign a confidentiality agreement with Teh Crazy. In Crazy Land, they will expect you to fulfill the terms of every agreement (especially the confidentiality clause) no matter how much Teh Crazy lies, cheats, or steals, even if the US Supreme Court informs them that slavery is dead, and copyright squatting does not make them a creator.

Shurato2099
08-23-2011, 08:24 AM
Ah, good ol' Colleen. One of my favorite artists along with Ruth Thompson.

MacQuarrie
08-23-2011, 08:31 AM
Something I think needs to be said...

As Gail commented earlier, it's not our job to judge you. We aren't telling you what to do, and nothing that's been said here should be construed as a threat. If you want to work with Rick Olney, go right ahead. The natural consequence of that is, you will waste your time, lose money and spend a lot of time questioning your own sanity and ability. Olney will say or do anything to get his way, and will manipulate any way he can, will attempt to alienate you from anyone who might reassure you that your instincts are correct. When we tell you, "don't go to his convention or you'll be sorry" it's not a threat. You will not be blackballed in the industry. Nobody will hold it against you that you worked with or for Olney. But you will suffer for it, because he will harm and obstruct your career.

Some of us have been pretty forceful and strident in our condemnation of him and his actions. We feel it's necessary to do so, to really drive home the point that this man intends to do you harm. Financially, professionally, emotionally, socially. He will hire you while knowing he can't ever pay you, for the simple reason that he wants to leech your talent and wants to take what you create, and he does not care in the slightest what damage you suffer as a result of his actions. We have a ten year record of him exploiting things beyond human conscience; sick children, failing marriages, desperate financial straits, all of it is just fuel for his lies, and he took each of those tragic circumstances and made them worse for the people involved. Deliberately. He's a sociopath.

But here's my point: The less you defend and excuse him now, the less shame and embarrassment you will feel when you inevitably have to admit we were right. Olney is a toxic person who poisons every relationship, so it's just a matter of time before he drives you away as well. We'll be here, and we won't say "I told you so!" We won't rub your nose in it and take delight in your misery. We might ask "now do you see what we were trying to tell you?" But we probably won't even have to ask that, because you will have most likely already said it.

KJ!
08-23-2011, 08:31 AM
It's actually pretty easy to sign a check over to yourself as a third party, and have no one check on the second party.

So, anyone think he filed a Fictitious Business Statement to do business as Adirondathon? I doubt it...

But considering Olney's status with the bank, and the fact that he wouldn't be of much value to them, it's unlikely they'd take the risk, and even if they did, I can't see him being able to provide reasonable supporting documentation that he is the desired beneficiary.

Depends on the bank and stuff. Mostly it comes down to the client's worth to the bank.

I can't see Olney being worth risking a 5cent cheque on.

(Of course, policy varies. Some over here allow a $500 buffer before verification is needed.)

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 10:47 AM
Wow, Rick's on a lunatic rant this morning. Hilarious!

Let me break it down for you.

"I am so pathetic that I will desperately post any comment that is even REMOTELY complimentary, from people whose names I can't mention but that I met on Facebook and so have no idea what I really am about.

Also, all that stuff I have been saying I would do for eight years and have accomplished none of? Guess what?

I'm STILL DELUDING MYSELF!

That's all! Also, I talked with Stan Lee's spam and we're best friends now! AND I'm a pirate! NO, I'm an ASTRONAUT!


Also, I may not be talented with words or be able to use the English language, but at least I'm an idiot!"

He's having a really funny meltdown right now.


Hey, Rick! More bad news coming your way!

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 10:51 AM
""Like dogs eating garbage, birds pooping on a newly washed car, or squirrels in the stewpot, deadbeats still climb and climb, with other people's great labor, and incessant dishonesty, but never reach the top. Because they are delusional deadbeat fanboys."

Fixed it for you, Rick!

THEDOC
08-23-2011, 11:08 AM
From "da Blog"

Oh, and wait! Biggest news yet! I'm going to have time next year spent contemplating my next project of self publishing. Finally. Some have poked fun at how I have stated that I was going to re-awaken ORCA or push into retailing, but guess what!? I actually have started those projects. They'll be unveiled when the time comes and they're completely finished. The intention is to situate them to be live on long after I am gone. Yes, and even long after you're gone.

Shades of 2008, 2009 and 2010, haven't we heard this before? I think his infamous deeds will live long after he's gone as a lesson.

AIPman1
08-23-2011, 11:21 AM
The headaches from having dealt with Olney...surely live on and on and on

oh, and on

CutterMike
08-23-2011, 12:02 PM
The intention is to situate them to be live on long after I am gone.
Well, that's good, then, 'cause it'd blindingly obvious that they're never going to happen while YOU'RE around "working" on them!

Jim Ritchey
08-23-2011, 12:05 PM
From "da Blog"


Shades of 2008, 2009 and 2010, haven't we heard this before? I think his infamous deeds will live long after he's gone as a lesson.

Even if he gets some other brain-dead closet Nazi to draw his horrible tripe, and is able to get it to prepress (by some miracle), he'll never get it printed--or if he does, the printer will withhold the copies for lack of payment. And who would distribute the garbage--? We all know the truth--his only real legacy will be that people of conscience stood up to his lying, thieving bullshit--and kept more people from making the mistake of trusting him and his sociopathic ilk.

Matt Doc Martin
08-23-2011, 12:24 PM
Rick....you moron.

Matt Doc Martin
08-23-2011, 12:39 PM
The only thing about Rick that will be remembered is the money he owes and his stench. And all the laughs he provided...at his expense.

JTPencils
08-23-2011, 12:53 PM
""Like dogs eating garbage, birds pooping on a newly washed car, or squirrels in the stewpot, deadbeats still climb and climb, with other people's great labor, and incessant dishonesty, but never reach the top. Because they are delusional deadbeat fanboys."

Fixed it for you, Rick!

Careful there Gail... he'll claim that you two are best friends again... "See... Gail's proofing my writings for me... that just PROVES we're bff's!! I knew she couldn't stay mad at me forever!..."

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 03:31 PM
This is pretty funny...here he tries to make a point that because HE is a 'creative' person trying to make a living, he and the people he has cheated are in the same boat.

Holy shit, that takes some serious delusion.

"It occurred to me just a few moments ago that I, too, am still a creative person trying to make a living—a condition for which I have always had great empathy and sympathy for others dating back before I became hardened by the harsh criticism of others through their ignorance.

And as I have stated before, I have no intention of moving forward where those few are concerned until the jeering stops or I stop it. Nobody is involving themselves in my private business dealings and then kicking the side slats out them. As in, none of your business. "


So there you go, guys. Rick feels your pain at being cheated, bullied, insulted and threatened. Even if it's BY Rick himself.

What a guy!

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-23-2011, 03:42 PM
I clicked the link in Rick's latest blog post. http://smartalexsays.blogspot.com/2011/08/from-bully-pulpit-buzz-from-hive.html?spref=fb

In going through the rest of the entries there I found another name to add to our big list of cancelled Adirondack ComicFest guests.


Some interesting developments have cropped up about November's Adirondack Comic Fest (http://adirondackcomicfest.blogspot.com/), for instance. Valerie Finnigan, Clayton Murwin, and Michael Kellar will not appear there. On the other hand, John "Waki" Wycough (http://www.tsunami-studios.com/) and Chris "Batjeepster" Hollars (http://www.aceblade.us/) have recently joined the list of those slated to attend. Stay tuned for more updates.

Based on reading the blog and Googling some stuff, it seems that "Smart Alex" and Valerie know each other and that's why they have that information.

So the updated cancellation list is now:

Dave Ryan
Dave Hoover
Clayton Murwin
Michael Kellar
Arvell Jones
Valerie Finnigan

Taking bets now what comes first, another new guest is added or another old guest cancels?

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 03:53 PM
Here's the list of people who have joined the "Friends of Adirondathon" facebook group. I've heard of Phillip, Dash, and Neil...the rest I'm not sure about.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/211946182158890/members/

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 03:59 PM
I state again, I don't care if people attend or not. Rick's history of canceling conventions with no notice, leaving retailers and guests with out of pocket expenses never to be paid, makes the whole thing a huge crapshoot anyway.

But it IS interesting that no well-known professional ever goes to a Rick Olney event twice.

THEDOC
08-23-2011, 04:19 PM
"Da blog"

I've made a decision based on a suggestion from a learned friend to cast off Facebook in 2012, at least for a time while I work out these legal entanglements that may take several years. As such, I, Rick Olney, have begun to look at my friends list and sort the various individuals to assure that I'll stay in touch during 2012 and beyond.

He must have upped his deadline. Tried to find those touching FaceBook testimonials he mentions on his blog, but found he has no page as his name on a list I found is blacked out and does not work. I know, I know he can resurrect it at anytime, we can only hope he won't.

Tom Stillwell
08-23-2011, 04:20 PM
Here's the list of people who have joined the "Friends of Adirondathon" facebook group. I've heard of Phillip, Dash, and Neil...the rest I'm not sure about.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/211946182158890/members/

Dash Martin? As in the Dash Martin that was never paid for his work by Rick Olney? Some people are gluttons for punishment.

MacQuarrie
08-23-2011, 04:32 PM
Dash Martin? As in the Dash Martin that was never paid for his work by Rick Olney? Some people are gluttons for punishment.
Maybe he's planning to go so he can ask for his money in person? I would.

Tom Stillwell
08-23-2011, 04:34 PM
Maybe he can set up a table for Unscrewed? He even colored the sign we use.

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 04:44 PM
Oh, man, I forgot Rick cheated him, too!

SarahBeach
08-23-2011, 04:46 PM
Gail, supposedly, that "squirrels in chains" bit was a quote from Browning ... though it seemed weird to me (I haven't actually checked it to find the source). But the idea that Olney considers himself a poet .... yikes. He uses language so badly. I know he didn't out and out compare himself to Frost and Browning, but....

Oh, and it's very funny that he says that someday his kids will read Frost and Browning. They've all been through public schooling haven't they? Wouldn't they have at least brushed up against those two poets somewhere in that process? My mind boggled at that a bit. But ... I'll try to stick to the Rick-mocking.

As for the TWO notable publishers just waiting for his manuscripts .... let me guess.... CreateSpace and Ka-Blam! - where they don't really care much what your content is. Yeah, Rick. Real impressed there.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-23-2011, 04:47 PM
Here's the list of people who have joined the "Friends of Adirondathon" facebook group. I've heard of Phillip, Dash, and Neil...the rest I'm not sure about.

http://www.facebook.com/groups/211946182158890/members/

The main page from that link is even more interesting.


OKAY -- ONE LAST REQUEST: PLEASE REMOVE YOURSELF (UNSUBSCRIBE) FROM THIS GROUP. IT WAS CREATED BY A PERSON THAT DELIBERATELY CREATED IT ON MY BEHALF AND THEN ABANDONED IT PURPOSELY TO CAUSE CONFUSION TO FIT INTO A SMALL GROUP ELSEWHERE OF BULLIES, TROLLS and MISCREANTS.

I SEE 35 PEOPLE, MOSTLY FAMILY & VERY GOOD FRIENDS OF MINE, STILL ON THIS GROUP. IF you ARE STILL ON THIS GROUP ON SUNDAY AFTERNOON (JUNE 19th) I SHALL HAVE TO BLOCK YOUR FRIENDSHIP LONG ENOUGH TO HAVE FB REMOVE THIS GROUP. I CANNOT REMOVE YOU ... YOU MUST DO IT YOURSELF.

Note: Anyone wishing to join the private group only need contact via email. Thank you.

The closed group Adirondack ComicFest Friends, with a listing of 110 members is here: http://www.facebook.com/groups/213033462070991/

There is also a Public Event listing for Adirondack ComicFest.: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=167582953301957

That looks like a great place to post that you aren't attending and why with links to this thread and Bleedingcool perhaps. Anyone searching for the con will come across it.

leftwingnutcase
08-23-2011, 05:06 PM
OKAY -- ONE LAST REQUEST: PLEASE REMOVE YOURSELF (UNSUBSCRIBE) FROM THIS GROUP. IT WAS CREATED BY A PERSON THAT DELIBERATELY CREATED IT ON MY BEHALF AND THEN ABANDONED IT PURPOSELY TO CAUSE CONFUSION TO FIT INTO A SMALL GROUP ELSEWHERE OF BULLIES, TROLLS and MISCREANTS.


I am that person, Rick. Yeah. I'm Alec Frazier of the Comic Book Club of Ithaca. Go sit on a stick, you fraud. Oh, I'm also the one who informed all these nice folks at this thread about "Adirondack ComicFest" at the beginning of the summer. It was an inside job. So, go ahead and sic your imaginary lawyers on me!

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 05:11 PM
Wow, I didn't know about that, Alec.

How did that come about? Let me guess, he lied to you and didn't pay, right?

Matt Doc Martin
08-23-2011, 05:23 PM
Will some more people PLEASE sue Rick Olney?

PLEASE????

leftwingnutcase
08-23-2011, 05:32 PM
Well, he owes me about $45 on verbal promise for setting up his Facebook site. Let me back up. He commented on and liked a lot of the photos I tend to take of Ithacon. I requested his Facebook friendship, and he let me in on a new idea of his: Adirondack ComicFest. He asked me to do Facebook and other publicity for him, and take photos of the con, all work I would have done for free (heehee!). I'm a naive 25 year old college kid, so I jumped at the chance. He did make it clear from the get go that he, Rick Olney, was the sole organizer. He at one point mentioned "haters" (he seems facinated with that word; I would have said "people who do not like me"), and that your blog was the main source. Then he sends me an email foaming at the mouth about how Rick Parker has refused to do a logo. Rick Olney, dumbass that he is, includes the full text of Parker's email in his to me. Parker brings up that Olney has a bad reputation. I google Rick Olney, then find this thread, create the username leftwingnutcase just to f-ck with Olney's false sense of patiotism, and tell you all about Adirondack ComicFest. (I even came up with the convention's name. Rick's suggestions were very banal.) And look how far we've come!

KJ!
08-23-2011, 05:37 PM
I LOVE this part.

''Oh, and wait! Biggest news yet! I'm going to have time next year spent contemplating my next project of self publishing. Finally. Some have poked fun at how I have stated that I was going to re-awaken ORCA or push into retailing, but guess what!? I actually have started those projects. They'll be unveiled when the time comes and they're completely finished. The intention is to situate them to be live on long after I am gone. Yes, and even long after you're gone.

I have managed to gather, what I feel, are a 'cream topping on rice pudding' few of the best new talents in comics; several have weathered the storm with me, waiting patiently for that imaginary ship to come in''


Good news everyone! Next year he has time to CONTEMPLATE doing something.

Not ACTUALLY doing something, but just to consider it.


And the last paragraph is pure gold. ''Waiting for that imaginary ship to come in''. So even Rick's admitting he's never going to amount to anything, or come through with anything, and is just stringing people along.

GOLD.

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 05:41 PM
Well, he owes me about $45 on verbal promise for setting up his Facebook site. Let me back up. He commented on and liked a lot of the photos I tend to take of Ithacon. I requested his Facebook friendship, and he let me in on a new idea of his: Adirondack ComicFest. He asked me to do Facebook and other publicity for him, and take photos of the con, all work I would have done for free (heehee!). I'm a naive 25 year old college kid, so I jumped at the chance. He did make it clear from the get go that he, Rick Olney, was the sole organizer. He at one point mentioned "haters" (he seems facinated with that word; I would have said "people who do not like me"), and that your blog was the main source. Then he sends me an email foaming at the mouth about how Rick Parker has refused to do a logo. Rick Olney, dumbass that he is, includes the full text of Parker's email in his to me. Parker brings up that Olney has a bad reputation. I google Rick Olney, then find this thread, create the username leftwingnutcase just to f-ck with Olney's false sense of patiotism, and tell you all about Adirondack ComicFest. (I even came up with the convention's name. Rick's suggestions were very banal.) And look how far we've come!


Wow.

Is there anyone left on Earth he HASN'T cheated or had a meltdown on?

leftwingnutcase
08-23-2011, 05:43 PM
Wow.

Is there anyone left on Earth he HASN'T cheated or had a meltdown on?

No.

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 05:43 PM
I LOVE this part.

''Oh, and wait! Biggest news yet! I'm going to have time next year spent contemplating my next project of self publishing. Finally. Some have poked fun at how I have stated that I was going to re-awaken ORCA or push into retailing, but guess what!? I actually have started those projects. They'll be unveiled when the time comes and they're completely finished. The intention is to situate them to be live on long after I am gone. Yes, and even long after you're gone.

I have managed to gather, what I feel, are a 'cream topping on rice pudding' few of the best new talents in comics; several have weathered the storm with me, waiting patiently for that imaginary ship to come in''


Good news everyone! Next year he has time to CONTEMPLATE doing something.

Not ACTUALLY doing something, but just to consider it.


And the last paragraph is pure gold. ''Waiting for that imaginary ship to come in''. So even Rick's admitting he's never going to amount to anything, or come through with anything, and is just stringing people along.

GOLD.


He just...he NEVER knows what he's saying. It's like him begging a blogger for a reacharound, it's hysterical, but he's not in on the joke because he doesn't understand words or sentences.

Yes, Rick. Everyone's waiting for your imaginary ship to come in.


YIKES.

DocAbsurd
08-23-2011, 05:45 PM
From Smart Alex Says (http://smartalexsays.blogspot.com/2011/08/from-bully-pulpit-buzz-from-hive.html?spref=fb):


Dissent anyway. Targets and witnesses alike may feel powerless against the mob, but there are some things we can do. If it's safe to do so, discuss the matter privately and individually with members of the gang.

I responded when YOU contacted me on FB months ago to resolve this years-old problem. Snarky or not, I responded to finally finish this once and for all. I sent you my address as per YOUR request through FB. Then you started giving me ultimatums, warnings about 'Going . . . Going . . .' and giving me a heart-wrenching story of how the money you owed me was the cost of our friendship. Then you started a blog about how you intended to pay me back, making what should've been a private matter into a major public discussion.

Except you blocked me from your FB. And then from the very blog with my name flying proudly on the only entry showing on the front page.

You demand again and again that I send you my address when all I calmly stated was that you, you who loves to brag about how many damaging emails you've managed to save over the years and how you plan on using them to hurt whomever stands up to you, somehow doesn't have that entire conversation saved from FB. And you give me 'one last chance'.

So I sent you my address again.

And I'm still waiting, Olney. I talked to you, just as your anti-bully idol Smart Alex says, and you're still sticking it to me. I bend over backwards to meet your regulations for money you promised and work I completed and you somehow STILL claim that you're being bullied!?!

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 05:47 PM
Just a little reminder of the kind of 'man' Rick Olney is.

If you're so gullible you believe his bullshit after this, you have my pity.

http://fookyoutwit.net/2011/07/13/rick-olney-vs-scott-reed/

Gail Simone
08-23-2011, 05:49 PM
From Smart Alex Says (http://smartalexsays.blogspot.com/2011/08/from-bully-pulpit-buzz-from-hive.html?spref=fb):



I responded when YOU contacted me on FB months ago to resolve this years-old problem. Snarky or not, I responded to finally finish this once and for all. I sent you my address as per YOUR request through FB. Then you started giving me ultimatums, warnings about 'Going . . . Going . . .' and giving me a heart-wrenching story of how the money you owed me was the cost of our friendship. Then you started a blog about how you intended to pay me back, making what should've been a private matter into a major public discussion.

Except you blocked me from your FB. And then from the very blog with my name flying proudly on the only entry showing on the front page.

You demand again and again that I send you my address when all I calmly stated was that you, you who loves to brag about how many damaging emails you've managed to save over the years and how you plan on using them to hurt whomever stands up to you, somehow doesn't have that entire conversation saved from FB. And you give me 'one last chance'.

So I sent you my address again.

And I'm still waiting, Olney. I talked to you, just as your anti-bully idol Smart Alex says, and you're still sticking it to me. I bend over backwards to meet your regulations for money you promised and work I completed and you somehow STILL claim that you're being bullied!?!

Smart Alex, by the way, is a bit of a yawner.

KJ!
08-23-2011, 07:15 PM
What about this Rick, which you said on the 13th of July 2010, ie 13 months ago.

''I have two websites in design stage at present. I'm taking my time. Why not? I actually have those few financial obligations ahead of the premiere of anything new. I am presently inviting and interviewing people (that don't buy your bullshit) in being considered as forum moderators. No trolls allowed.''

Nothing? Yet another failure?

Or is this something you have scheduled to contemplate?

Shurato2099
08-23-2011, 07:16 PM
Wow.

Is there anyone left on Earth he HASN'T cheated or had a meltdown on?

Ooh! Ooh! Me!

... wait, that's one of those times when obscurity is a GOOD thing ... nevermind. :)

Tom Stillwell
08-23-2011, 07:46 PM
I spoke with Dash. To paraphrase, Dash only joined that group to make Olney stop bugging him. And he'd like the $4000 Rick owes him.

JTPencils
08-23-2011, 08:00 PM
Gee Dash... I just clicked "ignore" and he went away like he always does. Slithering away.. leaving a bit of a sloppy stain behind him... muttering no doubt "the trolls... the trolls".

As to the money... as much as I"d like it too... it's never going to happen... it's a bit like hoping to win the lottery.. but refusing to buy the ticket. You can't win that way.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-23-2011, 10:00 PM
Doing a little Google search and found this. Did we ever find this before?

http://dcollectibles.blogspot.com/2011/03/test.html

It seems like back in March under the name D's Collectibles, Rick started up another Sequential Soul blog. He abandoned it right away. I bet it's one of the two sites he was claiming to be making that KJ quoted above.

JeffWatkins
08-23-2011, 10:25 PM
Just.
Wow.
If anyone wants to meet an actual real live comic creator, with no chance of charity fraud or delusions of nonsense, and will be in the CNY are this weekend, MIKE RAICHT, writer of STUFF OF LEGEND, GI JOE:INFESTATION, and ARMY OF DARKNESS will be signing at Cloud City Comics and Toys on Saturday in Syracuse.
Info on our Facebook page. Check it out.

Sheeeesh. So embarrassed by Rick Olney. I swear, nobody in upstate NY is like that guy.
Please don't think he represents even the smallest population of Central NY.
We are all real ashamed of our comics boogyman.

JeffWatkins
08-23-2011, 10:31 PM
And while I don't have the link, he did threaten that a brick would go through my window. Police were notified.
He also tried to claim my store was in a dangerous part of town, when in actuality, is in one of Central NY's most affluent suburbs.
Either way we moved to a new location and doubled our square footage since them.
He also threatend Tony Isabella when he appeared at my convention. Rick was a gutless no-show.
Hats off to the talents who cancelled his Adironscam. You did the right thing.

MyNameIsNotLarry
08-23-2011, 10:53 PM
And while I don't have the link, he did threaten that a brick would go through my window. Police were notified.
He also tried to claim my store was in a dangerous part of town, when in actuality, is in one of Central NY's most affluent suburbs.
Here is the link to Gail's post, reposting from his blog.


Oh, my! Oh my! I hope the fame of Isabella's book doesn't have some miscreant smashing your display window with a brick. Be careful. Syracuse in that area of your store is a little rough around the edges, Jeff. Oh, and when you actually get a personality manage another post, Mr. Wonderful. Gee.. I just noticed that you were NOT mentioned in any of the last MMC convention reports that came back to me. Aww...

http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showpost.php?p=10876461&postcount=895

Artful Angie
08-24-2011, 02:20 AM
I even came up with the convention's name. Rick's suggestions were very banal.

Ooh, please please please share some of them with us?? It would be such a fascinating look into the thing that sits where the mind of Olney should be.

Artful Angie
08-24-2011, 02:24 AM
Gee.. I just noticed that you were NOT mentioned in any of the last MMC convention reports that came back to me. Aww...


Well, Rick... Aren't YOU the Mightily Massively Carppy convention?? Soooo... Jeff wasn't on reports... that YOU made... that came back to you??

So you didn't tell yourself about him? But you spend so much time muttering to yourself in front of your desktop in the wee hours of the morning. Are you sure some of those rants didn't include his name?? Awwww....

Artful Angie
08-24-2011, 02:30 AM
Just.
Wow.
If anyone wants to meet an actual real live comic creator, with no chance of charity fraud or delusions of nonsense, and will be in the CNY are this weekend, MIKE RAICHT, writer of STUFF OF LEGEND, GI JOE:INFESTATION, and ARMY OF DARKNESS will be signing at Cloud City Comics and Toys on Saturday in Syracuse.
Info on our Facebook page. Check it out.

Sheeeesh. So embarrassed by Rick Olney. I swear, nobody in upstate NY is like that guy.
Please don't think he represents even the smallest population of Central NY.
We are all real ashamed of our comics boogyman.

He's like that senile relative that you give serious thought to locking in a dungeon in the basement, because he's too much for a rest home to take him and he won't stop walking around in your backyard naked touching himself.

Artful Angie
08-24-2011, 02:41 AM
Oh, and it's very funny that he says that someday his kids will read Frost and Browning. They've all been through public schooling haven't they? Wouldn't they have at least brushed up against those two poets somewhere in that process? My mind boggled at that a bit. But ... I'll try to stick to the Rick-mocking.

I know we try to confine this to just Rick, but he opened the door with his comment on his kids. And I don't consider it mocking when it's stating a fact. Look up the police report for yourself:

Rick's son in Whitesboro was arrested and charged earlier this year in a situation involving his ex-girlfriend. Apparently he got her drunk or drugged with sleeping pills, then he and a friend stole her car and took it to Vince's U-Pull-It auto yard, where they sold it in an attempt to have them put it in the auto crusher.

If he ends up reading Browning or Frost, it's because it was in the prison library.

As for Starr; I don't have to say anything. She written rants of her own in defense of Rick, and they're available to read. Her own words make her an unlikely candidate to be a devotee of Browning or Frost in her spare time.


And what was Rick saying just a few weeks ago, when he was trying to blast me by saying a higher education wasn't a good thing?

Matt Doc Martin
08-24-2011, 02:53 AM
Rick's son in Whitesboro was arrested and charged earlier this year in a situation involving his ex-girlfriend. Apparently he got her drunk or drugged with sleeping pills, then he and a friend stole her car and took it to Vince's U-Pull-It auto yard, where they sold it in an attempt to have them put it in the auto crusher.

If he ends up reading Browning or Frost, it's because it was in the prison library.



There's a stunner. Yup, Rick Olney's kid.

leftwingnutcase
08-24-2011, 05:32 AM
Ooh, please please please share some of them with us?? It would be such a fascinating look into the thing that sits where the mind of Olney should be.

I forget the exact titles. Things like "Veterans Day Comics Fair". Just plumb uncreative. I thought ComicFest would be more of an attention grabber. And with Rick's disgusting, terrible help, it has grabbed sh-tloads of attention!

leftwingnutcase
08-24-2011, 06:49 AM
By the way, the text of Rick's email to me that got the ball rolling and made me alert this forum has been saved for posterity at http://www.bleedingcool.com/2011/06/08/rick-olney-trying-to-organise-veterans-day-weekend-comic-con-in-new-york/

… we may want to consider making the Adirondack ComicFest group private, and here’s why. I was working with Rick Parker to design our logo for the event and he made a post on HIS page promoting the event and, and also posted in the group — and guess what? He got several emails from (who knows0 and then I got THIS email from him:

Rick–it seems as if you have a bad reputation in the comics industry (whether it’s true or not) This morning, just when I am finally getting down to work on your logo, I am getting a lot of unpleasant messages from friends and associates warning me to stay away from you and have nothing more to do with you. Rick, I wanted to like you and think nice things about you, but the evidence against you and negative comments I’m getting about you have given me pause. I’m sorry, but I can’t work for you. I don’t know whether to believe any of this or not but can’t afford to get involved in the controversy and drama. I hope you understand. Don’t bother trying to get me to change my mind. Once my mind is made up I’m inflexible. Best of luck with your endeavors.–Rick Parker

I just signed Nick Jones from Green Lantern to guest at our event. Once I start announcing these guests … we can’t have trolls and troublemakers contacting them to try and sour them. Know what I mean? Any ideas?

KJ!
08-24-2011, 06:56 AM
From 13 months ago. Reposted from CBR, as I'm sure it's long-gone on his blog.

Interesting to note, he DOES mention a new comic show. Surely he's not that incompetent that he needs............oh wait..............

Anyway, as usual, this is funny. From http://forums.comicbookresources.com/showthread.php?t=304938&page=114

''Yes, it is true that getting a small show off the ground is hard work. Certainly nothing that one person can pull off easily. It is a shame too, because Portland, Oregon and the three States near it do have a selection of artists that might want to help you out if they knew about your event. You could start by using your real name in your ads. If I am to believe that you've hurt my ability to host a new comics event then for sure it is because small shows are often 'clumsy' and such. Well, you know, you've read all about how my show was trashed somethree years after we had a guest flown in Oregon. Good luck with it though. Oh! Shoot me an email and I'll put you on our mailing list for the new upcoming comics show! ''


Did you see it?

Here it is: ''You could start by using your real name in your ads.''


Now, fast forward 13 months. Who's the dipshit attempting to scam a new convention under the guise of fake companies and fake backers and committees?

Why didn't YOU use your own name, Olney?

Of course we know why. Even YOU aren't THAT stupid to not know how worthless your name is.

Funny thing is, Olney, that this sort of thing doesn't JUST stain you and your wife (as co-owner of Tightlip), it is remembered by future generations, and archived on the ole' internet. Generations of people will be able to tell at tap of the keyboard how little value your name and legacy has.

That's priceless.

Gail Simone
08-24-2011, 07:00 AM
Artie, I don't think it's necessary to drag Starr into it. Regardless of how she did it, a daughter defending her dad is completely understandable. Unless she says or does something related to Rick's debts or Tightlip directly, I think it's unnecessary to bring her up for any reason, and I will delete the post next time it happens.

If the other thing is true and in public record, about the son, that's fair game, I guess, lord knows Rick attacks families and personal hardships every chance he gets. But again, the kids aren't the ones who cheated all these people.

Gail Simone
08-24-2011, 07:04 AM
I did talk with some of the 'friends' on his Adirondathon ComicFest Friends page. Same thing as always, he asks them to follow him, they do out of politeness, then he uses their names and reputations to look legitimate.

The FIRST quote in an email from one of the 'friends,' is, I kid you not, "I wouldn't DREAM of attending an Olney convention!"

J.R. LeMar
08-24-2011, 09:22 AM
He's sending threatening letters to the canceling attendees now.

Still no mention of any of this on his blogs, I see.


Something I think needs to be said...

As Gail commented earlier, it's not our job to judge you. We aren't telling you what to do, and nothing that's been said here should be construed as a threat. If you want to work with Rick Olney, go right ahead. The natural consequence of that is, you will waste your time, lose money and spend a lot of time questioning your own sanity and ability. Olney will say or do anything to get his way, and will manipulate any way he can, will attempt to alienate you from anyone who might reassure you that your instincts are correct. When we tell you, "don't go to his convention or you'll be sorry" it's not a threat. You will not be blackballed in the industry. Nobody will hold it against you that you worked with or for Olney. But you will suffer for it, because he will harm and obstruct your career.

Some of us have been pretty forceful and strident in our condemnation of him and his actions. We feel it's necessary to do so, to really drive home the point that this man intends to do you harm. Financially, professionally, emotionally, socially. He will hire you while knowing he can't ever pay you, for the simple reason that he wants to leech your talent and wants to take what you create, and he does not care in the slightest what damage you suffer as a result of his actions. We have a ten year record of him exploiting things beyond human conscience; sick children, failing marriages, desperate financial straits, all of it is just fuel for his lies, and he took each of those tragic circumstances and made them worse for the people involved. Deliberately. He's a sociopath.

But here's my point: The less you defend and excuse him now, the less shame and embarrassment you will feel when you inevitably have to admit we were right. Olney is a toxic person who poisons every relationship, so it's just a matter of time before he drives you away as well. We'll be here, and we won't say "I told you so!" We won't rub your nose in it and take delight in your misery. We might ask "now do you see what we were trying to tell you?" But we probably won't even have to ask that, because you will have most likely already said it.

I'd just like to state that, unlike MaQ and Gail, I AM judging those who willing choose to do business with Rick Olney despite knowing of his history. I'm not talking about those who signed up without checking him out first (though I do think that indicates some carelessness), but those like Wycough and the Indiana Jones poster guy, who dismiss all the stories as "slander" or basically say "I don't care what he does to anyone else as long as this works out for ME). I will hold it against them and add them to my personal blackball list of creators whose work I refuse to ever purchase, and I will laugh @ them and say "see, I told you so," & rub their faces in it, if they complain later about being ripped off. Lie down with dogs, you'll wake up with fleas. You get what you deserve.

But that's just me.


From "da Blog"

Oh, and wait! Biggest news yet! I'm going to have time next year spent contemplating my next project of self publishing. Finally. Some have poked fun at how I have stated that I was going to re-awaken ORCA or push into retailing, but guess what!? I actually have started those projects. They'll be unveiled when the time comes and they're completely finished. The intention is to situate them to be live on long after I am gone. Yes, and even long after you're gone.

Shades of 2008, 2009 and 2010, haven't we heard this before?

Yes, many times before. I just quoted one a few days ago about how on August 21 2007 he wrote: And this will cause a stir in the weasel holes! I wrote some new stories. Make some progress on moving my self-publishing plans forward.

Still waiting.



I forget the exact titles. Things like "Veterans Day Comics Fair". Just plumb uncreative. I thought ComicFest would be more of an attention grabber. And with Rick's disgusting, terrible help, it has grabbed sh-tloads of attention!

Heck, I'm surprised even he finally realized that the name "Mighty Mini Con" was irrevocably damaged within the industry and that he needed to use a different name.