I found out over the weekend that RICK OLNEY DIED last Friday. For anyone who wants a reminder of who Rick Olney was, I present the following news links:
Considering his “impact” on the comic-book industry, this hasn’t been covered by many of the big comic-book websites and forums, to date. The Beat has a post RIP RICK OLNEY. Rich Johnston simply noted it briefly at the end of a larger article HERE, where he disallowed comments, and Gail Simone deleted a thread that was started about it on her forum, and one of her mods added a final post to the primary Rick Olney thread, and unstuck it from the top of the forum.
I give credit to both Johnston and Simone for taking the high road in this matter. I, however, feel no such obligation to do so. The man was a cancer (pun intended) on the comic-book industry. And he died owing thousands of dollars to multiple people, as well as being in possession of a couple of hundred special maps, which were meant to be sold to charity to support disabled Veterans (despite Olney’s constant boasting of being a Veteran himself). So why should I feel the least bit sorry for him, or his family? Also, to be clear, The Beat article referred to him as “Con promoter/publisher” and Bleeding Cool called him “founder of ORCA and controversial publisher of TightLip Entertainment” but, while he may have promoted ONE convention (that all the guests who attended it claimed was poorly-run) and founded a comic-book group called ORCA (and grossly exaggerated its size and influence), he was NEVER a publisher. Despite many, many announcements over the years, he never managed to publish a single comic-book, because he could never paid any of the writers and artists that he hired to produce work for him.
And despite getting ill with cancer a few years ago, he never saw fit to change his behavior and attempt to right the many wrongs he’d done. As of this past July, he was still threatening people with bogus lawsuits, just for sharing the facts about him (read HERE and scroll down the comments HERE). Back in November, Jeff Hartz posted another round of videos on Youtube, featuring Rick Olney, where he continues to deny any wrong-doing and make excuses for his actions, HERE, HERE, HERE, and
And this blog IS IT FACT OR IS IT FICTION? kept track of all of Olney’s activities during this past year, where he continued to boast about big plans he had in the future, and deny that he owed anyone money of anything wrong. So if he refused to change his ways even while knocking on death’s door, I will not express any sympathy for him, now that he’s gone through that door. Yes, I know I’m being “heartless” but, just like when Andrew Breittbart died, I consider this a good thing that one more worthless drag on society is dead.