I SEE DEAD PEOPLE

REMEMBERING RICHARD L. OLNEY II (aka RICK OLNEY)

One of my New Years Resolutions was to make use of this blog more often, by posting here on a semi-regular basis, at least. I certainly picked a Hell of a topic to begin with when I wrote about the death of Rick Olney, which has, to date, gotten approximately one bajillion hits since it’s been posted, thanks to it being linked to on other sites by myself and others. Overall, the news of Olney’s death has been ignored by the major comics sites, which I find ironic considering how Olney continuosly claimed to be a really important figure in the industry, through ORCA (Organized Readers of Comics Associated…later Association) and Tightlip Entertainment. ComicBookResources covered it in Rick Olney Passes Away, but still being relatively neutral about him. A few other sites have posted on his death without being shy about whom he really was. Instead of just calling him a “controversial comics publisher/convention organizer” we get Rick Olney, Comics Douche, 58 or Comics Scam Artist Rick Olney Deceased, which @ least describe him more accurately. I also enjoyed this notice 12.28.12: Shiesty Comic Book Convention Promoter Rick Olney – DEAD!

In the CBR piece, a couple of Olney’s actual victims, Wil Radcliffe and Val Staples, came forward to express sympathy for Olney’s family, and that’s admirable of them. But I’m getting a bit fed-up with all these moralizers who think that I and everyone else needs to take the so-called HIGH ROAD. Whatever. In the comicsbeat piece RIP Rick Olney, the administrator posted I’m going to ask that people keep their thoughts here respectful out of regard for his family. I am sure they are not going through an easy time of it. There are many places to talk about Rick’s misdeeds, but I don’t want this to be the place to vent these thoughts. Fine, she doesn’t want venting there, but on Millarworld the response to a link of this blog was That was classless. Don’t do that again

Gotta love it when MARK MILLAR fans get on their High Horse. I’ll remember that the next time they’re defending the latest rape and murder scenes in a Mark Millar comic.

But I thought I’d address some complaints. I’m sorry, but I just don’t feel that death should wipe someone’s slate clean, so to speak. If you’re a rotten person while you’re alive, then that’s how you deserve to be remembered after you die. And all of these “let’s be respectful of the family” posts send the wrong message in my opinion. Especially in a case like Rick Olney. As one of the posters in one of those threads said, Olney was a special kind of asshole… someone who got devastating cancer news, and decided to UP his douchery going forward. No self-reflective reconcilation for that guy, no sirree, no way joe bob.

To which I say A-FUCKING-MEN!

And if any of his family or loved ones are now paying attention to what’s being said about Olney on the internet, I’d say to them, where have you been the past six years?!? His misdeeds have been wildly covered, you should have tried to get him to change if you didn’t like what you were seeing. If Olney had shown even ONE instances of genuine remorse, I might not feel the need to jump on him now. But that was his choice. And if his loved ones, and any of you other bystanders who are just following the story, feel bad reading my joy at his death, I’ll give you something else to read. Here are just a small fraction of some of the things other people who dealt with Rick Olney said about how he treated them. I posted more than enough links in my last blog, but here are a few small cases, for those who didn’t want to read through all that, just some of Olney’s “greatest hits”, so to speak. All of these posts have been taking from various message board threads, mostly the Gail Simone forums on CBR and the Bendis Board, and Bleeding cool (all typos and grammar mistakes are as originally posted):

Cesar Feliciano

Hello,

My name is Cesar Feliciano and I am part of that dubious list of Rick Olney’s work for hire artist. I have been waiting for almost two years to recieive my fist penny from Mr. olney and I thank God that I did not hold my breath for that (I’d be one dead artist by this time). I have been wieghing my options and am thankful that there is comraderie and commonality that we all share. I look forward to posting more info and friendly post as I get to know more and more people on this site. While working with Rick Olney and his now defunct TightLip Entertainment comics company, I was responsible for the pencils on Monster Squad and did many pin-ups and character designs for Mr. Olney. I to like many here was made many promises and assurances that were never met or followed through with. This has left me with a bad taste in my mouth and a certain level of displeasure with this man. Throughout my whole experience with Mr. Olney I was told how important and vital I was to the project that I was working on and how there were many great plans that included me. I bought into many of these stories only to be left with nothing but empty and vain words. I gave up much while I was working with Mr. Olney and really felt that this would be my opportunity to finally see my dream of making it in the comics business come to fruition. I lost my job during the time that I was working with Rick Olney and TightLip Entertainment.

To give you an example of what this man does and is about let me share this story with you. When I lost my job I was down to a few dollars in my bank account. I told Mr. olney about my situation and he told me that he would like to help me out. I wanted to thank him because I have 5 kids and I needed to buy them some groceries so that they could eat. He proposed that I do a couple of pin-ups for him and told me that he would pay me a cetain amount for them. I was thankful for this opportunity and told him that I would get right on it. I proceeded to get 2 fully penciled and inked done, foregoing sleep to get these to him so that I could get the money for my families needs. Needless to say I did the work and was assured that payment was sent out. Three days go by and still no check. I called him and he told me that his bookeeper never wrote the check but that he would get it taken care of post haste. Another three days goes by and when I asked him about the money he told me that he had to get rid of the bookeeper and hire a new one, keep in mind that I still had no work and no income and our food was running out quickly. He told me that the check was sent out. four days go by and still no check. I called him again and he told me he apologized and said he would write the check from his own checking account, I was very wary at this time but told myself that I did what he asked and he would pay me. Big, big, and wrong assumption. After a week I called him back and he told me that had not yet mailed that check. I reminded him that HE had offered to help me and my family out. HE was the one that requested these images from me. also that HE was the one was had not kept the agreement. He said that he was sorry and that HE would make it up to me. There is a little more to this story but you get the point. This is NOT a nice man. He has shown that he is cold hearted and uncaring and not someone that can be trusted. I thank God that my family pitched in and helped out with my need.

Here are the images prepared for Mr. Olney:

Needless to say I am not pleased with Mr. Olney or his practices and I know that people like him get what they deserve in the end. This man is nothing but a wrecker of dreams and a scourge to the honest hard working people involved in this industry who do things above board and desire to make comics because they LOVE it. My name is Cesar Feliciano and this is one of my stories

Mike Bullock

I was led to believe my artists and I would be paid in August. September 1st came & went with no payment and we sat by and waited patiently. When October 1st hit, with still no signs of payment, I began asking about it. I was told we’d be paid a week or so later. A week or so later came & went and I sent off another email that got no response. A few days after that I fired off another one that was met with “we’ll have your payment schedule set next week.” Regardless of the fact that the payment schedule had already been set and was now blown, I sat idly by and figured I’d give him the benefit of the doubt. The other publishers I’ve been working with were paying on time, so I wasn’t in much of a financial tough spot. This is hard business for both creators and publishers, so I figured I’d extend to him the courtesy of a little more time to settle his debt. “Next week” came & went with no payment, aforementioned payment schedule or even a courtesy email stating that we hadn’t been forgotten. When I sent in the next inquiry, it was met with an auto response stating Rick was going on a “much deserved vacation” and would be back in about a month. At this point, my consideration for Rick began to ebb and my concern for my artists began to rise.

I then sent an email to Ronee, who was kind enough to tell me she’d forward my concerns to Rick. At this point, I believe Rich picked up the story in LITG. I emailed the link to Rick asking what was going on and was met with a rather hostile email threatening me with litigation for discussing his trade secrets with Rich Johnston. I assured him I’d not spoken with Rich about this (and Rich can verify that), and wasn’t really concerned with all the jibber-jabber, but only in being paid for services rendered. A few more days went by with no answer and I fired off another email. This time, I was told no one was going to be paid until Rick’s “attorney” figured out who had violated their NDA and spoken with Rich. I again assured him it wasn’t me, nor did I care about all that and pointed out that someone else violating an NDA had no bearing on me or my artists. I supplied him with the contact information for the Runemaster Studios’ attorney and told him if he felt the need to have his attorney get involved, to feel free to contact Andy (our attorney). That was the last I heard from Rick, until his nervous breakdowns in this (and other) threads.

At this stage, I feel I’ve been more patient, understanding, sympathetic and considerate in the face of outright insulting, accusatory, disrespectful, deceitful behavior than should be expected.
So, while I also am numbered among those who wish no ill-will on Mr. Olney, I won’t let this go until we see our money and if nothing else, I will do my part to make sure no other hard working comic professional EVER gets involved with him on any level from this day forward.There are so many hard working, struggling comic creators out there who have a huge uphill battle on their hands when everything goes right. The last thing this industry needs is some one like this making things even harder for honest folks.

Ronée Garcia

I honestly thought that Rick was just misunderstood and a little easily distracted but with the best of intentions, and i said that to the few very good friends that tried to warn me (sorry Gail) but honestly, he seemed harmless if not a little over zealous at the time. he plays the sympathy card well, as the deaths in his family evoked my motherly instinct to help fix things and protect him as much as possible. But soon it became clear that he was manipulative and controlling and had no intention of paying even his closest “friends” who were still standing by him. I don’t just cut bait on people, I stick around… try to help. I want to fix the world pretty much. After weeks of fielding emails from unhappy creators, being told it was essentially Chuck’s fault I was not being paid, then watching him act the fool on message boards no matter how many times i told him not to even go back…

But the kicker… the thing that did it for me was when I had to call him up literally crying from my moms house in Florida, begging him to pay me something… ANYTHING, I had just found out about my husbands indiscretion and he was moving out, I had to have something to help with the kids and such in the painful transistion ahead and he assured me he was sending two checks.. one 2nd day air to my mothers house, one to my house. 4 days later I left Florida with no check, and my mother pretty much knowing my “boss” was an asshole. For days I called asking if they got mail for me to no avail, all this time Rick swearing it was there and even offered me the tracking number. But when I asked for that number he seemed to have lost it somewhere in his office. Niether check came, and of course it was not his fault. Damn post office… then it was his courier, or some young boy he had helping him at his haunted attraction in october.

I was selfish for asking for what I was rightfully owed if you asked Rick at the time, after all, HIS life was hard.

Danny Donovan

I can vouch for this type of thing happening and I completely believe every word Ronee said, because I got the same treatment when I was looking for my owed money (after a year of false promises) to help pay my dying father’s medical bills, and being called a bully (and other choice things I won’t say in front of mixed company) for dare thinking I had any claim on “tragedy” —

I remember trying originally to get money after my mother had a minor stroke/heart problem again, promises which became threats later. So basically I can vouch for the fact that there’s a pattern to Ronee’s story.

Matthew Petz

WOW

So I had to throw my hat into this mess…stew….sludge…whatever we want to call it. I too have been/am being burned by Ric. I waited and hoped but its been about 4 months ( maybe more ) …and at this point I realize I’m being screwed….

I was asked to flat 6 pages for a whopping grand total of 90 dollars. Let me repeat that…..90 bucks. The colorist made sure Ric was cool with it, and he was ( I have the e-mails ) …and I have the e-mail where Ric guarantees me payment. No contracts, no NDA’s nothing…So…..I flatted, invoiced Ric on 08.09.06, and waited….

And waited….

And waited….

And waited….

And waited….

THEN contact after months of nothing…..He FINALLY responds…. I have the e-mail from November 12th that says nobodies gonna’ screw me out of money and that I’ll be paid my measily 90 bucks before December. And now…..its gonna be a whole new year…..and STILL….this guy cant/wont pay me ….my 90 bucks. Its not even enough to buy an absolute edition….lol.

I havent said anything online because I was hoping I might get paid….but ….that sure dosent seem to be happening. I have no idea why this guy is being like this…but that I could vent here is AWESOME. I felt the need to share, just so people understand that this guy isnt just screwing people out of serious money, money that will pay rent and bills….but hes also screwing someone like me out of 90 bucks….lol…So petty, and so sad.

Rich Stahnke
As I said before it was a small amount of money, but here’s my story….

In 2001 ( I can’t narrow it down anymore than that) Rick frequented the “Launchpad” section of the message boards at http://www.figma.com. He’d been around for a few months and was tolerated and hadn’t really had a big flame up with anyone. I knew nothing of him other than his posts there. He contacted me by email stating that he wanted to buy a couple of pin-ups I had listed for sale on my personal web site. The two pics together might have cost about $40. He said he also wanted to commision a picture from me as a gift for a friend. He told me he wanted something specific involving a female superhero in the nude. I didn’t then and still don’t normally do those type pics (and didn’t really want to do it), so I quoted him a price of $100, which I figured he’d balk at. With me being a complete unknown at the time (now I’m a semi-unknown) I thought he’d never agree to it. Well, he did, so I went ahead and did the work since he agreed to the price I quoted him. I don’t recall any NDA’s being involved. I completed the pic and sent him a low rez scan for approval and he said it was fine and he’d send payment. Altogether for the three it might have been $130 to $150. I don’t recall exactly. I went out and bought the packaging and packed it all up and waited for the check. After a couple of months, Rick told me that he had the check and would get it right out. A couple more months go by and he then gives me the old “the check is in the mail” excuse. It was a blatant lie. The check never arrived.

After more months go by, I get the excuses about how he changed email addresses and didn’t get my mailings and either he or his son had been sick, so I should be forgiving and understanding etc. Rick, made a return to the figma.com forum and did clearly state that he had been untruthful and should have paid myself (and a couple others money for stuff he asked for from them, but that’s their story to tell) and he did offer to make good. At that point, I’d been out right lied to and jerked around, so I refused to provide him my mailing address. I told him I did not want his money anymore. Trying to make amends well after a year past the point that the work had been completed was unacceptable. In his eyes, this made me the asshole I’m sure. I’ll live with that.

Glenn Barbis Jr.

Well, I’ve been directed here by friends, and tho’ I never “lost” any money to Rick, I can show a pattern of what he does to people. Now I really should have known better than to deal with him, since I had been privy to his various meltdowns on Comicon, and even after meeting him in person, I was a little leery, but I like to believe in the good in everyone, and I was doing this for a charitable organization, and not Rick himself. A few years ago, Rick wanted to buy some comics off of me for ORCA. I gathered a long box of various titles/publishers, and gave him a price of $100 and the shipping costs. He contacted me thru one of his many emails with a mailing address, and I shipped it off. And I waited.

(Now one thing I was smart about, since knowing of his online reputation, I sent the box C.O.D. with a confirmation, meaning he had to sign for it.)

I sent the box C.O.D. to the address he gave me via email. After two weeks, I was told by Rick the box never arrived. I contacted the Post Office and they said they tried to deliver it, but nobody would answer the door, the second time nobody had any money, the third time they were told to hold it for a later pick-up, which I then okayed. After contacting Rick, I was told they never tried tried to deliver as far as he knew, and maybe they were at the wrong house. Or maybe a neighbor dealt with the postman when he wasn’t home. Over a month had gone by, then Rick said I sent it to the wrong address, and it was in a Post Office a few towns over, that he couldn’t get to regularly, but he still wanted the box. I sent him the email with the address he gave me, and I never heard back from him on that. After another month went by, I then could not get Rick to return my emails. So now it’s over 3 months, and I finally contact Rick and tell him he has one week to get to the Post Office and pick it up, or they have been instructed to send it back to me. Rick tells me he will get it the next day. I had told the Post Office to contact me when it was picked up, or when they were sending it back, and 4 days later, no word from them yet. I call Rick and again he tells me about sending it to the wrong address, and that it’s a major inconvenience for him to get there, but he will definately get it in the next 2 days. I call the Post Office to have it returned in 3 days from now. Rick emails me again about the wrong address, blames me, and says that they never tried to contact him or deliver it. 3 days later, the Post Office calls me and tells me they are sending the box box, that nobody came for it

When I get the box back, it is stamped with 7 or 8 delivery notices with the dates, a few of which were refused for lack of payment. They also sent me copies of the dated notices that were left on his door for him to pick up the box. When Rick finally got back to me a few weeks later, he said he was mad because he drove all the way in to get it but they sent it back. He also says he went the next day, which by the postmarks, proved he was lying. Rick was also sticking by his story that they never tried to deliver it, and that it was all major mix up at that Post Office, and how they were all inept there. I told him what all they sent me, and that I felt they went above and beyond what was expected in trying to deliver that package. And after that, my friendship with Rick dissolved even further, until he resorted to threats against me and my family.

CHACE THIBODEAUX

Those are just few testimonies of people Rick Olney cheated, or tried to cheat. Barbis was smart to send his comics COD. And there’s no doubt, based on everything else I’ve seen of Olney in the past 6 years, that if Stahnke had taken Olney up on his apology, he would have still never gotten paid, so at least those two got out unscathed. Now I know there are two sides to every story, but when there are this many people all telling similar stories about ONE person, how logical is it to believe that ALL the accusers are lying? One of Olney’s very few defenders was a man named Albert Restaino aka Ares_0926 (who would later be appointed to help promote Olney’s fake business on Twitter as ORCAFRESH, defending him on About Heroes: I have questioned Rick personally, via Email, over the years about his multiple issues with “bad press”. He has always had a reasonable, rational explanation as to what actually transpired.

Yes, he always has an answer for each accusation. Usually that the other person is lying, or that it was someone else’s fault for things that went wrong. It may sound “reasonable”, but only if you listen to them one at a time. But when you take all his explanations as a whole, they just don’t add up. You have to assume that dozens of people have chosen to malign poor innocent Rick Olney for no damn reason. How does that make sense? Bottom line, the man was scum. His father died in 2007 and that didn’t stop him from lying and cheating and stealing. He got diagnosed with cancer in 2008 and that still didn’t stop him from lying and cheating and stealing. At the time of this death he was still spitefully holding on to Matt Busch’s inventory of Indiana Jones Maps. Just for THAT alone, his death deserves to be mocked. If his family or loved onse are reading this, or anyone knows how to get in touch with them, tell them if they want to redeem Rick Olney’s memory, they can start by returning those maps to their rightful owner so they could be sold to charity to benefit disable veterans, like they were supposed to be done over a year ago. Do that, I’ll be happy to write another blog post, stating that fact.

Now I think I’m done beating this dead horse (pun intended).

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  1. Re: Cesar Feliciano, let’s also not forget that later on, Olney emailed him warning him not to sue him, or else Olney would counter-sue him for “breaking his NDA”, and this is while Cesar’s young daughter was dying, and OLNEY KNEW IT. What kind of sick bastard would do some shit like that?

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  2. I thought it was funny in that thread on About Heroes where that ares man who tries to come to Rick Olney’s defense says “He has far more supporters in the comics industry (despite the accusations) than most of you still realize.” Well, if that were true, where are all those supporters now that Olney has died? Normally, when an industry pro dies, it’s covered on all the websites and hundreds of pros and fans line up to post good things about him. Yet, Rick Olney dies, and most sites ignore it, and those that do report it make a point to say as little as possible and just offer condolences to his family. Where’s all the love? For a man who, as Rick Olney claimed, was so influential, getting thousands of comics to kids, inspiring FCBD, and Crossgen, and getting George Lucas to name a character after him, it’s strange that no one is praising him, isn’t it?

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    • And that gives me the opportunity to share some of Rick Olney’s bold claims about his influence.

      RICK OLNEY:

      “”It is a little known fact that I was able to get Todd McFarlane to acknowledge the existence of (ORCA) Organized Readers of Comics Associated by informing him of a situation I had with the mother of a younger member of our group. I had been contacted by this irrate woman over the fact that her 10 year old son had gotten a selection of free comics from us, within that bunch, a copy of SPAWN. In fact, the youngster requested it! She was upset with the general ‘look’ of the book. Upon further discussion, she told me she had not bothered to read the issue in question.

      Since we were talking over the telephone, I placed her on hold long enough to look into what exactly her son had shared with me regarding his reading habits and requests. I then, upon taking her off hold, asked her to READ the issue in question. I also alerted her to the fact that her efforts in buying “Little Jimmy” some of the SPAWN toys had perked his interest in the actual comic book. Did it end there? No. She called me back several days later, apologizing, and sharing with me that she was wrong, having had enjoyed the story. I didn’t ‘convert’ her … I merely helped her to discover reason.

      Upon hearing this, Todd was nice enough to honor our group by creating a hitman character named “ORCA” in issue #46 (or was that #47? The memory is the first to leave you) Anyway – Just thought I’d share that with you all. Personally – As far as I’m concerned … Todd can keep making toys forever!”

      RICK OLNEY

      “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.

      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. 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!”

      RICK OLNEY

      “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”

      RICK OLNEY

      “Without jumping up at this late date and tootin’ my own horn… my group has been working on this with CrossGen being our primary work partner since back in 2000. As the following article will indicate.

      [dead link]

      And, I’ve personally worked on this idea since the earliest days of ORCA dating back to 1993. For me, it wasn’t about making money off the idea. It was about getting the comic book better accepted and introduced into classrooms across America. Getting kids reading, and reading more has always been a primary objective of mine.I worked with two teachers prior to meeting Bob Stronach of http://www.orcafresh.net and his wife, Mary. Bob actually brought his two younger sons to a local ORCA meeeting held at the Dunham Public Library in Whitesboro, New York and, after returning for 5 or 6 months in a row with his sons, approached Dennis Kinnger and myself about how he could help us. It was after that coupling that ORCA took more of an active interest in trying to foster good working relationships. My initial contacts with CrossGen piqued their interest and we partnered with them on using Crux #1 as a test study. I’m also aware that in mid-late 2003, MoCCA got their concept of Comics in the Classroom launched with Marvel’s book donational support.

      Frankly, I get critisized for being me. Sometimes I can’t help it. I also get critosized about involving myself in the various message threads I respond to. Again, I can’t help it. This will be the second effort I’ve launched with the arm of the publisher behind me; the first was Marvel’s $1 dollar line of comic books. Remember those? Great idea! Just to bad that Marvel marketing arm wasn’t supported by a better understanding of the Retailer mindset at that point in time. It could’ve brought thousands back into the hobby and consumership if they had given a thought to display disadvantages leading to retailer withdrawl.

      Anyway, this Bridges program is a fantastic idea! My undying thanks to Beth Widera, Tony, Mark and Ian for building a bridge when my cobblesmiths walked away. I feel like a proud step-daddy, as this last thread link with support.

      [dead link]”

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      • There were other claims, such as him saying that Ed Brubaker named a villain called Orca The Human Killer Whale, that was used when Brubaker was writing Batman years ago, after Olney and his ORCA group, but I couldn’t find his quotes on this. But think about all of that that I just posted. For a guy whose group was SO big, that it topped out at 1800 paying members, and shipped free comics to all sort of schools, libraries, and hospitals, and he worked with Crossgen and created reading programs for comics, and and had characters named after him by George Lucas and Todd McFarlane, the silence about his accomplishments after death is DEAFENING. If all that were true, wouldn’t you expect to see people from Marvel comics, LucasFilm, McFarlane’s company and these other people coming forward to pay their respects to the great Rick Olney?

        Or maybe Rick Olney was just full of shit?

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  3. Just a minor typo. My name is misspelled. Danny Donovan.
    That said, as someone who suffered, and whose family suffered due to Rick’s bullshit I have no sympathy for the devil, nor his family who ever offered me their sympathy for what their husband/father/etc put me through.

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  4. Now that Olney is dead, his debts would transfer to his wife. It’s possible that he made have had life insurance, perhaps from his time as a Marine, and that could be garnished to settle the debts with those who have judgements against him. Especially someone like Scott Reed, who is also due interest from his debt. I’d say the family has had enough time to mourne, now nail them!

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  5. Some woman popped up in the cbr thread about Olney’s death, trying to defend him, I posted this link, and she came back with “Do you believe everything you read?” I’m not going to bother responding again, it’s not worth it.

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    • Yeah, I saw that. I agree, don’t bother. As we saw while Olney was alive, there were many people who refused to accept the truth. They’ll ignore all the evidence. As long as Olney was nice to THEM, then that’s all they cared about. Thankfully, he’s dead now. And I heard that his broke-ass family couldn’t even afford a burial and had to cremate him.

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