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1) Most people are stupid.
2) Most people who aren't stupid often behave as if they were stupid.
3) Many people who are not stupid nonetheless believe a lot of astonishingly stupid things.
“really? isnt the bible millions of years old?” – curefreak
“Yep. It was originally written by a stegosaurus and a fern.” – Dan Apodaca
And, I open my email and have yet ANOTHER person stiffed by Rick.
I no longer believe Rick ever had any intention of paying anyone. The pattern is simply too established, too deeply, going back years.
I've gotten a ton of emails from people who have not yet come forward, either because they fear Rick's NDA's, or because they still have some dim hope that he'll pay some portion of what he owes.
You signed the NDA's. You still got stiffed. The NDA excuse is all just Olney bullshit. He did not pay you, HE was the one who broke the agreement.
I believe it's time for you all to come forward. Keeping quiet about Olney's abusive, dishonest practices only allows the possibility that he could do it again, however remote.
I feel for you. I kept quiet for a long time because I felt strongly that dealing with that "man" simply wasn't worth it.
But a lot of people may be suing Rick soon, or taking other legal actions, and it can only help to have the full extent of his dishonesty known. At some point, I feel the creative community owes it to the rest of the group to come forward with their stories for those reasons.
While I appreciate the kind words, don't you think it's time to chime in? No one's asking you to say anything but the truth in your own words, however you see it.
I am completely appalled that, as many people as have shown up here saying they've been cheated, there are so many more who have yet to come forward. You know who you are. I hope you'll consider it.
Well, this thread has CERTAINLY been intriguing. I remember quite well all the "The world's out to get me" discussions I had with Rick.
My name is Martin Oakley, and I commented twice to Rich Johnston on this entire debacle.
I've taken a hiatus from comics due to this crap, and also due to the "one quart shy of a crank case" comment that Rick threw at me. I'm sick of seeing this stuff happening, and sick of being screwed over.
A few comments to different posters:
DOCABSURD: E-mail me if you want, I'd enjoy talking with you again Tim. I forget who else contacted me when I left Rick's employ, but I remember you were one of them.
MARK WAID: You are most certainly a knight in shining armor to many of the creators screwed over. I am only owed $300, and taking from that the $100 I actually (yes I admit) owe Olney, I'm more than happy to declare everything even. It's not worth a small claims court battle for $200 + court costs. I've said my piece.
GAIL AND RONEE: Thank you both for being so stand up about this situation.
IAN: E-mail me man, it's been too long.
It never ceases to amaze me how many people are able to do things like this in the comic book industry. Hell, I was nearly one of them but got out before I racked up too many bills. I owe one person money from my failed publishing venture, and he and I have made payment arrangements. Joe, if you're reading, you'll get the money on the 13th of January (this month).
I'm not sure why I decided to post, I said most of what I had to say in the LiTG column a few weeks back. I'm just glad that this is getting attention, so that more people will NOT become screwed by Olney.
Take care all, I'll respond if I can.
--Martin R. Oakley
You have to seek them out to find them and so if you want to capture the casual reader market, it does become an issue of awareness.
However, an awareness campaign isn't what you need to do in order to bring back impulse buys.
What you need is a cheap product placed directly under the nose of a casual reader that screams, "Buy me!"
Just a thought, deffinitely wouldn't blame you at all if you said you were just tired of the whole thing.