A reader comment here on The Beat has led us to resurrect the trail of Rick Olney, convention promoter extraordinaire. How extraordinaire? Well, he just seems to keep cancelling convention after convention after convention. He’s also led to an epic 30,000+ post thread at Gail Simone’s CBR forum which includes all sorts of reports of Olney ripping people off, amidst legal threats and very very funny rantings by Olney.
Well, now it seems that the Mighty Mini-Con that he SWEARS will be held June 23-24 is being held in a secret location. The website has been taken down, and only Olney’s MySpace page remains with this chilling and cryptic message:
“JUNE MMC UPDATE: CAMPING AREA STILL AVAILABLE FOR THOSE ASKING EARLIER VERSUS HOTEL. CONTACT ME!
Wow. Camping for the con. The images this idea conjures are somewhere between Deliverance and Hostel, with a little bit of Apocalypse Now thrown in for good measure.
While we didn’t read the whole CBR thread, an Elite Beat Operative summarized it for us. It seem Olney originally offered tickets for the Mini-Con through the mail, even though he had never announced a venue. The guests were an artist named Jason Dube and a Hot Wheels collector. Despite the rather petite guest list, Olney later said advance tickets had “sold out.” Apparently there were mucho shennanigans at the MMC message board (now since sadly removed) including pictures of toilets full of shit aimed at Gail Simone.
Then he announced that the show was no longer open to the general public. So now, it’s in a secret location, no one’s invited, and no one knows where it is, except the people who are going to creep out into the woods to camp at Mighty Mini-Con, PENNSIC-stylee.
Folks, YOU CAN’T MAKE THIS SHIT UP!
For more info, check out the UNSCREWED website.