We picked this one up from Johanna this morning, and it’s a little more kicking someone when they’re down, but…hey whoever said we were nice? It seems Rick Olney’s Mighty Mini-Con, slated to be held this weekend, has been canceled.
2006 Mighty Minicon Falls on Own Sword
For very obvious reasons, I don’t expect many people to accept this explanation; Truth is tough to own up to sometimes for us all.
I’ve been searching for the words to describe what my life has been like since late July when my mom died. Can’t find them.
Those of you that have been here for a while probably know what kind of summer I’ve had. Prior to July 27th, I wasthisclose to completing my negotiations to have a site for the MMC. Then my mom died and I was knocked off my center of reason. I took a couple weeks off, actually, as after experiencing the loss of a parent we then lost our 26 year old niece on August 8th unexpectedly. So tack on another week of being torn on what to do.
Well, you gotta feel for someone who has suffered a death in the family. But not having a venue for a con one week out might be construed as…well, poor planning, let’s say. Throw in the fact that Olney has a history of postponing and canceling his shows at the last minute and you might not want to plan your social calendar around Mighty Mini-Con doings. Certainly, we hope that headlining guest Chris Cross had other plans.
Normally we wouldn’t make such a fuss about a small-time con being cancelled after a family tragedy. It’s just that Olney has a history of being a real internet loudmouth. In fact, he recently hired Ronee Garcia Bourgeois to be a spokesman for his Tightlip Entertainment, and she moved her “What a Girl Wants” column over there.
UPDATE: Her latest column was called “Small shows screwing the fans?” and we would have been quite interested to read it except that you apparently have to register for the Mighty Mini-Con forum to read it, and we just don’t have time.and you can read it at the home page.
Truly the thing that has me puzzled is the fact that little conventions either get ignored, or lose out due to fighting with each other. I just don’t get that. This is not a new revelation to me or anything… I have seen it for years now. The big shows win out and the little shows fight tooth and nail to survive year by year.
It’s ridiculous stuff too… rumors and gossip and going behind each others backs to “set the record straight” or other such nonsensical crap thinking in the end they will ruin the other and reign supreme over that geographical area when all they are really doing is forgetting the fans.
All of this does make Bourgeois’s past column at Pop Syndicate about how no one ran her press release about her joining Tightlip just a little more ironic.