Anyone that has visited this site for any length of time can see the real issue here - To tear off a little piece of Rick Olney, walking away with an over inflated ego for yourself. Good for you!
Rick, I have never tried to tear you off a strip on a message-board, and in fact as you know, Sequential Tart has supported ORCA with a features aricle and favourable reviews of FRESH magazine in the past. If ORCA puts comics into the hands of just one underprivileged child, then in my view it's done something worthwhile. Therefore, I hope that you will take my following comments in the spirit which they are intended, read them carefully, and not try to sideline this into some kind of attack on the aims of your organisation.
I'm not explaining anything, nor am I going to continue this conversation past this point. View my response as you will ... for none of you seem the type to involve yourselves in any such effort regarding ORCA's efforts to assist the Salvation Army as indicated above.
Personally, I view your response as highly cavalier and not in ORCA's best interests, given that soliciting membership fees and donations on the basis of being a registered Non-Profit orgainisation is possibly both fraudulent and actionable by the IRS if found to be untrue.
I would suggest to you that if the IRS website is incorrect, or if ORCA is in fact operating as an accredited affiliate of the Salvation Army, then your best course would be to state this clearly and unequivocally as a reassurance to people on this public forum, before rumours to the contrary start circulating. It might also benefit you to provide them with an address at the IRS or the SA where they can verify this themselves.
And I say that in all seriousness - this is not a joking issue, Rick, nor an issue that will just go away and be forgotten or be easily sidelined into "everyone is attacking ORCA!" as I am sure you are aware. It's serious, and you need to address it either here or on your website.
Simply put - You're vile little people with nothing save the support of your own words to warm you. Try joining ORCA, or making a donation to see how we handle such efforts.
Rick, people are perfectly entitled to enquire about the tax status of a charitable organisation prior to either joining it, or donating to it. It does not make them 'vile' - merely 'normal'. That is why the government provides the information and why most charities are very keen to provide this information voluntarily and in full. Certainly in the UK charities encourage the public to check before becoming involved in such organisations.
And even more especially when they are *paying* to join the organisation.
It's part of your (collective) job at ORCA as a public organisation to answer questions like this, I'm afraid. I answer questions about Sequential Tart's status/whether we pay writers/have financial backers etc. from writers, readers or journalists - and of course as EIC it is my responsibility to provide a full, clear reply to the best of my ability.
Or, put all your effort into being the MAIN reason MORE people, not accustomed to reading comic books, stay away from this hobby!
Speaking personally, if you intend to try and sideline me into feeling bad about myself and my contributions towards supporting the comics industry with this remark, you're barking up the wrong tree. I have plenty of confidence in what I do and achieve in terms of promoting the medium of comics both within and without the current market, cheers.
Does ANYONE here have anything but ANIMOSITY in their heart!?
Rick, as I said up top - the aims of ORCA seem to me to be perfectly sound, and I'm pretty sure that on the face of it, many people here would be happy to support it - what's *not* to support, for heavens sake???
However, I know people have said this before, but I think it bears repeating - you must bear in mind that when posting here and calling people 'vile' or abusing them, or refusing to supply them with information about your organisation, your posts reflect badly on ORCA.
You may bluster and tell people that what you say is personal, and not related to ORCA but you know what? You're wrong. Welcome to the real world.
You're (rightly) proud to take responsibility for being the founder of ORCA, and remind readers of that all the time in your posts or in your sig. However, you seem to be unable to accept the responsibility that goes along with that and realise that whenever you sign your sig to a post or mention your involvement with ORCA within it, you are acting as an ambassador of the organisation and in many cases are the first contact that anyone has with it.
I'm surprised at this non-acceptance on your part, because you were in the military, where as you know, soldiers are advised all the time that when in uniform in public they should remember that they are representatives of the armed forces and should behave accordingly when dealing with civilans.
The way you behave when in 'uniform' (ie. using ORCA's name in your sig or advertising it along with your involvement in the body post) *is* important, just as my use of the ST link in my sig means that my behaviour on message boards can colour the way that people view the 'zine.
This is especially true when you are the *founder* of the organisation and thus could be interpreted as being 'the boss', and when your comments are regarding something as fundamental as the charitable status of the organisation.
I don't think that anyone here has been attacking you, as it happens. I'm certainly not - I am trying to offer my view on things in light of the previous confusion of ORCA's status upthread, and what I view as the dangers of you failing to address that.
(Editor In Chief, Sequential Tart Webzine - http://www.sequentialtart.com