R.I.P. Justin Carmical
By: Olen Bjorgo
It was back in college, my freshman year in fact, where I introduced my roommate and his girlfriend to a site called thatguywiththeglasses.com. From there, we watched Nostalgia Critic, Angry Joe, Linkara, and others who are or were affiliated with Channel Awesome. Among one of those was JewWario, a reviewer who was most known for a series that specialized in Japanese import games called “You Can Play This.” It was thanks to these folks that inspired three nerds who lived in the same building in 2008 to make our own site years later. What makes this all the more painful is that Justin Carmical, JewWario, has passed away from committing suicide on Thursday, January 23, 2014.
I will say that I never knew him personally, and I am sad that I will never have the honor of meeting him like so many others have. From the stories I’ve heard from others, he was an incredibly kind man who always hugged people like they were old friends and always made people happy just from his interactions. From those who knew him or met him, I have never heard a bad thing said about him; he loved trying candies and drinks from other countries, he was always full of energy, and he had the sort of personality who made people smile.
Why am I writing this if I never knew him? Because he was one of those guys who helped inspired us here at Last Level Press, perhaps me more than my peers. Even though many of the folks of Channel Awesome started in their 20s, JewWario was a solid decade older than the rest. He showed me that you’re not relegated to a certain age to show people something you love: we are not limited by our age to love things or start new things. He loved and enjoyed what he did, and so many people found such great joy in his work, myself included.
I know this isn’t very long, but in all honesty I don’t feel it would be all that appropriate to speak of him as a friend. I suppose the best I can do to end this off on is this: if you find yourself struggling with suicidal thoughts or depression, you are not alone. You are not selfish. You are not taking the easy way out. There are people you can turn to for help. Please, never forget this.
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