As some of you know 3 years ago now I wrote the script for the graphic novel THE SOCIETY FOR THE REMARKABLE SUICIDE. I've been through a numerous amount of trouble getting the book ready for print, with a number of artists coming on and then leaving the project, health reasons, and other stuff going on.
On June 18th the book will be released, further problems have arisen in the fact that the only comic shop in Dublin that will stock it, out of the three there are, is Dublin City Comics and Collectables, on Bolton St..
Now facebook have decided to throw a spanner in the works... they have shut down the page www.facebook.com/remarkablesuicide for the reasons below. Before reading below let me first tell you that the book is about finding a reason to live, sticking around this glorious planet, and enjoying every second of this one ride we have in life.
Here is facebooks reason for removing the page, this is copied straight from the email sent to me.
This is all based on the title of the book, not the content, which they haven't bothered to find out about, but the title. The title of the book was picked to let people know exactly what they were going to be purchasing and reading. I know that this is a subject matter that if handled poorly could easily offend people, but that isn't my intent at all I'm trying to get people to talk about this. A conversation is the best way that people can stop someone they love or someone they do not know from leaving this planet by their own hands. What do you think of Romeo and Juliet? That has teen suicide in it, but do you ever think about the suicide or does the romance win out in the conversation.
In our book our Romeo is called Trevor, and our Juliet is called Catherine. They join a group that helps people kill themselves in ways that are so over the top they are remembered. But Trevor and Catherine fall in love, still sounds familiar doesn't it... however, unlike Romeo and Juliet, Trevor and Catherine decide that living for each other is worth turning their backs on the Society, even though this causes the Society to come after them to make sure they die either way.
On facebook Romeo and Juliet has a page that has over 100,000 fans... my page for my graphic novel that is out on 18th of June 2011 had 40, that's right... just 40.... say it with me and say it aloud.... 40....
Romeo and Juliet, masterful storytelling with a pretty downer of an ending 100,000 fans and still allowed to carry on having a page.... The Society for the Remarkable Sucide, a tale of hope and light, redemption and love... removed with 40 fans....
I feel pretty beaten by the whole experience right now, I'm fighting this battle for this book that I believe in, and I won't give up. If you want to know more you can still find me here on facebook, fighting, or on www.twitter.com/stephencoffey or www.myspace.com/chrestfelt both sites have never once complained about my content and it's all shared equally between them. Or if you would like to preorder a copy of the book email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I promise this isn't the last you've heard about the book... stay tuned and believe in free speech and non censorship of books and graphic novels...
Peace and love