Monday, March 21, 2011

A facebook page too far?


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 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.

Your Page "The Society for the Remarkable Suicide" has been removed for violating our Terms of Use. A Facebook Page is a distinct presence used solely for business or promotional purposes. Among other things, Pages that are hateful, threatening, or obscene are not allowed. We also take down Pages that attack an individual or group, or that are set up by an unauthorized individual. If your Page was removed for any of the above reasons, it will not be reinstated. Continued misuse of Facebook's features could result in the permanent loss of your account.

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 or 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

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


  1. All it takes is one ignorant person to complain vehemently enough for them to pull a page or account. They do not care about individuals. It's sad but true.

  2. Rename the book the Happy Little Elf and make it about disembowling and you'll be fine.

  3. Dr. Bruce, ain't it the truth?

    I assume this is related to their recent partnership with a bunch of depression and suicide support groups in the US--just an overzealous and misguided attempt to be on message. Still, shameful. Stephen, if you get me a copy or let me know when it hits, I'll be sure to review your book at Comic Related and Newsarama.

  4. Thanks guys...

    I'm self publishing this book, the title remains the same, FB are blocking more contact with me as this day draws to a close...

    The book hits 18th June....


  5. Preorder now by sending an email to and place Society in the subject line...


  6. How about creating a group/page with a name that's not going to be offensive? Something that has to do with the book, but one that isn't going to set off any flags. I know you shouldn't have to, but the bottom line is, if you're self-publishing, you need every outlet to promote and Facebook is a rather useful tool for that.

    Don't feel defeated - it's nothing personal. It's probably an automated thing, once some mamby-pamby bleeding heart saw suicide, they flagged it, and that was that.

  7. There have been in person and very violent threats towards me over this book... this is just another way of trying to keep me down, what people don't realise is that I have a motto "Blunt force and Ignorance" and that keeps me going....

  8. just another case of ignorance due to lack of information. It's a great book and you've done a great job, Stephen. Did you email FB and state your case so they could see the error of their ways? Alot of what they auto-generate isn't based on any real person's reviews.