Posts Tagged ‘ Death ’

Robin Williams – The Clown That Cried



Re-blogged from I’m Talkin’ Here

We’re a hypocritical bunch, we humans. Death is a daily occurrence in our society yet only the deaths of those in the spotlight cause us to leap to social media to share our grief, even though the common man or woman who passes away is far more in need of our publicity. Yet every so often, an exception to this occurs. For me it was the deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and Clarence Clemens, two occasions where I felt wholly justified in expressing my grief publically. This week, I can sadly add Robin Williams to that list.

The first significant trait about the passing of Robin Williams that resonates so strongly is that from Mork and Mindy through to Mrs Doubtfire Williams was a childhood hero for nearly three generations of young TV viewers and cinema-goers. As children, we absorb and embrace role models and personal heroes stronger than we ever do as adults. With his death, it is not hyperbolic to say portions of many childhoods have died. Williams was of a time where we didn’t have celebrity information at our fingertips, when we knew then through their public persona and not much more. And we all agreed that he was an incredibly talented and funny person, who always seemed to come across as nothing but kind and genuine outside of his films be it at interviews or premieres etc. Continue reading

The Society For The Remarkable Suicide

It’s a quintessential cocktail of sex, drugs and suicide yet The Society For The Remarkable Suicide is as enthralling as it is graphic. Suicide has always been considered a touchy subject but the team behind this comic have stood defiant with their sensitive idea and unraveled this controversial yet compelling plot focused around suicide.

The Society for the Remarkable Suicide tells the story of Trevor and Catherine, two people who have reached a point of depression seemingly beyond return and they feel the only way to go is by taking their lives. They join a secret society led by Joe Senior, a man who lost his son Joe Junior, to suicide. Joe Senior, believes his son’s death was considered just “another statistic” and decides to help people who can no longer take the harsh reality of life complete their final act in the most remarkable fashion imaginable. Each member is asked to sign a contract and upon doing this have exactly 3 months to plan it out and a further month to complete the task, we have yet to find out exactly what happens if you fail to do this but I can’t imagine it being pleasant considering the nature of the Society. The Society reaches out to their prospective members through a suicide helpline called the True Light Survivors, basically if you call then you are invited to a Society meeting. As you might have guessed both Trevor and Catherine call and are promptly invited.

The book opens with an account of Joe Junior’s demise complimented by some fascinating artwork from Cormac Hughes and Robert Carey. Stephen Coffey draws the readers closer and creates an emotional attachment to the character through his writing, creating an incredibly moving opening sequence to this graphic novel..

The writing continues to impress as feel for Joe Senior, and his reasoning behind starting the Society. When we meet Trevor he seems like a man who is on top of the world. He has a well paid job and a loving family yet his apparent happiness on the outside is contrasted with a dark sense of depression on the inside.  At 29 he could be considered to have a great life, especially after his recent promotion and yet happiness eludes him. Catherine’s story couldn’t be any more different from Trevor’s. Catherine has fierce difficulty getting her life together. She has a very serious drug addiction, one that sees her take a hit daily . She pays for both her rent and her drug fix by using her body.. Her only source of income is the little handout she gets from her father on a monthly basis. When both Trevor & Catherine are both contemplating ending it all they both come into knowledge of the True Light Survivor helpline and upon getting the invite to a Society meeting they find each other.

The story unravels from there as the duo ultimately find happiness together at a time when they are both planning their own deaths but this happiness comes at a cost as they are now the centre of attention. They realize they have been duped by Joe Senior and that having signed a contract they may be resigned to killing themselves. However they are determined not to go down without a fight and stand up to Joe Senior who is irate that two of his society members have fallen for each other. He sends his cronies to put an end to their newfound relationship but are his attempts successful?

The Society for the Remarkable Suicide is an incredibly moving book. It begins with a sense of awe and depression but the real rewards come as you get further into the story. The more you divulge the magnificent writing of Coffey and the artwork of his team the more compelled and fascinated you become to learn more. A great story awaits, with twists that one can’t foresee.

Coffey and his team deserve the plaudits for their masterful control of a touchy subject. If you are looking for a break from normality and a story that will play with your emotions from start to finish then pick up a copy of The Remarkable Society For Suicide.

The contents in this article and comic do not represent Irish News Review’s stance on suicide.