A very close friend of mine, Justin Carmical, passed away last Thursday. Known to many in the internet community as JewWario from That Guy With The Glasses, Blistered Thumbs, and most recently Retroware, Justin hosted many web shows, the most popular being You Can Play This, where he discussed easy-to-import Japanese games. Justin was passionate about everything he did, he fully nurtured every single one of his endeavors. But, and you'll hear this from every person who ever met him, he mostly gave his all to others. He was gentle, kind, and loving to every person he ever met. When my fiance and I first met him years ago, he gave us both a big hug, and treated us like we had always been friends. He treated us like family. He was a very giving person, and he always gave others hope and cheer.
On the other side of things, as Justin was the creator, producer, director, and lead actor in FamiKamen Rider, this means that project will go unfinished. It was both his dream and mine to see it completed, but Justin fell on hard times over the past year, which delayed the project into a long term hiatus until things could turn around for him. That obviously never happened. I don't know where things will go from here. I only have the footage that I went and shot over one weekend in November, 2012, as well as the scripts for the series and the opening theme music. Honestly at this point, the ball is in the court of Justin's wife, Jennifer. Whatever her decision is, I will respect that. If nothing else, I hope to start a project of my own, a project Justin had already inspired me to do before this tragedy, and I would like to honor him with a tribute somewhere therein. The only thing I could think of would be to mirror some of my feelings in the development of the story, have his character be the inspiration that gets the ball rolling for mine.
It's just an idea right now, but I won't let this idea amount to nothing. I'm going to strive to be more like my friend, Justin Carmical: A man who went for his goals and dreams with everything he had, and who gave people hope.