In the end I didn’t think words needed to be added to this. Just the simple rise to the sky and the love poured into these artworks.
He was a good man, a great creator and he was loved by all of us. Justin aka Jew Wario was one of the most talented in the community. His contributions will be missed and the inspiration he gave many will never be forgotten.
I truly believe art is one of the best ways to heal in a tragedy. I hope for all of you this was a catharsis. Fanart is used as the way a young artist connects to a fandom, work, celebrity and more. I hope this memorial collage connects us to you.
So recently, the one-and-only Jew Wario started following me here on tumblr, and I’m a big fan of his “You Can Play This!” web videos. He mostly reviews old Japanese games that never came overseas, which is not too far off from what I try to do here on Obscure Video Games. I figured I should celebrate this occasion by posting one of my favorite videos of his, which is for a game we both covered – ChainDive. You can see my ChainDive GIFs by clicking right here.
The death of someone is never an easy task to come to terms with. There’s another hole in my heart tonight that will be damned near impossible to fill. Although I only interacted with Justin “Jew Wario” Carmical just a few short times, I’ll always cherish them.
I remember the first time I actually got to talk to him. It was one of Dodger’s late night games of Cards Against Humanity and somehow she had ended up getting Justin and Derek the Bard in the call. That call and game spawned a very funny and very inappropriate inside joke to the ones in the call, one that we still constantly talk about.
This past Magfest, I almost didn’t go for many reasons, the main one being my dad’s passing away. I didn’t think my state of mind would be very well. But, I’m glad I ended up going, because I made some very cherished memories there.
The first actual meeting of Justin was when a group of us were going to go to a Wawa convenience store. Justin and ChaosD1 were the only two guys in this giant flock of girls raiding this poor store. Justin looked like he was a kid in a candy store. The look of amazement on his face with everything, including the soda fountain with its flavored syrups was priceless. He made the most ridiculous selfie and posted it on Twitter on the way back.
A while later, after everyone had settled down, Justin came down with Rap Critic and Nash to the room I was staying in and until 1am, there was this huge group just talking and listening to music and just hanging out.
Late on Friday night was the Pub Quiz Justin was co-hosting with Dodger. I was so glad that I was asked to help out and my god, that man sure knew how to hold a pub quiz!
My last encounter with Justin was on Saturday. He was set up in the Dealer’s Room at the Retroware table and I got my To Boldly Flee DVD signed by him and bought some buttons off of him plus gave him one of the buttons I had painted for everyone. He thanked me for all my work at the Pub Quiz and I told him I was happy to do it and that if it happened next Magfest, I would be happy to help out again.
I then asked for a hug but he couldn’t get out from the table because the rest of the guys wouldn’t move. I told him that I would catch him later for one since there was still plenty of Mag left and he just gave me this glare, sternly said NO and crawled under the table to give me one. Still to this day, I can’t believe he did that, but knowing the kind of person he was, he wouldn’t let you leave his sight without giving you a hug.
I know I wasn’t near as close to Justin as a lot of my internet friends are, but just those bits of kindness and company I had with him mean the world to me. He was one of the kindest and nicest people I’ve ever met and it’s so wonderful to see the impact that he left on this world.
Jesus…I’m in complete shock…if anyone else on here is as much of a fan of TGWTG.com and Chanel Awesome/Internet reviewers as I am, you’ve most likely seen this fellow and his work, or perhaps in the many crossover videos he has done…He always seemed like such a happy, enthusiastic fellow, and I just cannot believe that he took his own life…as someone who loves to write columns and reviews myself, I looked up to him as an inspiration, especially for his comedic presence. He had such a capability for talent and making others laugh, and he always accepted his fans as if they were his close buddies…my thoughts go to his family, his wife, and his colleagues/friends…R.I.P. ~Zora The Geek
It is with a very sad heart that I must confirm my husband, Justin Carmical, sometimes known as the Jew Wario died on Thursday, January 23rd.
I also have to confirm he shot himself, but he was not alone, he locked himself in the bathroom and I was on the other side of the door talking with him. He knew I loved him, HE KNEW ALL OF YOU LOVED HIM. You all made him so happy, every time he was recognized from his videos, it made him giddy with joy.
His last recording was a song with Johnathan Mann, I don’t know if Johnathan knows. He recorded it the night before.
I am surrounded by family and friends, and am taking this one moment at a time, remembering to breathe. I want to share with you what the Chaplain said to me, it was a momentary mistake, hold on to the good memories. I will post an update once a decision has been made about funeral arrangements.
If I need anything I will let you know, just hold on to each other and love each other, and thank you all so much for loving him so much.
Can’t believe I forgot to share this yesterday. I threw together some behind-the-scenes footage I had from when I went to help film for Famikamen Rider. Some funny moments but mostly just your typical BTS footage.
I can’t believe a year went by since one of my favorite video game reviewers had passed. He was a great reviewer, comedian and person in general.The thing is that I never really knew him personally, except from what I’ve heard from other producers.
This may sound a tiny bit selfish, but the saddest part about this weekend in that I can’t go to MAGFest to see my favorite internet reviewers. It really isn’t though, because basically some of those reviewers…saved my life. Linkara’s writing, the Nostalgia Critic’s comedy, Oancitizen’s analytical style of things, and many other reasons. That’s why I’m sad about MAGFest… I can’t thank them, especially J-Dubs.
Also, it’s raining in North Carolina, but that doesn’t matter.
What does matter is the girl this may have impacted this more than me: kittymarie92
From what I’ve heard and seen, he was her best friend. Give her condolences. Give plenty of cyber hugs to her. We all love you.
It breaks my heart to see the reviewers on That Guy With the Glasses mourning over the loss of one of their own. I never really watched Jew Wario’s videos (I think the only video I’ve seen him in is Nostalgia Chick’s review of Les Miserables), but just by the tweets from the other reviewers on the site and posts on Tumblr from TGWTG fans, he seemed to have been a wonderful person who was really loved by a lot of people.
Please do not hesitate to get help if you ever feel like taking your own life is the only solution. It’s not. It never is.
"I want you all to look at me. Because what I’m about to say is important. I’ve been thinking about this a lot; a lot lately. And I want you all to know this. This goes out to everybody. You’re not stupid. Okay? You’re not stupid. Don’t ever tell yourself that you are. You’re important. What you have in your head may not mean a lot to a lot of people, but its what makes you special. You are important. You mean something. And you’re going to go out there, and you’re gonna to do some wonderful things. But, first and foremost, you’re not stupid. You’re not an idiot. Don’t ever tell yourself that you are. And, if nobody else ever tells you this, I will tell you this; I care about you.“ - Justin Carmical aka JewWario or JDub "You Can Stream This” 3/8/13