A Very Goth Council Thanksgiving
The great feast is almost upon us, America, and as usual we're looking forward to a lot of home cooking and a carbohydrate overdose induced coma in the papasan chair while old Bela Lugosi flicks play on the TV... or maybe it's Texas Tech football. It's getting hard to tell the difference between the various dead people sometimes.
Though this whole shebang started because some nutty bird thought that getting everyone to gather around the family dinner table would end the Civil War, it has become a grand tradition, particularly the looking back over the past year to see what you should be grateful for. For us, we've seen some of the best goth performances in years, got a shout out on the Rachel Maddow show, was used as ammunition against DC Editor Jim Lee, and just in general has a good time. Sure, lots of bad stuff happened as well, but it's Thanksgiving, not O'fuckmeday.
We decided to check in with all the friends we've made this year on the Gothic Council and ask them what they were thankful for. Joining us this week is Sarah Fanning of the blog Night's Plutonian Shore, author of Starblood Carmilla Voiez, DJ Martin Oldgoth, author of the Encyclopedia Gothica Liisa Ladouceur, co-creator of the Age of Decay festival Alethea Carr, Jvstin Whitney of the band Chvrch of Melkarth, stylist Carol Simmons, doll maker Ugly Shyla, Regen Robinson of the Space Radio podcast, fashion designer Batty, living historian Morrighanne Burns, and hearse enthusiast Desiree Stark.
Carmilla Voiez: Like Sarah, 2011 has been my worst year so far, but I am thankful for my friends. My crazy, freakish friends. Friends I wouldn't have had, I suspect, if I'd tried to be normal.
Sarah Fanning: Ok... like Carmilla, I am thankful for my friends. I'm also thankful that being goth is being able to really be me, to fully express who I am through my aesthetic and life style. As for what happened in goth this year, well I'm thankful that the Council was created.
Martin Oldgoth: This year has been a good one for me, I do a lot of work with the Whitby Goth Weekend and the feedback from this years two festivals has been very positive, with people commenting on how they felt like "the old days." Musically there have been some fantastic new bands coming through from both the goth and post punk/dark indie scenes along with new festivals and clubs playing a higher percentage of "proper" goth. All in all I reckon it's been a good one.
Morrighan Burns: I'm thankful for Siouxsie Sioux, she'll always be my heroine and was the style icon that I copied when I first started wearing black and lace 25 years ago. I'm also thankful for the art, clothing, fiction and architecture that inspired the movement and that I can share with my spooky daughter who will probably grow up to be as straight as I am out there.