This coming weekend Miss Bellville and I will be flying across the aether to my distant home city of Columbus, Ohio to see family and partake in the annual anti-valentines-day-dance known as The Broken Hearts Masquerade. While this tryst will afford us some of the elegant darkness we so desire, what will truly make my black heart sing is the 9th offering of Wicked Faire. Wicked Faire IX: Through The Hedge is described as "the one Renaissance Faire created for the mad ones, by the mad ones" and a renn faire for "Steampunks, Geeks, Goths, Queer people, artists, Rennies, Pagans, Rocky Horror-ites, and all the other people who make up the beautiful and very weird heart of every Renaissance Faire out there.”
Every year Jeff Mach and crew work tirelessly to create a unique experience for new and old attendees alike. I am extra excited this year because he has teamed up with the infamous Aurelio Voltaire who will be running a sister event known as Voltaire’s Wicked NecroComicCon. Voltaire has been a staple performer in the past, but this year he will have a greater presence. This is the lead-in to me gushing over how much of an inspiration he has been and not just to me but to the goth/alt community in general.
I’ve had several run-ins with the gifted, gothic minstrel from my humble beginnings as a DJ in the Columbus goth scene - where he played our annual Gothcoming Dance - up to running his booth at DragonCon. I will never forget the first encounter I had with Voltaire; he had just finished his set at Gothcoming, the entire venue was proper drunk and having an amazing time. I stepped into the facilities to alleviate myself of excess fluids, Voltaire steps in immediately after, and just starts talking…like you do.
The point is he’s not some ego-driven, megalomaniac performer – as one may presume - he actively engages his fan base. Voltaire is a regular human being who happens to be extremely talented. That’s what I have always loved about him. He has dealt with being picked on and bullied both at school and at home as I have and as many of our readers have as well. I can speak from experience when I say I know how hard it is to rise above and channel negativity into brilliant artistic expression. That is precisely what he does. With an impressive number of albums under his belt, his new highly-anticipated album “Raised By Bats” is a departure from his signature dark-cabaret style and is a throw-back to his roots of goth and dethrock—described as the album he has always wanted to make.
Participate and get creative with Super Art Fight and Ink and Paint Burlesque. Howl like the werewolf or succubus you are at Voltaire’s late night Scare-aoke. Then dust off your winklepickers and finest black clothing for dancing to classic goth music spun by talented djs.
Lastly, don’t forget to check out the four “monsters” panels being presented by The Unkindness. Come by and meet me, The Reverend, and the infamously beautiful Belladonna Bellville. You can see the entire schedule here and don’t miss out on the contest going on through this Thursday for a chance to win free tickets to both of these fantastic conventions. Full details on the contest can be found here.