World Goth Fair – I Feel An Animal Deep Inside…

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Hello, Darklings!
World Goth Fair (located here) is now OPEN!  For the next couple of weeks, you can get your serious Goth on with dozens of fantastic Goth merchants, a wonderful Stygian-Dark sim, and some great music as only a bunch of Goth DJs can inflict upon the huddled masses.

As mentioned earlier, Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of this amazing event in Second Life.  Several new items have been released for the fair, including the Dragonskin Coat shown in the photos.

The Dragonskin Coat, which is rigged mesh, and available for both men and women, is materials enhanced and comes with a color change HUD.  I would recommend getting your hands on this wonderfully vampiric coat, made from the finest pixelated dragon skin.  It’s well known that Gothic dragons are chameleonic in nature, so naturally a coat made from the skin of the dragon can change colors on demand..

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In addition to the Dragonskin Coat, you will find the Sgt. Nemesis Marching Band uniform (in male and female versions), and the Arachne Jumpsuit (female only).  More pictures to come as your humble narrator wanders the sim in search of darkness and glory.

A Phantom to Lead You…Sneak Preview for World Goth Fair

When I was a young boy,
My father took me into the city,
To see a marching band… The Black Parade, My Chemical Romance

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World Goth Fair is less than a week away.  For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure, this is an annual event held on the Cursed sim, which features several merchants and their spectacular Gothic wares, plus a whole lot of live Gothic DJ music. World Goth Fair was originally a charity event, but it will be a little different this year, because Linden Lab has made it mind-bogglingly difficult to set up charity events without huge migraines and small animal sacrifices.  I’m sure they’d insist on virgins being thrown into the nearest pixilated volcano, but those are hard to find in Second Life these days.  I’ll leave it up to you whether you think I mean volcanoes or virgins.

All snarkiness and Linden Lab aside, World Goth Fair is a fantastic outlet for all things Goth.  All the Gothiness will be available in one handy sim.  You can peruse things at your leisure as you listen to some prime Gothic music (Pretentious, Moi? is a perennial favorite with Cursed residents), and there will be a fabulous build for taking pictures of all your awesome new things.

Avatar Bizarre is, once again, a part of World Goth Fair, and will be bringing a few brand new goodies into the mix, including the Sgt. Nemesis Marching Band outfit shown here.

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I get by with a little help from my friends, especially when it comes to marching band outfits.  This number, named for half a Beatles album, and all of a Shriekback song, is rigged mesh and includes five sizes and an alpha.  The good news is it comes in six colors.  In even better news, it’s available for both men and women!

With apologies to my normal model, Misha, time got away from me while I was off working on a severe real life deadline, and I suddenly found myself with less than a day to make, texture, and photograph the female version of this outfit.  But a personal note to her:  There’s going to be a Sgt Pepper-Bright version of this outfit pretty soon.  Meanwhile, here’s my mug as a female avatar.

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There will be a few other goodies available from Avatar Bizarre, which will debut at World Goth Fair.  Stay Tuned for more!

World Goth Fair opens May 15.  You can get more information at the blog.

World Goth Fair and the Sophie Lancaster Foundation

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In 2007 Sophie Lancaster and her friend Rob were attacked and killed in Lancashire, England, for the way they were dressed.  Because they chose to express themselves a little differently, while harming nobody, some people took grave offense and punished these two kids in the worst way possible.  Since then, Sophie’s family has set up a charity foundation which focuses on creating respect for and understanding of subcultures in the community.  It also works closely with law enforcement and politicians to ensure people who are a part of any subculture are protected by the law.

Every year on May 22, World Goth Day slides into view, making its presence known to the world at large. 

Every year in May, Cursed Events in Second Life hosts World Goth Fair.  It starts May 15 and ends June 1, and within the confines of three sims, you will find a plethora of fantastic items for sale.  The sale of many items will benefit the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.  You can get landmarks and information here: http://worldgothfair.wordpress.com/

Avatar Bizarre is thrilled to be a part of this event once again, and has a number of brand new items up for sale for the duration of the event. 

For your consideration, the preview:

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Inferi Eyes are mesh and come in Fullbright, glow, and normal.  These are modify and copy (unrigged), and are available in ten colors.  The Fatpack, along with three single colors will be available in our World Goth Fair Booth.  50% of the proceeds of the Fatpack will go to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.  There is a second Fatpack for the Cracked Eyes, along with three single colors available at the fair.  All twenty sets of eyes will be available at the main store and on the Marketplace once the fair ends.

As most fairs have gachas now (those pesky “machines” where you put in money and get a random prize), WGF is no exception.  There will be a gacha area for those who wish to participate.  Avatar Bizarre will place a gacha full of Cthulhu Shoulder Pets, at 20L per play.  All gacha items are Transfer/Modify.  If you wish to bypass the gacha thing, you can purchase the whole set for 750L in the booth.  The Cthulhus in this set are Modify/Copy only.  There are fifteen in the set, and 50% of the proceeds go to the charity.

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On to some more fun stuff…
There are two new partial mesh suits available in four colors each at the fair.  More colors will be available after the fair.
First up is the Mitternacht Hatter, one more outfit in Avatar Bizarre’s line of Lewis Carroll Fever Dreams.  Please try the demo before you buy.  Demos are always free, and transfer.

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Finally, we have a spectacular new suit inspired by the song “Panzermensch” by And One.  It’s available in four colors at the fair, with more colors coming after the fair.  This is another partial mesh suit.

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Both suits are available in Black, Red, Purple, and Teal at the fair.

 

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I hope to see you at World Goth Fair, and as always, share and enjoy.

World Goth Fair Goodies Coming Soon!

It’s that time of year again; that auspicious month of May, when the Goths come out in force to raise money for the Sophie Lancaster Foundation in Second Life and in Real Life.  Starting in May, the World Goth Fair will feature dozens of excellent merchants across three sims, each providing wares to help raise money for the charity. Avatar Bizarre is happy to once again be included in this event, and will be debuting some brand new items, plus a gacha item.  A portion of each gacha sale will go to the charity, plus a few choice items will also contribute, so stay tuned!

In addition to the stuff you can buy, there will be live DJs, all kinds of music, and a fair bit of gothy shenanigans.  Gothika will be selling licensed band items in a series of gachas, with proceeds going to the Sophie Lancaster Foundation.  At the moment the band list is formidable and awesome, but given how it went last year, there may be even more added to this year’s list.

So on to the nitty gritty here.  Avatar Bizarre has come up with a couple of nifty new items for the fair, and will only be available at the fair for the duration.  Once the fair ends, you will be able to get this stuff at the inworld store location, as well as on the Marketplace.

The first item on the To Be Released list is a new set of mesh eyes.  Each set contains a system eye layer, and mesh eyes in normal, fullbright, and glow.  All eyes are modify and copy.

In Roman legend, the Inferi were a collective of shadowy deities who were associated with death and the underworld. The Inferi represent the gods dark and horrifying nature.

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Inferi Eyes hearken back to dark times, reflecting a human skull in the pupil, and resplendent in ten Stygian colors, including Hazel, pictured above.

Next, we encounter the Cracked Eyes.  A porcelain finish gives these eyes the illusion of having been fired in a kiln.  The brushed on irises sit in the center of a luster of cracked glaze.  Ten colors shine with an antique china polish.

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And just for good measure, and because I don’t want to reveal everything at once, there’s the elusive Headalopod, coming soon to a Gacha near you!

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The Headalopod is the latest in fashionable Mollusk noggin wear for the discerning Second Life avatar.  Spawned entirely from mesh, this little creature clings happily to your skull in a variety of different colors.  Don’t let the vacant stare fool you.  This creature spends much of its time plotting ways to over throw the human race.  I, for one, will soon welcome our new Octopus Overlords.

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Elves Wear Cloaks and Does Eat Oats, and Little Snakes a Flutter

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It’s been a busy couple of weeks at Avatar Bizarre, what with the new store design, a number of events demanding my attention, and a bunch of new releases!  The line-up of new releases, though long by new release standards, is also oddly varied.  Not only do you get a glimpse of the Elven Pirate Cloak (pictured above), but some Flutter Snakes have been unleashed, along with two different sets of eyes.  Everything is either all or mostly mesh.  All of the stuff is pretty fun, and hopefully will make your shopping trips that much more fun.

The Elven Pirate Cloak is available in six colors.  Each package includes a red-lined cloak, and a silver-lined cloak.  The cowl and shoulder pieces are unrigged mesh, which can be resized as needed.  The cloak itself is traditional flexi prims, simply because a cloak should flow, and it’s pretty hard to get mesh to swing around like a proper cloak should.  Originally, this item was informally suggested to me around Halloween, but I was having some issues trying to get the rigging to work.  Then I got smart and decided not to rig it at all, and it just sort of came together.   Each cloak is 120L, modify and copy.  Available inworld at the moment.  Soon to appear on the Second Life Marketplace.
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But wait, there’s more!

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Enter the Flutter Snake!  This little guy was inspired by Alan Dean Foster’s character Pip the Alaspinian Minidrag from the Midworld Series.  In the series, Pip was a flying telepathic venomous serpent.  The Flutter Snake, while winged and reptilian, is far from venomous.  In fact, the three species represented:  Boa, Python, and King Snake, are all non-venomous.  And unless they’re not telling me everything, these guys are not telepathic.  They are, however, delightful, colorful, and cute in a serpentine way.  Each snake drapes carelessly across your shoulders.  These guys are modify, so they can be sized up or down.  There’s a bunch of colors to choose from, so head on over and have a look!

The Rainbow Boa, of course, is inspired by the real life Pip (she’s my girl).

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Then there are eyeballs.  Oh, lots of eyeballs.  The nice thing about the latest eye releases at Avatar Bizarre is though they come in three meshes (normal, full bright, and glow), there’s also a traditional system eye for those folks who prefer it.

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The Saralonde Eyes feature a dragon in flight reflected in the pupil, and are available in nine colors, plus a fat pack of all colors.  Cost is 75L each, or 600L for the fat pack.
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The Lorelei Eyes, named for a song by the Cocteau Twins, are available in ten colors including the highly unusual Torley Linden inspired “Watermelon”, pictured below.

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I hope I haven’t overwhelmed you all, but this week is pretty exciting, and more is coming for World Goth Fair in May!  Stay Tuned.

A Little Bird TOOK MY EYES! More World Goth Fair Sneak Peak Goodness

Inspiration is like a cat:  It will never come when you call it, and when it wants your attention, it will claw viciously at your legs till you feed it.  God help you if you give that inspiration the wrong shaped kibble, because then it will glare at you menacingly till you wither and die, or you give up and head to the store for a new bag of food.

Inspiration has been kneading my bare chest as I sleep, purring like a tractor, and insisting that I work on eyes for the World Goth Fair, coming up in Second Life in May.  I only have 25 prims to play with in my booth, which means I can only put 24 items out, plus my store sign, so when I ended up making 4 different varieties of Eyeball in at least 12 colors each, well, you can do the math.

I will likely only put a handful of each color out at the fair with the promise of more colors to come.  Honest, I will.  That said, here is the fourth Eyeball style, soon to be available in, you guessed it, about twelve colors and probably a fat pack or two.

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The Latin name for every Goth’s favorite carrier of the soul, the Raven.  There is an image of a raven in the clear iris of every eye.

Each package includes three sets of prim eyes and two sets of mesh eyes.  They are modify and copy for those who like to resize things as needed, and then stick them into different saved outfits.  There will be four or five colors available at the fair.

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World Goth Fair Invaded by Micro Rar, News at 11

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Just when you thought it was safe to set foot outside, an invasion has started!  The Goffick Micro Rar will be heading to the World Goth Fair in Second Life in May.  His meshliness is highlighted by a necklace fragment he yanked off some poor, unsuspecting Gothic soul.  He really meant to eat the black-clad person, but thankfully, our erstwhile Joy Division fan managed a narrow escape.

The Micro Rar can be tamed, to a degree, provided you tithe regularly to his gnashing teeth, copious cupcakes.  While he does have an enormous sweet tooth, he also enjoys eating small children, and occasional ferrets.  He firmly believes there is no Sanctuary, except for whatever Ian Astbury was talking about in that Cult song.

The Goffick Micro Rar will be available at the Avatar Bizarre booth on Cursed when the World Goth Fair finally opens.  Till then, fear his unsightly horns, his gnashing teeth, and claws that catch.

Luckily, he will be transfer, just in case he eats you and your surviving kin must find him a new home.

Simon bar Sinister and the World of Goth Days

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Sredni “Simon bar Sinister” Eel here.

The Twisted Hunt is completed, so it’s now possible to focus on more exciting events going on in the world of Second Life.  As Avatar Bizarre preps for the upcoming World Goth Fair, and I spend time wringing my hands and praying to Screaming Lord Byron that I have a chance to DJ one truly gothy goth set (most likely at The Village of Nyght), this blog will be filled with more sneak preview action and some new releases that just wouldn’t wait for the advent of the World Goth Fair.

The big thing lately is eyes.  There are so many different types of eyeballs being made available both for the Goth Fair and in general at the mainstore location, that a redesign of Avatar Bizarre’s physical presence may be required.

The Crystalline Eyes shown earlier in this blog are now going to include ten colors and two fatpacks (greens and blues).  The Chiroptera eyes may enjoy a few more colors before all is said and done.  However, there’s more!

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The Blank Stare Eyes are mesh and prim (with a white sclera base) and will be available in about eight or ten colors.  The one shown above is called “Machine Glow”.  Blue is shown below.Image

Like Crystalline and Chiroptera, these eyes include two sets of mesh eyes, three sets of prim eyes, and the white sclera on the system eye layer.  Time permitting, there will be one more eye variety set out, possibly in the gacha for WGF, called “Haunted Mansion”.  So far, they’re looking pretty good, but your humble narrator is working on making them spectacular.

In other news, as Twisted came to a close, the Id Horror Suit will be released shortly in six colors:  Red, Black, Green, Teal, Blue, and Purple.  Pictures and details to follow once the spectre of “I don’t feel like working” has disappeared into the ether.

The best news of all, of course, is Avatar Bizarre’s World Goth Fair booth will be located on Cursed sim.  A landmark will be provided when one becomes available.

If you’d like to blog anything Avatar Bizarre has available for Goth fair, please IM Sredni Eel inworld.