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Wow! I canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t believe IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been doing this for two years! Then again, things havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t gone a rapidly as I would have hoped, either. But The Genre Traveler plugs along.
This special two-year anniversary issue is heavy on interview stories. The big story is an interview with an Orange County, Calif., Goth rock band, The Last Dance. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d like to hear a clip of their music or see one of their music videos, visit The Genre TravelerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s MySpace page at www.myspace.com/thegenretraveler.
When I went to Haunt X a few months ago, I met Kristi Smart, a designer of the most fabulous coats and vest IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve seen. These are wearable works of art. She was kind enough to agree to an interview, so youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find her story on page 14.
The Seeing the World Through Genre-Coloured Glasses column also resulted from my attendance at Haunt X. There I met Santa Cruz cartoonist Jon Hastings. We chatted a bit about Santa Cruz (where I went to college) and a mutual friend of ours (my old belly-dancing teacherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s husband owns a comic book shop in Santa Cruz) and a bit about his work. Funny guy, which IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m sure youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll see when you read the story on page 8.
Another treat (perfect for Halloween) is a story from German travel writer Silke Schmidt. She did a tour of ScotlandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s haunted places and agree to share her experience with The Genre Traveler. YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll find her story on page. 16.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a fan of the quiz IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been included, donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry. I didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have the time to pull one together for this issue, but it will return in the February issue.
Also, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m taking a calculated risk and publishing this without following my normal proofreading protocol. My printer just frizzed out and I wonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be able to get it fixed until probably mid-October. So, IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve done the best I can proofreading online and am publishing this now before I go on a week-long vacation to Las Vegas. I hope to come back with a story or two for the February issue. Wish me luck — IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ll be thinking of you when I share a Ferengi Freeze or Vulcan Volcano with my husband in QuarkÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Bar and Restaurant at the Las Vegas Hilton.