It's been a long, long winter hasn't it? But it looks as though spring has finally sprung which of course means watching the black-clad faithful sweat into their snakebite and blacks and jump from shadow-to-shadow in a bid to ward of the dreaded sun.
I suppose I'm a bit of a stereotype, as I'm not overly fond of the hotter weather myself. I'd much rather be sat in the shade with an ice tea than soaking up the rays on a beach. Though it is unavoidable venturing out I've found a couple of little things to preserve my pallid visage. Firstly, colour correct crème with SPF 30 removes any redness on the face and has added sun protection. I've never found wearing black to be a problem as it tends to conceal unsightly sweat marks better than other colours, but favouring thinner natural materials such as cotton and linen is preferable over denim and velvet.
Of course, as it is May, it also means it's time for World Goth Day again, which over the past couple of years has been a great excuse to get together and celebrate all things goth in the most fun ways you can think of. So if this year you're throwing a shindig of any sort, anywhere in the world, let us know and we'll plug it in a World Goth Day Round-Up.
Speaking of community, I'd once again like to say how appreciative of the support this fledgling webzine has had from fans, bands, labels and other publications. We're nearly half-a-year-old and it has been absolutely fantastic, and really goes to show what a strong sense of community there is still out there in the wider alternative scene.
In other news we have less than a week left on our competition to win one of three copies of the fantastic 'Foundations' compilation from Juggernaut Services. To enter just visit the competition page and follow the very simple instructions!
Finally, if you are interested in writing for IVM please direct your attention to the tab at the top of the site marked 'Writing For IVM'. We are currently looking for two guest columnists to write about whatever the hell they want each month, as well as writers and reviewers specialising in music, books and films to join the talent pool.