In June of 2011, Fabrice Snook asked me – almost begged me - to make again a calendar for the GayArchipelago. I had my doubts as making a calendar is a time-consuming project if you want to involve 12 or more clubs, select models with contests and find enthusiastic photographers. I agreed with Fab’s arguments that our visitors love to model and are fond of contests. It is also a great avenue for the clubs and shows the community spirit. So we decided to add an extra stimulus by asking sponsors for the presentation and to ask Theatre on the Hill to organize a combination of show elements and fashion.
Now my job as ‘professional beggar’ was created. Finding photographers was not as hard as I had thought. Some creators of last year’s calendar were very pleased to be asked again. The models? They were as proud as a movie star winning an Oscar Award. The toughest quest was to find interested clubs and sponsors. I had confrontations with club managers who did not believe in this project and refused to pay L$ 1000 or more for a contest winner prize. I had similar experiences with some tenants who were not interested at all. That means, you will see a lot of participating clubs who were also partners of the 2011 calender. Hat’s-off to the sponsors I found finally; they are ‘formidable’ !
For publicity reasons I have chosen a male calendar with a sexy touch. If you don’t want to see male nudes, you better not take a copy or close your eyes if you see a calendar in one of the clubs.
As we all know, Fabrice did not see the results of this project. For that reason I delayed the calendar-release show, ‘Forbidden Fruits’ along with the planned fashion presentation. On January 2, 2012, we hosted a modest New Years reception and Oliver Elton showed curious visitors the new 2012 calendar. DJ Regi Yifu was to kind to help with tunes and it was great to see a lot of owners and managers of the clubs wishing each other a Happy New Year.
The calendar ( boxed in a green plastic bag ) has been given to the sponsors Regimade Jeans, J&D Design, Butterfly Beach, RG&DW, Cox Leather and Neon Coyote. Thank you guys and gal for your confidence and awesome goodies for the giftbox. Managers and owners of the participating role-play sims Romanum, Navan and UCG (Tabor and Nyundo) also got a copy. The same for the clubs The Engine, E2 Mediadrome, Badpuppy Beach Club, The Aqua Lounge, Arsenal, Gay Islands Club, The Bathhouse, Dorian Gray (now defunct), Gay Rivièra Beach and The Bunker. Some of them have rezzed the calendar and/or the giftbox in their shop(s) and loccations for you. BTW – to resize the calendar and/or 2012 Info Book, just click at the frontpage to get a menu.
Thank everyone all for your help, unexpected donations and suggestions.
If you cannot find the boxed calendar; you can visit my library at the GA sim Thira to take your copy. Please also enjoy the 2012 Info Book with interviews featuring our superb models and a tongue-in-cheek view at 2012 by our ghost writer The Gay Whisperer.
January 2012, Othon Weiland.