#EarperView with me — @lesbiyinzer

In order to get Bridget Liszweski to agree to do an EarperView, I struck a deal with her. No, the deal did not involve me watching Killjoys, nor did it require me to deny being a Liszewbian. I said that I would do one if she did, and today, that bargain has come to collect. So if you’re thinking, “She only did these to talk about herself,” in a word, nope. Blame Bridget. 

This has been rather difficult for me to do, since I’m much better talking about other people. But as always, I hope you enjoy.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I live in Pittsburgh with my wife, Chris (who you may have met if you went to ClexaCon), and our cat, Graham.

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He has excellent taste in TV. 

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#EarperView with @BaileyGrey789

It’s no secret that one of my favorite things about being an Earper is the community. I have had the fortune of meeting so, so many awesome people, both in person at conventions and just via social media, especially the Twitter. I think I first started interacting with Bailey when I caught up with Supergirl, and we share a lot of similar views about things (like Alex Danvers — yes, please). We have shared a few deep conversations about life stuff…and also less deep conversations about pretty, pretty ladites.

We share a love for SupergirlStar WarsBuffyParks and Rec, and, obviously, Wynonna Earp. And little did I know until she did this EarperView that we shared an affinity for one of my all-time favorite shows, Chuck! Like, seriously, we are basically TV show twins. I’m hoping that she follows through with her promise and we get to meet at ClexaCon next year.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
I’m a socialist lesbian trans woman living in Texas and debating how quickly I can move to Seattle. I am currently a lawyer waiting to work up the courage to try to find a career I actually care anything about. For non-Wynonna Earp-related funsies, I enjoy going to bars with friends, watching and writing about basketball, and playing video games.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
From basically all of my fellow gay-lady Supergirl fans on Twitter. Probably. I just remember seeing a lot of my mutuals talking about the show on Twitter, watched the first couple, and then immediately bought the whole first season on Amazon Prime and watched it like three times in the course of a couple of months.

Is this your first fandom?
Not even close, but it may be my favorite. Star Wars was my first, but my many fandoms include Harry Potter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, DC TV, LOST, Chuck, and the Magicians Trilogy.

What is your favorite fandom memory?
I’m not great at remembering memories, but my favorite recent memory was livetweeting and sharing experiences with other queer ladies on Twitter and other internet forums when we all saw some version of our own story depicted in Alex Danvers’ coming-out story in Supergirl. Crying together, shouting together, sharing gifs on gifs on gifs… My favorite thing about fandom is the shared emotional experiences, for sure.

What is your favorite con memory?
I regret to confess that I’ve never been to a con. I’m something of a socially anxious introvert, and all of my geek friends live on the internet, rather than in real life. As a result, I’ve never made it out to a con. However, after reading about everyone’s lovely experiences at ClexaCon, I am determined to go to the next one, no matter what.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
Live tweeting. Easily. I’d love to have Earper watch parties, but my couple of local Earper friends are often busy on Friday nights. I love the shared experience of watching the episode together. And then reading everyone’s feelings afterwards!

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
Earpers are the most positive group of fans on the internet, hands down. So for me, that’s what Wynonna Earp means. It means just pure, unadulterated love and support and enthusiasm for this crazy-awesome show that we all obsess over. That feeling extends from Emily through the entire cast and into all of the fandom. I love it.

Favorite Earp sisters moment?
Basically anytime Wynonna calls Waverly “Baby Girl.” But the exchange in “She Ain’t Right” really got to me, when Waverly just wanted to go “full Wynonna” and Wynonna retorts that she should stick to being Waverly because “she’s pretty great.” Then Waves opens up about something being off with her. The Earp sisters both love and admire each other so much, despite being so very different. I love them.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
Alas. No such photos exist…yet.

Dolls or Doc?
I go back and forth on this. But now that Dolls is a dragon, I think I’m firmly in his camp.

How have you Earped your life?

I make everyone I know watch Wynonna Earp. I’m here to convert the masses, and especially my queer lady friends because is the bee’s knees. So far I’ve gotten my ex-wife, my best friend, and my brother into the fandom, and it’s always one of the first questions I ask when I’m on a date haha.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

11 of 10. Would recommend.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.Here’s
One of us! One of us!

What would Ron Swanson think of Wynonna Earp?
Ron Swanson would refuse to answer this question. Canada is the worst, and not worth considering. He likes that Wynonna girl’s commitment to whiskey, but she should come to the USA.

If Alex Danvers had a special assignment in Purgatory, how would she get along with the Earp crew?
Alex Danvers and Nicole Haught would kick so much ass. Alex would bridge the divide between Black Badge and the Purgatory sheriff’s office, much like she does for the DEO and the National City police. But Alex would connect most with Waverly, who reminds her so much of her own goofy little sister.

Here’s where you can find Bailey:

@BaileyGrey789 (personal Twitter)

Thanks for reading, Earpers. See you next week with more EarperViews!

 

EarpMas in July

Well, it’s July, and if Hallmark is getting into the Christmas spirit, why can’t we? Michelle (@micnic1291) and I thought it would be fun to imagine what our favorite citizens of Purgatory might want for the holiday.

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Oh, it looks like the gang grabbed the pool table from Nedley’s Office for their Christmas in July party.

Wynonna: A. DAY. OFF. FROM. EVERYTHING.

Doc: Some “it’s a tiny human” cigars for when Baby Earp is born, because no matter who the bio dad is, Doc Holliday is all in.

Dolls: A subscription to whatever the “I’m probably half dragon” version of Farmers Only is, since it seems his love life is currently DOA. And some Tums for his (heart)burn.

Waverly: A plush unicorn to cuddle when Nicole isn’t around, and a signed statement from all of Purgatory and the Earpers declaring her “The Earpiest Earp to ever Earp.” Continue reading

#EarperView with @BridgetOnTV

I have a really hard time believing any of you reading this don’t know who Bridget Liszewski is, but, just in case…

For those of you living under a rock, Bridget is the Editor in Chief at The TV Junkies, a website for all TV things US and Canadian. She does a lot of good work with a lot of good shows, but we all know her from her writing about Wynonna Earp, including her weekly episode breakdowns with Emily Andras. At FanExpo last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Bridget, who was moderating the Wynonna Earp panel, and during that panel, I became a fan. She was a little nervous because it was the first panel she had ever moderated (and it was her birthday!), but she pushed through and did a really, really amazing job. I then spent more time with her at ClexaCon, where she became so enthused about “Killjoys” that she maybe threw water on me to make her point. And it is because of this grievous action that I refuse to watch this show to this day. Nice job, Bridget and your “water.”

I kid, I kid.

I could go on and on about the things I like about Bridget — her amazing interviews, how she’s obviously raising her daughters correctly because of their EarpTastic Halloween costumes, her positivity and encouragement as a cornerstone of the Wynonna Earp fandom — but I’m going to talk about another specific thing. I have had the (mis)fortune to spend time with many, many people who call themselves allies to the LGBTQ community but who seem to try “make it their thing” instead of just supporting it, and Bridget is the opposite of that. As you’ll see below, she feels that she comes from a place of privilege in that she’s never had to face the same obstacles some of us have, and instead of trying to compare our experiences to hers and/or make them her own, she sits back and tries to understand. She educates herself with regard to terminology, history, experiences, and everything in between.

As a queer lady, I have to say that having an ally who just wants to be an ally — especially one with a platform like she does — is a really good feeling. Thank you for all that you do for my community, Bridget. That is why I’m a Liszewbian.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

Well I’m currently Editor in Chief over at The TV Junkies. I’ve got a great group of writers there,  and we cover both US and Canadian television. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame and will forever love my Fighting Irish. My husband is also an ND alum, so Saturdays in our house during college football season are kind of a big deal. I also have two daughters, Annie (8) and Bailey (5), who always keep things interesting! I was big into sports when I was younger and still enjoy them today. It’s fun to see my kids starting to get competitive as I try to not turn into a soccer mom.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

Since I cover Canadian TV at my website, I had my eye on this show early on as soon as I saw Emily Andras was attached to it. I was a fan of hers from Lost Girl and Killjoys, and I just knew whatever this show was going to be, if she was running it, I was on board. Through covering the show in interviews with the cast and writing lots of pieces about Wynonna, I got pulled more into the fandom because everyone was just so nice! Also, early on, Kevin Bachelder and Bonnie Ferrar became good friends of mine, and we started planning and discussing fandom activities and how we could help the show quite a bit.

Is this your first fandom?

I guess in many ways I’d say yes. I was a huge fan of shows like Buffy and some others back in the day but never got into it the way I have with Wynonna Earp. Now, I don’t think anything could ever compare to the Earpers, so this may just be my one and only fandom forever.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

I was lucky enough to be asked to moderate the Wynonna Earp panel at ClexaCon, a huge honor. I was so happy to go to it because the Earpers could not have been more supportive and lovely towards me after the panel, and their kind words all meant so much. I was pretty nervous, so it made me feel a lot better. Also, there were so many Earpers at ClexaCon and just getting to meet and speak with them was the best. So many of us know each other vaguely through Twitter or whatever, so it was nice to put faces with names and make a more personal connection. I can’t wait to go back to ClexaCon 2018!

What is your favorite con memory?

Since I already spoke about ClexaCon, I’ll go with Fan Expo 2016 for this one. I also moderated the Wynonna Earp panel at that con, and it also happened to be my birthday. Everyone was so nice throughout the day, but it was nearing the end of the day and the poor cast had stayed over and signed for hours past when they were supposed to. Still, Emily and the cast led everyone in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for me. It was really special and, of course, best birthday ever.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

The live tweets are just INSANE! I’ve not been a huge live tweet person historically, but I have such a good time when we’re all together on Friday nights. It’s like I’m sitting down and hanging out with my friends for an hour. I’ve tried live tweeting a few other shows, and nothing even comes close to a Wynonna Earp live tweet party.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

It’s funny because when I think of Wynonna Earp, words don’t really come to mind; instead I start seeing faces of all the wonderful people this show has brought into my life. I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime and have met people I never would have if it weren’t for this little Canadian TV show. My life is so much fuller and richer because of Wynonna Earp, and I’m forever grateful.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

The first that comes to mind is a picture of Bonnie, Kevin and I at ClexaCon. While we had been talking basically every day and working on all kinds of projects together for almost a year, we had never all three met in person. This was the first time “The Three Amigos,” as we like to call ourselves, actually got to be in the same spot. Those two are special, one=of-a-kind people and I’m so, so grateful to have them in my life and by my side through all this!


The other photo is from the Wynonna Earp fandom panel we did at ClexaCon. Kevin, Bonnie, Sally and Rebecca from Fangirl Shirts and I were on a panel discussing the amazing fandom, and Autostraddle’s Valerie Anne was our moderator. Getting to sit up with some of my favorite people and talk about my favorite show and its lovely fans was a day I’ll never forget!


Dolls or Doc?

Um, have you met me? OK, fine, I guess there are some people reading this who don’t know me. I’m 100% a Doc girl through and through, make no mistake. Tim Also Good!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

I would follow Emily Andras anywhere, so take that for whatever number you’d like. I’ve been lucky enough to peek behind the curtain at times and see just HOW MUCH she cares. She’s always tirelessly working for the betterment of the show and to deliver for the fans. She has a huge heart and puts her all into Wynonna Earp, and I think it’s evident in the finished product. Yep, where Andras goes, I go!

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less. Or, if you prefer, Liszewbian.

Wynonna Earp is Emily through and through. (p.s. Liszewbian is definitely NOT a thing! Stop spreading that nonsense, Monica!)

[ Editor’s note — Totally a thing. ]

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

Do I have to pick just one? That relationship is the beating heart of the show for me and the most important one by far. I melt any time Wynonna refers to Waverly as “Baby Girl.” If I HAVE to pick just one, I’ll go with Season 1, Episode 2 where Wynonna and Waverly sit by the campfire while Doc fixes the mailbox. It was the type of moment where you could just see the magic that not only existed between the characters, but the insane amounts of chemistry that Melanie and Dominique had. Honestly, though, always just give me the Earp sisters sitting together talking about whatever and I’m good.

[ Editor’s note — I love that she chose a sisters moment that also included Doc. Way to stay on brand, Bridget. ]

How have you Earped your life?

Gosh, some would say that Wynonna Earp has taken over my life in many ways. I’m always trying to find ways to bring Wynonna coverage to the forefront and deliver interesting and fun articles for the fans.

In addition to all that, I think the show and fandom’s core values of positivity, inclusion and standing up for what’s right have really made their way more and more into my daily life. I’m very lucky to come from a place of privilege, and while I’ve always known that, I hadn’t truly realized what that meant until Wynonna Earp. Through meeting so many fans and gaining so many close friends who have had to experience hardships or intolerance based on who they are as people, those messages have really made an impact with me.

Everything feels a lot more personal to me now, especially issues such as lack of LGBTQ representation. Seeing and hearing directly from my close friends about how that affects them makes me hurt and feel so much more than I did before Wynonna Earp. I was aware before, but I didn’t know how big of a problem it was. Now I’m aware and I hurt and am angry about it. It’s why I’ve tried to use whatever platform I have at The TV Junkies to always bring representation issues up or celebrate shows, like Wynonna Earp, that are doing things right.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

I think it’s pretty clear to everyone in my life I’m kind of obsessed with the show, but recently explaining to my father-in-law the importance of my gifs during the live tweets is coming to mind at the moment. Bless him, he just sat there and listened and nodded at all the right places.

What is your favorite Melanie Scrofano face?

I love any and all Scrofano faces! I truly think Melanie is one of the best actresses on TV and we so lucky to have her as our lead. She seems to just get better and better, and I’m constantly amazed by her talents. The good thing is, I think she’s just getting started and we’re in for lots of Scrofano faces for years to come!

You’ve been given the task of explaining why Willa is the best Earp sister. Go!

Anyone who has talked to me about Wynonna Earp has probably gotten an earful about how I feel about Willa, and it’s not good. However, for you, I will try. Like Willa, I’m also the oldest of three girls and with that comes a lot of responsibility. Often parents are the strictest and expect the most out of the oldest child and it can be a tough burden to carry at times. Add in being the Earp heir and poor Willa had a lot on her shoulders. Let’s not forget that she was KIDNAPPED as a young girl and hidden away by Bobo. Yes, she did some evil things, but in many ways she was a complete victim.

OK, enough of that, Willa is still the worst!

Here’s where you can find Bridget:

@BridgetOnTV (personal Twitter)

@TheTVJunkies    (The TV Junkies official Twitter)

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/author/bridget-liszewski/ (all of Bridget’s writings at The TV Junkies)

 

#EarperView with @Deb_Renee

If you don’t know Deb, you definitely know her creations — or at least one of them. Deb is the artist behind Traveling Wynonna (a great idea from fellow Earper Julie Combs), and she was nice enough to send me one of my own. I’m sure that you’ll see a lot of the #WynonnaTravels hashtag at SDCC, at DragonCon, and basically anywhere there’s an Earper looking to have fun.

I had the pleasure of meeting Deb at ClexaCon in addition to chatting with her randomly via Twitter, and she’s ridiculously funny and sarcastic, which I find delightful. I also enjoy she and @VisitPurgatory’s frenemy-ship, as they get into some pretty epic “arguments.” I also had the honor of standing behind her in line when she met Kat Barrell for the first time, and it was so delightful. I’m so happy I got to see that outpouring of genuine joy (on both of their parts), even though she was a really tough act to follow for the second person in line — me.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

I’m a mom of three girls, two of whom are gay (we hoped the third one would be as well, but she was born straight and we still love her). I’ve been with my wife for 16 years and I work in an office. I do art sometimes. I Earp ALL the time.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I’ve followed Emily Andras for years; she’s my hero. I remember Lost Girl had just ended, and she started hinting at a project that she was working on. She said it would be supernatural, have a kickass female main character, and there would be ladies lovin’ ladies. SIGN ME UP, ANDRAS. I was on board from that day on.

Is this your first fandom?

Sort of. I was mildly fangirling over a small show called Banshee a few years ago (mostly because of one character – a sexy female police officer. CAN YOU IMAGINE??), but nothing like this. This is a lifestyle. A family. Nothing will EVER compare to this fandom for me.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

I happen to also be @HaughtsNose, which I created as a joke. Last season Kat did a video shout out to her “parts” accounts and offscreen, Dom reminded her of Haught’s Nose. Kat started laughing and it was delightful. BEST MOMENT!

What is your favorite con memory?

Meeting all the wonderful Earpers and friends I’ve made at Clexacon in March was a highlight of my life. Of course, getting a hug from Kat (SWOON FOREVER) is pretty high on that list! Ok, tied. They’re definitely tied.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

I have REALLY enjoyed making and sending out Wynonna Travels to all the Earpers who want one. I never get tired of seeing the cool adventures and sometimes just silly little activities people take her on. Also, Tim Rozon really seems to enjoy her and includes her in his periscopes (still majorly fangirling over this). She’s been all over the world now, and it’s amazing!

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Family, friendship, community, support, and a cast that continually surprises me with their love for their fans and each other. I can’t adequately express how I feel about this fandom, and it’s all wrapped around a show that makes me laugh, cry, be angsty and then get angry (mostly at Lucado, RIP) every week.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

Heck yeah! These are just a few of my very favorite experiences since being in the fandom. 😀

Dolls or Doc?

100% Doc. Those eyes!!

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

Why is there an upper limit? (I’m sorry, Deb. I’ll do better next time.)

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

No one makes me laugh as much (Don’t tell my wife I said that)

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

Hmm. This is a tough one. In season one, Wynonna and Waverly were sitting around the fire watching Doc fix their mailbox. That scene was so endearingly sweet and tender between them, it made me want to be their sister too!

How have you Earped your life?

I think aside from Wynonna Travels, the biggest way has been my wardrobe. I think I own somewhere in the neighborhood of ten Wynonna Earp-related T-shirts. Casual Friday at work is alllll about Wynonna now.

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

I explained Wynonna Earp to the surgeon’s assistant before I went in for my knee surgery recently. I was hooked up to an IV and was on the gurney and everything, but he HAD to ask what the word WayHaught on my T-shirt meant. He seemed SUPER interested (unless it was whatever was in the IV). I’m pretty sure I made another Earper.

What would happen if you touched the goo?

I wouldn’t be nearly as cool as the Earp sisters were. I’d probably just go around saying, “There is no Deb, only Zuul!” and then throwing up on things. Bonus points if you get that reference! (I get it, Deb. My ex used to quote that line all the time, so thanks for that trip down Horrible Memories Lane.)

Describe WayHaught’s ultimate date.

Don’t you think they’d really enjoy it if they came and picked me up and then the three of us went rowing around the lake feeding swans? And then we had a rom-com montage of laughing at each other’s jokes and having a food fight or something? I think they would *totally* enjoy that. 😀 (Nailed it.)

Here’s where you can find Deb and #WynonnaTravels:

@Deb_Renee (personal Twitter)

@HaughtsNose  (fandom Twitter alter-ego)

Search #WynonnaTravels to find all of Wynonna’ fun adventures on the Twitter

www.facebook.com/WynonnaTravels/ (the official #WynonnaTravels Facebook page!)

Wynonna Earp 2×06, AKA the One Where Everyone Took a Giant Nap and Then Were All In

Hello, Earpers! Emily Andras and company really took us on a ride this week, didn’t they? In what was an amazing first solo script from Caitlyn Fryers, this episode made me laugh, cry, internally scream, internally gay scream, and everything in between (and around). Seriously, after it was over, I turned to my wife (who doesn’t watch the show and was instead listening to music and crocheting) and said, “This is one of the best episodes of TV I have ever seen.” So grab some Beaver Buzz, find you a hot mixologist for snuggling, and wrap yourself in a bonus blanket to protect you from the feels. Let’s go!

Previously on Wynonna Earp, Doc and Rosie held hands, Tucker is a creeptastic weirdo, the Scoobies defeated the tentacle goo, freeing both Earp sisters from possession, Black Badge is gone, and Wynonna has gone forth and multiplied.

NotArt Moody and Dolls happen upon each other in an alley, and Moody vaguely threatens Dolls, at which point backup, Doc, shows up. They all pretend to be friends, and Moody tells them that Black Badge has cut the Scoobies loose, per the Powers that Be. Moody tells Dolls he should up and leave as well if he wants to live, but Dolls won’t leave until he finishes his mission. In a move that proves he’s not a complete douche canoe, Moody hands over some info on a beastie that Doc let loose with his dynamite — one of The Widows. Dolls asks Moody how a government agency can just disappear, and Moody tells him what we’ve all slowly started to realize — Black Badge isn’t a government agency, and never was.

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#EarperView with @EarpYourFandom

Hello, Earpers, and welcome to a new EarperView! This one is special to me because it’s the first one I’ve conducted with someone I’ve never actually met. You probably know Nic from Twitter as the awesome person who won the WayHaught banner (designed by Lora Innes) and Earped it forward by having Lora select another winner at random, @smf361998, who THEN decided to Earp it even more Forward by sending it to @WaverlyReyes to cheer her up as she recovered from surgery. Nic took the concept of EarpYourFandom even further, and I “met” her after being chosen as the winner of a T-shirt drawing. I asked her if she’d mind participating, and she was totally game.

The EarpYourFandom movement has shown us all such positivity, and those posts are a welcome break of positivity in the sometimes-bleak day-to-day. Somehow in between all of this, she finds time to do photo recaps of Wynonna Earp, too. I am looking forward to meeting Nic at Dragon Con so I can update this EarperView with a picture!

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

In the real world, many people call me “bp” or “beep” for my initials. I’m 34. I studied business admin at University of Florida and was later certified as a teacher. I taught high school math for about 6 years, both in the classroom and online. It was tough. Teenagers are not what they used to be. I did get to coach volleyball for a couple years, which was fun.

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