In line at FanExpo, someone complimented the Wonder Woman belt I had just purchased at the convention. Clearly, this was a lady with excellent taste. My wife and I would end up going to dinner with this belt-liking woman, Heidi, (and two other lovely people), and we would end up talking every day. We only live about three hours apart, so we see each other more frequently than I do my other “imaginary” Twitter friends.
Just Fandras-ing, like we do.
She drove to Pittsburgh to hang out in a bar full of people that she didn’t know for my 40th birthday and she agreed to go to Dragon Con together. When I need a fandom assist or someone to talk theories with, she’s always there to lend a hand. When I wasn’t able to watch an episode of Wynonna Earp, she set up a live stream so I could see Goononna. She’s my platonic Ride or Die, and I’m so happy I’ve had two (soon-to-be-three!) con experiences with her. Heidi is one of the most supportive friends I have, and without her encouragement, these EarperViews (and maybe my Unnecessarily Long Recaps) wouldn’t exist!
Anything in italics are my comments.
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
Boring (Heidi is not boring) loner who misses most social cues, works in market research, volunteers at the cat shelter four days a week (might actually be a cat), and is obsessed with vintage toys and pop culture. Self described sporty & nerdy.
How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
Actually from @CloneNic on Twitter. She tweeted about the show before it premiered, and I was intrigued. I’m not the cool kid who has shows on her radar. I joined the live tweet and found the fandom through that.
Is this your first fandom?
Technically yes. I’ve found other fandoms late in the game and lurked in the periphery. I was never invested because there was so much drama. It has been amazing being a part of this fandom from the beginning.
What is your favorite fandom memory?
Watching the cast find out and then announce at SDCC that we got a 2nd season. And then the interview Emily gave saying it was all because of the #Earpers. To know that our voices were heard and taken seriously is pretty amazing. The joy when they found out made me tear up.
What is your favorite con memory?
We were blessed with awesome & intimate experiences at FanExpo & ClexaCon. But the best part was meeting so many Twitter friends in real life. People look at you funny when you say you have Twitter friends. Some of us live in rural areas; some maybe aren’t out or aren’t super social. Some like me have amazing “real-life” friends, but they’re married with kids, don’t watch any of the shows I do, or aren’t nerds into cons. These people I’ve met through Twitter and this show are real friends and meeting them in real life solidifies that.
What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
Probably the live tweeting and follow-up Whiskey & Donuts. You’re supporting your show and connecting in real time. We all have that “oh, holy shit” moment together.
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
Fun Friday nights and friendship. This show has built a real, positive community. Whether someone is raising money, having a bad day, going through something scary, or celebrating something good, people respond. We all come together for watching, tweeting, con-going, etc.
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
You’re in the best one; definitely share it if Jill doesn’t.
Dolls or Doc?
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
Um, if you screenshot the tweet reply you got from her & haven’t deleted the notification, does that make you a 10? Asking for a friend. (It makes you an 11!)
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
She supports us; we support her.
Favorite Earp sisters moment?
This question is just mean. 😉 How does anyone pick one moment? I’m going with the end of The Blade, S1E4. Wynonna realizes the one she hurt the most was Waverly. She lists all the reasons she thinks why; there are a lot. None are right. Waverly has to confess the true reason. In the end, they have a heart-to-heart and lay it all out there. I feel like this was a turning point for them and makes them stronger for the fight to come.
How have you Earped your life?
I’ve got amazing artwork by Lora Ines and K!RA on my walls. I have a closet full of fandom shirts (shout out to Fangirl Shirts). I went and added a Wynonna Earp tattoo to my four other pop-culture tattoos. My iTunes library has a lot of the music featured on the show. I try really hard to get friends to watch!
Doc, Dolls, Waverly, Nicole, and Wynonna are forming the O-H-I-O. Who is what letter, and who gets left out?
Ohio is the heart of it all. The sister relationship is the heart of the show, so I’d put a sister on each end. I have an H name and always try to be the H. We’ll give that to Officer Haught. Now, who gets to be the I? I’m giving it to Dolls. Doc is from Georgia and has probably never heard of football. And if he did, he’d probably be an SEC fan.
Thanks so much for participating, Heidi! Such lovely answers. Please enjoy this bonus picture from ClexaCon, everyone!