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!)