Earpers, welcome to the last in this week’s superfan EarperViews! Today we wrap up with Nic, who I had the pleasure of meeting at ClexaCon. One of my favorite things about her is that when she likes something, she is 1,407% invested, involved, and into it. She has tweets, she has playlists, she has gifs, she has pics– she has it all. And I’m here for it.
One of my favorite things about Earpers is how much so many of us support each other, and Nic is no exception. My Twitter is filled with her supporting our fellow fangirls, and every time I see that, it makes me smile. Because that’s why I’m here — to be entertaining and supportive…and to be entertained and supported in returned. Nic brings this every day.
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
I try not to think about non-Earp things, but since you’ve forced me…I’m a Portfolio Manager at a Higher Ed Learning company by day, and by night/every other moment I am fangirling like my life depends on it. I love dancing, music, and, when I can find time, I’m a bit of a nail art/manicure enthusiast.
How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
I remember seeing commercials for Wynonna Earp on Syfy and thinking, “Sassy female lead and demons?? I’m in!” It just so happened that people I already followed on Twitter felt the same way, so I was connected to the fandom pretty early on.
Is this your first fandom?
Not even close! Over the last 5 years or so, I’ve become immersed in so many fandoms, it’s hard to count. If I think back, the WWE (then the WWF) was probably the first fandom I was a part of back in the late ’90s, early ’00s. (Spoiler: Stephanie McMahon might also be my root.) I researched fic, recorded shows on VHS, and even took notes in a composition notebook so I wouldn’t forget the storylines! Nothing has come close to Wynonna Earp for me, though.
What is your favorite fandom memory?
Wow. That’s a tough one. It’s also tough to separate fandom memories from just friendship memories because that’s what this fandom is to me. You all are some of my closest friends, and I’m so grateful. If I had to pick, I would say the entirety of DragonCon this year. I wasn’t supposed to go for a variety of reasons, but I have an incredible group of friends who (gently) peer-pressured me once circumstances changed. I have never been more grateful for that nudge. Not only was I able to spend time with Earpers I already knew, but that Earper friendship circle multiplied after that weekend.
What is your favorite con memory?
NYCC 2016 gave me two of my favorite Earp memories. The first one is a bit self-serving. I had just had surgery on my Achilles and was wobbling around NYC on crutches, but I refused to miss our cast’s signing at Barnes & Noble. Mel took one look at me and was so concerned! She wanted to know what happened, so after joking that Valerie Anne pushed me down some stairs (she would NEVER), I told her the truth which was that I tore my Achilles playing kickball. This obviously led to her writing “Fuck kickball!” in my comic. (Still waiting on the kickball scene, Em. Maybe season 3.)
The second one (and she’ll kill me for this) was at the WE panel, and Valerie got up to ask a question. Emily of course shouted her out, and Mel, the angel she is, took a beat and then, recognizing, her said, “Oh!! Valerie Anne!” I loved this not only because VA is such a Good(TM), but it just shows how much this cast cares about their fans and recognizes the talent that exists in this fandom.
What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
It’s a tie between meet-ups and tweeting. This fandom is so quick and witty and hilarious, and both of those activities exhibit that.
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
I promised myself I wouldn’t get emotional about this, but here we go. I have never been a part of something like the Wynonna Earp fandom. Everyone from the fans to the cast to the crew to the media — they get it. This is special. I’m already long-winded, but if I could sum up Wynonna Earp in a few words, they would be: family. kindness. friendship. love.
During my lowest moments, Earpers have been there to lift me up. What other showrunner would see a tweet about anxiety/depression and reply, giving you words of hope? You almost never see that, and I hope the entire cast and crew know how much it means to us.
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
Earp Manicure, a very innocent and not at all creepy lineup of Andras candles (made by CT Nic and Taylor Burke), and my infamous photo op with Dom.
[ Editor’s note — I try not to be envious of much, but holy shit, do I wish I had one of those candles. ]
Widow Beth or Widow Mercedes?
Widow Beth. She doesn’t get enough credit!
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
The limit does not exist.
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
She gets it and she cares.
What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?
The relationship between Wynonna and Waverly is one of my favorite things about this show. It’s so complicated, but at the end of the day, they love each other so much and would do anything for each other. One moment that stands out to me is from season 1 when Wynonna is patching up Waverly’s wound and remarks that “dudes dig scars.” Waverly cautiously asks, “do chicks?” and the look on Wynonna’s/Mel’s face. The twitch was almost imperceptible, but to me it showed that Wynonna saw her sister, and it gave Waverly reassurance that who she was, was okay.
How have you Earped your life?
How have I NOT Earped my life is probably the better question. I own and have recently hung some Earp art in my apartment, I’ve done an Earp manicure, created Earp-centric playlists, the backgrounds of my work computers are Earp-related…should I keep going? 🙂
What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
If this counts, I coordinated a trip up to Massachusetts just to attend the NE Earper meetup even though I live in New Jersey. I’m talking…hitching a ride with a coworker who happened to be going to Boston, renting a car for two days, and using hotel points. (By the way, WORTH IT.)
The Earp manicure takes a close second place though.
The DEO takes on a special case with Black Badge. Describe Nicole’s interaction with Alex, and Jeremy’s with Kara. Is Waverly more jealous because of the hot lady paired with her girlfriend, or the hella-smart lady?
This is rude, for the record. [ Editor’s note — oh, for fuck’s sake, Nic… ](I also needed to read it a few times because the actor who plays Wynn is named Jeremy and my fandom brain was confused. ANYWAY.)
Knowing everything that Alex just went through with Maggie, Nicole would definitely take a beat to see if she’s okay and let her know she’s there to talk before diving right into the details of the case. I’m pretty sure there would be multiple eye-roll moments any time a dude tried to interrupt their sleuthing.
I’m picturing Kara and Jeremy as the comic duo who end up solving the whole thing because no one is taking them seriously the whole time.
If Waves was threatened at all by Alex, I think it would be a combination of her wicked smarts and basically perfect face. But she trusts her girl, ultimately.
Where you can find Nic:
Nic…thank you so much for agreeing to be EarperViewed! It means so much to me when people put a lot of thought into their answers, and everyone this week did. I hope you enjoyed superfan EarperView week, and I’ll see you next week for…
Whatever that means. 🙂