Hello, #Earpers, and welcome to a pre-holiday week of EarperViews! Five talented women have agreed to participate this week, so we’ll all get to know five of our fellow fangirls a little bit better. This week’s theme is creators — people in the fandom who are responsible for some of our favorite things.
Up first is Chantal Zeegers, is an amazing artist who creates some breathtaking Wynonna Earp art…and SuperCorp…and Sanvers and — well, you get the point. Chantal is the creator of our There’s Something in the Heir logo and also designed our Earpsplain tee. Like most Earpers, she’s a supportive fan — she RTs, comments, likes, etc., a lot of other fan art, in addition to podcasts and blogs and such, because she realizes there’s room for all of us here.
One of my favorite things about the Wynonna Earp fandom is how supportive they are, and Chantal is a great example. Also an example of crazy talented. Damn.
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
My non-Earper alter ego consists of taking care of my little apartment (which is in the midst of being renovated, i.e. me clearing out all the crap I’ve collected over the years before I can start with actual sanding down, cleaning for repainting), two cockatiels, my little dog love Jordan (who comes with a set of instructions due to his past), and helping out a single mom with her three kids (4-year-old girl and nearly 3-year-old twins). In the midst of that I’m trying to get myself back into the work field with the thing I love to do most — art.
How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
The first time I heard of Wynonna Earp was when a friend of mine alerted me to a commercial about it, telling me, “It’s exactly like that weird demony shit that you like in your shows, and infused with some real-life history.” I quite like my history and I’ve definitely heard of the Wyatt Earp history before (I’ve seen pretty much every movie/series that’s come out about him/Doc and their adventures), so I was curious from the get-go. Then I read about it being about his great-great-granddaughter and my first thought was, ‘Wyatt didn’t have any surviving children; how in the hell is that going to be explained?” Along came the first episode and my brain just went, “Who cares about factual history this is fucking awesome?” And when Nicole Haught came along in episode two, I was sold and a true Earper was born.
Is this your first fandom?
It is definitely not my first fandom. My first real foray into fandom was Xena: Warrior Princess. It was the first time I really got into something. Two years later, Buffy the Vampire Slayer came along, and I got myself caught in two fandoms (and I even was a part of the staff on the short-lived Buffy Fanclub in my country), but it also got me started in graphic art and web design. When The 100 premiered, I tried getting into it in first season, but I couldn’t…until Clexa came along and I started following that storyline and I really honed my art. And then Wynonna Earp came along and the rest, as they say, is history.
What is your favorite fandom memory?
I don’t think there’s a single favorite. The fandom has done a lot of cool things — Girl On Top, Earp With Kindness, Earp It Forward, raising money for various charities, etc. I think my favorite fandom memories are the ones where the fandom comes together for something. Next to that…the response I’ve received from the cast on my art.
What is your favorite con memory?
Unfortunately I haven’t had the pleasure of actually attending a con yet, but I was sitting nervously in front of the computer screen for the live stream of the San Diego Comic Con Wynonna Earp panel where they announced the show was renewed for a second season and that was amazing.
What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
Creating art. Talking Wynonna Earp.
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
It has come to mean pretty much everything. For the first time in a long while I’ve truly felt home. Not only have our fellow Earpers have embraced each other with love and kindness and support, but the cast and crew have embraced their fans as well. I have yet to see a fandom where this has happened to this extent. I’ve found my true family in a little group called Hugs & Tats that have meant more for/to me than I can ever express.
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
I mean…if Papa Earp approves of a piece of your art, that’s walking on cloud nine.
The poster that started getting me some real buzz in the WE fandom for my art.
The one where I accidentally created a heart design whilst coming up with a birthday poster for Purgatory Daily. It fits, though — that show is my heart.
Widow Beth or Widow Mercedes?
*insert a ‘both’ gif right here*
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
There is no limit to that scale.
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
Fandras is a thing because Emily has taken a trope, taken several tropes, thrown them upside down and given those tropes the finger. Emily, and therefore the show, continue to grow and expand their knowledge and representation by actually listening to their audience.
What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?
That’s a literal toss-up between the end of 2×06 and the Season 2 finale. “Waverly Earp — YES, EARP.” To this day, whenever I read that, or hear it in my head…I tear up.
How have you Earped your life?
There are shirts, hoodies, posters, the beautiful fanart book by Kelly Blake. There are several comic books on the way, some gorgeous prints by Lora Innes, there’s the DVD…and many more things will be added. There’s also mentioning and recommending the show whenever I can.
What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
Next to designing the logo for There’s Something In The Heir? That’s actually a thing that has not happened yet, but hopefully very soon. The Earper fandom is ALL about Earping It Forward, Earping With Kindness — spreading love, kindness and positivity — and I have some things planned that do exactly that.
The 77 Revenants have been defeated. What does life look like for our Purgatory Scooby gang two years after Wynonna’s sent them all back to hell?
There’s a few bullet points that come to mind, and this could be for both a demon-free and demon-filled Purgatory (they live in the Ghost River Triangle, after all).
- (Demon Filled Purgatory) The gang still together fighting the forces of evil
- Waverly and Nicole vacationing and exploring the world together (and, you know, marriage and all that)
- Sherrif Nicole Haught
- Wynonna and Doc reunited with their little girl
- Wynonna and Doc, Wynonna and Dolls (or possibly WynDolliday) — either way I’d be happy.
- Are we counting Rosita as one of the 77? Because I’d like to see her now living her life like she was supposed to instead of getting caught in the crossfire
- Jeremy doing his science thing and getting himself a beautiful man
- Dolls keeping the peace still
Here’s where you can find Chantal:
Many thanks for participating, Chantal! And all of these designs are the perfect post-holiday gift for yourself, a friend, or your best galpal!
I’ll see you all back here tomorrow for another EarperView!