Hello, friends, and happy 2019! And what better way to start off the new Earp year with a new batch of EarperViews?
This week, we’re going to get to know the fine folks who are responsible for the best convention in New Orleans, Earp Expo! And first up is Kristin, the co-director of Operations and Logistics!
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
When I’m not Earpin’, I work full-time as an environmental consultant. I love to travel, and I’m so lucky my job allows me to visit many exotic places, such as Albany, New York; Providence, Rhode Island; and Trenton, New Jersey! Another perk of the job (besides driving in Mid-Atlantic/New England traffic) is I often find myself in interesting(?) situations that almost always equate to great stories, including one about a nursery and some unfortunately placed butt plugs. [ Editor’s note — okay, you have my attention. ]
Oh yeah, I’m also working on my M.S. in Biology and will be finishing in May right before Expo!
How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
I think I stumbled upon Wynonna Earp while I was watching Dark Matter. I kept seeing promos for this new show about some crazy chick with great hair and a big-ass gun. I thought to myself, “That show looks badass. I think I’ll give it a try.” And the rest is history. I’ve been hooked since the moment Kirsten got off the bus. Some may even call me an Earper OG. Seriously, it’s in my email signature.
Is this your first fandom?
Yes, it is! I feel like I hit the fandom lottery, too, because it can’t possibly get better than Earpers!
What is your favorite fandom memory?
Watching Episode 304 in a room full of Earpers at EH Con! Having other people to anxiously shriek at the TV with was awesome. Also, Emily and all of the writers were sitting behind me, so I got live commentary.
What is your favorite con memory?
Without a doubt, my favorite con memory is Dragon Con 2017. Earp Expo started as a group chat on Twitter for a bunch of Earpers going to Dragon Con. When we finally met in person, all of us got along so well it was like we’d known each other our entire lives. Being around a group of people that understood my fangirling was the absolute BEST feeling, and I made some of the best friends I’ve ever had.
That weekend we also had the lovely Sharon Belle and Winny Clarke join us for a get-together we planned at restaurant in downtown Atlanta. In between the drinking and mingling, we ended up watching the Season 2 premiere of their web series Swerve with them. It was a pretty cool experience.
There was also an incident with Sharon, a bottle of Knob Creek, and two food trays that I won’t mention. BUT since I’m a firm believer in pics or it didn’t happen, I’ll leave you with this…
What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
Is drinking an excessive amount of whiskey considered an Earper activity? If not, I’d say going cons. This past year, I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to travel all around the world doing Earpy things and have met some incredible people along the way. Earpers really are the best of us.
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
Yes! I currently have 2,308 photos on my phone and about 800 are WE related (the remaining 1,508 are pics of my cats and accidental screenshots I’m too lazy to delete). Here are a few…
This is from the fan lunch at SDCC17. It was the first time I met the cast!
I went to Calgary in June and got to tour Bleeding Art Industries. They have some very cool Wynonna Earp props. Definitely check it out if you’re in the area. #Squad
When in Purgatory…
This is from Love Fan Fest in Barcelona. Please focus your attention on the beautiful European Earpers around me and not the makeup melting off my face.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?
Yukon Gold 1,000%. Sweet potatoes are like Jolene’s cupcakes. They look delicious, but in reality they’re pure evil. Don’t @ me.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
Well since Fandras isn’t a thing, 0 (I’m a solid 12.5).
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
People’s Choice Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show of 2018
(Runner-up: Bananas and bootcuts and bangs, oh my!)
What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?
This question is so unfair! They’re all GREAT. But if I must choose, I’d probably say in Episode 206 when Wynonna finds out she’s pregnant. I ugly cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I hear Waverly say, “I’m not saying it’s gonna be okay. But I’m just saying, I’m here.”
Also, in Episode 202, when Wynonna and Waverly are slo-mo walking out of the demon spidey nursery looking like they’re coming back from the Kid’s Choice Awards from hell. I love a good slo-mo walk.
How have you Earped your life?
The week after I got back from SDCC17, I kind of permanently Earped my life…
What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
I’m organizing a 3-day party in New Orleans for 500+ of my closest friends. I think that’s pretty Earpy, right?
The Purgatory Scooby gang decides to take a vacation and ends up in NOLA for Mardi Gras. Tell us a little bit about what would happen.
Oh, this is good. I’ve never thought about a scenario like that before…
*proceeds to summarize 100 page script on Wynonna Earp’s Mardi Gras shenanigans*
Waverly, Nicole, Jeremy, and Robin decide to go on a double date at a Jazz club. After a few hours of sipping on Hurricanes and enjoying the live music, Nicole notices Waverly incessantly checking her phone with a look of concern on her face. When Nicole asks what’s wrong, Waverly tells her Wynonna is not returning her calls or texts and she’s afraid she’s going to miss the parade. Hoping to calm her girlfriend’s nerves, Nicole offers to go check on the elder Earp at the Bourbon Street bar they left her at.
When Nicole arrives at the bar, she spots a very intoxicated Wynonna covered in beads and dancing on the bar. As Nicole tries to make her way toward her, some overly friendly ladies block her path and refuse to let her pass until she takes a couple of over-priced body shots. Although Nicole politely and repeatedly declines, the shot girls are aggressively persistent (Seriously, beware of the Bourbon Street shot girls!), so she eventually agrees to drink them so they’ll let her through. When Nicole pulls out her wallet to pay the women, she quickly realizes she doesn’t have any cash and hastily makes her way to the ATM in the back of the bar. When she returns, Wynonna is nowhere to be found. Nicole frantically searches the bar but sees no sign of Wynonna. All of a sudden, Nicole hears yelling and she quickly makes her way outside to see what’s going on.
Wynonna had made her way onto a float of a passing parade and was generously tossing beads at spectators. Nicole makes a beeline for the float and just barely reaches it before the shots finally hit her. She stumbles towards Wynonna and when she finally reaches her, she hears Waverly yell, “Wynonna! Nicole! What are you two doing?! We were supposed to watch the parade, not be part of it!”. Before Nicole can answer, Wynonna whips around and says, “Waves, look! Beads!” and proceeds to toss her, Jeremy, and Robin the beads from around her neck. Finally noticing Nicole, she places beads around Nicole’s neck as she doesn’t want her red-headed comrade to feel left out. As Nicole attempts to drunkenly convince Wynonna to remove herself from the float, they are both pulled off by police officers and promptly arrested.
A panicking Waverly calls Doc for help bailing out Wynonna and Nicole. Doc, who is none too pleased about his outing to the local vampire bar (A REAL thing in New Orleans) being interrupted, begrudgingly agrees to help. Once the gang gets to the police station, Doc proceeds to glamour the officers and gets them to release Wynonna and Nicole from the drunk tank. Thankful for their friend’s resourcefulness, Wynonna and Nicole treat everyone to beignets at Café du Monde and spend the rest the evening enjoying each other’s company in a sugar-induced coma.
I…feel like this could happen at Expo?
Anyway, thank you so much, Kristin! I’ll see you back here tomorrow for another EarperView!