For today’s EarperView, we have Michelle, Graphic and Web Designer for EH Con Canada.
Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.
When I’m not Peak Earping-it-up, I’m Michelle – a freelance graphic designer in Vancouver, BC. Mine is a sweet little life filled with the emotional ups and downs of freelancing, the blissful privilege and community of playing in a bunch of queer sports leagues, and the soft and steady delight of being partner to my partner (her name is Nat – or Haught_Collar but more on that below).
How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?
Like many individuals – closeted (like me at the time) or out and proud (like me now) – I found myself in a YouTube rabbit hole that took me to a certain Wayhaught meet-cute scene…my curiosity was piqued (I promise I’ll only make that pun once). I discovered this was from a show filming in and around my home province of Alberta, and after I gobbled up the aired episodes online, I tuned in live for the last few episodes of Season 1. I fired up a long-inactive personal Twitter account to discover that the cast and showrunner were super active online, and I’m not too proud to admit that having both Tim and Dom personally welcome me into the fandom (HOW CANADIAN) was a huge part of that initial pull to engage more online with the group of people I was learning had just recently christened themselves as “The Earpers”. My desire to play with some aspect of anonymity lead me to create the Peak Earp twitter account and… I was on my way!
I want to say that Bonnie (@WynonnaFans) impressed me again and again in those early months after the finale aired as we petitioned for a second season. She was the leader we all rallied around, and I have no doubt in my mind that the show would have quietly faded into the Canadian back-40 if not for her efforts to point us eager fans and our #nochill all in the right direction.
Is this your first fandom?
It is! I am surprised and delighted and maybe a little bemused to find that an online fandom has literally changed my life. How 21st century of me, I think. I still find it a little funny to tell new people the story of how Nat and I met (“well we both had these Twitter fan accounts for a Canadian sci-fi western TV show…. you know how it is”) but almost without exception I find that people find our story charming and a little magical. I certainly do.
What is your favourite fandom memory?
The day that Nicole’s blog “Road to Purgatory” was released and the fandom had to figure out the password was absolutely EPIC in my mind. Everyone was so good at not spoiling the fun, and you had to DM someone if you really couldn’t figure it out on your own. Once we had all consumed the content we then obsessed over what Waverly’s emoji sign-off “cat-eggplant-flower-plane” might signify. I love that stuff.
What is your favourite con memory?
My only con was last year’s EH Con Canada (I find cons wildly overwhelming, which begs the question why I choose to be so involved with organizing one, lol, but Acts of Service is my love language, okay?). So in no particular order: watching that episode live with 500 Earpers AND the Wynonna Writers; our FOC panel; watching my pal Allie absolutely charm her way along as moderator of the Digital Howard panel; watching Nat run an auction seemingly effortlessly (has she done this before?) before the final cast panel.
What is your favourite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?
Live tweeting. The thrill of all that new content competing with the mad rush to get the joke or hot-take out there first (always a futile endeavour), followed by the eventual resignation to simply enjoy the episode and read out the funniest tweets during the commercial breaks.
What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?
It is overwhelming when I think of it. My partner is because of this show. My closest pals in Vancouver are because of this show, and they brought Nat and I into so many queer communities within the city, so by extension almost my entire community is because of this show. I also tapped into some weird and wacky patriotism I never really knew I possessed because of this show (IT IS A 10 OUT OF 10 PRODUCTION DID YOU KNOW). What kind of magical TV show IS this?
Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?
Before the Vancouver Earper group became what it is today (gloriously large) our little group was just myself, Nat, Rebecca, Franzi, and Sweet Baby Rae. This is my #VanEarpFam and I love them all. The second picture was when Nat and I first met Bonnie and I totally fangirled because I AM HUMAN and also see above re: highly respecting Bonnie’s efforts in this fandom.
Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?
Yukon Gold, because this potato was developed in Guelph, Ontario, by a coupla canucks (seriously can someone explain my weird Canadian pride to me?).
On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?
If I were to proclaim this nationally I would say “Ten out of ten; dix sur dix.”
Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.
She gives a damn. Isn’t that exceptional?
What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?
I mean, I am not known as the Kevin in my little Earper group or anything, so I humbly suggest the entire scene of Wynonna giving birth and Waverly with Peacemaker as my contribution to whoever is the current Webmaster of the-earp-sisters-are-very-important-to-me-dot-tumblr-dot-com.
How have you Earped your life?
My partner Nat and I met 3 years ago because we both had fan accounts on Twitter for this show, and even though we were 4000 km apart, we flirted so voraciously on Twitter via ridiculous things like #Rhymetime and mashing up Wynonna and Hamilton quotes/lyrics that Nat moved across the country after 6 months.
What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?
Being a part of the EH Con Canada planning team two years and counting! This is a whole other part-time job for much of the year, but I do it because I am so weirdly proud of this group of Canadian talent and want to celebrate them.
If you could change anything about Wynonna Earp to make it more Canadian, what would you change?
Monica. I love you for this question. Because even though IT IS A 10 OUT OF 10 PRODUCTION, even though the Alberta skies light up our screens scene after scene, even though the Canadian winter is this lurking, subtly present force both for the cast/crew and for the characters… I contend it could be more Canadian. Namely, I am sooooo irritated that they have made the creative decision to be vague about where Purgatory is. It is clearly in Alberta, JUST SAY IT ALREADY.
Thanks, Michelle, for playing along, and I’ll see you all tomorrow for another EarperView!