#EarperView with @DBenitez95

Today’s final EarperView is with Diana Benitez, graphic designer for EH Con Canada and who is also featured in artists’ alley.

Tell us a little bit about your non-Earper alter ego.

Not much to tell, but I spend most of my time either drawing, watching TV, or playing video games. I do also attend a church regularly, and work at a coffee shop. I have a dog named Boe, and a lot of family that I see very often. 

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I found Wynonna Earp after reading a preview of the comic that was included with one of my copies of Orphan Black Helsinki. I had forgotten about it for a while, but saw a gifset of Nicole Haught on tumblr and decided to officially check out the show! I later became involved in the fandom mostly through Twitter and Instagram after posting my first WayHaught fanart. 

Is this your first fandom?

Nope! I was heavily involved in The 100 fandom — mostly just for Clexa — and I was also very involved in the SuperCorp fandom for a while. There’s a lot of fandoms I’ve been a part of, but Clexa and Wynonna Earp have been my favorites. 

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Probably the 100 horse sized ducks vs. 100 duck sized horses discussion. Though I may be biased since it happened at EHCon.

What is your favorite con memory?

Personally, my favorite con memory was at EHCon 2018 when I finally got to meet Tim Rozon. It was very surreal, and it was a childhood dream come true. I also really enjoyed being able to moderate and organize the Fans of Colour panel, which Varun and Chantel were a part of. 

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

I like the cons. Although I’ve only been to one, it’s such an amazing feeling being in a place where everyone shares the same interests. I also enjoy the Earp it Forward initiative; I think it’s a great way to show that fandom can be so much more than just people watching a show. 

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

To me, Wynonna Earp means growth and understanding. It’s amazing how well the fandom — or at least most of the fandom — has learned to listen and take to heart the concerns of others. It’s not often that a fandom is able to have differing opinions on a topic, and still have a civil and safe discussion about it. This fandom is special in ways that I can’t explain.

Are there any pictures you’d like to share of your Wynonna Earp experience?

One of my favorite moments: meeting Tim, and being photo-bombed by Melanie (who hung around my table afterwards and chatted with me about my art)

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Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Sweet potato.

On a scale of 1 to 10, how much do you Fandras?

I would say 10.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less.

Everything Emily makes is gold.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

Season one finale when Wynonna was immediately willing to trade Peacemaker for Nicole’s life once she realized Waverly loved her. 

How have you Earped your life?

Everything I do is Earp. I’ve gotten my siblings to watch the show, have brought them to every Earp event I can, and have even been able to bring my brother to meet Varun, whom he adores. 

What’s the Earpiest thing you’ve ever done?

I went to a Blue Jays game with 150-ish other earpers (one of whom was Andrea Higgins).

Who of the regular characters on Wynonna Earp do you think is the best artist?

I don’t know if she counts as regular, but I think Rosita is secretly an art connoisseur. 

Many thanks to Diana and all of the lovely people affiliated with EH Con Canada who agreed to participate in EarperViews this week. Special thanks to Bonnie for helping me put this together. If you want more info about EH Con Canada, head over to their website to check it out!


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