#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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#EarperView with @zum_hingst

Happy Thursday, Earpers! Today’s EarperView is with Patricia, one of the artists featured in the EH Con Canada artists’ alley.

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

When I’m not Earping I run a machine shop that makes high precision parts for the aerospace, medical and printing industries.  I’m a big sci-fi/fantasy fan.  I love reading sci-fi novels including books by William Gibson and Tad Williams. I enjoy team sports and I have played competitively as an ice hockey goalie. I’m into sports cars and enjoy building and racing them.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I was cruising the internet and came across a Wayhaught clip/GIF, (the Nedley’s office/first kiss scene).  I thought “oooh this is interesting” so I started watching Wynonna Earp and was immediately hooked.

Is this your first fandom?

I’m totally into sci-fi/supernatural shows, but there are only a select few that I’m really passionate about and probably will be for life. I’ve been to multiple Star Wars and Star Trek cons, meeting the actors and fans.   I’m also a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and now Wynonna Earp.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Clexacon in 2017 was my favorite fandom memory.  It was the first time I met other Earpers. My flight to Vegas was delayed by 7 hours so I missed the Earper meetup, and I barely made it to the Wayhaught panel. which was amazing.   I met Bonnie and Kevin, who I recognized from the podcast, and also got to know some Earpers from my hometown, Vancouver. There was a WayHaught duo autograph session and the line-up was less than 10 minutes’ wait time!! Imagine that! Hahaha  

It was a great introduction into how awesome the Earper fandom can be!

What is your favorite con memory?

There are so many great memories from the cons I’ve been to, but the best memory was the episode watch with the cast and writers at EhCon 2018.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Watching and re-watching Wynonna Earp, of course!  I enjoy meeting up with the local Earper fan group and reading WE fanfiction.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Wynnona Earp has been my muse!  It’s a creative experience where I get to do my everyday work but create something that means a lot to me personally.  I love designing an object I think is cool and is meaningful to me – and then sharing it with other Earpers and the cast. It’s a dream.

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

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A pic of Kim and I with the cast of Wynonna Earp at EhCon2018.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Yukon Gold!

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

I think I’m a solid 9.

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


Wynonna Earp is your job now.”

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

In the first season, the conversation they have when they are drinking the bubble gum sake.

How have you Earped your life?

I dress Earper. Think Earper. Talk Earper. Chat with Earpers and Fight for Wynnona.

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

Put on my plaid Earper shirt and blasted the centre out of a target with a rifle at the local shooting range on Friday night with my wife and her sister. Wynonna made me do it!  I wouldn’t have done that pre-Wynonna.

If you could make a custom metal piece for four characters, what would they be and why?  

I would machine these custom metal pieces for the four 4 main characters:

  • Wynonna – Buntline replica gun
  • Waverly – Angel Wings
  • Nicole – Sheriff’s Badge
  • Doc – Playing cards and poker chips 

Thanks so much for playing along, Patricia, and I’ll see the rest of you gentle readers back tomorrow for the last EarperView in the EH Con Canada series.

#EarperView with @QueerComicsLvr

Today’s EarperView is with Fabi, the Secretary for the EH Con Canada Board of Directors.

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

My name is Fabi and I live in Northern Canada; Whitehorse, Yukon. Love the outdoors, sports, TV, and traveling.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I read an article during the first season and decided to check it out; loved the show and joined Twitter because of it and that’s how I discovered this amazing fandom.

Is this your first fandom?

It was, yes.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

First time I saw on social media fans Earping it Forward. It just shows how kind and amazing Earpers are.

What is your favorite con memory?

All of EH Con Canada 2018. 😉

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Having tacos and vegan donuts.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

It means strong women and positive LGBTQ characters.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

YUKON for sure.

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

11

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

Positive LGBTQ2SA+ representation.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

All of them. I can’t pick one.

How have you Earped your life?

Joined EHCon Canada planning committee.

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

Named my Pokemon go trainer after Nicole Haught 😉 There are quite a few of us Earpers pogo players o.o

The gang gets invited to a Halloween party and decides to go as the Spice Girls. Who dresses up as who?

  • Wynonna as Ginger Spice
  • Doc as Scary Spice
  • Waverly as Baby Spice
  • Nicole as Sporty Spice
  • Jeremy as Posh Spice

Thanks, Fabi, for playing along, and I’ll see you all back tomorrow for another EarperView!

#EarperView with @peakearp

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. 

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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!

Lena Luthor Believes in You

Hello, friends. What an episode. It’s always nice to be reminded why you started watching a TV show in the first place, isn’t it? Because this episode was everything I knew Supergirl could be, and it didn’t disappoint. It relied on the power of its women to carry the storyline (and each other), and that’s when this show is at its strongest.

I’m sure the fact that Lex was nowhere to be seen didn’t hurt.

This episode opens up right where the last one left off — Lena is zip-tied to her chair (I can forgive you for a lot, Eve, but I may not be able to let this one go), unconscious (really, this is unforgivable), and Alex bursts in with the DEO, alien gun blazing. “Lena!” she cries, voice full of love. Or whatever. Maybe I’m projecting.

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Lena Luthor Is Smarter Than You’ll Ever Be

Hello, friends and fellow Lenasexuals. It’s been a while. But I’m here now, and isn’t that all that matters?

I have a lot of thoughts on Lena from this season, from her suits to her boxes, but I’m just going to do a quick Lenacap of last week’s episode, 4×15, “O Brother Where Art Thou,” AKA the episode in which we met Lena’s dad father elder uncle grandpa extremely older brother, Lex. Man, it’s like Supergirl said, “Wow, we haven’t had a condescending white guy be a prick in a while, so what could we do?” Well done on that account, I guess, but to no one’s surprise, a lady is the one who bears the brunt of his assholery.

You can probably see where this is going, but let’s go there anyway, shall we?

We open on the four-years-ago Luthor siblings as Lex gloats about — you know what? Who cares. Lex is being a dick by somehow introducing the world to a red sun and killing random people, and Lena just wants him to fucking chill out, because Lena Luthor Is A Good Person. Step aside, straight white guy. No one cares. Especially Lena. At least she looks good.

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You can tell it’s a flashback because her eye makeup isn’t as sharp.

Just have you and Superman pull them out and measure, Lex. Isn’t that what this is really about?

So now Lex is being eaten alive by kryptonite cancer or something and was granted a mercy furlough to see his sister. That…seems unlikely, but whatever. What we do find out is that Lena has been talking to him for at least six weeks, and Lex apparently pulled some strings to get her in with the DEO. Whatever, dude. She could have done it herself. Anyway, he wants her Harun-El, but Lena isn’t ready to save him yet. Plus, it isn’t ready and could maybe kill him. I mean, we all have to take risks. That’s just one of them.

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Me when I’m expected to believe Jon Cryer

is an appropriate age to play Lex Luthor in this universe.

We get a condescending interaction with Lex and Eve, designed just to throw us off the fact that she’s been in his skull cap for years, and Eve tells Lena James has been shot. So of course Lena rushes to the hospital and gratefully embraces…Kara, who she was so worried about.

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Um, why are we all here again? Oh, right. James.

Lena starts to spiral as she starts a “don’t they know who I am” huff, and Brainy reminds her of her boxes. Er, so to speak.

Alex finds Lena waiting outside of James’ hospital room and encourages her to summon a scientific breakthrough through “sheer force of will,” which of course she does. But let’s focus on the important things about this scene.

 

Gay.

Alex believes in Lena. Period. Full stop. The woman who used to spend holidays alone, working, has the director of the DEO telling her that she is extraordinary.

Alex encourages Lena to try and find “another resource,” and for some reason, we’re supposed to believe that Lex is the key to her figuring out the Harun-El. Okay, sure. Whatever. I’ll give you a pass on this one because Lena is about to put on The Suit and I just want to get there. Lena tells Lex she doesn’t trust him, but she needs him, and I managed not to throw up in my mouth, so let’s cut our losses and move on, shall we?

Ever since they were kids, Lex has told Lena she was an idiot, and that has driven her to be a better person, so that’s what he’s doing here. Oh, Lena. Lena, Lena, Lena. You are so much better than this. You’ve never stood behind a man, so why are you letting one pull your strings and lead you where he wants you to go? The show is really showing us one of Lena’s few weaknesses as a human. She knows she’s the smartest person in the room, and she’s right every single time. But she has a blind spot when it comes to her biological family in that she’s always seeking their approval while simultaneously feeling like she never deserves it, all the while feeling like she can never be truly good because she’s a Luthor.

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Seriously, did prison age you like 40 years?

And Lex is smart enough to capitalize on it, then takes credit for all of her successes, like most mediocre men. I’m getting angry. Let’s see her again, shall we?

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Oh, and then he compliments her and says he’s proud of her, which is just another attempt to manipulate her, really. Kara’s Kryptonite may be, well, Kryptonite, but Lena’s is her never-ending search for familial approval…and the lack of realization that she doesn’t need it.

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Big Harun-El Energy.

Oh, and then we have another misleading scene where Eve tries to “convince” Lena that it’s a bad idea to work with Lex. Eve, you are communism, and this is a red herring.

Lena, with Lex’s help, figures out the Harun-El, and I have no problem believing that Lena can bioengineer a cure for everything out of mysterious alien black rock. What I have an issue with is that she needed Lex to do it.

Lena’s sad because James is in surgery and she can’t help him, and then Lex tells her some story about a douchily named dog named Ignatious how he met her mother once and she was nice, and while all of the Luthors are a trash fire, Lena comes from a good person. And because apparently Lena has turned into a human who can’t do anything without her brother’s influence, she races off to the hospital to be with her ex, an ex who she says she broke up with because she didn’t want him to find out she’d been working with Lex, but in my mind, she just realized she could do better. Potato, pot-tah-to.

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If I go to the hospital, does that mean I have to see James again,

or can I just hang out with the Danvers sisters?

Sweet lesbian Jesus, look at that eye makeup.

At Lex’s prompting (barf), Lena busts into James’ operating room, ignoring all scientific and medical protocols, tells everyone to leave or they’re fired, and injects James with the Harun-El as Alex and Kelly (Ally? Kelex? AgentOlson?) look on. I mean, I guess she’s saving him anyway with her magic serum, but could she have stopped for 30 seconds and washed her hands and put on a mask?

Anyway, whatever. She saves him. I just hope that one of the side effects of Harun-El is that you don’t attempt to date people who are better than you.

And then we find out that Lex has been playing his sister like a fiddle all along. He had James shot so she would finish the serum AND test it out on him, all so Lex could have it injected into himself and he could escape his creepy mansion compound. Oh, and Secret Double Agent Eve Tessmacher has been working with him all along, which I guess includes when she worked for Cat Grant at Catco? Uh, okay. I guess that’s one way to play the long game. Maybe Lex is the one who told Lena to buy Catco in the first place? Except LENA LUTHOR HAS NEVER STOOD BEHIND A MAN.

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Me at their attempts to make Lena appear weak.

So Lex Luthor, who hates at least Kryptonians, if not all aliens, with every fiber of his being, is relying on alien tech to keep him alive? Alien tech that’s been morphed into a serum that only his sister could figure out? You’re not the man of tomorrow, Lex. You’re the boy of yesterday. Sit down.

So this show has taken the “healthiest” familial relationship that Lena has, which is with her sociopathic brother who has tried to kill her multiple times, and made it so he not only double-crossed her but he took one of her friends/most trusted coworkers with him. And this is after introducing us to this human piece of garbage and then gifting him a lighthearted romp at the end of the episode where he gleefully uses his supervillain toys to kill a bunch of people…all while Lena lay unconscious, chained to a wheelchair, with Eve standing guard. Careful, Supergirl. You’re walking a fine line (again) in a show that’s supposed to support women, not beat them down and use their misfortune to further the storyline of a guy.

Random Thoughts of Randomness:

  • Whose strings is Lex pulling? The president’s?
  • I am amused that Lena doesn’t go for “he’s my ex” and instead chooses “I own this hospital” as the reason she should be able to see James. But I guess that tracks. Also, is there a business in town Lena Luthor doesn’t fucking own? I suspect she came up with the recipe for the sticky buns at Noonan’s and probably also owns the gym she and Kara were spinning in. And I’ve also heard she owns the National City Lakehawks.
  • Lena totally knows Kara is Supergirl, what with her “Supergirl is the one who saved you; you should be thanking her.” I see you, Lena. I see you.
  • The Eve reveal was equal parts completely expected and so fucking shocking that I clutched my gay pearls. It had been in my mind all along that she could be evil, but honestly, Andrea Brooks’ portrayal was so honest and sincere and lovely, I just decided I was being paranoid. How could Eve be anything but good, like Lena?

The Danvers Sisters, Kelly Olson, and Nia Nall Corner:

  • What if Alex “finds out” that Kara is Supergirl because Kelly tells her? You know, because James is Kara’s “best friend.”
  • Also, James is not Kara’s best friend. It’s Lena. Get it together, Alex.
  • Kara not being at the hospital probably just feels like the last thing in a long line of her not being there for her sister. Because Alex doesn’t remember Kara rushing out on mashing the potatoes in her Supergirl uniform; she just knows she wasn’t there. This storyline has been really interesting and heartbreaking and shows us all just how important these sisters are to the fabric of this show, and I’m ready to Tara Maclay it all and skip to the end now and have them be happy.
  • I’m so happy to meet an Olson that I don’t automatically hate.
  • Is it weird that I expected Kelly to call James “Jimmy”?
  • The second best thing about this episode was the Nikazie Instagram live after it ended.

And, because I love you all, have some Bonus Suit.