Saturday at #DragonCon

Our day started out with a lot of laughter. Let me tell you, everyone should con with my friends. I mean, go to a con with them. Not attend a long set of lies designed to rip someone off. Attend a fan convention. 


Cosplaying as people kicked out of Yiska’s cult. 

Among the hilarity this morning was naming the space between two platonic friends sharing a double bed The Ghost River Triangle. Don’t cross the line!

We made our way to the con — then stopped and went back to the hotel because someone forgot their pass, during which Michelle passed the Amy Acker test. I whispered it from 20-plus feet away, and she turned around immediately after not hearing Heidi yelling at her from the same distance. Then we finally headed to the con again and I powered through a burrito bowl with a metric ton of mushrooms for breakfast. #YinzerClassy


MUSHROOMS FOREVER. 

We did some shopping and then headed to the autograph area, after being released from the clutches of the parade. Emily was nice enough to sign the screenshot of when she blocked me on Twitter. 

And then the Yiska reject cosplayers got a selfie with our beaver overload. 


SQUATS! SQUATS! SQUATS!

I met the lovely and talented Shamier Anderson and told him about our friend who is super excited for his full frontal dragoning.

We headed to the fan panel and Heidi and I came up with a really great Peacemaker theory. I kind of wanted to ask the attacking question “what is your favorite Earp sisters moment,” but I ran out of time. 

Heidi and I stood in line for the cast panel while Michelle and BP went to a 100 panel, and that panel was amazing…except I had to leave in the middle of it to pee. Whoops. Should have gotten a small coffee. 

Then my pals had a 100 photo op in which they basically said “you suck” to the dudes. I don’t know anything about this show, but I do like pretty ladies. 


Michelle loved Tasya’s accent, while Heidi didn’t realize she spoke to them. Don’t know what BP thought. She didn’t tell me, and she’s not here. I’m sure I’ll get notes. 

We hit the Five Truths and a Lie panel with Kat and Dom, and that was…interesting. So grateful that Kat is our Nicole and not some rich leather-working real-estate magnate. 

We wandered around a bit outside because the Marriott was a clusterfuck and ended up back in our hotel room drinking warm Corona out of a can, because Yinzer/Iowan classy. 

Another successful day in the books! I can’t believe it’s half over. I’m sure we will get into more trouble tomorrow, and maybe even answer that age-old fandom question, mushrooms or pineapple on pizza?

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Season 2 #EarperView Wrap-up

Hello, friends. Wow. What a wonderful experience the EarperViews have been for me. In any crowd of people, I always wonder what people’s stories are, and this was a great way to get to know my fellow Earpers. I hope you all enjoyed reading them as much as I enjoyed writing them. It was an amazing experience, except for all of the times people accused me of ATTACKING THEM with my questions. Ahem.

I have had so much fun doing these, and when I began, I honestly had no idea if people would even read them or not, much less like them. I thought I might be lucky if like 20 people read the first one, and I would be beyond stoked if that happened. I was nervous that everyone other than my very good friends would turn me down, and I would be stuck in the middle of the season with no one to talk about. And I am just…so floored that that couldn’t be further from what actually happened. Unless it’s all been a lie and like ten of you have just been clicking on it multiple times. Eh, whatever. I’ll choose to live the lie on that one.

I want to take a moment to talk about some people who helped make these a reality. First of all, my Earper-adjacent wife. Chris reads every single thing I write, even though she’s never seen the show, and she always encourages me to write about what makes me happy. She’s the best.

Second, I have a few specific friends who encouraged me to do this in the first place, and who also helped me with some of the writing when I needed a proofread or even just a nudge. Jill, Heidi, and Michelle, EarperViews would be nothing without the three of you. Many thanks for all of the encouragement over these last few months…and even just the letting me vent.

Finally, words cannot express how grateful I am to my dear, dear EarperViewees. You’ve all been so kind and generous with your time, and not a single person said no when I asked this giant favor. I’ve enjoyed getting to know each and every one of you better, in some cases taking you from strangers to friends. You’re all amazing, beautiful, inspiring women, and that’s my jam. I’m so happy that this fandom has brought us together. Sorry for all of my questions that were personal attacks. I owe you a beverage of your choice the next time we see each other. I mean, within reason. No WayHaught whiskey sours. I’m not made of money.

Speaking of my lovely subjects, I’d like to encourage you to check out any EarperViews that you may have missed, or maybe even reread a favorite. Here they are, conveniently organized in one place. If you want to creep on them on Twitter, click their handle; if you want to read the EarperView, just click on the link underneath that just happens to be a quote from their EarperView.

@nedleysoffice

I will forever remember walking back to my rental car of an 8-hour drive back to NYC thinking, “I’d do this again in a second.”

@HiDizzle20

These people I’ve met through Twitter and this show are real friends and meeting them in real life solidifies that.

@CMeushaw

I’m pretty sure I’ve used “polite no-chill” on more than one occasion to excuse my insane fangirling.

@EarpYourFandom

I’ve always liked well-written supernatural shows because the scenarios are almost allegorical for any problem you may face.

@Deb_Renee

In season one, Wynonna and Waverly were sitting around the fire watching Doc fix their mailbox. That scene was so endearingly sweet and tender between them, it made me want to be their sister too!

@BridgetOnTV

I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime and have met people I never would have if it weren’t for this little Canadian TV show.

@BaileyGrey789

Earpers are the most positive group of fans on the internet, hands down.

Me

Like most queer women, Catholic school filled me with a love of plaid (and uniforms in general) and a hatred of high school and THE PATRIARCHY.

@micnic1291

Wynonna Earp is all about being unapologetically yourself, which is difficult for me living as a queer woman working in a male-dominated field in a relatively conservative, Fox News-watching, Cheeto-loving area.

@Rashantitty

Wynonna Earp has shown you can be flawed and that it’s okay to not be okay, because at the end of the day what matters is how you respond.

@PunkyStarshine

IS THIS AN INTERROGATION? AM I IN TROUBLE FOR SOMETHING? WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS?

@sheaven

She isn’t perfect, and she doesn’t always do everything gracefully or even well, but she is trying.

@RebeccaBarrick

There is no fandom like the Earper fandom, that’s for sure!

@VisitPurgatory

I have a journalism degree which I never use, but do enjoy a good Oxford comma.

@HollidaysStache

Who are the Earp sisters? Do they know Doc Holliday?

I have had a couple people ask me if the EarperViews would continue during the hiatus, and the answer is…I hope so. Fall is our busy season, so a lot of it depends on my work life. I’d like to keep some sort of regular posting schedule, so we’ll see what happens. Just be patient with me. I am also not a super social person, so it’s awkward and difficult for me as a human to reach out and ask people to do these, since I feel like it’s a huge favor.

Anyway, I can’t believe the finale is tonight! What a great season it’s been. I can’t wait to feel every single emotion in the universe in what I’m sure will be 42 minutes of expertly crafted perfection.

I’ll see you soon, friends.

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How I feel about all of you.

#EarperView with ‪@HollidaysStache‬

Picture it — Las Vegas, 2017. My lovely wife and I are sharing an elevator with three female strangers. One of them starts telling a hilarious story about something she witnessed at the fountains at the Bellagio. I thought they were pretty funny and that we could be friends, but who makes friends in an elevator?

Later that night, browsing Twitter, I see a tweet from Docstache (that has since been deleted, because I checked) detailing the same exact story I had just heard. Had I…had I ridden in an elevator with the elusive Docstache?!!

Alas, the answer to that is lost to time, as she has no idea and I’m really bad with faces. In my mind, I did see her, and it was the first time I hung out with Docstache, no matter what anyone says. But like sightings of the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot, and a chupacabra, all that matters is that you believe it was real in your heart.

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Purgatory in Sunnydale

Season 2 of Wynonna Earp has been the most Buffy-est show to hit my TV since, well, Buffy, and I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. So @micnic1291 and I thought it would be fun to unpack who our Purgatorian Scooby gang’s counterparts would be in Sunnydale. (Unfortunately, Michelle was “busy watching The Bold Type” when it was time to add in the pictures. What a coincidence.)

MAJOR, MAJOR SPOILER ALERT IF YOU HAVEN’T FINISHED BUFFY!!! If you choose to read anyway, please don’t shout at either of us about being spoiled, because we warned you. And neither of us needs to be yelled at any more this week. 

Wynonna: She’s Buffy. She’s the big damn hero. She’s the reason we are all here. She saves us, and in some small way, we save her right back. She’s also Faith. Badass bitch in leather. “Fuck all of you” attitude. The spare heir/slayer, so to speak.

 

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#EarperView with @PunkyStarshine

At ClexaCon, I had the pleasure of meeting Valerie Anne, one of the most entertaining recappers in the EarperVerse — or any Verse, really. You know how when you meet someone in person who seems so nice online but then is just a major, major bitch? Yeah, that’s the opposite of Valerie, who was even nicer in person, if that’s possible…even if she does accuse me of “attacking” her with the questions below, which seems dramatic, Valerie. Dramatic. How could such perfect questions be an attack?!

One of my favorite things about Valerie is that she has no idea how much her readers enjoy her and are affected by her. Here’s an example. She told a story on Twitter about being at a bar and trying to figure out if a bartender was queer or not. She said she wished there were some sort of sign she could throw or phrase she could toss out — you know, like asking if they had any figs behind the bar. And all I could think of was, “Did you happen to casually mention your name was Valerie Anne? Because if she is queer and is into TV at all, she’s most definitely heard of you.” Like, loudly drop SuperCorp to see if her attention is piqued. Then, when you’ve got her, casually tell a story about yourself in the third person, like, “And she was like, ‘well, Valerie Anne, what did you think of that Alex Danvers cosplay?’ And I was like, ‘I thought it was good, but I’m still looking for my Maggie Sawyer.'” And then…just wait. Putty in your hands. You’re welcome.

Oh, and Valerie’s recaps are what my recaps want to be when they grow up. Enjoy!

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#EarperView with @BridgetOnTV

I have a really hard time believing any of you reading this don’t know who Bridget Liszewski is, but, just in case…

For those of you living under a rock, Bridget is the Editor in Chief at The TV Junkies, a website for all TV things US and Canadian. She does a lot of good work with a lot of good shows, but we all know her from her writing about Wynonna Earp, including her weekly episode breakdowns with Emily Andras. At FanExpo last year, I had the pleasure of meeting Bridget, who was moderating the Wynonna Earp panel, and during that panel, I became a fan. She was a little nervous because it was the first panel she had ever moderated (and it was her birthday!), but she pushed through and did a really, really amazing job. I then spent more time with her at ClexaCon, where she became so enthused about “Killjoys” that she maybe threw water on me to make her point. And it is because of this grievous action that I refuse to watch this show to this day. Nice job, Bridget and your “water.”

I kid, I kid.

I could go on and on about the things I like about Bridget — her amazing interviews, how she’s obviously raising her daughters correctly because of their EarpTastic Halloween costumes, her positivity and encouragement as a cornerstone of the Wynonna Earp fandom — but I’m going to talk about another specific thing. I have had the (mis)fortune to spend time with many, many people who call themselves allies to the LGBTQ community but who seem to try “make it their thing” instead of just supporting it, and Bridget is the opposite of that. As you’ll see below, she feels that she comes from a place of privilege in that she’s never had to face the same obstacles some of us have, and instead of trying to compare our experiences to hers and/or make them her own, she sits back and tries to understand. She educates herself with regard to terminology, history, experiences, and everything in between.

As a queer lady, I have to say that having an ally who just wants to be an ally — especially one with a platform like she does — is a really good feeling. Thank you for all that you do for my community, Bridget. That is why I’m a Liszewbian.

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

Well I’m currently Editor in Chief over at The TV Junkies. I’ve got a great group of writers there,  and we cover both US and Canadian television. I graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Notre Dame and will forever love my Fighting Irish. My husband is also an ND alum, so Saturdays in our house during college football season are kind of a big deal. I also have two daughters, Annie (8) and Bailey (5), who always keep things interesting! I was big into sports when I was younger and still enjoy them today. It’s fun to see my kids starting to get competitive as I try to not turn into a soccer mom.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

Since I cover Canadian TV at my website, I had my eye on this show early on as soon as I saw Emily Andras was attached to it. I was a fan of hers from Lost Girl and Killjoys, and I just knew whatever this show was going to be, if she was running it, I was on board. Through covering the show in interviews with the cast and writing lots of pieces about Wynonna, I got pulled more into the fandom because everyone was just so nice! Also, early on, Kevin Bachelder and Bonnie Ferrar became good friends of mine, and we started planning and discussing fandom activities and how we could help the show quite a bit.

Is this your first fandom?

I guess in many ways I’d say yes. I was a huge fan of shows like Buffy and some others back in the day but never got into it the way I have with Wynonna Earp. Now, I don’t think anything could ever compare to the Earpers, so this may just be my one and only fandom forever.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

I was lucky enough to be asked to moderate the Wynonna Earp panel at ClexaCon, a huge honor. I was so happy to go to it because the Earpers could not have been more supportive and lovely towards me after the panel, and their kind words all meant so much. I was pretty nervous, so it made me feel a lot better. Also, there were so many Earpers at ClexaCon and just getting to meet and speak with them was the best. So many of us know each other vaguely through Twitter or whatever, so it was nice to put faces with names and make a more personal connection. I can’t wait to go back to ClexaCon 2018!

What is your favorite con memory?

Since I already spoke about ClexaCon, I’ll go with Fan Expo 2016 for this one. I also moderated the Wynonna Earp panel at that con, and it also happened to be my birthday. Everyone was so nice throughout the day, but it was nearing the end of the day and the poor cast had stayed over and signed for hours past when they were supposed to. Still, Emily and the cast led everyone in a rendition of “Happy Birthday” for me. It was really special and, of course, best birthday ever.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

The live tweets are just INSANE! I’ve not been a huge live tweet person historically, but I have such a good time when we’re all together on Friday nights. It’s like I’m sitting down and hanging out with my friends for an hour. I’ve tried live tweeting a few other shows, and nothing even comes close to a Wynonna Earp live tweet party.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

It’s funny because when I think of Wynonna Earp, words don’t really come to mind; instead I start seeing faces of all the wonderful people this show has brought into my life. I have made friends that I know will last a lifetime and have met people I never would have if it weren’t for this little Canadian TV show. My life is so much fuller and richer because of Wynonna Earp, and I’m forever grateful.

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

The first that comes to mind is a picture of Bonnie, Kevin and I at ClexaCon. While we had been talking basically every day and working on all kinds of projects together for almost a year, we had never all three met in person. This was the first time “The Three Amigos,” as we like to call ourselves, actually got to be in the same spot. Those two are special, one=of-a-kind people and I’m so, so grateful to have them in my life and by my side through all this!


The other photo is from the Wynonna Earp fandom panel we did at ClexaCon. Kevin, Bonnie, Sally and Rebecca from Fangirl Shirts and I were on a panel discussing the amazing fandom, and Autostraddle’s Valerie Anne was our moderator. Getting to sit up with some of my favorite people and talk about my favorite show and its lovely fans was a day I’ll never forget!


Dolls or Doc?

Um, have you met me? OK, fine, I guess there are some people reading this who don’t know me. I’m 100% a Doc girl through and through, make no mistake. Tim Also Good!

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

I would follow Emily Andras anywhere, so take that for whatever number you’d like. I’ve been lucky enough to peek behind the curtain at times and see just HOW MUCH she cares. She’s always tirelessly working for the betterment of the show and to deliver for the fans. She has a huge heart and puts her all into Wynonna Earp, and I think it’s evident in the finished product. Yep, where Andras goes, I go!

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less. Or, if you prefer, Liszewbian.

Wynonna Earp is Emily through and through. (p.s. Liszewbian is definitely NOT a thing! Stop spreading that nonsense, Monica!)

[ Editor’s note — Totally a thing. ]

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

Do I have to pick just one? That relationship is the beating heart of the show for me and the most important one by far. I melt any time Wynonna refers to Waverly as “Baby Girl.” If I HAVE to pick just one, I’ll go with Season 1, Episode 2 where Wynonna and Waverly sit by the campfire while Doc fixes the mailbox. It was the type of moment where you could just see the magic that not only existed between the characters, but the insane amounts of chemistry that Melanie and Dominique had. Honestly, though, always just give me the Earp sisters sitting together talking about whatever and I’m good.

[ Editor’s note — I love that she chose a sisters moment that also included Doc. Way to stay on brand, Bridget. ]

How have you Earped your life?

Gosh, some would say that Wynonna Earp has taken over my life in many ways. I’m always trying to find ways to bring Wynonna coverage to the forefront and deliver interesting and fun articles for the fans.

In addition to all that, I think the show and fandom’s core values of positivity, inclusion and standing up for what’s right have really made their way more and more into my daily life. I’m very lucky to come from a place of privilege, and while I’ve always known that, I hadn’t truly realized what that meant until Wynonna Earp. Through meeting so many fans and gaining so many close friends who have had to experience hardships or intolerance based on who they are as people, those messages have really made an impact with me.

Everything feels a lot more personal to me now, especially issues such as lack of LGBTQ representation. Seeing and hearing directly from my close friends about how that affects them makes me hurt and feel so much more than I did before Wynonna Earp. I was aware before, but I didn’t know how big of a problem it was. Now I’m aware and I hurt and am angry about it. It’s why I’ve tried to use whatever platform I have at The TV Junkies to always bring representation issues up or celebrate shows, like Wynonna Earp, that are doing things right.

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

I think it’s pretty clear to everyone in my life I’m kind of obsessed with the show, but recently explaining to my father-in-law the importance of my gifs during the live tweets is coming to mind at the moment. Bless him, he just sat there and listened and nodded at all the right places.

What is your favorite Melanie Scrofano face?

I love any and all Scrofano faces! I truly think Melanie is one of the best actresses on TV and we so lucky to have her as our lead. She seems to just get better and better, and I’m constantly amazed by her talents. The good thing is, I think she’s just getting started and we’re in for lots of Scrofano faces for years to come!

You’ve been given the task of explaining why Willa is the best Earp sister. Go!

Anyone who has talked to me about Wynonna Earp has probably gotten an earful about how I feel about Willa, and it’s not good. However, for you, I will try. Like Willa, I’m also the oldest of three girls and with that comes a lot of responsibility. Often parents are the strictest and expect the most out of the oldest child and it can be a tough burden to carry at times. Add in being the Earp heir and poor Willa had a lot on her shoulders. Let’s not forget that she was KIDNAPPED as a young girl and hidden away by Bobo. Yes, she did some evil things, but in many ways she was a complete victim.

OK, enough of that, Willa is still the worst!

Here’s where you can find Bridget:

@BridgetOnTV (personal Twitter)

@TheTVJunkies    (The TV Junkies official Twitter)

http://www.thetvjunkies.com/author/bridget-liszewski/ (all of Bridget’s writings at The TV Junkies)

 

A Redemption Arc at ClexaCon

At FanExpo last year, one of the stories my newfound friends told was how Michelle, the youngest one of our group, kind of…froze when meeting one of the stars of her favorite web series. Like, she couldn’t talk at all. I mean, who could blame her? Natasha Negovanlis is beautiful, intelligent, and supremely talented.

At NYCC, despite being on all of her radars, Michelle also walked right past her when she was chatting with some friends and completely didn’t notice. At all. A chance at redemption, blown.

When Natasha was announced for ClexaCon, Michelle was…excited and a bit nervous. She assured us (us is comprised of five ladies — me, Michelle, Heidi, Angie, & Belinda) that she would be fine because she had no intention of meeting her. Heidi and I, who were attending the con, had different plans. With the full support of our entire group (and my wife), we purchased a group photo with Natasha and Elise and refused to tell Michelle what we had planned. This was for two reasons. A, we didn’t want her to be nervous. B…we had no idea what it would be.

Until the day before the photo op.

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