#EarperView with Paige of @SEVEN24films

Hello, friends, and welcome to another EarperView! We are so blessed as a fandom to have such a wonderful production company behind our little shit show, and Paige is the lovely human behind the Twitter account (amongst about a million other things). Each time I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with her, she’s been kind, funny, smart, and just super awesome.

Accounts like this make it easy to love our show, you know? But there’s more to her than just the Twitter handle, so I was lucky enough to get her to agree to do an EarperView. Sit back, grab some sexy pink fog and a cigarillo, and let’s all learn some more about Paige, shall we?

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

Well, at work, my non-Earper alter ego actually works mostly in Development, which means I work a lot on shows that haven’t been greenlit and may never be greenlit. It’s really, really fun working with creative writers and reading their material, and my colleague Jessalyn Dennis is an amazing person to work with. She’s super intelligent and really intuitive and creative. I love working in Development with her. I studied cinema studies and playwriting in University, so reading work in Development and even production drafts of scripts (once I watched Wynonna 207 and followed along with the final production draft of the script — it was so cool!) is always an awesome learning opportunity for me! When a show like Wynonna Earp or Heartland  is in production, I mostly prepare/execute contracts and work on lots of stuff related to music licenses. I’m also in charge of submitting all the shows for various awards throughout the year, so that really keeps me busy. I take it really seriously, because I know firsthand how hard all the artists on all of our shows work. They deserve a ton of recognition. At work I also chug tea like it’s my job, and I drink three-four litres of water a day because Alberta is arid as HECK.

Outside of work, I’m an obnoxious cinephile on a one-woman mission to tell the world that Jennifer’s Body is a masterpiece of feminist allegory and deserves a cult following. If I’m not at the movies or bingeing a TV show, I’m cross-stitching a ton, maybe hitting up hot yoga, and using the public library (the Calgary Public Library has like, every movie in the Criterion Collection! Can you believe!?) and eating brunch. I’m a pretty big fan of figure skating and follow it very closely, but that’s about as into sports as I get. As I’m sure you can tell from the S24 Twitter, I am a big fan of emo/pop punk music and may or may not have a Fall Out Boy tattoo.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

I started at Seven24 almost exactly two years ago (at the time I’m writing this) and they were like, “Yeah, the fans are really into it. Can you run our social-media accounts?” I logged on to Twitter and was just…shocked. This show had only been on for one season and it had a podcast!? After that, everything just snowballed. I really wanted in on the action, because it looked like so much fun, and I didn’t think there was any reason the production company Twitter account shouldn’t be as passionate about the show as the fans are, so I just jumped in. Lucky for me, Earpers are rad as heck and are willing to interact with the S24 account!

Is this your first fandom?

It’s not, but I’m reticent to say much more about fandoms I’ve been involved in, for fear of my old (terrible) fanfiction being discovered. [ Editor’s note — tell us more, Paige. Tell. Us. More. ]

What if your favourite fandom memory?

Oh, man, it’s so hard to pick just one! I’d have to say when Kevin, Bonnie, and Bridget went to visit the Wynonna set, it was pretty fun to see it all unfold online. I loved listening to that podcast episode. I also love seeing how much you guys support each other, it honestly brightens my day so much. Whether you’re raising money or using #EarperSupport, it’s just a constant reminder to me that there is good in the world and it means so much to me on a personal level. The S24 account is like a refuge of positivity for me. Even when fans are critiquing the show, it’s always thoughtful and passionate. That’s all you can really ask for.

ALSO I love sending Earpers presents, and I love seeing your reactions when you receive them. I have an Earper Treats master spreadsheet. It is VERY important to me. I get reined in a lot because I would blow the entire budget of the show on postal fees.

What is your favourite con memory?

Oh, my god, Docstache meeting Tim at San Diego Comic Con. Hands down. And the “SEASON FOUR” chants this year were pretty breathtaking, and so was Kayse’s truck cosplay!! Honestly, whenever the Earpers can meet Emily and the cast, it really makes me so happy. I know how good it feels to meet people you admire and I’m just always thrilled to see everyone’s pictures.

And it wasn’t technically a con, but attending the Wynonna panel at the Calgary International Film Festival was amazing. I couldn’t believe how many people travelled to see the panel!! And I got to meet a couple Earpers, which was amazing!

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Hmmm, besides tweeting? I love it when Earpers do fanart, whether it’s stitched or digitally painted or sketched.  I love seeing how creative and thoughtful you guys are! Honestly, if I wouldn’t get in trouble for using up all our printer ink, I’d just plaster my walls in that fanart. #Earptober was unreal!!

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

Wynonna Earp means an insane amount to me. First of all, I’m always ridiculously proud to be involved, even tangentially, with a show that has a female showrunner (the fact that BOTH Heartland and Wynonna have female showrunners is huge). It’s a privilege to watch this show unfold behind the scenes. I said it earlier but I learn so much from the amazing artists working on the show. I’ve always loved movies and TV but this has given me…such a deep appreciation for what it takes to get something onscreen. And when it hits the screen and Earpers connect with the material, it’s just magical. When we finally revealed Melanie’s pregnancy, I spent like…a whole day crying at my desk, in awe of the response, and in awe of the amazing crew that put the show together. That picture of her holding Peacemaker, leaning against the bar, looking so pregnant and amazing was my desktop background for like six months. I still get chills thinking about that day.

Like, yeah, Wynonna Earp is a big part of my job, but the community really sustains me on a personal level. It’s impossible to state how much it means to me. Honestly, I wish I could hug every Earper and pay off all your student loans.

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

Yes!!

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One is of me on my only set visit to Wynonna (at the end of S2 because the set was empty and I’m WAY too shy to talk to any of the cast/crew/writers) checking out the iconic Purgatory sign (sorry, I had to redact a bit of stuff). And you’ll notice I have a big box under my arm – it’s a wine holder shaped like a dragon motorcycle I got because we weren’t using it on the show. It is very ugly and very good and proudly resides in my apartment. I named him Bobo Del Rey.

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One is also of me, Cat and B. Dailey from the CIFF event!! Look at that big smile!! I make it daily reading Earper tweets!

I also wanted to include a picture of my Earper Hall of Fame cork board and some of my desk (Sorry, I did have to redact some stuff). Every time you guys send something to the office I put it up in my office so passersby can find out all about what you guys are up to! Everyone at S24 just adores the Earpers and I love sharing your exploits with my coworkers.

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato?

Hands down, sweet potato (which is different from a yam but is the same as a yam honestly). Number one, because they are packed full of vitamin A. Number two, they taste like candy. Sometimes for dinner I bake a sweet potato and then crack an egg in it and it’s like a fried egg sweet potato breakfast cup. It’s really, really good. Also yams are huge, one of them feeds me for like three meals!!!!

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

Sorry, the scale is broken because I Fandras that much. Emily is so cool I always break into a cold sweat when I talk to her, which I hope she never notices but I’m sure she does. Also, she introduced me to Tim and was super nice and stood there while I like, STAMMERED about Tommy from Instant Star. She is a hero.

Describe why Fandras is a thing in 7 words or less

(I’ll take more than seven) Emily is an amazing leader on Wynonna. Besides being such a talented and creative writer, she remembers everyone’s name, and notices everyone’s haircut. Small stuff like that means a lot (especially to someone like me, who is always trying very hard not to be noticed!!), I have so much respect for her.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

God, so many. But probably that shot from 212 where they’re just lying in a field holding each other and it’s framed so gorgeously. That kind of intimate physical contact just embodies to me what it means to have a sibling you love so much.

How have you Earped your life?

I literally talk about Earpers like they are my children. I meet with my friends and give them updates about all of you, using your first names. I show everyone pictures of Chance EVERY SECOND I GET. I have beautiful prints from Nathalie and Taylor hanging at home, I have a pin from Jordan on my jean jacket (also a Wynonna set castoff), Meg stitched a tiny Gerard Way for me and it’s hanging in my craft corner. I’ve Earped my life so much I think it’s impossible to un-Earp it at this point.

If the WE cast and crew were zoo animals, what would they be and why?

Oh man, I mean…I think on some level every single one of them is a very sexy jungle cat. Every cast member, every crew member. They’re ALL very good looking, and sleek and cool. They are all jungle cats. And like, cats of the Savannah. And some of them are those wild cats that look like house cats. Except me, I’m a Quokka. Just happy to be here, and also slightly terrified of all these jungle cats.

Thank you SO MUCH, Paige, for playing along. I hope that we get to meet someday, because I think one of the tacos my wife has crocheted would look great in your Hall of Fame.

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#EarperView with @Ha_ha_nikki

Hello, friends, and welcome to another new EarperView. This week I’m featuring Nikki, who I have known (read: followed on Twitter) for several months know.

Nikki is always the first example when I think of kindness in the Earper fandom. A few days before ClexaCon, I realized that I had forgotten to order pins in the new Liszewsbian design that we had in our merch shop. I was too late to order them on Etsy, but I knew Nikki was a pin-maker in her spare time, so I messaged her. She agreed to do up some pins real quick for me to pass out, and I practically had to beg her to let me pay her for them, although I’m pretty sure she charged me barely anything. Our first “introduction” was passing each other in the lobby of the Tropicana, quickly exchanging pins and dollars. Later on at the con, she passed by me wearing some of my podcast merch and loudly proclaiming it was her “favorite podcast,” a fact which endeared me to her immediately.

Nikki is just an all-around lovely human who feels that she was put on this Earth to try and fight for what’s right, and I think that’s something we all could aspire to these days.

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

I like to describe myself as a hobbit trapped in a tall lesbian’s body. I work in a cubicle all day, but most of my time is spent with my awesome dog and cat, hiking, carving, reading, or cooking.

How did you find Wynonna Earp and the fandom?

OH, BOY. WELL. It was the article Kat Jetson wrote about the similarities between Buffy and Wynonna Earp (It’s important to note that at this point in time, I didn’t know who wrote the article, or who KJ was) My local comic-book store posted that article on their Facebook page. I read it, went home, and dove head first into the first season on Netflix. Fast-forward to next morning, me with no sleep, purchasing the second season, and sneakily watching it at my desk. I could not get enough.

Is this your first fandom? It is my first fandom. I’ve lurked other fandoms, but the toxicity usually kept me from engaging. I remember when I created a Twitter account specifically for this fandom, it felt like a huge thing to do. Turns out, it was a very significant turning point in my personal life.

What is your favorite fandom memory?

Probably when OHMYGOD IS THAT DRUNKHAUGHT FROM TWITTER!? followed me. Or that one night I thought it was a good idea to get wine drunk and play Spice Girls songs on my guitar and post them to a thread that was already 500 replies deep. I may have been in my underwear? Idk, man.

What is your favorite con memory?

This question is woefully unfair, as there are at least a top 5 list (one of which includes having my picture taken with the There’s Something in the Heir crew). However, one does stand out.

It was one of the only panels I made it to during ClexaCon. I can’t remember the exact name of the panel — Power through Fandom maybe? I feel horrible that I can’t remember the name of it now. At any rate, Kat Jetson was on that panel and started talking about her experience with the Wynonna Earp fandom.  She brought up the aforementioned article that she had written about WE and Buffy. So at this point in time, I obviously know who Kat Jetson is, because like we’re friends. However, I had NO IDEA that she had written that article. So the realization of it, hit me like a ton of bricks. It hit me so hard that maybe I teared up a little in the front row. It’s fine; everything was fine. There I sat, several months after creating a fan Twitter handle, sitting next to my gf who I met through this show, listening to my friend talk about what this show means to her and how she is totally the reason I got into it. I was a little emotional.

What is your favorite Wynonna Earp/Earper activity?

Traveling around the globe to hang out with the most important people in my life under the guise of attending cons.

What has Wynonna Earp come to mean to you?

I just…it’s beyond words. So much of the show is about chosen family. And so much of what the show has helped me find is my chosen family. It also gave me the courage to not accept the things in my life that weren’t bringing me happiness. It helped pull me out of the tail end of a deep depression. What my life is now, I owe much of that to this show.

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

[ Editor’s note — I’m gonna add one, too. ]

Sweet potato or Yukon Gold potato? While choosing a favorite child is frowned upon, Yukon Gold.

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

I dissembled your piteous scale and threw it out the window. My Fandras cannot be measured numerically, but it can only be measured in double rainbows. So like…25 double rainbows.

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

We didn’t even have to ask her.

What is your favorite Earp sisters moment?

I’m the only child of parents who didn’t want me….so family stuff, especially sibling stuff is a mystery to me….but it seems like something that probably feels pretty rad to have. When Waverly finds Wynonna after the AU debacle. Wynonna being a little pissed, but also just so….loving. It hit me in the feels, that hug, ugh. I’M NOT CRYING.

How have you Earped your life?

How have I NOT Earped my life? So much of my daily revolves around this beautiful, crazy group of people. But probably convincing @bk_edwards to be my neighbor was a pretty big one.

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

Met a girl from England on Twitter talking about a show, fell in love, and decided to make our own happily ever after. (psssst, it’s @iddstar, go look at her awesome artwork while you’re at it.)

What position would each of the characters in Wynonna Earp play on the Purgatory quiddich team?

I have OPINIONS about this.

Wynonna: Obviously a Beater

Doc: Again, obviously a Beater

Dolls: Chaser; He would also be the Team Captain, no matter how many times Wynonna insisted that she is in fact, the Team Captain.

Waverly: Chaser

Champ: Chaser. Don’t @ me, you have to have at least one asshole scorer that Wynonna may or may not miss Bludgers for.

Jeremy: Seeker; with those moves and smallish frame, he’s our dark horse.

Nicole: Keeper….because something something, she’s so protective.

Emily Andras: Ref, duh.

Here’s where you can find Nikki:

Twitter

Thank you so much for reading along, friends, and many thanks to Nikki for playing along. I owe you a beer or an awkward, stiff handshake, maybe.

I’ll see you all next time.

#EarperView with @Iddstar

Hello, friends, and welcome to another EarperView! Today we are joined by the extremely talented, super-hilarious, and probably-very-nice-in-person (we have never met) Vic! You may know Vic from her IlluStitch collaborations with Megan or from her super-fucking-rad designs. I’m very partial to the potatoes of Purgatory, but all of them are delightful, really.

My favorite part about doing this series is how amazed I am time and time again with how talented our fandom is. I read Vic’s answers as I was getting ready one morning, and I was almost late for work. As I told her (and often tell many others), I am just some yahoo with a blog, but when people take this as seriously as I do, it means a lot. And Vic took this hella seriously. I am so honored to be in this fandom with such a talented, funny, intelligent human, and I hope we get to meet in person someday.

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

Non-Earper Vic might be a creature of shadow and smoke, a mere blur in the night skyline of her local bustling metropolis, defending the innocent and foiling criminal injustice where she sees it. She might be a shapeshifter; a taker of many forms — the moving object you see out of the corner of your eye in an otherwise empty grocery store aisle at midnight. She might be a technological supergenius, concocting marvellous inventions beyond human comprehension in her underwater laboratory, opening wormholes and embarking on adventures through all of space and time. She might be a somewhat unremarkable humanoid who spends most of her days at a desk in a marketing office and most of her nights at a desk at home doing doodles for the interwebs. Continue reading

Wynonna Earp 1×03, AKA the One Where Dolls Basically Kills Shorty Even Though Wynonna Pulls the Trigger, Nicole Is 87% Heart Eyes, and Champ Doesn’t Put Gluten in His Body, Even Though He Puts His Body in Places Where He Shouldn’t

Hello, friends. What a crazy couple of weeks it’s been! I intended to write this last Tuesday, and then I got stranded in Amsterdam for two extra days, blowing all of my carefully laid plans out of the water. Oh, well. At least I’m back on track, sort of, writing wise, even if I haven’t made it to Costco yet. Continue reading