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Fangirl Shirts San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Roundup

We recently returned from San Diego Comic-Con, which was the experience of a lifetime. We wanted to share with you everything we got up to while we were there!

Wednesday, July 20

Logistics first! We each arrived around noon at the airport, collected our bags and dropped them off where we were staying. Then we headed over to the Convention Center to pick up our badges. The first lesson that we learned is that parking near the Convention Center is scarce and expensive. A lovely local person gave us the 411 on a parking garage nearby that didn’t cost an arm and a leg, so we made it our adopted parking garage for the duration.

Badges in hand, we headed over to the San Diego Comic Art Gallery for the meet-and-greet and signing with three members of the cast of Wynonna Earp. This event was CRAZY AWESOME and packed. San Diego was having a heat wave, so that combined with all the people in the gallery plus the cast, it was WayHaught. It was super awesome to meet Tim Rozon, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, and Shamier Anderson.

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Kevin Bachelder on the left (@WynonnaEarpPod), and Annie (@anniethemighty) on the right!

We also got to meet tons of fellow fans. Right now we’ll mention Jo Garfein, who had bought a Peace Maker shirt to get autographed for the Cancer Gets LOST auction. What is Cancer Gets LOST, you ask? (We asked.) It’s “channeling fandom toward the greater good” – an annual online auction for charity of signed items from over 45 TV shows. Proceeds go each year to fund a cancer charity. This year the auction, which takes place online from August 18 – September 3, 2016, is benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand, which funds research for childhood cancer causes to help find new treatments and cures.

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Jo is holding a Wynonna Earp comic that will appear in the Cancer Gets LOST auction!

Afterward we caught up with Bonnie and Kevin from @WynonnaEarpFans and Tales of the Black Badge (@WynonnaEarpPod), and talked about all manner of fannish things, including:

  • how the fan community jelled under their leadership
  • what it was like to podcast with the cast and with Emily Andras
  • how fun it’s been to make shirts inspired by such a diverse and quotable show

We also recorded a mini-podcast wrap-up with Kevin and Bonnie, which was totally fun! You can listen to it (and all the podcasts from Tales of the Black Badge) here.

Thursday, July 21

We braved the exhibition floor, which was overwhelming in the most awesome way. So many things to see and to start thinking about buying! Here are a few.

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It looks like Sarah but actually it’s Cosima pretending to be Sarah at Alison’s house
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Supergirl!

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We also ran into some Earpers at the IDW booth, which was sort of home base for all of us Earpers over the weekend. We remarked more than once over the course of the weekend that we should have worn name tags with our twitter handles on them to make it easier for us to identify ourselves to each other.

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Look closely at the underside of the IDW chandelier

We also stopped by the MTV booth to say hi to Layne Morgan. She works on the show The Shannara Chronicles, and she’s a hardcore Earper herself. Her passion for the show and her love for all things Emily Andras rivals our own, and we loved having the chance to hang out with her a bit.

From left to right, Rebecca, Layne and Sally. Sally apparently just saw a squirrel
From left to right, Rebecca, Layne and Sally. Sally apparently just saw a squirrel

Then we headed over to Conival, a SDCC-adjacent event co-hosted at Petco Park by Nerdist and Geek and Sundry. The Nerdist hosted several panels at Conival. It’s pretty awesome that there are so many offsite events around SDCC that don’t require a badge to get into, since the badges sell out within an hour of going on sale and many people who want one can’t get one.

Pre-Earp-panel-selfie!
Pre-Earp-panel-selfie!

On Thursday, the cast of Wynonna Earp appeared for a panel, and we arrived early enough to secure great seats in the third row. We wanted great seats because we’re huge fans and wanted to be close (duh), but also because we had decided to Periscope the panel.

Livestreaming during official SDCC panels is prohibited (even though it happens), but there were no such restrictions at Conival. In case you don’t know what Periscope is, it’s a way to live-broadcast from your smartphone. There are some neat features built in that let people comment and give props while you’re talking (so you know if a joke lands, for example). It sounds simple, but the experience of both hosting and watching a Periscope, which by definition is live, feels much more powerful than watching a recorded video, because it’s as if you’re right there in real time. Which you are.

Anyway, we did a test to make sure we knew how to work Periscope. Here it is:

And here’s what you’re actually here for, which is the panel itself:

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Tim Rozon FaceTimed Emily Andras during the panel so she could say hi. Emily was eating sushi.

After the panel, we might have run into Melanie Scrofano before she left Petco Park! You guys, she’s really really nice.

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Then Kevin and Bonnie hosted a podcast immediately afterward. Podcasting used to conjure up the image of someone sitting in a radio-like studio with headphones and microphones, but you won’t believe how far technology has come:  Kevin recorded the podcasts on his phone. And not just with the Voice Memo app, but with a semi-tricked-out app that makes it all sound smoother. Technology is amazing. Here’s the post-Nerdist-panel podcast.

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When you podcast, it’s important to get your hairporn just right

Then we went to meet the organizer of our panel. Ed Catto is the founder of Bonfire Agency, an agency working in geek space, and has organized various versions of “She Made Me Do It:  Fangirls Lead the Way” at various cons. This was the description:

“As the demographics of the industry continue to change, this panel focuses on the impact of female fans (not female creators) and how they are changing comics from the ground up in surprising and positive ways. More than ever, their grassroots efforts can be seen everywhere from comic shops atond conventions, and from cosplay to social media.”

We spent a good hour or more talking with Ed about pop culture, fangirl stuff, Fangirl Shirts, and what sorts of things we might want to discuss during the panel. It was such an enjoyable conversation that we looked up suddenly and realized that we only had 15 minutes to make it to the Dark Matter cast panel.

But the room was at capacity and we didn’t get in. We were sad. We tweeted about it.

But wait!

We had just sat down to get some dinner and drinks with Bonnie and Kevin, and we saw this tweet from Alex Mallari, Jr.

So what do you do when you get a tweet like that? You run, fangirl. You run.

And then THIS happened:

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The cast was so, so nice. They seemed to like our shirts! In fact, when Anthony Lemke saw us, he said “Hey! I saw on twitter you guys were doing a Killjoys shirt, and I was like ‘When are they going to do a Dark Matter shirt?'” Jay Firestone, the founder of Prodigy Pictures, also liked the shirts!

That was gratifying for a couple of reasons. First, because we designed the shirts, and it’s lovely when people like them. Second, and probably more relevantly, when doing transformative creative work that is inspired by an existing intellectual property or trademarked design, it’s important to us to make sure we stay on the right side of the line.

For us, the right side of the line is:  we love the shows that inspire our shirts, and we intend them as an homage to the shows we love. By providing cool shirts for people to wear, we want to help support the shows by giving fans something that bonds them emotionally, and also gives fans a conversation piece to tell other people about this awesome TV show and why they love it. (Not that any of us usually have a problem talking about awesome TV, but anyway.)

After that experience, we walked sedately back to our dinner table, where we ordered nachos and quesadillas and said things like “Wow!” and “Did that really actually just happen?”

Friday, July 22

Friday morning we swung by the IDW booth to buy some of the Special SDCC Edition Double Wynonna Earp Comics that also came with a poster. They had sold out the day before. Guess who is POPULAR? (Wynonna Earp.)

Then Graeme Manson and John Fawcett from Orphan Black were doing a signing, so we lined up! Right before it was our turn, IDW had sold out of the Orphan Black comics and graphic novels that they had on hand. This is a lesson to con-goers:  either bring the thing you want signed, or buy it way earlier than the time of the signing. We did get an autograph, and told them how much we loved their show. We also told them about Fangirl Shirts and that we celebrate shows with strong female characters, and that Orphan Black has so many of them (often played by Tatiana Maslany).

These guys are really cool. Wish we could clone them.
These guys are really cool. Wish we could clone them.

Then we had to hustle over to the Dark Matter Nerdist panel at Conival. Petco Park is really near the San Diego Convention Center, but there was a long line for security (they check bags and you go through a metal detector), so we missed the beginning of the panel. (Luckily, we caught the end of it.) Was it our fate to be late to every Dark Matter event that we planned on going to? So it seemed.

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Then it was time to go loiter around the IDW booth for the Wynonna Earp cast signing event. Each booth has a different process for how they handle lineups for events like this, although sometimes the group just decides what they’re going to do and does it. In this case, fans decided that we were lining up at 2pm, and that was that. It was a really long line, which sounds like it could have been a drag, but it was GREAT. This TV show just finished airing its first season and the passion of the fans who were there was off the charts. It speaks to how the show is resonating.

So we got some stuff signed, you guys, and we talked to the cast. They really took a moment to connect with each fan, looking you right in the eyes and really listening to what you wanted to say to them. They’re as kind and as genuine as you imagine they are.

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After the signing, we took a brief moment to regroup before our panel, “Fangirls Lead the Way,” started at 6:30pm. Regrouping in this case meant sitting down for something real to eat.

A brief digression about cons, in case you’ve never been to one:  you are busy a lot of the time, even when you’re not actually doing anything, because if you’re standing in line waiting to see a panel, chances are that you’re talking to other fans. This means there aren’t huge blocks of down time to go have a meal, unless you intentionally make the time. But with so much cool stuff to see and do, who wants to do that? We ended up eating easy-to-carry portable things like granola bars, fruit and beef jerky for much of the time. But to get in the right mental space to speak on a panel, we deliberately made time to sit down, relax, and have something that more resembled a balanced meal.

It was the right choice, because we both felt more centered afterward, which led to feeling calmer while still having a lot of fangirl enthusiasm, which led to us feeling good and confident about our ability to contribute.

Here’s who else was on the panel:

It was beyond cool to be in such company.

Much of the discussion focused on what each of our companies/organizations do, and why we do it. We talked about the connotations of the word “fangirl” vs. “fanboy,” how we are all working in different ways to make space for everyone in fandom, and how we all, in our own individual ways, are working to fill some voids that currently exist.

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Then we went to the Marriott’s poolside bar and grill, the Tequila Bar, which was rapidly becoming our go-to spot for downtime, to round out the night. It was a great chance to hang with other fans and debrief on the day and not feel like a wicked geek for exclaiming when someone famous “Liked” your tweet. Connecting with other fans at Comic-Con was validating. We had found our people – our little tribe of weirdos.

Here’s the Tales of the Black Badge podcast recap for Friday.

Saturday, July 23

Saturday was a big day – it was the Wynonna Earp official San Diego Comic-Con cast panel!

A word about how SDCC manages seating space in the panel rooms, and how it varies from other cons. For SDCC, anyone can go into any room (if there’s space) and stay as long as they want to. A person could go to a room when the con first opens and stay there all day – and many people do that, because they don’t want to miss the chance of seeing their favorites. At DragonCon, for contrast, they clear the rooms after every panel, so if there are two popular panels in a row, you probably won’t get to see them both.

This all added up to us going directly to the panel room at 10:30am and sitting there for four hours. We arrived before the first panel of the day, in fact, and got awesome seats. It also meant that we heard and saw a diverse assortment of panels about different things. Sometimes some of the most interesting things are things you hadn’t planned on seeing.

It was very fun and a bonding experience to spend four hours in the room with other diehard Earpers, since by this point in the con we pretty much all knew each other. We took pictures, talked, met Baby Nicole Haught (created by Taylor Burke) in all her Funko glory, and took turns going to the bathroom.

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These two were totally dressed alike
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Baby peace maker is Haught
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Jordan and Katy who organized the Earper Fan Meetup @EarperMeetup

Get this:  when you have a seat at a panel at SDCC and you go to the bathroom, if the room is near capacity and there’s a line, they give you a password to get back into the room. If you want to know what #conxiety is, it is going to the bathroom before the panel and worrying the whole time that you will forget the password and not be allowed back in the room and you will miss the panel that has been the most important thing to you, and then your anxiety level is such that you almost can’t even accomplish bathrooming, which stresses you out even more.

The password was “Wendigo.”

While we waited and waited and waited for the cast to get there for the panel, where they were beforehand was the press room. The press does interviews of all the celebrities at Comic-Con, and they all have their prearranged times. Some photos from the press room started to trickle out on twitter, and it was super exciting – especially when we saw that Tim Rozon was wearing the Peace Maker shirt that we gave him yesterday at the cast signing!

Okay, so they finally arrived and it was SO EXCITING. The room was packed and at capacity, everyone was screaming with delight, and Shamier Anderson shouted “Season 2!” We cheered!

Then he said “Hopefully.”

It was a fake-out, though, because Melanie Scrofano told us two important things right after that:

  1. She had a burrito for lunch, and it was divine
  2. Wynonna Earp had been renewed for a second season!

The entire room went nuts and the energy level in the room went through the room.

IDW had put together a sizzle reel of all the highlights from Season One and it’s awesome.

There was also a lovely video message from the showrunner Emily Andras, who wasn’t able to be at Comic-Con (and who started a global movement called Comic-Cants, which provided important emotional support to everyone who wanted to be at Comic-Con but wasn’t able. Please don’t call Emily a hero, though – she doesn’t like it).

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You want to watch the whole panel, don’t you? We don’t blame you. Go watch it on Syfy.com right now.

Immediately after the panel, there was a full cast signing at the IDW booth. Having learned from the previous day, IDW had capped the line at 130 people, because signings are limited to an hour to make room for the next signing. Early on we had learned that we would likely need to either be at the panel, or in line for the signing, but that we were unlikely to be able to make both due to the small window of time between the end of the panel and the beginning of the signing.

Having to choose isn’t always fun, but we were happy to be in the room when the cast told the fans about Season 2.

Bonnie Periscoped the cast as they arrived from the panel to the signing, which was fun.

Yay for Season 2!
Yay for Season 2!

As if all that wasn’t enough for one day, then we went to the EarperMeetup. What’s that, you ask? Well, it’s two awesome fans, Jordan and Katy, who organized a time and a space for Earpers to meet each other. They chose a location convenient to the convention center and publicized it, and timed it so we would all go after the signing had concluded, with enough time to chill out a bit beforehand.

We ran into Tim Rozon on the way to the meetup. WHAAAAT? That’s right, you heard me. He and his wife Linzey had stopped by the meetup right when it started to say hi. Since we were running a smidgen late, we ran into them on the sidewalk as they were heading to dinner. And we were all wearing the same thing – a Peace Maker. You know, nbd. It happens.

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So the meetup itself:  TALK ABOUT FUN. It was fun. After the adrenaline and the excitement of all the panels and waiting and standing in line, it was really nice to be outside and hanging out for a bit. Someone brought doughnuts, someone else brought Earp crafts, we brought stickers, there was a cosplay contest.

Taylor Burke Periscoped the entire 2-hour meetup. You can review her Periscope here.

GUESS WHAT HAPPENED NEXT. Melanie Scrofano stopped by! Yep, she came to the meetup to talk to fans. She made a special point to find the fans she hadn’t yet met and speak to them. How totally cool is that? We made a snap decision to Periscope it. You can watch the FGS Periscope here.

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After such a big day, the only thing to do was to go collapse at the poolside bar and have some nachos.

Here’s the Tales of the Black Badge Saturday recap.

Sunday, July 24

Sunday dawned, and we didn’t get to the con as early as we had been. The doors open for the public at 9:30, and for professionals (i.e. panelists and industry people) at 9am. We arrived around 10:15am, and realized that Gail Simone was doing her signing from 10-11am. Luckily, we were able to make it and meet her and say hi.

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Gail Simone, in addition to being a kickass comic book writer, storyteller, and voice for giving strong female characters real roles in stories (see her “women in refrigerators” trope discussion that really set the stage for better representation in stories), is also a fan of Wynonna Earp! Some of our favorite times on twitter are when she and Emily Andras start tweeting each other. So we asked if she would record a short video message for Emily to celebrate Wynonna Earp getting renewed for a second season, and she said yes! Here it is:

Then it was time to go shopping, y’all. For us, and for many at Comic-Con, Sunday is a big day for buying things on the exhibit floor. You’ve had three days to look around and see what you want to get, and Sunday is the last day to buy stuff. The exhibit floor closes at 5pm. So we bought stuff. When fangirls go shopping at Comic-Con, they tend to buy a lot of strong female characters.

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Our other big priority for Sunday was the Birds of Prey 20th anniversary panel, featuring:

  • Jordan Garfinkel – creator of Birds of Prey, moderator
  • Joe Illidge – former BoP editor
  • Gail Simone – longtime BoP writer
  • Julie Benson – writer for reboot of BoP
  • Shawna Benson – writer for reboot of BoP

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There was a lot of good discussion about diversity and representation at the panel, and also just ass-kicking storyline. We are excited to start reading the comic. Here’s some information about it.

Then we had a Fangirl Shirts board meeting to summarize our future plans and the company direction. Here are the minutes:

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Then what happened? We went poolside, had some food and beverage, and looked at each other saying “Still can’t believe this whole weekend happened.”

Monday, July 25

It was very very very very very early that we went to the airport to catch flights home. It was 4:00am. We don’t want to talk about it too much, mostly because it was so early, but also because it meant we were leaving San Diego.

We love you, San Diego Comic-Con. We want to say a special thank you to Ed Catto, who reached out to us to invite us to be on his panel. We wouldn’t have been at SDCC otherwise, and it was completely transformative for us, both as individuals and for Fangirl Shirts. Jumping into the deep end of fandom by going to the iconic con was amazing, and the chance to speak publicly about our mission and our company history at the “Fangirls Lead the Way” panel helped us to see in real-time how our message resonates with people. We couldn’t have dreamed of a better experience.

Ed has worked in the comic and geek industry for a while, and he organized this panel, invited a bunch of fangirls to speak, and also has offered his help for networking and ideas. This is a great example of the kind of mentorship and helping hand that are such a cool part of this industry and community. We are so grateful to him.

Thank you, Ed. You’re definitely an honorary fangirl in our books.

Ed Catto, honorary fangirl, with his superhero nieces Mel-mel and J-Cat
Ed Catto, honorary fangirl, with his superhero nieces Mel-mel and J-Cat

Our mission at Fangirl Shirts is twofold:  to make high-quality shirts that celebrate fangirls and shows with strong female characters, and to be a voice for equal representation and treatment for girls and women in fandom and in life. We are fans, first, foremost, and forever.

Fangirl on!
Fangirl on!
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peace maker results – huge THANK YOU

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A quick update and a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who supported the peace maker campaign.

Together, we raised $1,103 for Everytown for Gun Safety.

If you ordered a peace maker shirt:  the gear is being printed and should arrive in 1-3 weeks, depending on your location. Wear it proudly! If people are curious about the design, you can use the opportunity to start a conversation about two really awesome things:

1. Gun safety and why it’s important to you
2. The fantastic TV show Wynonna Earp and why they should watch it!

Once you receive your shirt, we’d love it if you could tweet/facebook/email us a selfie and we’ll share the peace maker love all over the internets!

If you missed ordering:  sign up for our email list and we will let you know about future opportunities to get peace maker.


Also, we’ll be at San Diego Comi-Con next month on a panel (more details soon), so please let us know if you’ll be there too! We would love to say hi and meet you face to face!

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peace maker – a fundraiser for Everytown for Gun Safety

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Order your peace maker shirt today. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Everytown For Gun Safety.

Earlier this weekend we sat down to write a blog post about our two new shirts for a couple of shows we love. We wrote a draft and batted around some ideas, planning to send it to you all on Monday.

Then Sunday morning we woke up to the shattering news from Orlando.

At Fangirl Shirts, we are devastated about the tragedy in Orlando where 50 people lost their lives to gun violence, and more were injured and traumatized in what was supposed to be a safe space for LGBTQ people. We feel such sorrow, grief and anger about this, and about every mass shooting.

The causes of gun violence in the United States are many, but there is a simple solution to help reduce it:  common sense gun safety laws. In the USA, it’s been extraordinarily difficult to pass laws that would save lives because the gun lobby and the NRA have a stranglehold on elected officials.

We want to do something to help. We love Wynonna Earp, a show in which the central character is a woman and her gun. The gun is named Peacemaker, and originally belonged to her great-grandfather Wyatt Earp. Wynonna accidentally shot her father with Peacemaker when she was a child, and she’s been dealing with the aftermath for most of her life. As an adult, she uses Peacemaker to kill demons, but continues to wrestle with her reaction to it. The show is a supernatural show that treats its characters and themes with maturity. That’s why we loved the idea of turning the name Peacemaker into a pride flag, and emphasizing that the name truly means “one who makes peace.” May we all make peace and work together to create a world free of gun violence.

100% of the proceeds from this campaign will be donated directly to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to understanding and reducing gun violence in America. Learn more about their work at www.everytownresearch.org

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Wynonna Earp Inspires Us to Fangirl Up

(Here’s a more recent post about Wynonna Earp in which we look back on Season One.)

There’s a new show in town, fangirls and fanbros, and it has rocked our world! We’re talking about Wynonna Earp, a new show created for TV by our favorite TV writer and beloved person Emily Andras. Before we say anything else about it:  if you’re not watching it yet, go catch up (it’s airing on Syfy in the USA, CHCH in Canada, or you can buy it on Amazon Video or iTunes) because:

  • It’s awesome, first and foremost
  • This post contains spoilers

Also:  we’re a T-shirt company with a mission (making the world a better and more equal place for girls and women), so we won’t bury the lede – we have new shirts and gear inspired by Wynonna Earp. They’re available until May 26 – get yours today!

Black Badge Division sticker

Fangirl Up sticker

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Wynonna Earp is everything that has been missing from our TV lives. We love TV shows with strong women characters. Strong means a lot of things – it can mean a physically strong badass lady who catches and dispatches the bad guys and girls, but that’s not all. Strength is expressed in a variety of ways – through being vulnerable, being open to change, and by being supportive of your friends and loved ones.

That sums up Wynonna Earp, the title character. She is invested with demon-killing powers on her 27th birthday when she becomes the heir to her great-grandfather, Wyatt Earp’s legacy and inherits Peacemaker, his demon-killing gun. Thanks to her newly acquired superpowers, she can kick some demon ass. She rides a motorcycle, can drink most people under the table, and you don’t want to mess with her.

But Wynonna carries some serious guilt from horribly traumatic events that happened in her childhood. She was sent away to juvenile detention, and consequently, her younger sister Waverly Earp was left to fend for herself in a small town, bearing the burden and stigma of her family’s tumultuous history. When Wynonna returns to her hometown of Purgatory, Alberta, it’s to a sister who has grown up without her and in some ways apart from her, suspicious townfolk who remember Wynonna’s chaotic behavior as a young teenager, and a bunch of resurrected Revenants that she has to put down.

While Wynonna was away, Waverly lived with her aunt and uncle and had to forge her own path. Even now, in her early twenties, she still has a lot to figure out about what kind of life she wants to have, and who she is. That’s refreshing to see on TV – not everyone has it all figured out early on, and learning that we don’t have to live our lives to make other people happy or to meet expectations they have for you is a rare and wonderful thing to represent. Facing changes bravely and with honesty is another kind of important strength.

Despite their long separation, Wynonna and Waverly quickly affirm their mutual unconditional love for each other. Emily Andras described to Blastr how she pitched the show as “Frozen meets Buffy” on the strength of the sisterly relationship between the Earp girls.

There’s another character in the show, Officer Nicole Haught, who will have an important role to play both in the story and in Waverly’s journey of self-discovery. In the seventh episode of the series, some of her backstory was revealed through a night spent hanging out with Wynonna. There has been much buzz about a possible budding relationship between Nicole and Waverly, but she’s not just a love interest – she’s also a complex character in her own right.

If you follow TV news, then you probably heard that there was a big flap about CBS’ passing on a pilot of Nancy Drew, with one executive apparently saying that it skewed #TooFemale. Amid this, Wynonna Earp has been boldly telling a story week by week that centers around strong female characters in both lead and supporting roles. Read this blog post for a really incredible exploration of how Wynonna Earp is beginning to feel like a safe space for queer characters.

There is a strong fan community that has already risen around the show. Check out Wynonna Earp Fans for podcasts, blog posts, social media and interviews with the cast and creators. And subscribe to Fanalysis, a sci-fi and fantasy TV podcast from ASK Genre TV that reviews Wynonna Earp each week!

We’re a T-shirt company with a mission. We make T-shirts that celebrate awesome women characters and the TV shows that bring them to us. We donate a portion of sales to nonprofit organizations working to make the world a better place for girls and women. So both because we love this show and because we want to help spread a message of awesome female empowerment, we’ve made some shirts. We’ve got crewneck, V-neck, hoodies and tank tops. We even have stickers! They’re available until May 26. Go get ’em!

Here’s a link to the entire selection, or click any image below to go directly to that product.

Black Badge Division - crew and V-neck, women's and unisex
Black Badge Division – crew and V-neck, women’s and unisex

Black Badge Division - crew and V-neck, women's and unisex
Black Badge Division – crew and V-neck, women’s and unisex

Shirt inspired by Wynonna Earp, Fangirl Up
Fangirl Up, crewneck and V-neck, women’s and unisex

Black Badge Division tank top
Black Badge Division tank top

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Black Badge Division tank top

Fangirl Up hoodie
Fangirl Up hoodie

Black Badge Division pullover hoodie
Black Badge Division pullover hoodie

Black Badge Division pullover hoodie
Black Badge Division pullover hoodie

Black Badge Division full zip hoodie
Black Badge Division full zip hoodie

Black Badge Division full zip hoodie
Black Badge Division full zip hoodie

Fangirl Up sticker
Fangirl Up sticker

Black Badge Division sticker
Black Badge Division sticker

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Lexa Fangirl Shirt

Spoiler alert:  if you’re not caught up on The 100, or you plan to watch it but haven’t yet, this post contains spoilers through Season 3, Episode 7.

lexa-fangirl-greenOne of the shows we’ve been watching this year is The 100. It’s an interesting post-apocalyptic genre show that explores themes about how humanity can live on Earth and with each other.  It explores how humans fall short, the ways in which we fail each other, asks questions about how far we should go to survive, shows how we are capable of committing stunning atrocities, and illustrates how we sometimes live in moments of beauty to overcome great challenges against all odds.

Like any good TV show, it has really compelling characters. We loved the character of Lexa, the Commander of the Grounders, and the slow buildup of her alliance, friendship, and eventual romance with Clarke. We were shocked and devastated by Lexa’s death from a stray bullet mere seconds after finally consummating her relationship with Clarke in “Thirteen,” which was episode 7 of Season 3.

This is an all-too-familiar trope for LGBT characters in TV shows who finally attain a moment of happiness – they’re often killed right afterward. We’ve seen way too much of it in our TV-viewing lifetimes. It happens so often that it’s referred to as Bury Your Gays, and Dead Lesbian Syndrome. A factor in why this particular death was so devastating is that the show executives had promoted the show as LGBTQ-positive and had proactively sought interaction with and support from the LGBTQ fanbase. Lexa’s death felt like a betrayal of that outreach.

Other people have written great summaries and analysis about this situation so rather than us repeating what they’ve said, go check them out:

Lexa was awesome. She did what no other Commander before her was able to do – unite the 12 clans in peace. She also was able to overcome her pain and trauma from losing Costia, and set aside the teachings of Titus that love was weakness. She opened herself up to loving Clarke, and to changing the brutally pragmatic survival ethos of the Grounders. When she said to Clarke “You were right, Clarke. Life is about more than just surviving,” echoing back Clarke’s words to her, that felt like it was a turning point – both for her personally and for the future of their people. For humanity.

Except, of course, that she died soon afterward.

It hurts that she died the way she did. It also hurts that this tired trope played out yet again right in front of our eyes. It reminded us of countless other pointless deaths of LGBT characters. And it hurt fans of the show who had a complex, strong lesbian role model ripped away from them yet again.

That’s why we felt compelled to make a shirt in tribute to Lexa. We’ll donate 50% of the proceeds from our Lexa Fangirl Shirt to the Leskru fundraiser for The Trevor Project to support Trevor’s crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ youth. The response from fandom to make something positive from something negative has been amazing to witness and we want to help. We also want to make something for fans to show their undying support for Heda and what she meant to us.

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Reshop, Heda. We will continue to fight, in your honor.