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Fangirl Shirts Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Happy winter holidays! At Fangirl Shirts, we’re here to help make your gift shopping a little easier for the fangirl, fanboy or fanperson in your life. This handy guide takes you through our entire catalog of shirts and other goodies that feature and honor strong female characters and authentic three-dimensional LGBTQ relationships.

T-shirts are de rigueur. We also have cozy hoodies and sweatshirts to keep your favorite fan warm as they marathon their favorite series on Netflix, and tank tops for dreaming of warmer temperatures. We ship worldwide from both our main catalog and our special edition catalog, and to the EU (thus avoiding customs charges) from our EU catalog.

Here’s a quick guide to all the things:

  1. By Fandom
  2. By Ship
  3. Stocking Stuffers and Wee Things
  4. Drinkware
  5. Stickers
  6. Everything Else

By Fandom

Whether the fandom started in the 1970’s or in 2017, we have a range of fandom-related gear that celebrates strong female characters! Do you know what TV show or movie the gift recipient in your life absolutely loves? Here’s all our gear tagged by fandom. The bulleted lists of links under each image will take you directly to the shirts and designs.

Buffy

Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a genre show that flipped the script and was groundbreaking for its time, with a high school girl as the superhero protagonist. Buffy has had a lasting effect on television and what girls and women expect to see in their entertainment.

Carmilla

Carmilla, a webseries for three seasons and then a fantastic feature-length movie, is great fun, poignant, and explores themes so profound that it took our breath away at times. We’ll also admit that we identify with how Laura Hollis is a total fangirl. Here are some thoughts about different facets of Carmilla in two of our blog posts:  Hollstein Est. 2014 and Embedded Pit Correspondent

Dark Matter

Dark Matter was an ensemble genre sci-fi show that ended too soon. While it was on the air, it explored questions about identity, redemption, and what it means to be human. We’ll miss this show, but we’ll continue to celebrate it.

Doctor Who

We’re up front with you that neither of us have previously been Whovians, but the exciting news that (finally) a woman, Jodie Whittaker, has been cast as the 13th Doctor, means we’ll be watching the new Doctor Who. Read more in this blog post:  A Woman’s Place Is In The TARDIS

Fandras

There’s a lot to say about how and why we love Emily Andras and her work, and we’ll be saying more soon. For now, check out our Fandras designs.

Firefly

Firefly was a fun show that sparked our imaginations. As with too many genre shows, it was cancelled too soon, but we appreciated it while we had it.

Firefly Fangirl

Killjoys

A rollicking fun show, ever-thickening-plot and especially the strong character relationships make Killjoys one of our favorite shows currently on the air. We are proud to wear the Feminist Killjoy design both for its message and for its identification of us as fans of the show.

Lexa/Clexa

Lexa was a compelling character who inspired us and many others. The Lexa/Clarke, “Clexa” relationship, was also inspiring for us while it played out onscreen. What it sparked in the LGBTQ and entertainment communities when the relationship ended was even more important and will help to create lasting change for representation on TV. Fangirl Shirts is proud to be a sponsor of ClexaCon 2018, one of the best results.

Lost Girl

Lost Girl will always be incredibly special to us. We, the founders of Fangirl Shirts, met because of the show, and we believe that its portrayal of Bo and Lauren’s relationship was a halcyon of great representation and a bellwether for where TV is heading. We talk about this a bit more in our blog post Doccubus Fangirl.

Orphan Black

HOLY CRAP, THIS SHOW. Orphan Black was innovative in so many ways, with compelling characters, a gripping storyline and thought-provoking science that has firm roots in reality. We’re in awe of Tatiana Maslany and her activism, and so glad she won an Emmy.

Peace Maker

We grieve for the victims every time there is a mass shooting, we believe that change is possible, and we envision a world free of gun violence. 100% of the proceeds from our Peace Maker shirts are donated to Everytown for Gun Safety.

South of Nowhere

South of Nowhere featured two girls falling happily in love before it was cool, and we discuss that in this blog post Spashley Fangirl

Star Wars

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, a movie zoomed into our collective consciousness in the 1970’s, and it featured a strong woman who saved herself. This franchise has endured and female characters have grown more prominent and strong with each new film. We’re proud to be fans of the classic and the current Star Wars.

Supergirl

Not only were we excited to watch a superhero show with a female superhero at its core, we were also pleasantly surprised that the storyline grew in the second season to include a real same-sex relationship that rang true in many ways and a coming out arc for Alex Danvers that resonated. We’re continuing to watch Supergirl.

Wonder Woman

We knew we’d love Wonder Woman when we heard this movie was coming, but we were seriously blown away by how amazing the movie was – along with a gazillion other people, as Wonder Woman topped out as the highest-grossing superhero origin movie of all time. Our initial blog post about Wonder Woman tells you more, and we continue to live with the Amazons through Themyscira University and some future designs!

Wynonna Earp

We love Wynonna Earp. We’ve written a lot of blog posts about it, so read them all:  Why We Love Wynonna Earp,  I Got My Beaver Buzzed At Shorty’s and Pussy Willows and Tacos Are Tasty and #WynonnaTravels and I Love Earp and Purgatory Softball Team and Kindness Is Contagious.

X-Files

Dana Scully jumped into our fangirl minds with her firm grasp of science, her skepticism, and her equal footing with Fox Mulder. Read how she inspired us in X-Files:  The Fangirl Is Out There. The designs for these X-Files shirts are by Kira Beaudoin, an amazing artist – check her out!

We also have shirts that, while they aren’t inspired by a television show or movie, represent things we think are awesome and that we care about.

Canada

Canada itself- the country, the people, their values, and the TV and entertainment that comes from this great country, warrant some fanshirts.

Kindness

We are big fans of civil discourse, giving people the benefit of the doubt, and realizing that behind twitter accounts, whether they’re fellow fans or celebrities, are real people with real feelings. Read more about this partnership with Jo Garfein of Cancer Gets LOSTBe The Fan You Wish To See In The World

Young Fans:  We offer some of our designs for babies, toddlers and kids also.

By Ship

We celebrate three-dimensional relationships between women. There are many great relationships these days on TV, so our list isn’t comprehensive…yet.

Stocking Stuffers and Wee Things

If you have a fan in your life, you know that going to cons is an important part of what they do. Con attendees need lanyards and flair, and we have those!

Drinkware

It’s important to hydrate when you’re fangirling. Some people like caffeine and sugar with their female heroes, and we have mugs out the wazoo to hold your coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Cupcakes not included.

Or maybe you want to have a cold one! Our line of koozies will keep your beer, pop or Beaver Buzz cool and protect your hand from condensation while telling the world you’re a Feminist Killjoy and that Tacos Are Tasty.

Stickers

Stickers are great for EVERYTHING – decorating your water bottle, your laptop, or any other surface you own. (Note:  these are paper stickers and not waterproof, so don’t put them on your car or bike.)

For the Fan Who Has Everything

They probably don’t have:

Wherever you are, whatever you celebrate, Fangirl Shirts wishes you a wonderful holiday season and a very happy New Year. 

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Carmilla! Embedded Pit Correspondent

This post contains spoilers for Carmilla, both the webseries and the movie, so if you haven’t finished it yet, be aware!

Embedded Pit Correspondent is here! EU, get yours in the Carmilla FGS EU Store.

Empowered. Brave. Strong.

These are adjectives that describe Melanippe Callis – Mel – from Carmilla, played by Nicole Stamp, who was first introduced to us during Season 2 of the webseries as the leader of the Summer Society. She’s assertive and fearless.

But Mel wasn’t always this way, as we learned in Season Zero. During the “flashback season,” we see that when Mel first came to Silas University, she had ambition, but not a lot of self-confidence. During the final episode, Tythia says that she can see Mel’s fondest desire – that she wishes to lead, and to be her mother’s daughter, herself a former Summer Society President. That’s exactly what Mel becomes – a fearless, righteous Amazon.

Endurance.

In Season 3, Mel is trapped in the Pit, along with several other students. They’re used by the Dean as forced labor to dig to to find the seals. Not only does she keep the students together in a stressful situation, but she is changed by the experience. She puts aside her antipathy toward the Zetas to form a resistance, and produces podcasts from the pit to coordinate with the others for rescue. Laura nicknames her the “Embedded Pit Correspondent,” a title that Mel doesn’t like at first, but eventually embraces.

The Pit is a crucible for Mel, tempering her brashness with empathy, and she emerges from her ordeal a stronger person and a better leader.

Stoicism. Grace.

In the Carmilla Movie, we get to see more of Mel (and she looks darn good in a tux). She works as part of the integrated group, and also takes an emotional risk in connecting with the ghost of Charlotte Bronte. During the closing scene of the movie, she says “Okay, don’t give me pity eyes, Hollis. Like you never had a crush on a dead girl.” She refuses to wallow in what could have been.

The entirety of Mel’s arc throughout the Carmilla series is what we’re all about at Fangirl Shirts:  finding your strength, becoming a leader, integrating compassion and empathy, and facing the future with optimism. We try to channel Mel in everything we do.

We are excited to add the Embedded Pit Correspondent to our line of Carmilla designs, joining Hollstein, Est. 2014. (If you’re in the EU, get yours in the Carmilla FGS EU Store.)

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Carmilla! Hollstein, Est. 2014

Heyo, Creampuffs! We’re proud to count ourselves among you, and THRILLED for the Carmilla movie that’s out today!

We have lots to say about how abso-freaking-lutely awesome Carmilla is, why we wished we had watched it sooner, and many deeper thoughts about LGBTQA representation and feeling validated, seen, and appreciated as fans.

Right now we want to announce our Hollstein Est. 2014 shirt – so we’ll say all these things later after we’ve watched the movie (at the time of this writing, we haven’t yet). HERE IT IS, WE’RE SO EXCITED.

EU Creampuffs – get your Hollstein Est. 2014 gear in the EU Store – click on Carmilla.

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Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run Waiver

To participate in the Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run, please fill out this electronic waiver of liability. We will also have paper forms onsite. If you’re signing on behalf of a minor, make sure to fill out the second form below as well. See you in Vegas!

In consideration of being permitted to participate in Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL, I agree to assume all risks inherent in participation in such program, whether they are apparent to me or not. I certify that I am in good physical health and fit to participate. Nevertheless, I acknowledge that participation carries an inherent risk of injury to my person and damage to my property. I hereby waive and release, for myself and for my heirs and assigns, any and all claims, causes of action, or liabilities which may hereafter accrue against Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL, ClexaCon and its affiliates, their agents, employees, volunteers, officers, directors, successors and assigns, Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL, and ClexaCon, the City of Nevada, and any and all sponsors, their representatives and successors, that may arise as a result of my participation in Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL, and ClexaCon including any and all claims for personal injuries caused by Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL’s and ClexaCon’s negligence.

Further, I hereby grant full permission to any and all of the foregoing to use any photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of these events for any legitimate purpose, including commercial advertising, without monetary payment to me. (This information is protected by the Privacy Act).

This section to be read and signed by parent/legal guardian if Participant is a minor:

As the parent/legal guardian of the above-named Participant, I hereby waive and release on behalf of my child, any and all claims, and causes of action, or liabilities which may hereafter accrue against Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL, ClexaCon and its affiliates, their agents, employees, volunteers, officers, directors, successors and assigns, Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL, ClexaCon, the City of Nevada, and any and all sponsors, their representatives and successors, by reason of my child’s participation in said program, including any and all claims for personal injuries caused by Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL’s, and ClexaCon’s negligence. In addition, I accept full responsibility for the care and supervision of my child during the above-described runs.

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Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run and TEAM FANGIRL

Fangirl Shirts is thrilled to be returning to ClexaCon 2018! We’re looking forward to the entire experience. And as vendors and panelists, we are also excited about contributing to the ClexaCon community.

One of the new ways we’re contributing is by organizing a fun run/walk for ClexaCon 2018! It’s called the Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon Fun Run. The Fun Run is just that – a fun run, or a fun walk, and it’s free and open to everyone. No experience is required.

First, the details. Save the date!

Date:  Friday, April 6, 2018
Time:  7:30am
What:  a fun run or walk from the Tropicana to the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign and back! It’s 1.3 miles each way. We’ll pause at the sign for some selfies and a group photo.
Why:  because it’s fun!

If you’re interested in joining the fun run, subscribe to the Fun Run email list below!

Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon 2018 Fun Run Email List

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As part of the fun run, we’re organizing TEAM FANGIRL:  a coordinated effort to raise money for the True Colors Fund to support their work to end LGBTQ youth homelessness. Everyone who joins TEAM FANGIRL can create a personal fundraising page and invite their friends and family to make donations. In fact, you don’t have to be participating in the Fun Run or even attending ClexaCon to join Team Fangirl to raise money to help end LGBTQ youth homelessness – everyone is welcome.

Join TEAM FANGIRL – to join Team Fangirl and raise money for the True Colors Fund, follow these steps.

  • Go to the Team Fangirl page on the True Colors Fund website
  • Click “Join Team”
  • Follow the steps to create your page
  • Customize your page with a picture and a personal story
  • Share your page with friends and family
  • Use hashtag #TeamFangirl on social media!

Do you want to connect with other runners, walkers, and people who plan to participate in the Fangirl Shirts ClexaCon 2018 Fun Run? If so, join the Team Fangirl Forum – this is a message board where you can connect with other Fun Runners and Walkers, discuss training, and to talk about ClexaCon. It’s also a great way to meet other ClexaCon attendees in advance.

FAQ

What’s the route?

Route

Does it cost anything?

Nope! It’s free.

What if I’m not a runner, can I walk?

Yes! You can walk.

Where can I meet other people who are going to do the fun run or walk?

In the Team Fangirl Forum!

Will I get a number and a timing chip?

Nope. The Fun Run is not timed. We aren’t doing numbers, either (but if we did, we’d all have an identical number and it would be 324B21).

Will there be a T-shirt?

Yes! Here’s what it looks like.

Gorgeous! How can I get one?

There are two ways! One free, and one non-free.

Here’s the free way! First, you can sign up for Team Fangirl to raise money for the True Colors Fund to end LGBTQ+ youth homelessness. Everyone who raises $100 on their Team Fangirl page by March 15, 2018 will receive a FREE T-shirt.

Here’s the non-free way. You can buy one – we’re not selling them yet, but we will be and we’ll update this page when they go on sale. Proceeds will be used to offset the costs of providing free T-shirts to all the $100+ fundraisers.

Can I dress up in cosplay for the Fun Run?

Yes! That would be rad, though it’s not required.

Will the streets of Las Vegas be shut down for the Fun Run?

They will not. We will be running along the sidewalks and stopping at all red lights – for safety.

Do I need to sign a waiver?

Yes. Sign the waiver electronically here.

Can I help with the Fun Run?

Sure you can! Email sally at fangirlshirts dot com if you want to help out.

I have a question and it wasn’t answered here.

Post your question in the comments and we’ll add it to this FAQ. (If you don’t want your question to be public, you can email it to sally at fangirlshirts dot com)