ClexaCon – the fabulous Media & Entertainment Convention for LGBTQ Women and Allies, taking place April 5-9, 2018 in Las Vegas that we LOVE and can’t wait to go back to next year – has a scholarship fund. The scholarship fund, which you can read all about at their website, has a goal of raising $25,000 to help with travel costs and expenses for some panelists and attendees who would not otherwise be able to attend.
So in addition to the donation we’ve already made, we’re going to do this: between today and October 31, we are designating five of our shirts as “ClexaCon Scholarship Fund Beneficiary Shirts.” We’ll donate 50% of the proceeds from these designs to the ClexaCon Scholarship Fund.
The shirts are our ship shirts that celebrate some of our favorite women-loving-women pairings from some of our favorite shows. If you’ve been thinking about getting one of these shirts but haven’t yet, buy it before October 31 and half the proceeds will go to help someone attend ClexaCon next year!
And, if you already own all of these shirts, but still want to help, we encourage you to donate to the ClexaCon 2018 Scholarship Fund directly. Also, the deadline for applications for scholarships, September 30, 2017, is fast approaching, so if you’ve been intending to apply, don’t put it off!
Have you heard of #WynonnaTravels? An Earper @Julieco75789404 thought up this idea, and @Deb_Renee drew an AMAZING graphic and has mailed and sent laminated Wynonnas to fans all over the world. Fans photograph her on travel adventures near and far. You can see them all on the #WynonnaTravels facebook page.
For Deb’s upcoming birthday, her amazing, wonderful, thoughtful wife had an idea: how about putting #WynonnaTravels on a shirt for Deb as a surprise? We helped make this vision a reality. Then, wouldn’t you know it, several Earpers said they would like to have one too, and Deb said we could make her design available for everyone.
We asked Deb if she’d like to designate a charity for part of the proceeds, and Deb chose the BARC Animal Shelter & Adoptions, which is helping to rescue pets from flooded homes in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. 50% of the proceeds will go directly to the Houston BARC Foundation, which is the 501(c)3 wing of BARC.
Hello #Earpers! We are SO EXCITED for the return of Wynonna Earp on June 9, 2017! To celebrate, we give you THE TWELVE DAYS OF WYNONNA SHIRTS. On the first day of Earpmas, Wynonna gave to me…
Each day we’re going to showcase a Wynonna Earp shirt. Some will be ours, some will be other people’s, some will be new, some will be old (but good), and sometimes there will be discounts (follow our twitter for discounts – @fangirlshirts)! Watch this space while we update every day!
The real love story on Wynonna Earp is…Wynonna and her motorcycle. We partnered with Jordan from Atomic Octopus Designs on this awesome new shirt! You can get this in nearly every color and style. Check it out, and also check out Jordan’s website (which links to her Redbubble store), and follow her on instagram and twitter for more awesome fan products about Wynonna Earp and more!
Wynonna Earp has an official store on Threadless! You can get shirts with the official show title logo, several drawn in the style of the comics, and some stylized designs that are totally cool. Check them out and buy them!
One of our more recent collaborations was with Coral, CarolandDre, who designed this awesome shirt. We interviewed the trio about their idea and why they love Wynonna Earp and softball, read the interview here!
At ClexaCon, we partnered up with others in the Wynonna Earp fandom to present a panel about the fandom, how it came about, and why it’s special. You can get the audio podcast of the panel, plus several Periscope recordings from our ClexaCon 2017 roundup blog post.
One of the things we discussed during the panel was the “contagious nature of kindness,” and afterward, we decided to do a special shirt for the Earpers to commemorate it. A portion of the proceeds from Kindness Is Contagious will go directly to The Kind Campaign, working to combat girl-against-girl bullying.
Our first ever collaboration with a fandom artist was none other than Bonnie, @WynonnaFans herself! Bonnie made herself a Wynonna Love shirt and we loved it (pun always intended), so we asked if she’d want to make it available to more Earpers. She said yes, and for good measure she made a WayHaught wordcloud also – who doesn’t want to wear a shirt that says “You’re A Lesbian Not A Unicorn,” right?
“It’s Top Shelf, man. It’s top Shelf.” An Earper came to us with an idea and a request – how about a subtle shirt that didn’t even say Wynonna Earp on it, but instead, said Top Shelf. A fun, low-key way to identify other fans of the show. We loved the idea and made this design. The font is reminiscent of a certain well-known whiskey brand, which we think Wynonna would appreciate.
From the mouths of babes – or in this case, from the typing fingers connected to Emily Andras’ brain. These nicknames for fans of the actors on the show Wynonna Earp cracked us up when we read them. (In fact, she originally suggested them as an alternative to Fandras.) We asked Emily if we could put them on a shirt, and she said sure! So, are you a ScroFANhoe? FANderson? DomistheBomb? KatPack? Do you think Tim is Also Good? And hey hey hey, we also snuck in a little extra Fandras, because we’re like that. Get yours!
Almost a year ago, there was a devastating mass shooting at an LGBTQ nightclub in Orlando. We wanted to do something, so we designed the Peace Maker shirt. It’s the name of Wynonna’s gun turned into a pride flag and written to indicate “One who makes peace.” 100% of the proceeds from Peace Maker go directly to Everytown for Gun Safety. In the past year, shirt sales have raised over $3,000 for Everytown. Here’s a blog post from last year about it.
We live in a world where scary things happen. And much as we might wish it were so, we don’t have an Amazon posing as an antiquities expert to come to our rescue, a Kryptonian refugee working as a reporter who will fly out the window to save us, or a descendant of a famous lawman who will use her supernatural gun to slay our demons.
We have to be each others’ heroes. We have to save ourselves.
But you know what we do have? We have each other. We have people in the world who work to make the world safer and kinder. We have people who write and make stories come to life that inspire us and show us how we can overcome our demons, be brave, and protect each other.
We have the power of love.
Thank you to everyone who makes this show happen. Thank you to all the fans. Thank you to everyone who has supported Fangirl Shirts. And thank you to everyone who is part of making the world a better place. We can’t wait for Season 2 of Wynonna Earp.
Jo: In 2010, together with my friend and fellow LOST fan Jared, we started this little charitable endeavor because my dear friend Jackie had brain cancer (she was only 28 years old). I felt helpless, and wanted to figure out a way to channel my kind followers on Twitter and Facebook toward the greater good.
We knew that the amazing global LOST fan community would be supportive of fundraisers and auctions that benefited charities, so we started acquiring LOST related items and reaching out to both fans and cast/crew for input and contributions. Due to the proliferation of social media (for outreach and marketing), as well as good will and intent among all involved, we were able to amass a few hundred items and host a large online auction in 2012.
Thanks to incredible generosity from the fans, we were thrilled to raise over $60,000 for the National Brain Tumor Society in Jackie’s honor, which was bittersweet and lovely because she had passed away just a few weeks prior to the auction opening. Since that time, we have hosted 2 additional online auctions and many onsite silent auctions at fan events, where we raised a very large amount of money for selected cancer organizations! The widespread support has been nothing short of spectacular, and continues to be.
FGS: What initiatives does CGL have going on, and what cancer charities has CGL supported?
We are currently working on two major auctions: our onsite silent auction to benefit PanCAN at LOST 2017 in Hawaii (a fan event on Oahu in October) and our next big online auction (2018, date & charity of choice TBD)! Because CGL is run entirely in our spare time, we are only able to host massive online auctions every 2 years.
The small auction that I hosted with Eliza Taylor recently was a one-off; the rare opportunity to help a good friend when I had time and extra item inventory! Her little buddy Isla in Thailand has leukemia, and I offered to host the auction for her family fundraiser because if I can help one little girl with cancer right now, I can/should/will.
I am grateful to Eliza and the entire The 100 cast for their genuine support of CGL; they always sign and donate items! And honestly, this fandom tends to have a bad reputation at times, but in my experience – they can be the greatest. There are fans creating and donating beautiful fan art to CGL, as well as always willing to contribute what little money they have to causes supported by the cast…it is heartwarming and very appreciated.
Jo: Sadly, cancer touches every single one of us, whether family or friends. With each CGL auction/fundraiser, my choice of cancer charity to donate our proceeds to is personal. My mother-in-law, who has been like a wonderful second mom to me for the last 20 years, is bravely battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer right now. So it was an easy choice to pick PanCAN for this campaign.
In every fandom, the overwhelming majority of fans choose to be kind, supportive humans to one another. They just tend to be quieter online! I always try to encourage fans (online and in person) to change the conversation when faced with negativity or bullying in their communities; to channel that energy toward something more productive, like inspiring Tumblr posts or links to charities they support. It works more often than not. I strongly believe that most fans want to make an actual difference in the world, which is why I adopted this catchphrase and aim to continue inspiring others to choose kindness.
FGS: Tell us a little about Jo the person. What do you fangirl over? What do you do when you’re not channeling fandom toward the greater good?
Jo: The truth is that I have a regular desk job during the week, and run CGL in every moment of my spare time – which is my greatest joy and favorite hobby! I am a total fangirl, from LOST to Star Wars to Orphan Black (and so much more). Admittedly, I watch far too much television. [FGS editorial comment: whaaaaaat, is there any such thing as watching too much television???] But at least I am able to do so while working on CGL projects, and it ties in; I love knowing which shows the fans enjoy the most, and why. It informs where I set my acquisition and autograph goals each year. When I’m not working on CGL, my wife and I enjoy traveling and good wine (we don’t live far from Napa & Sonoma)!
We had so much fun in 2016. We expanded our catalog, wrote more blog posts, and met so many fans at the conswe went to! It was also a great year for giving back. We donated 1% of every sale to nonprofit organizations working to make the world a better and more equal place for girls and women.
We want you, our customers, to feel good not only about the products you buy from us to celebrate your love for strong female characters, shows and movies, but also about where your money goes.
In 2016, we continued to support the four nonprofits we have listed on our Giving Back page. Every year we donate a portion of our profits to these four organizations – two that are based in the USA, and two in Canada.
Girls Who Code – working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering, Girls Who Code runs a Summer Immersion Program to teach girls in the USA to code.
Women’s Sports Foundation – sports and physical activity are important for girls as they grow, and for women to maintain health, strength and confidence. The WSF creates leaders by ensuring all girls access to sports, including by advocating for policies and laws ensuring equity.
Because I Am A Girl Canada – girls the world over face unique barriers, and BIIAG Canada works to help girls everywhere get enough to eat, education, and a safe environment. When you invest in girls, the whole world benefits.
Canadian Women’s Foundation – working to stop violence, end poverty, end human trafficking, and to empower girls in Canada, the CWF invests in the strength of women and the dreams of girls.
We also ran several special campaigns throughout 2016 that directly benefited nonprofit organizations.
Our Peace Maker campaigns, which we came up with after the mass shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, raise money that goes 100% directly to Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund, working to end gun violence in the USA. The first two-week run of shirts raised over $1,100 for Everytown, and continues to benefit the organization, raising over $1,400 to date. We also raffled off two Peace Maker shirts autographed by the cast of Wynonna Earp and Beau Smith (creator of the Wynonna Earp comics), raising an additional $1,200 for Everytown.
We also supported another fabulous charity, Cancer Gets LOST,with an in-kind donation of one of our Lexa shirts, stickers, a lanyard and a button for the silent auction at Unity Days 2017. Cancer Gets LOST channels fandom toward the greater good, and raised a ton of money for the Pancreatic Cancer Network from the silent auction. We were thrilled to be a part of it and to see our designs alongside so many amazing pieces of memorabilia and fan art.
Without you, our customers, none of this would be possible. Thank you so very much. Your support not only allows us to do something we really love, making awesome shirts about awesome women, but also to support causes that we all care about that will help make the world a better place. Here’s to a great 2017!