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When we went to San Diego Comic-Con 2016, we did a whole lot of things, and we told you about them in a day-by-day, minute-by-minute blog post. But there’s one thing we did that we didn’t tell you about at the time – so we’re telling you now!
We asked the cast of Wynonna Earp and Beau Smith to sign two of our Peace Maker shirts so we could use them for a special fundraiser for Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. And they did! These shirts have been signed by Melanie Scrofano, Shamier Anderson, Dominique Provost-Chalkley, Tim Rozon, Katherine Barrell, and Beau Smith (creator of Wynonna Earp comics and affectionately known as “Papa Earp”).
Your donation enters you in the random drawing for one of the signed peace maker shirts
There will be two winners randomly chosen
The fundraiser/raffle will run until December 2, 2016
Everyone has an equal chance to win, whether you’ve donated $5, $50 or $500
If you want to donate anonymously, that’s fine – just email a copy of your donation receipt to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com (you can remove personally identifying information). We will keep your identity confidential.
P.S. – if you haven’t heard about our Peace Maker shirts, you can read here about why we made them and you can still buy a shirt of your own. 100% of the proceeds from sales of Peace Maker go directly to Everytown. As of today (November 6, 2016) sales of Peace Maker have raised $1,476 and counting for Everytown).
Andi Marquette is a writer of fiction and nonfiction and a co-host for Women and Words. Women and Words is a blog that brings you fresh content each week about writing, reading and publishing, especially woman-centered and LGBTQ storylines.
Has it really been three weeks since FanExpo in Toronto? Apparently so. We meant to write this when it was all fresh in our minds, but instead, now you get the benefit of mellow reflection.
FanExpo Canada is a series of comic and sci-fi conventions in Canada (and in a couple of cities in the United States). September 1-4 was Toronto FanExpo, and half of Fangirl Shirts (Sally) went up for a one-day whirlwind Saturday, September 3. The other half (Rebecca) co-hosted a #ComicCants live chat with Bonnie from @WynonnaFans.
Here’s what happened!
Why just one day at FanExpo? Well, it was Labor Day weekend and I didn’t want to be away from my family for the whole weekend. The Wynonna Earp panel and signing were both on Saturday, so it worked out that I could go up for 24 hours to attend the panel, signing and meetup, and then make it home for breakfast the next day. All I had to do was take two really early flights.
Really, really early flights. My flight to Toronto left at 6am.
After landing in Toronto and meeting at the airport, Brittany and I headed to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre to get some desperately needed coffee and to get in line. The doors opened at 9am, but there was already quite a line by 8am, so we passed the time by tweeting.
This was my first time at FanExpo, and the entrance process was very orderly. First we entered the Convention Centre proper, where we waited in a line to have the staff scan our ticket confirmation printouts. Then we were given a wristband for our one-day pass, and put it on. We were directed to another line, and asked by the volunteers to cozy up to each other so the line would be as compact as possible and more people could fit. The line had to fold back in on itself a couple of times, and the lines of people were separated by curtains of orange sheer hanging fabric. It heightened the anticipation.
While waiting, Brittany and I hung out and talked. She was wearing a custom-made shirt inspired by this tweet:
Next, we went to find the room in which the Wynonna Earp panel would take place at 4:30pm. The Metro Toronto Convention Centre has two main buildings, the North and South Buildings. Foot traffic during the con is carefully managed and directed since there are so many people trying to get so many places at once, and con-goers often suddenly stop walking when they see cool cosplay, either to look at it or take pictures. FanExpo does a great job at managing the flow of traffic and there are many volunteers onsite to help answer your questions.
We found a set of couches and chairs near the panel room once we arrived at 10:30am.
Next, I would like to tell you that I spent the next six hours strategically attending panels, getting autographs, walking the con floor, buying merchandise and looking at cosplay, but I didn’t do any of that. Instead, I spent nearly all of that time in what we named “Earper Basecamp” talking with an ever-growing crowd of Wynonna Earp fans. And I really enjoyed it. This is a super cool fandom, you guys.
Here is a pic from Earper Basecamp. Please note the cardboard cutouts of Rebecca, Kevin and Bonnie that Melissa (aka @VisitPurgatory) brought with her. We had such fun with them! I recommend you bring cardboard cutouts of all your besties to any con. Maybe even if they’re there with you.
You might have heard about the #TeamFandras shirt that @actually_layne designed and we’ve made available to all fans of Emily Andras (much to her chagrin). While hanging at Earper Basecamp, I saw someone approaching in a Fandras shirt, so I did what anyone would do: shouted “FANDRAS!!!!!!!” as loudly as I could at the person and sprinted up to her and asked if I could give her a hug.
One of our nefarious plans goals for FanExpo, plotted planned with Bridget Liszewski of The TV Junkies, was to gift a Fandras shirt to Tim Rozon, who plays Doc Holliday (and played Massimo on Lost Girl, for those of you keeping score at home). He is almost as big a fan of Emily Andras as we are! Bridget made sure he received a shirt and he wore it to the panel – while also mentioning to Bridget that he had ordered one himself on the same day we released them. Told you he was a big fan!
The panel itself was GREAT and the room was packed. Bridget did an AWESOME job being the moderator – her questions were really interesting and elicited thoughtful answers from the panel. Here’s a picture taken from behind the stage by @bongotummy, aka Brendon Yorke (who, among being other things, is a writer for Wynonna Earp, Lost Girl, Degrassi, and also the husband of Emily Andras. Is it too much talent for one family???).
As well, Wynonna Earp Podcast has released an audio recording of the panel on the podcast and the audio quality is excellent. There might be 5 minutes at the end from me and some other deliriously tired and thrilled fans.
I logged into the “Whine & Cheese” session that was hosted by Bonnie of @WynonnaFans and Rebecca of @RebeccaBarrick (the other half of @fangirlshirts). In case you’re not familiar, Bonnie and Kevin (@WynonnaFans and @WynonnaEarpPodcast) host a live video chat after every episode of Wynonna Earp, called Whiskey & Donuts. “Whine & Cheese” is a special production and wholly owned subsidiary of Whiskey & Donuts (or so I kept saying. I’m not sure if it’s caught on).
The live chat sessions are not recorded, so I don’t have the ability to post a recording for you. I’ll sum up instead: when the cast arrived, Shamier and Tim were SO EXCITED. Shamier walked right up and said hi to all the ComicCants, and even took the phone for a while and talked to people. He recognized Bonnie and Kevin and Rebecca, as did everyone else right off the bat. Then Tim said hi, then Dominique, then Emily, then Melanie.
After the meetup was over, we all said goodbye and people departed to get food, drinks, or to collapse into bed. I went to a place called the Loose Moose which served bacon-encrusted maple donuts for dessert. Did we order them? Yes, we did.
The flight back home left early and I felt pretty much like Lil’ Andras did.
PS: When I arrived home at 9:30am on Sunday, I went into the house and my kids looked up and said “Hi, Mommy. We didn’t think you were coming home until tomorrow.” So much for getting up early! 😉
Why was only half (Sally) of Fangirl Shirts a ComicCan, while the other half (Rebecca) was a ComicCant? Well, Labour Day weekend meant school in Canada was starting back after summer break, my twins were starting kindergarten, and flying across the country for a one- or two-day trip would have been logistically difficult. Fortunately Sally lives a lot closer to Toronto and was able to represent Fangirl Shirts, and attend the amazing Wynonna Earp events.
Bonnie and Kevin, who Sally and I spent four amazing days with at San Diego Comic Con this summer, had approached me about co-hosting the Whiskey & Doughnuts: “Whine & Cheese” Firetalk event with Bonnie, while Kevin attended DragonCon in Atlanta. I’d watched all of the post-episode Blab hangouts and participated in the text chats during this past season of Wynonna Earp, but had never done anything like co-hosting a video hangout before. I was a bit nervous about it, but also really excited to have the opportunity to hang out with Bonnie and chat with all of the other ComicCants.
Having been a ComicCant for nearly my entire life, I’m always incredibly grateful for all of the great content that con attendees provide on social media. If you can’t be there in person, the next best thing is to know that there are members of your fandom there, who love the show just as much as you do, and to have the chance to live vicariously through them.
One of the beautiful things about the #Earper fandom is that instead of focusing on envy and feeling too sorry for ourselves for not being there, the ComicCants have overwhelmingly expressed love, support and gratitude towards the fandom family who are fortunate enough to be able to attend these events and share their experiences with all of us. The amount of positivity and kindness within the Wynonna Earp fandom is really something special. I am so grateful for our little tribe of weirdos.
The Whine & Cheese hangout was so much fun. Kevin joined in from DragonCon and gave a recap of the activities there that weekend. It was the first time that they’d used the new Firetalk platform, since Blab closed down just after season one ended. The platform itself seems very stable and the video and audio quality is fantastic. If you weren’t able to attend the Whine & Cheese hangout to see for yourself, I would definitely recommend joining in on the post-episode Whiskey & Doughnuts hangouts that will be happening throughout season 2.
Bonnie and Kevin make it appear effortless, but it’s not as easy as it looks to host the video hangouts! Just trying to keep up with the chat with everything else that’s going on is tricky – it moves so fast! Sally was able to connect several times from the Earper Meetup in Toronto and all of the ComicCants got a great look at the fun that ensues when you gather a bunch of Earpers together.
Of course, the wonderful cast and showrunner once again blew us away with their love for the fans by showing up at the Earper Meetup to hang out with everyone, and popped onto the Firetalk to give a shoutout to all of the ComicCants. The wonderful and hilarious Melissa had made cardboard cutouts of Bonnie, Kevin and I to take to FanExpo, and we got to see our cutouts having a pretty great time at the Meetup, being passed around amongst the cast. Tim and Shamier, Emily, Dominique and Melanie all spent some time on the Whine & Cheese chat and on Taylor’s Periscope interacting with the ComicCants and made everyone’s day.
Saying that it’s a surreal experience to talk to Emily Andras via video chat, while she’s hanging on to a cardboard cutout of yourself would be a major understatement.
Rumour has it the cardboard cutout of Bonnie and Kevin went to dinner with Emily and the cast, I’m sure they must have had a wonderful time. Not sure they’ve been seen since, though. If anyone finds them, please send a note!
One of the best things about the Wynonna Earp season one post-episode Blab hangouts was having the chance to interact in real time with Earpers from all over the world, and the post-con Firetalk Whine&Cheese definitely followed suit. We were excited to have quite a few ComicCants join in to speak on the video chat from all over – Alice, Anna Quick, Deb & Lauren, Catherine, and Hannah. Over 300 people viewed the session in total!
When you’re a huge fan of an awesome show like Wynonna Earp, and they make con appearances, it’s only natural to wish you could attend all of those events. Unfortunately real life is constantly getting in the way of fangirling, so this is what makes the #ComicCants so special. Created by Emily Andras when she was unable to attend San Diego ComicCon with the entire cast this summer, the ComicCants gives everyone who can’t attend a con a chance to connect with others in the same boat and also share in all of the amazing experiences that are occurring at Con.
When Sally and I attended SDCC, it was our first experience at a major con and it was incredible. We knew how lucky we were and we wanted to bring as much of that experience as possible to those watching from home. With Twitter, Facebook, Firetalk, and Periscope, we are all able to share in these amazing events, whether we’re a Can or a Can’t. Chances are, if you’re in a fandom long enough you will eventually have the opportunity to attend a convention and possibly meet your faves in person. When you do, the ComicCants will be right there with you, rooting for you to have the best time of your life and living vicariously through you. Like we do.
We are sending a big Fangirl Shirts shoutout of love and congratulations to Tatiana Maslany and all the cast, crew, writers and creators of Orphan Black. Her Emmy win last night was so well-deserved and thrilling! What a time to be a fangirl of awesome Canadian TV!
We love Orphan Black for so many reasons. The show is awesome – it’s fun to watch, there’s tension, the science is accurate and the plot is intriguing. Those characteristics would make any TV show good, but what makes it great is the characters. We love the characters so much and we care about all of them. None of them is a caricature or there for just one reason – they’re all brave and flawed in ways that feel authentic – just like life.
And so many of the characters are played by Tatiana Maslany. It’s a running joke, but so often when watching the show, we forget that Sarah, Cosima, Alison, Helena, Rachel and Krystal are played by the same person – not to mention every other Leda clone who has made an appearance in various episodes. It’s not just that she plays each character so convincingly, though – it’s also that it’s clear that Tatiana really cares about making sure she portrays all the diverse characters authentically.
That’s so much of why we love the characters, and why we also love Tatiana.
A theme running through all seasons of Orphan Black is women’s bodies, whether they are property, and who owns them. We have very much appreciated the message that the only person who owns a woman’s body is the woman herself. That’s a message we can get behind- for all current and future fangirls, and those who love them.
Flashback to when we met Graeme Manson and John Fawcett at San Diego Comic-Con – congratulations to you both!
In honor of Tatiana’s Emmy win, all week you can take 25% off our shirt inspired by Orphan Black, and wear it with pride. If people recognize your shirt as being inspired by Orphan Black, then maybe you’ll make a new friend. If someone doesn’t recognize it, but asks about it, then you’ll have the opportunity to tell them all about an awesome TV show that they should be watching.
It’s no secret that we love the television stylings of Emily Andras. From Lost Girl (which is how we, the co-founders of Fangirl Shirts met each other) to our current fave Wynonna Earp, the storytelling and showrunning of Emily Andras is top shelf. A kickass fandom artist @actually_layne made and donated this great design after a fun twitter conversation about #Fandras, and we just HAD to bring it to you all!
If you’re going to a con, there are some crucial things you need. Chief among them are: cool fandom T-shirts, a lanyard to hold your badge, and awesome stickers to put on your gear or to give to friends. We have all those things, so we have bundled them together for you, and you can save some money when you order!
Due to popular demand, we’ve launched some special edition baby onesies, toddler T-shirts and kids T-shirts. Now the whole family can show that you’re Peace Makers! Proceeds benefit Everytown for Gun Safety 100%.