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In Emily We Trust. Please Fandras Responsibly.

2017 has been a challenging year in many ways.
But there were also good things about 2017 – including Wynonna Earp and the Earper fandom.
We’re happy to be able to close out 2017 with something really awesome.

From the creative mind and hands of Megan Smith, @Nuutmeg on Twitter, came an awesome T-shirt design that she wore at DragonCon 2017. We admired that shirt. We coveted that shirt. Today, we’re psyched to tell you that we are partnering with Megan to bring you that shirt. (EU folks, it’s available in the EU Store!)

Introducing:  In Emily We Trust

Here’s a bit about Megan in her own words and why she was inspired to design “In Emily We Trust.”

Who is Megan? I’m basically just a creative nerd who really is not all that great at putting my feelings into words but is definitely better at putting my love and passion for things into forms of art. Sometimes it’s cross-stitching. Sometimes it’s a random t shirt that gets me stopped at Dragon Con every 5 minutes asking “WHERE DID YOU GET THAT?!” Most importantly I’m an Earper. An Earper who truly admires one Emily Andras.

(Megan also has an Etsy shop called “Make Your Piece” where she sells Earp-themed cross-stitch. New products almost instantly sell out every time she posts something new, so bookmark her shop and follow her on Twitter!)

What Inspired In Emily We Trust? While being sort of new to the fandom when Season 2 of Wynonna Earp started, I like many others, saw a whole lot of love for the people on the show but I also noticed one thing that I’ve never really seen in another show that I’ve been so invested in. There is such immense love for the people who make the show. One super important woman in particular, Emily Andras.

Season two went on and I slowly started to see a little bit of doubt floating around with some story lines and as we all know, there are a lot of opinions thrown around on the internet (I’m looking at you, twitter). I felt very confused because in my heart I felt nothing but excitement to see where everything was going. I had only trust in her (and the writers) that we were not going to be let down. What makes her so good is you can be behind her 100% and she will still find a way to make your entire body shake with nerves when one of the most beloved characters spends an entire episode in a hospital bed possibly minutes away from death. Emily just…cares. I think anyone can see that in the writing of this show. She has nothing but good intentions to give us the best television and positive LGBT representation she can. WE believe in her and WE trust her.

All of this was what inspired this design. It was inspired by the love and support of all the fellow Fandras-ers (sorry Emily but oh boy is it most definitely a thing™) who have her back. I wanted to make sure that she knew that and I wanted to contribute something positive for the gift she has given us. The idea popped into my head, I made a design, kept it pretty simple, and don’t even let her tell you she doesn’t like it because she definitely took a photo of it when she saw it at Dragon Con!

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves, so we won’t try. But we will add a couple of thoughts.

Gather round, everyone, while the Ol’ Granny Fangirls tell you about The History of Fandras. We’re into portmanteaus, probably because of all the ship names we’ve learned over the years while watching awesome TV. Waaaaaaaaaaay back in the annals of history – about two years ago give or take – we mashed up the phrase “Fan of Emily Andras” into “Fandras.” It just feels good to say, doesn’t it? Fandras Fandras Fandras.

Anyway, Hashtag Fandras gained some traction after it got mentioned on the Whiskey & Doughnuts Video Hangout with Bonnie and Kevin during Season One. Layn’eh made an awesome graphic for it and partnered with us to make it available to anyone who wanted to Fandras up their life.

Everyone in the whole entire world loves Fandras – except for Emily Andras. She has said things like “Never trust a writer,” and “Save your love for the pretty people, the actors,” and myriad other antifandras statements. She insists that it’s not a thing (it’s totally a thing). She uses a Sharpie to deface any Fandras T-shirt she can, if anyone wanders too near her while wearing one.

(In case our humorous tone isn’t coming through clearly here, while all of these things are 100% true, there’s no malice involved, just good old-fashioned humor.)

So we wanted to talk a bit about what Fandras means to us.

Here’s what it doesn’t mean in our minds:  blind faith in a person to be the one and only producer of stories in which we find validation. It doesn’t mean complete confidence that we will never be disappointed. It doesn’t mean that we’ll love every single plot twist and narrative choice in Wynonna Earp, or in any future projects. It doesn’t mean that a storyline or a character’s development has to go the way we want it to in order for us to appreciate the writing. It doesn’t mean that we’re groupies.

Yeah yeah yeah. That’s what it’s not. But what IS it?

To us, Fandras is about appreciating the creativity, humor, strength, bravery and tenacity of a person who has created some truly amazing television. While we don’t know even a tenth about what goes into making a TV show, we feel certain that it hasn’t always been an easy task.

We believe in you, Emily.

To us, Fandras is also about always striving to do better. It’s listening, learning, and working to improve. Fandras is about acknowledging that we are all fallible humans and that none of us does anything perfectly all the time. Every person in the world has made mistakes. The Fandras way of processing a mistake is to work to understand it, and then figure out how to do better next time.

Fandras also means trust. We trust Emily. We trust that her intentions are good. If there’s something in a TV show that she’s written that we don’t understand or like right away, we will give it time to see how it plays out.

This is what Fandras means to us, Sally and Rebecca of Fangirl Shirts. Please tell us in the comments what Fandras means to you! We would love to hear from other Fandrases, all over the world. #MultiFandras

We have one more thing to announce in conjunction with Megan’s design – it’s our new “Please Fandras Responsibly” koozie! Available through our main catalog, we’re offering a special discount through January 15. If you’ve purchased an “In Emily We Trust” shirt or mug, just email us a copy of your receipt (fangirl at fangirlshirts dot com) and we’ll send you a coupon for 20% off a Please Fandras Responsibly Koozie.

 

Thanks to Emily Andras, Wynonna Earp, Earpers, Megan, and YOU for being one of the best parts of 2017.

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Themyscira Archers

So you’ve enrolled at Themyscira University – congratulations! At “Them U,” we believe that a well-rounded education consists of a healthy balance of academic rigor and extracurricular activity. Maybe you’ve decided to hitch your wagon to the Themyscira Equestrian Team – a great choice! For a horse of a different color, you can also join the Themyscira Archers.

The Archers are a team that prides themselves on being straight shooters – well, when it comes to bows and arrows, anyway. Wink wink! We encourage you aim high, both with your goals and your projectiles. Everyone is welcome. Join us today – get your team gear here!

Archers joining us from the EU can pick up their team gear in the EU store.

Go Amazons!

We’re grateful for the expertise and knowledge of our friend Patricia Gonsalves at Lykopis Archery, who helped us get the archer and bow just right. 

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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.