DARK MATTER — “Episode Seven” Episode 107 — Pictured: (l-r) Melissa O’Neil as Two, Anthony Lemke as Three, Natalie Brown as Sarah — (Photo by: Russ Martin/Prodigy Pictures/Syfy)

Hello, my lovely Collective family! Long time no post but I am BACK today to share my interview with Anthony Lemke. Lemke plays Three on the hit SyFy show, Dark Matter, which began its third season on June 9th. For all my Dark Matter fans, you’re going to want to read what he had to say about season three, and also when he gave me a mini heart attack at the beginning of the interview and made me think I had the wrong notes. #NeverADullMoment

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On Saturday morning at SDCC 2016, I took my time getting ready for the day–prepping my Captain America pin-up cosplay with big hair, red lips and my star-spangled sunglasses. Although I hadn’t been very excited about cosplaying for previous days of the convention, I wanted to show off my most fashionable look for a very special interview. That afternoon, I met up with Ashley Eckstein, geek chic icon, voice of Ahsoka Lekku (Star Wars Rebels), and founder of the Her Universe brand along with her business partner and Executive Producer of the CCHQ show, Jennifer Tisdale (sister of Disney channel starlet, Ashley Tisdale) the third day of San Diego Comic Con 2016. Our topics of discussion? The 2016 Her Universe Fashion Show, the brand’s plus sized collections, Comic Con HQ and, of course, Ashley’s one-of-a-kind, Star Wars Lego couture dress.

I was compelled to start Her Universe, more so, to just create a safe community where women could be themselves and not be bullied for it.

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Recently, The Collective Bloggers attended a little convention known as WonderCon 2016. I was lucky enough to sit down with the cast and crew of Wynonna Earp, the SyFy channel show based on the thrilling comic book series created by Beau Smith and adapted by Emily Adras. Our newest Collected Contributor, Jay Jaqobis, will be penning weekly reviews on this feminist, scifi, supernatural (don’t call it a) Western, and I was lucky enough to ask Emily Andras (showrunner, writer executive producer) and Beau Smith (comic book creator) a few questions at the convention this past weekend. Read our interview below.

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The Writers

Beau, what has it been like adapting your original vision into an entirely different medium?

Beau Smith: It’s been fun…

Emily Andras: I’ve got a taser under the table [laughs]. I’m watching you!

Beau Smith: I’ve always written Wynonna Earp at 40-45 years old, in the prime of her Black Badge career and Emily has opened this wonderful world of basically, the origin of Wynonna Earp and how she went from a mess to the best…

How does the comic book arc differ from the television series arc?

Beau Smith: We’re trying to do a hybrid with the comic book, where the traditional Wynonna Earp readers from the last twenty years can pick this new series up and go, “Oh yeah, it’s the origin of Wynonna Earp,” and [those traditional readers] watching the television show, they go, “Oh, Doc Holliday! He’s never been in there before, or Waverly…this is new stuff!” These are gifts [traditional readers] are getting now, so, they’re getting extras. Whereas, the people that have never read a comic book and never will, possibly, watch the television show (if they do pick it up), [those viewers] are going to go, “This is the Wynonna Earp I see on T.V. She’s getting to travel, she’s getting to do all these other adventures.”

If you missed the first part of our SPN DePaul interviews, check out the post here

On May 9-11, DePaul University in Chicago hosted an academic conference celebrating ten years of Supernatural, welcoming attendees from all corners of fandom, including Keynote Speaker and writer on the show, Robbie Thompson. Unfortunately, Chicago is a bit out of the way for either of the Collective gals, so we asked our friends KT Torre, plus Katherine Larsen and Lynn Zubernis, the Fangasm girls, to keep us abreast of the goings-on at the conference. We sat down to ask them a few questions, and here’s part II of our SPN DePaul interview.

The CollectiveHow does the academic study of Supernatural affect the views of nonfans on the fandom?

KT Torrey: I think the biggest impact is that it makes SPN fandom visible to a much broader and more diverse body of critics. But you could argue that the creatives’ decision to introduce fandom into the show’s canon did the same thing. Taken together, I think there are lots of people outside of SPN fan culture that know of us, or about us, in a way that’s out of proportion with the size of our fandom and the number of people who watch the show.

Lynn Zubernis: Speaking about our own work in particular, I hope that it helps nonfans to understand why fans are as passionate as we are. Understanding and familiarity are the only things that make a dent in stigmatizing and prejudice, so it’s essential that the inaccurate stereotypes and misunderstandings get challenged. That’s what we tried to do with all of our books on Supernatural and fandom.

Another important outcome of the academic study of Supernatural is making the healthy and positive aspects of fandom in general, and Supernatural fandom in particular, more visible to nonfans. Fandom has traditionally been a community of activists, working to support not just other fans but humanity in general. Charity drives, involvement in social justice work, and a strong norm of giving make fandom a community very different from much of our culture. There has been both academic and mainstream media coverage of Misha Collins’ work with Random Acts and Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles’ ‘Always Keep Fighting’ campaign for mental health issues, which is illustrative of what fandom has always been about.

 

With the April 17 premiere of The Messengers, the Apocalypse is nigh on the CW. At WonderCon on Saturday, April 4, the network premiered the pilot episode in full to lucky audiences and held a short Q&A for fans after. The ensemble cast is diverse and the creators are excited about a project that explores different individuals, races and genders all through the lens of religion, science and personal motivations. I sat down with executive producer Trey Callaway (Revolution), co-executive producer/creator Eoghan O’Donnell (Teen Wolf), and cast members Shantel VanSanten “Vera” (One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher “Joshua” (City of Dreams), J. D. Pardo “Raul” (Revolution), Joel Courtney “Peter” (Super 8), Diogo Morgado “the Devil” (Son of God), Anna Diop “Rose” (Everybody Hates Chris), and Craig Frank “Alan” (Mixology) to chat with the nicest devil you’ll ever meet, 5 wayward angels and discuss the hope the messengers might bring to humanity.

Although I said we finished this series in November, I realized recently that the interview with Elliex, a prolific transformative author and Destiel fan, never posted, so, we are bringing it back for one last entry. When I get the chance to rec a fic for The Collective, I inevitably go to Elliex. Her work in canon can’t be beat and her coda, “Heaven’s Most Wanted” is all I ever wanted from Season 9 but was too afraid to ask for. The last fic we rec’d of hers was on Dear Collectress’ Christmas list, but there’s more, dear reader, so much more. With 22 works on AO3 in the Supernatural fandom, including a new Demon!Dean series that explores the character development and saving of Dean Winchester, Elliex really should be in the SPN Writer’s Room (in my humble opinion). Read on for some pretty sound writing advice and an interesting look into the process of a fanfic writer.

Also–a shout out from me to El–who left a kind comment on my 1st ever DCBB entry and pretty much made my day by reading my little ‘ole canon-based case fic. Thanks hon!

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

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1.) What/Who inspired you to write fanfiction?

Though I’d known about the genre for a very long time, I only started actively reading and seeking out fanfiction a couple of years ago. As I worked my way through some truly amazing ‘verses and standalones, mostly Supernatural but some other fandoms too, I realized that many of the writers spoke about how much they enjoyed writing, how they hadn’t shared their work before, and how sharing gave them confidence. As someone with a stack of fiction manuscripts in varying states of completion and length that I’ve never had the nerve to share publicly, this resonated with me.

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After mulling it over for a few months, and writing a few practice fics that will never ever see the light of day, I took the plunge and posted my very first piece on AO3 – it’s not great; it’s not even good, but it was a necessary first step for me. And then I slowly began posting more. I still remember that simultaneous thrill and anxiety at watching the hit counts on early fics go up, and kudos (and/or comments) were like gifts from readers. Though I still feel that combination of thrill and anxiety, sharing has gotten easier for the most part. And like anyone, I continue to appreciate every kudo and/or comment I receive.

Renne happens to be the first Stucky AU writer I ever read and I fell in love with the attention to detail, captured characterization and perfect level of angst and need this author balances between Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes. I first rec’d “this city bleeds its aching heart” a few months back (I will never not rec this perfect “convenient husbands” trope!), but since then have explored her unique Stucky zombie!AU and there is also a space!military AU I am itching to read. I personally believe this writer has a knack for post CA: TWS Stucky, but since there are 67 works in 40 different fandoms over on her AO3 page, I can say with a doubt that Renne is definitely multi-fandomed and multi-talented. Read the answers below in the last installment of my “5 Questions” series, and find a few new fics to bookmark as well as words of inspiration for authors looking to overcome the worst ailment of all: writer’s block.

xoxo The Collectiva Diva

1.) What/Who inspired you to write fanfiction?

I first started writing fanfiction when I was a little kid and never really stopped from there. I was precocious with reading and started reading my brothers’ scifi and fantasy novels when I was still in single digits, because I lived in the country and didn’t have a lot of friends around or things to do, but we did have a mobile library that came around every two weeks.
My first ever fanfiction that I can remember writing was a self insert/Mary Sue fic set in David Eddings’ the Belgariad/Mallorean universe. And yeah, you bet my character was a Dryad. Or possibly a Dryad/human cross. There was definitely some Dryad going on there though.
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I think wanting to be in the story with the fantasy universe characters I loved and having these adventures inspired me, as this was well before the Internet and I was too young to access zines – even when I was older, the circumstances of where I grew up meant I was already well into fandom online when I first heard about zines. (Bear in mind that when I say “well into fandom” I mean usenet groups and mailing lists and message boards.)