Upcoming Events: Scavenger Hunt + Fundraiser Raffle

Over the winter hiatus, our website hosted a Supernatural-themed scavenger hunt. Those who participated in the event seemed to really enjoy the hunt. There were some things they would like to see changed, and we’re implementing some of those changes this time around. Since GISHWHES is normally scheduled towards the end of summer, we decided that our scavenger hunt will be in June, shortly after the series goes on its summer hiatus. This also means that if it is a success again, we will have a third hunt over the winter hiatus of this year as well.

Now comes an important change. Personally, I cannot afford to completely fund the hunt this time around. I wish that I could, but I’m having a hard time paying my personal bills, let alone funding the website’s events which I love so much. Therefore, we are implementing a slight fee to participate this time… I will explain that it just a moment. Let’s discuss the hunt as a whole, shall we? I’m going to do it in bullets to make it easier to read.

Important Dates:

  • We will accept sign ups until Saturday, June 7th at midnight (Saturday night/Sunday morning) CDT.
  • Teams will be mailed out on Sunday, June 8th no later than 8 pm CDT.
  • The hunt will begin on Friday, June 13th at 8 pm CDT. This is when the list will be posted.
  • The hunt will end on Monday, June 23rd at 8 pm CDT.
  • The results will be posted no later than Sunday, July 20th at 8 pm.


  • Each photograph MUST have a piece of paper with the team’s name written on it. I was lenient with this last time, to a degree, but for this hunt, if you do not include the paper with your team’s name on it, the submission will NOT count.
  • Use your imagination. If there’s an item on the list that you feel can be interpreted a different way than what is listed, share what you want. Points will not be docked for different interpretations.
  • Each team member must participate. In order to receive any prizes if your team wins, you must submit at least ten photos. If you don’t, your team can still win, you just won’t receive the prizes.

To participate:

  • Build your team. Once again, your team can have 5 members.
  • Fill out the application at the bottom of the page.
  • This time we are having a small participation fee. Once you fill out the application, click the button below and purchase the participation level you choose.

    • $5 – Minimum participation fee. You will also be entered in a drawing to win one of three temporary anti-possession tattoos OR one of three Samulets.
    • $15 – You will participate in the hunt, be entered to win one of the tattoos or Samulets OR a handmade Supernatural box.
    • $25 – You will participate in the hunt, be entered to win one of the tattoos, Samulets, the handmade box, OR an autographed Jared Padalecki photo.
    • Make sure in the “Name of Participant” box you put the name used when you signed up to participate.
    • No matter which entry fee you pay, you will still receive a prize if your team wins the hunt as long as you pass participation requirements.
    • To view pictures of the prizes, please click here.
    • If you absolutely cannot afford $5 to participate, please fill out the application and then send an email to scavengerhunt@supernatural-fandom.com, include Participation Fee in the subject, and write why you should be able to participate in the body of the email. Make sure you include the name you used when you signed up to participate. A few people may have their entry fees waived.
  • Wait until the hunt items are posted and HAVE FUN!!!

I hope that all makes sense after reading it. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to let us know by commenting on this post or sending me an email at the email address listed below. As I definitely understand not having money to participate, I will be giving away “sponsorships” to several people so they are able to participate. If you can afford to pay the fees, you definitely have the opportunity to win some cool prizes. Sign ups are open now so sign up whenever you can!

Fundraiser Raffle

Using our raffle ticket fundraiser, fans may purchase entry tickets into a drawing for an autographed “Swan Song” or “Live Free or Twihard” script or an autographed hospital bracelet in a frame worn by Cindy Sampson in “Let it Bleed”. A portion of all proceeds will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The remainder will go towards site operating expenses.

You can purchase raffle tickets to win the items below. Please click on the donation widget for more information. Each item has a different donation page. We will accept donations until the Sunday before the finale airs (May 18th). Drawing winners will be announced immediately after the finale airs on May 20th.

Autographed Live Free or Twihard Script
(Donated by: Cindy Sampson)

Autographed Hospital Bracelet in Frame Worn in Let it Bleed
(Donated by: Cindy Sampson)

Autographed Swan Song Script
(Donated by: Cindy Sampson)

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The CW Renews SUPERNATURAL For Season 10!


The CW announced yesterday afternoon the early pick up of its five top series and yes, SUPERNATURAL is one of them,

The Press Release:


February 13, 2014 (Burbank, California) – The CW Network has ordered early pickups for the 2014-15 season for its hit series Arrow, REIGN, THE ORIGINALS, THE Vampire Diaries and Supernatural,which will be returning for its tenth season next fall. The series pickups were announced today by Mark Pedowitz, President, The CW.

“This season we’ve had great success with our new hit series THE ORIGINALS paired with Supernatural, giving us our best Tuesday nights in years. THE Vampire Diaries is #2 in its time period in the young adult demos, and with Arrow continuing to gain among young men, and REIGN growing its time period, we now have strong nights on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday,” said Pedowitz. “I’m very pleased to announce early pickups for all five series, and let our fans know they’ll have more great drama to look forward to next season.”

The CW’s lineup of breakout freshman hit series THE ORIGINALS and fan favorite Supernatural has doubled the network’s Tuesday night ratings year-to-year in adults 18-34 (+100%, 1.4 vs. 0.7), grown +150% in adults 18-49 (1.5 vs. 0.6), and gained +88% in total viewers (3.2 million vs. 1.7 million) versus last season. In its ninth season, SUPERNATURAL has seen double-digit increases year-to-year in total viewers and all key demos, and recently had its most watched episodes since 2010.

In its second season, Arrow is The CW’s most-watched series (3.9 million), and is #1 in its time period among men 18-34 (1.4). THE Vampire Diaries remains the network’s highest-rated show in all key demos in its fifth season, and season to date is ranked #2 in its time period among adults 18-34 (1.8 ? tie), and #3 in adults 18-49 (1.8), ahead of ABC and NBC. Season to date, REIGN has improved its time period in total viewers (+4%, 2.35 million) and in women 18-49 (+8%, 1.3).

This season, both ARROW and THE VAMPIRE DIARIES have also seen a 25% jump in digital viewing versus last season, and SUPERNATURAL has seen a huge 57% jump in digital viewing over last year. THE ORIGINALS was also named the most social new series of the fall season by ListenFirst Media.



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You Are My Brother and I Love You

The Not-Codependency of Sam and Dean

Some friends and I got into a discussion the other day about Sam and Dean. As you do. Sam and Dean have a lot going on with their relationship right now. As they do. And a lot of talk right now seems to center around the codependent nature of the relationship between the brothers Winchester. But there’s something about that word “codependent” that’s been working at me for the last year or so. I just don’t think it’s an accurate description of their relationship. But it’s been taken up as the de facto mascot of the fandom, so I haven’t been overly bothered by it or anything. Really haven’t given it much thought. Until this discussion with my friends the other day, which forced me to think about it. What is it about Sam and Dean that makes them NOT codependent? And if they’re not codependent, then what are they? Because they’re sure something.

Why would I even ponder this? Sometimes my professional life bleeds over into my fandom life. Can’t help it. I have a master’s degree in counseling psychology, I hold a license in my profession, and I’ve practiced in the fields of substance abuse, adult mental health, and child mental health. It’s second nature for me to look at someone—real or fictional—and wonder what makes them tick. (I swear, I’m not doing it right now. I rarely find myself doing this to people I know. Awkward.)

If I’m going so far as to say, without question, that Sam and Dean are not codependent, I figured why not put it out there? It’s only a theory of mine, and I’m dying to know what other people have to say about it.

Codependency is not a disorder. It’s not a defined symptom. It’s not something you will find in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). It’s a quality of relationship, something I’ve learned to recognize over years of experience. So when I set out to write this, I went in search of a nice, clear, objective definition of codependence. Oy. Quite honestly, every definition I read made my skin crawl a bit. Nothing was very kind to the codependent. I saw nothing that could be backed up by research, and I saw the word explained several different ways. Take your pick, bend it to suit your needs. Go ahead, do a Google search for codependent. I’ll wait. Then come back and I’ll tell you my definition of codependent: A relationship in which one person enables the negative behavior of another and both persons get something out of that arrangement.

The concept of codependency originated out of the substance abuse field. One person enables the addictive behaviors of the other. But the concept can be applied to any relationship where one person is supporting the negative behavior of another because of some reinforcing factor. For example, an adult son lives with his mother who is a compulsive overeater. He is financially independent, but lives with her because he believes she needs him to care for her. Her mobility is limited due to her weight. However, the son has never expressed his concern over her health issues, even when she becomes confined to her bed. He continues to prepare her meals and bring them to her. His own personal life suffers; he has no friends and sacrifices a romantic relationship in order to care for his mother. The mother is able to continue her negative behaviors because she has never been challenged to do otherwise, due to her son’s caretaking. What is the reinforcing factor for the son? Perhaps it’s being the caretaker. Or being the head of the family. For some, taking on the martyr role is reinforcement enough. (If the situation sounds familiar, I borrowed the example from What’s Eating Gilbert Grape. Good movie.)

Now that we’ve established the definition of codependency that I’m working from, let’s talk about our favorite brothers. I do not believe Sam and Dean are in a codependent relationship. They each have their share of negative behaviors, no doubt. Demon-blood addiction, savior complex, drinking your feelings, the list goes on. But I can’t think of one screwed up behavior one of them exhibits on a regular basis that the other consistently supports and enables. They tend to call the other out on these things, even if only in subtle ways.

By the way, whoever said Sam and Dean were codependent in the first place? As much as I would love to do a series re-watch and log every time the word “codependent” was said, ain’t nobody got time for that. So I did the next best thing and did a search for “codependent” on Superwiki and got two results, both in Season 5. First up was Dr. Fuller, in Sam, Interrupted, who calls the brothers “dangerously codependent” after a 5 minute conversation. Crikey. Would you trust your care to this guy? I don’t know why we’re accepting his expert opinion on this one. (pssst. Psychiatrists… therapists… not actually psychics or mind readers.) And the second mention of their codependency is from Zachariah, in Point of No Return, when he calls them “psychotically, irrationally, erotically codependent on each other.” He’s trying to get Adam to turn on Sam and Dean. Look, Zach isn’t exactly on the boys’ side here. In this scene he’s trying to flip Adam by saying he can’t trust the Winchesters, that they don’t care about Adam, the only family they care about is each other. And how is it we’ve accepted this codependency as canon?

There’s this thing called the Appeal to Authority Fallacy: A person of authority makes a claim, so the claim must be true. The problem is that the person is either not actually an authority, or is not an authority on the topic in which they are making the claim. Dr. Fuller does not know Sam or Dean well enough to claim expertise on the nature of their relationship. As for Zachariah? I don’t think the mythology on the show has ever shown angels to be omniscient. Perhaps Zachariah has adequate insight into Sam and Dean’s relationship to accurately describe it, perhaps he doesn’t. Either way he’s a manipulating bag of dicks and I don’t trust one word that comes out of his mouth.

Now, I’m not saying Sam and Dean are the picture of a healthy and balanced relationship. Far from it. They love each other deeply. But they are both needy bastards. There is a hell of a lot of guilt-tripping. I can’t live without you. There ain’t no me if there ain’t no you. Over the course of the series, we’ve seen this behavior from both Sam and Dean.

So this relationship between Sam and Dean? If it’s not codependent, then what is it? There actually is a word that defines it—enmeshed. I work with kids, so I see it mostly between parent and child, but I will sometimes see it between siblings. People in an enmeshed relationship are closer than is culturally the norm, to the extent that it keeps others away or causes problems in their relationships with other people. I’m always careful to avoid judgment, enmeshment isn’t necessarily bad. But if it creates problems for one or the other person in the relationship, it’s probably time to re-evaluate things.

Now. I could go through a step-by-step analysis of every relationship Sam and Dean have had, and how they’ve screwed it up because of their deep and abiding love for each other (i.e. enmeshment). But I just don’t have that kind of attention-span or time. And, if I’m going to be completely honest, because the writing on Supernatural is so completely awesome, there are going to be a multitude of reasons why each of those relationships was doomed; the writing on this show is complex and I recognize that.

Let’s look at that complexity, though, with one example: Dean and Lisa. I think Dean really tried with Lisa. But their relationship failed before it started. Dean’s grief for Sam was always between them, and it didn’t look like Dean was going to resolve his grief anytime soon, if ever, in order to move forward in his relationship with Lisa. And Lisa knew that. However, she loved Dean and knew Ben loved Dean, so she was willing to try. But sooner or later, she probably would have cut Dean loose because Lisa isn’t the type of woman to wait around forever for Dean to be “all in.” However, here’s where our talented writers weave a complicated story. The doom of their relationship wasn’t just about Sam. Dean. Was. Not. Happy. He wanted to be, he really did. This is the life he thought he wanted; the life the djinn tried to give him, even, back in What Is and What Should Never Be. But at his heart, Dean is a hunter and he can’t leave that life behind, and it’s a life that doesn’t include a family and a house in the ‘burbs. That part of Dean that sabotaged the relationship had nothing to do with Sam; if Sam had never returned, I believe Dean still would have returned to hunting.

It’s kind of hard to talk about Sam’s relationships, because, well, we know how they end. But I will just say that Sam has talked a good game about wanting to leave the hunting life behind. And he has, several times. He ran away as a teen, he went to Stanford and had a promising future as a lawyer, he could have made things work with Amelia… but each time he chose to return to hunting. And why is that? Would Sam hunt were it not for Dean? We saw the answer to this in season 8, when he thought Dean was really and truly gone and Sam gave up hunting for real. He was grieving for Dean, but unlike when Dean went to Lisa, Sam didn’t appear to miss hunting. He seemed to take real satisfaction in the life he was making for himself, in his skills as a handyman. Sam knows he is a good hunter, but I believe he didn’t return to hunting so much as he returned to Dean. Because he believes that is where he’s supposed to be. Time and again, Sam returns to a life where it’s just him and Dean, and sometimes their friend Cas, on the road.

It’s clear that Sam and Dean have a relationship that is closer than your average white American male, even for brothers. Neither of them is supporting the bad behaviors of the other for any sort of personal reinforcement. But they do have something between them that is special and keeps other people at bay. They have an enmeshed relationship, but not one I would call codependent. They’ve got some differences to work out (don’t they always?), but at the end of the day, even though they’re starting to let others in, they likely feel they only have each other.

Why does it matter if we call the boys’ relationship codependent or enmeshed or if we call it nothing at all? We’ve made the brothers as codependent our calling card. Some see it as the defining characteristic of the relationship—that it’s the heart of our boys and it should stay that way. Some others see it as the defining characteristic but that it’s unhealthy and should be resolved so our boys can, I don’t know—be happy? Self-actualized individuals? My personal opinion is that the conflict in Sam and Dean’s relationship, and their attempts to resolve the conflict, is a core part of the show. Just like I don’t see them vanquishing all evil from the world and the series ending on a happily ever after note, I can’t imagine the two of them resolving every single one of their issues and having their own HEA. Relationships are complex and messy, and Supernatural does a good job of mirroring that fact. Is there an option for the series to end any other way except for the boys going out together in a blaze of glory, literally and metaphorically?

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New Site: Writers Wanted

Writers WantedI recently launched a long-awaited website dream of mine. I wanted to create a website that will solely be entertainment related. I want the site to be a new source of previews, reviews, news, and everything else related to entertainment. This means television shows, movies, music, novels, video games, celebrities, and as of today, fashion.

I’m using WordPress to create this website. I honestly do not know much about using WordPress so it’s going to take a bit for the site to be fully functioning in the way I imagine it. While I’m working on getting the site set up, I’m looking for two different sets of people to help me out.

First, I’m looking for someone with WordPress and/or graphic design skills to help out with the site design. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please send them my way… Leave a comment below if you’re interested.

Also, I am looking for writers to help with the previews, reviews, news, and all other posts for the site. Even though the site is not fully launched, articles can be posted right now. So, if you’re interested in jumping in on the beginning stages of, what I hope to be, an amazing and diverse entertainment site, please apply by filling out the application. The application is only for potential writers as of now.

Unfortunately, at this time, all work for this site would be done for the joy of the work. I am unable to compensate anyone. I’m hoping to be able to pay on a post-by-post basis once it’s fully operational.

Until then, feel free to apply or to follow the site’s social networking accounts:
~ Twitter
~ Facebook
~ Tumblr 

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The CW – TV Now

The CW released a promotional video of clips of all it’s show slated for 2014….and yes, SUPERNATURAL is included.  They have some very seductive shots of the boys and one amazingly hot short of Dean playing with a knife……a very BIG knife.  Jensen Ackles fans eat your heart out!

And I couldn’t resist, I HAD to try capturing some stills from the clip.  Hope you like them!

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SUPERNATURAL’s Stupendous Press Releases

SUPERNATURAL continues to awe it’s fans not just with tremendous ratings for a show in it’s ninth year, but also by staying ‘in the news’ with press released such as the ones listed below.  YAHOO!!!

 The CW President Mark Pedowitz Talks Supernatural at 2014 TCA

 According to several reporting from the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, The CW President, Mark Pedowitz talked about Supernatural’s future and from his statemnts is seems SUPERNATURAL may out live us all!

The veteran CW series appears poised to return for Season 10 — at least, network president Mark Pedowitz told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association winter press tour and possibly beyond.

“As a fan of the show, who’s seen every episode, as long as I’m here and those numbers [ratings] still hold, God bless them,” said Pedowitz. “They can go as long as they want.”

After the session, Pedowitz revealed that he expects to receive the script for the SUPERNATURAL spin-off backdoor pilot later this week.

Jensen and Jared to present at 2014 Critics Choice Awards

The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced that Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, will present awards at this year’s Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. Hosted by Aisha Tyler, the star-studded awards gala will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Red Carpet Pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets immediately before the awards ceremony.

Press Release:

The winners will be announced live at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards ceremony on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif. The show will be broadcast live on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT. Two hour pre-show coverage will also air in various local markets before the awards ceremony. Aisha Tyler will grace the show as this year’s host. Tyler, who is not new to the duties that come with hosting a show, serves as the new host of the critically acclaimed improv show “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” on The CW Network. Tyler is also currently a co-host of Emmy-nominated show “The Talk.”

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POLL: JDRF Fundraiser Items

When I launched the Supernatural Fandom website back in 2011, Cindy Sampson (Lisa Braeden) was very generous and donated two signed scripts – Swan Song and Live Free or Twihard – and an autographed and framed hospital bracelet that she wore in Let It Bleed to our Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation fundraiser.

A representative of Warner Bros contacted me shortly after receiving the items to inform me of how I’m allowed to distribute them. Due to policies from Warner Bros, we cannot auction them off in an online auction format. We can, however, give them away in a raffle or drawing or any similar means. Since Cindy donated the items to our fundraiser, we would like to use them to raise funds for our fundraiser.

Here’s where I’m coming to you… I have been holding onto these items long enough and we will be giving them out during our 2014 fundraiser. How would you like to see us give the items out? Please read the descriptions of our options below and then vote on your favorite. If you have an idea of your own that I do not list below, please feel free to email me at crystal@supernatural-fandom.com or leave a comment on this post. If I like the idea, I’ll add it to the poll as an option.

Remember, the items cannot be auctioned off.

Option 1:

  • Random Raffle: We would set aside one month for just these items. For every $10 a fan donates during the month, he/she will be entered once in a random drawing to win one of the items. For every $50 a fan donates during the month, he/she will be entered six times into the drawing to win one of the items. Winners and items will both be randomly drawn from a hat.
  • Stipulations: We must have at least three people donate and we must make at least $150 for the fundraiser.

Option 2:

  • Directed Raffle: We would set aside one month for just these items. For every $10 a fan donates, he/she will be entered once in a drawing to win the item of his/her choice. For every $50 a fan donates, he/she will be entered six times into a drawing to win the item of his/her choice. When placing a donation, the fan would say which item he/she wants to be entered in. Winners will be chosen from three separate drawings.
  • Example: Anna donates $50 which gives her six entries. In the comments section of the donation form, she says she wants entered three times into the Live Free or Twihard script raffle, twice into the Swan Song script raffle, and once into the hospital bracelet raffle. Bill donates $30 which gives him three entries. In the comments section, he says he wants all three entries put into the drawing for the hospital bracelet.
  • Stipulations: We must have at least three people donate, we must have at least one entry for each item, and we must make at least $150 for the fundraiser.

Option 3:

  • Giveaway: People sign up to participate and get their friends and family to donate to the fundraiser in their names. The person who brings in the most donations wins the item of his/her choice. The person who brings in the second most donations wins the item of his/her choice. The person who brings in the third most donations wins the final item.
  • Explanation: Amy, Bob, Charlie, David and Emily sign up to participate. Once the month kicks off, their family and friends donate to the charity. During donations, the family and friends put in the name of their participant in the comments field. The participant then gets credit for those donations. Charlie brings in the most donations and decides she wants the Swan Song script. Emily brings in the second most donations and can choose from the Live Free or Twihard script OR the hospital bracelet. She chooses the bracelet. David brings in the third most donations and automatically wins the Live Free or Twihard script as that is what is left. Bob, Amy, and everyone else who participated but did not win, gets entered in a drawing for an item the site will be giving away as a thanks for participating.
  • Stipulations: We must have at least three people sign up to participate, each of those people must receive at least one donation, and we must make at least $150 for the fundraiser.

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Personally, I’ve never really looked at anything made with a letterpress. Upon Model Citizen Press becoming our October Diamond Sponsor, I took a closer look at their Etsy shop. Needless to say, I am impressed! They have a wide variety of cards for purchase.

Throughout the month, we promoted their Supernatural inspired card. Here is the info about it from their site: Demons getting you down? No trenchcoat-wearing angel around to smite ‘em for you? Maybe you need a little supernatural help. If this works for the Winchester Brothers, it should work for you. So cool, Dean would definitely call it “awesome.” This card for Supernatural fans is hand-letterpressed on a vintage proof press. Non timebo mala!

After scouring their cards, I fell a bit in love with their Zombie Sock Monkey cards. According to the owner of Model Citizen Press, he’s “undead, snarky, and slightly twisted (although he is occasionally thoughtful enough to wish you a happy birthday from time to time)”.

Questions & Answers

Supernatural Fandom (SPNF): What prompted the creation of Model Citizen Press?

Model Citizen Press (MCP): I am a full-time graphic designer in my day job, but there’s something about letterpress printing that appeals to me in a way that traditional offset printing never has. The hands-on, tactile nature of the letterpress printing process–getting my hands dirty, feeling the plate impact the cotton fibers of the paper, running my fingers over the deep relief that the image creates on the uncalendered stock–it really can’t be beat.

SPNF: What does the name mean?

MCP: The name doesn’t really mean anything, per se. However, I liked the potentially subversive quality of the name. As far as you know, I’m a model citizen. As far as you know…

SPNF: What types of items do you sell?

MCP: I mostly sell letterpress greeting cards, although I have been experimenting with larger-format letterpress prints, both with original artwork and with repurposed patent drawings. I use photopolymer plates to print my images on a vintage letterpress (go Vandercooks!), although I have been known to sneak in the odd line of wood type from time to time…

Etsy: http://modelcitizenpress.etsy.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/modelcitizenpress
Twitter: @modcitpress
Instagram: http://instagram.com/modcitpress

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September Diamond Sponsor: Sew Geek Austin

Many people have a love for sewing and a love for geekery, but how many combine the two? Sew Geek Austin happens to be one of the best online stores for fandom related items that I have come across. It gets even better because each month they donate a percentage of their sales to different charities. They have many handmade items that are of great quality. Some of my personal favorites are:

Supernatural Inspired Messenger Bag -- Impala License Plate

Supernatural Inspired Messenger Bag -- Impala License Plate

Custom Painted Supernatural Inspired Classic Vans Slip on shoes.

Custom Painted Supernatural Inspired Classic Vans Slip on shoes.

Supernatural Inspired Dean Winchester Wrap Style Bracelet

Supernatural Inspired Dean Winchester Wrap Style Bracelet

Not only does Sew Geek Austin make Supernatural inspired items, but you will also find items inspired by Doctor Who, comics, and movies and television. You should definitely check out the amazing items available and help support some great charities.

Questions & Answers

Supernatural Fandom (SPNF): What prompted the creation of Sew Geek Austin?

Sew Geek Austin (SGA): I had a store with a friend, but after that didn’t work out I decided to start my own store since I have the skills and the ideas to make geeks happy all over the world. It seemed the right thing to do.

SPNF: What does your site name mean?

SGA: I love to sew, I am a geek, and I used to live in Austin so it just kind of fell into my lap.

SPNF: What prompted you to donate a percentage of your sales each month to charity?

SGA: I worked with a fandom (not Supernatural) based non-profit for 4 years, but then had a personal conflict with a board member and resigned. I loved working for the charity and knowing that I am doing some good out there. When I opened my etsy shop the first month, I just decided to make a donation to the Buddy Walk in Dallas. And then in July it was Jared’s 30th birthday and I had the idea of donating 30% of the sales that day to Support Supernatural. And it went from there.

SPNF: How do you choose which charities you help/sponsor? 

SGA: Being a big Supernatural fan, I want to support the actors and their charities, so Support Supernatural and Hats off for Cancer are the big ones this year. I also worked with Lauren Tom (TigerMommy) and her cause. We are also on the process of working on a project with Corin Nemec for October. Oh and Kids Need to Read is a big one, cause I have two kids and reading is just too important. But other than that we had charities recommended and then picked them.

SPNF: Do you have your charities chosen for the rest of the year? If so, can you tell me which ones you are sponsoring?

SGA: We still have November and December free this year. If you want to see who we support go to www.sewgeekaustin.com/charity

SPNF: Do you have anything else you would like us to share?  

SGA: I just want to thank the fandom, for their continued support, we could not do it without you. THANK YOU and happy hunting.


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SUPERNATURAL Crowley and Castiel Promo

The CW has released an exceptionally humorous promo portraying Castiel and Crowley informing the fans of SUPERNATURAL’s move to Tuesdays .  In it the King of Hell states that continued viewership will earn them his “eternal thanks.” But as Castiel, however, warns in his typical deadpan manner, “That is not something you want.”

The series starts it’s ninth season Tuesday, Oct 8th, 9E/8C on the CW.


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