The Supernatural Phenomenon – A Peek Into The Fandom

Some things only mean something to a certain group of people: gank, Kansas, Metallicar…beliebing (seriously, what is that??). This article is dedicated to the people who squeal at the first three.

The Supernatural fandom is a huge group of rabidly passionate and fiercely loyal fans who will go to any lengths to hit up conventions, talk to Supernatural’s cast and crew on Twitter and Facebook (let’s not get you involved, ok Tumblr?), and practically trip over each other to donate to a cause mentioned by the cast, crew, or any other member of the fandom.

When Affairs Magazine put out the call for fans to respond to a series of questions about their favourite show, I was completely overwhelmed by the responses I received. The zealousness for this ‘little show’ is absolute, and the fans’ obsessive protection of all things Supernatural, at times, borders on fanatical.

But, fanatical or no, the fandom is bound together by one belief: In Winchester We Trust. Whether it is Dean girls, Sam boys or vice versa, the fans of Supernatural (or, SPN, as it is affectionately referred to) are one big dysfunctionally happy family. In fact, that’s how and SPN fan refers to the friends they have met through the SPN fandom, whether in person or online only: The SPN Family.

This family, born out of a believe that family doesn’t end in blood, extends to all people even remotely associated to the show (that being said, even if the connection to SPN is remote, you are a cherished member FOR LIFE). From the main actors to one-time guests, from the special effects team to the directors (including guest directors!), from the executive producers to the production assistants, the fandom claims them all as their own. Just ask S.E. Hinton (yes, THAT S.E. Hinton! Author of The Outsiders, Tex, Rumblefish, to name a few): she has been a fan of the show for years. If you watch closely, you can see her sitting in the diner before LeviaDean and LeviaSam start shooting everyone in sight in Episode 6 of Season 7, “Slash Fiction”.

Elias Toufexis & Gabriel Tigerman, Toronto, 2011. © J. Pitt, Affairs Magazine

Elias Toufexis, who guest starred as Gabriel Tigerman’s evil twin Ansen Weems in Season 2’s “Simon Said”, is always surprised when people recognize him from Supernatural.

When someone recognizes me as an actor, I find it flattering and humbling. But when someone recognizes me from guest starring in an episode from the second season of Supernatural, I find it intriguing.”

Having a lucrative career in video gaming (voicing and motion capture), Elias very much enjoys the interaction he still has with the SPN family, whom he affectionately credits as being “equal parts special and insane.

And insane they can be, and mostly in a good way. The insanity in this fandom lays in their ability to raise over $21,000 in the span of three and a half months for St. Jude’s hospital (through Winchester Bros.) in honour of the impending birth of Jared and Genevieve Padalecki’s baby. The philanthropic efforts of SPN fans has resulted in tens of thousands of dollars being donated to children’s charities, animal welfare associations and groups, as well as several dog, cat, and horse rescues. Another fan site, Supernatural Fandom, runs a charity for Juvenile Diabetes research, and has had prize donations from all manner of SPN affiliates – namely, Rick Worthy (Alpha Vampire), who is treating the winner of a silent auction to lunch. Borgmama1of5, of Chicago, IL, referred to the fandom as “a tidal wave whenever we have a chance to promote our boys.”

And it shows. I don’t know the margin of their win, but Supernatural won not one, but TWO People’s Choice Awards, the winners of which are chosen SOLELY by fan voting. Jared Padalecki (Sam Winchester) and Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) thanked fans for all their voting by filming a thank you video, then walking away in only socks, shirts, and jackets.

As far as the insanity-in-a-bad-way goes, several fans have commented on the presence of the ‘crazies’, though they insist they are few and far between. SPN has done a few meta episodes, in which they poke a little affectionate fun at the fans. These episodes were received with a little bitterness among some fans: CLS75, from San Jose, CA wrote: “It is unfortunate that the show takes pains to create a fantasy world for its viewers, and then tears it down with meta episodes. I  felt hurt that the fans would be portrayed that way.” 

While I can understand that side too, the meta episodes were mostly taken for what they were intended to be – a cheeky nod to its fans that was accepted with a very large grain of salt, and not just a few laughs. I don’t downplay the fact that some fans are upset by these episodes, nor am I surprised by it. It shows how passionate people are about this show, and feeling such a close part of it as they do, they have a sense of ownership over it. Alas, you can’t please all the people all the time.

One thing they all can agree on, however, is what drew them to the show in the first place, and what keeps them salivating through the summer “Hellatus”: the relationship between Dean and Sam Winchester, and the never-ending struggles and family dynamics that are played out in every episode. Heather A., from New York City, NY said that Dean being so invested in his family by being the caregiver makes him vulnerable and, to her, keeps him relatable. “It is a testament to Jensen Ackles’ acting ability to keep Dean from becoming one-dimensional and boring.” Another fan, Lena P., from Phoenix, AZ, went so far to say the Winchester world is one she wishes she lived in; a world that might give her a chance to see her brother who passed away. And as Sonja B., from Arizona put it: “Who the heck else requests rubber ducks???”

In terms of why SPN has such a unique following, the overwhelming majority of fans who responded credit the accessibility of the actors, the creators, the writers, and the crew with being the glue that holds them all together as a family. Larissa C., from Australia, thinks that because SPN is a ‘cult’ show (insofar as that it is not as well-known as big cable shows, like Grey’s Anatomy), the fans are afforded a closeness that bigger shows don’t allow, and Lisa P., from Chilterns, England, agrees. “Having a smaller audience brings out the ‘us vs. them’. The show and actors make us feel like we’re a part of it, that they’re never too big for the little people.” Write_light, from California, says it’s a show made by geeks for geeks. “The vibe of the show has always been ‘the little show that could’, so it attracts underdog fans. It has been generous to, aware of, and playful with the fandom in ways that no other show is.”

Our resident SPN Hugger (and young John Winchester) Matt Cohen weighed in on how he feels about having such close interaction with the fans.

“I try and tweet as much as possible, and stay in tune with what the fans want and will appreciate. Any actors who are not sensitive to what the fans are saying and asking for are crazy, in my opinion. After all, the fans watch your work; without people watching your work, the work dries up pretty quickly.”

Kim Rhodes. © C. Kinzie, Affairs Magazine

SPN regular Kim Rhodes (Sheriff Jodie Mills) also enjoys the close communication with fans, and understands how important a role that interaction can play.

“I come from the theatre, where the actor is immediately responsible to their audience. We are performing a service. Thanks to social media, we can interact with people and remember that. There’s this phrase ‘the audience’ in the industry: “the audience won’t like it, the audience won’t get it.” Pretty soon the audience is this faceless mass of opinion and numbers, and I think that’s the death of storytelling. It’s vital to remember the audience is made up of unique individuals with unique responses and ideas. Also, I think it’s a bit of ‘using my power for good’. I can do so little, yet have a huge impact. It’s that a tiny moment of honest connection can make a difference, and I am humbled and honored by that.”

The fans also came back with a resounding “Hell yes!” when asked if SPN or the fandom itself has impacted or changed their lives in any way. The one constant, aside from being pushed to try new things, was the friends they had made through the fandom. Every single person included this as a huge impact the show has had on their lives, and a few have gone so far to say they didn’t know what they did with all their time before they found SPN.

Many have been inspired by the show to pick up their pens again. Anne-Marie B., from Suffolk, England, writes: “I have completed a novel length work of original fiction, and I am now working on a sequel.” More along those lines, fans have been motivated to get on social media, especially people who may have factors in their lives that keep them isolated. For them, for all fans, it’s about finding people with something in common. It’s about finding a place within a community that is judgement-free and always supportive in which to share some of those writings and creations. One fan said that interacting with the other fans was 50% of the fun of going to the various fan conventions and events.

Matt Cohen, Toronto, 2011. © J. Pitt, Affairs Magazine

Conventions have also given the fandom a way to meet the cast and crew of SPN, and to have some face time with their favorites. When asked to share some cast interaction experiences, the fandom flooded my inbox. It gave them a forum to express their adoration and complete and total anxiety at having the opportunity to meet them. As with everything SPN, the cast proved to the fans that they, too, were honored to be there and so very thankful for the experience. Matt Cohen ran into some fans at a 7-11 in Vancouver.

“I have had so many great experiences with the fans. One in particular was at VANCON 2 years ago. I had escaped my CON babysitters for a moment to run to 7-11 and grab a snack. When I was leaving the store I ran into two girls that were there for the CON. They asked if we could take a pic or something and we started talking. I quickly found out that they had spent every penny they had to be at the CON and didn’t even have money to eat. I felt lucky in that moment!! I felt lucky to be supported by such an extraordinary group of people. So I treated them to a dinner of champions at none other than the finest dining establishment Vancouver has to offer: 7-11. I said, ‘…tell your mom that we are good people on SPN and that I took care of you guys’.”

The fans relate the same sentiment. The cast and crew are so kind, and so very much aware of the power they wield in these situations, and are very careful to always be aware of how much the fans adore them. One fan became fans of the actors themselves after seeing how they conduct themselves in their public and private lives, and in their obvious consideration of their fans.

Kim Rhodes’ experiences at the conventions are not far off. “This may not sound like much, but it is to me. I’m terrified to sing in public. Terrified. And the first convention I did, I was unaware that the karaoke was not optional. I actually cried backstage, I was so scared. You know, then I walked out and there was this pressure to sing! sing! Mic shoved in my hand, etc. But it didn’t take long for a few of the fans to see how frightened I really was and they totally came to my defense. One got me a beer, somebody else was like, “Leave her alone, she’s not ready!” and pretty soon all of the pressure eased up on me. With that gone, I ended up having a really good time. Who knows, one day I may do a solo as a thank you. HAHAHAHAAAAAA. No.”

Brian Buckley, VanCon 2011. © C. Kinzie, Affairs Magazine

Brian Buckley, of the Brian Buckley Band, has been invited to play at several SPN conventions. When asked about his fan experience at the first show he did (at the SPN San Francisco in 2011, he said that they were not certain how they would be received at all.

“You know, we’d heard about how amazing these fans were from Jared for quite some time and we just hadn’t had the time or the ability to play any of the conventions yet.  So when we were approached we were like, you know, this works out perfectly. We were just finishing the record and we were very excited about it so we were like, let’s do it. Let’s see what this is like.

And it was unlike anything we’d ever done because, you know, typically it’s our fans and typically it’s our, you know, places we’ve played before or places in the general vicinity of where we play.  So, it was all kind of a brand new thing for us so we were very excited to get to know these fans and we just fell absolutely in love with them.  They welcomed us with open arms and for that we’re forever grateful.”

Virtually all of the fans have been to one convention or another (and there are several, running all around the world – anyone who thinks actors sit around between season have better think again!). Those who haven’t are counting down the days until they can get to one. The conventions are an amazing experience (I have been to one, my first, last year in Toronto), and it really brings home how passionate everyone is about this “little show that could”, from the newest fan to the most seasoned cast or crew member. Juliane I., from Sao Paula, BR, attended RisingCon in Brasil, where she gave Matt Cohen, Misha Collins (Castiel) and Chad Lindberg (Ash) shark tooth necklaces. Her giddiness comes through the page when she relates how Chad gave her a big hug in thanks.

Lindsay W., of Michigan, writes that interacting with the other fans and the show’s stars at conventions creates a bond that no other show has ever provided. “Every actor who has been involved with Supernatural is so open and interactive with the fans.

When asked how she thought the SPN fandom compared to others, Kim had definite reasons for believing the SPN fandom to be unique.

“I think it’s really cool that everyone I’ve met is so much…well…like me. It’s easy to think of passionate fans as being kinda crazy and isolated. These people are smart and gregarious and funny and really seem to enjoy each other and any chance they have to play. They don’t take it too seriously. I did a show with children as the main fan base, and they take things very seriously. (However, they did teach me how important it is to be kind, you know, I may just be having a bad day, but say something rude to a fan and it’s life affecting. I think that’s true for any fan of anything.) But Supernatural fans are just rabid and fun and so smart! And KIND. A lot of “fans” tend to watch with baited breath for the moment you fall or spill or wind up in jail coked out of your mind. These fans raise money for a children’s hospital to honor an impending baby. COME THE F— ON.”

She singles out one fan, who is now a very close friend, who drove with her husband for 12 hours through a blizzard to take her out for coffee when she was going through a rough time.

Coming to the SPN family as a musician brings a different perspective on how this fandom compares with others. Brian Buckley would have liked to say they were the same, but he knows that’s not the honest truth.

“When you play a live gig typically, there’s an energy to the room that people are waiting to hear you. The first few conventions that we did, nobody had heard of us as far as that fandom is concerned.  So it was a kind of like ‘what the hell are you doing here?’  So the room sometimes it’s pretty quiet and they’re staring at you like “well, you know what I’m here for and I’m not necessarily here for this so make me a believer.” Which I love. I appreciate that challenge.  It’s something that I embrace completely. So, when we did start getting good reactions from them, it was an even more lovely experience than normal gigs because people coming to those gigs either come to see us or had heard about us from someone else and were coming for the first time.  So, they are two totally different things. It’s gotten even better now we’ve done a few of them. People are so much more welcoming because they’d heard our name a few times in the fandom.  But the first few times it was… you could definitely pin point the tension in the room.

We did manage to convert a few here and there.  It’s something we take very seriously and are very happy about.  To us it’s not about a product – it’s about an experience.  It’s about energy and it’s about trying to convince people by giving them an experience that they can take home and go ‘you know, I’ve been in that place and I understand that if I want to go back to that moment I can turn on their song and I can experience it again.’ ”

Even trying to compare the SPN fandom to others is like apples and oranges for Matt Cohen.

“There is absolutely no comparison!! The SPN Fandom is by far the most supportive and interesting group of individuals I’ve had the delight to experience. I have shared and listened to personal stories as well has partied it up and danced around like a buffoon with them. I would not change a single experience I have had with the Fandom. The surprising thing is the gift the fans gave and continue to give me. The SPN Fandom has supported me thru both character portrayals and in every aspect of my career. I go to these CON’s all over the place and the experience is only getting better with every stop. I have a blast with the Fandom, I relate to the Fandom, and most importantly I am part of the SPN Fandom. I continue to be surprised every day I get to be a part of the Fandom movement. It’s bigger than just support for the show, it’s a movement.”

Given the opportunity to say one thing to all SPN fans, this is what Kim, Matt, Elias and Brian wanted say:

Kim: “You are heard. Followed closely by Thank you, and I’ll buy you a beer when I can.”

Matt: “I AM ONE LUCKY SON-OF-A-BITCH TO BE ACCEPTED AND SUPPORTED BY Y’ALL, THANK YOU!!!!!!!   (and YES I still love exclamation points!!!)” (And Yes, the caps are ALL his)

Elias: “You should start a petition to get me back on the show. Ok, go.”

Brian: That’s easy.  Thank you from the bottom of my heart.  Are you kidding? That’s simple.  Anybody who is as caring and as lovely as this fandom has been is so far above and beyond what we could have ever expected or dreamed of.  They’re just phenomenal, phenomenal fans.  Not only do I feel lucky and blessed to be a part of that circle but certainly they’ve helped up our profile just because they’re fans that don’t expect anything back and yet they give everything.  As far as I’m concerned that’s pure selflessness which is the definition of art to me.  So we owe them big time.”

The obvious mutual affection and respect the fans and the stars (and all others associated) have for each other is apparent in every action taken by either side. Like several of you have said, it’s a family like no other; there are absolutely no other current shows that have the fandom Supernatural has. Fans of all ages, from all over the world, have literally come together and embraced each other, warts and all, as family. There is something amazing and so incredibly cool about a show that can create that kind of cohesiveness.

As fans of television, we constantly live in fear of losing our shows to cancellation. After having researched, spoken to fans, broken my inbox from fan email overload, I am more convinced than ever that won’t happen for a while.

Castiel help them if they try. Haven’t they seen what we can do??

 

* Research assistance provided by Charlotte Kinzie. Wouldn’t have happened without you!!

Twitter: @hst1976 & @charkinzie

** A few fans included photos for us to publish. Thanks so much for sharing!

Kim Rhodes. © C. Kinzie, Affairs Magazine

Brian Buckley, VanCon 2011. © C. Kinzie, Affairs Magazine

Anne-Marie B, Suffolk, UK with Misha Collins & Jensen Ackles

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Larissa C., from Australia, & a friend with Misha Collins & Jensen Ackles

Lindsay W., from Michigan, with Jensen Ackles

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37 comments for “The Supernatural Phenomenon – A Peek Into The Fandom

  1. Micki
    February 11, 2012 at 23:11

    What a great article! Thanks so much for that.

    You know, I feel sorry for those who left the fandom, many of them because they thought Kripke’s five-year plan should be respected. (It’s even sadder that it then came out that Kripke had never had a five-year plan, he had only told the network that when they were on the bubble in season 3 in hopes of coaxing them to renew the show for a couple more years. Jared spilled the beans about this at Nerd HQ. Kripke has said he never wanted the show to end after five years, and is quite happy for it to continue.)

    It just feels to me like it’s been the last couple of years that “fandom” really became “family.” And it’s just such an extraordinary thing to be part of that, to be part of the movement that won them two PCAs or raised money for Jared’s baby or participated in Misha’s record-breaking scavenger hunt, that it’s a shame some people are missing out on it because they left the party early.

  2. Mangacat
    February 11, 2012 at 23:22

    Wonderful article, what with both the fan and the talent perspective in it, but I have to say I am not at all surprised at the outcome of this inquiry. Supernatural fandom is just that, a supernatural occurence in it’s amazing one-of-a-kind set up and we’re lucky to be part of it. I’m really really looking forward to what else we can do.

  3. AJ
    February 11, 2012 at 23:29

    What a fantastic article! I’ve been an SPN fan ever since the S2Ep14 “Born Under a Bad Sign”. That episode got me hooked to the absolute brilliant talents of Ackles and Padalecki. Ackles, I had been a fan of his from several things before, DoOL, Dawson’s Creek and Dark Angel to name a few, but his play off with co-actor Padalecki is flawless. Their charisma and open chemistry on screen (and some would say off screen as well) are what, for me anyway, keeps me coming back to the show. That and it’s just a freaking AWESOME show anyway with the wonderful supporting cast, interesting twists each season and it has this amazing ability to take old ideas, throw them into a blender, and come out with something fresh and new. I love their take on old urban myths and fairy tales.

    I’ve never been able to afford going to a con, but I sure would love to meet and have pics taken with the cast and crew. Maybe someday. Regardless, I will ALWAYS be an SPN HUGGER! :D

  4. February 11, 2012 at 23:50

    OMG I love this! :)

  5. February 11, 2012 at 23:51

    I am so fortunate to be part of such a large, devoted, somewhat dysfunctional family! I feel I would be closer to my fandom family if I had enough money to get to a con. But, as a starving artist and student working a minimum wage job, that’s not likely to happen for a while. I had an opportunity to attend a convention but i had to pass because it coincided with a relief mission to Haiti I’m going on later this year. I feel that is worth skipping a con, as much as I wish I could be there. I’ll save up as much as I can and maybe, if I’m lucky, I’ll attend Chi-con…

  6. Lena Peterson
    February 12, 2012 at 00:08

    I love the article. So much insights. You totally surprised me at how you included the casts and their devotion to us fans. Its like a total flip flop. We are their fans and they are our fans. So cool.
    It brought me to tears that … Of all the things i wrote, you chose the statement of my beloved brother passing on … And in a SPN WORLD, i migjt have a chance to see him again. Heck even bring him back for a second life… So thanks.
    Love the article and love you all SPNfamily and SPNcasts&crews

  7. February 12, 2012 at 00:19

    Firstly, big thanks to Matt for tweeting the link to this or else i would have missed this. Which would have been awful, because this article is about 110% correct about everything. INCLUDING MATT’S CAPS AND ENTHUSIASM!!!!! Seriously i laughed so hard when i read that. That being said, becoming part of the “family”, so to speak, a few years ago, is in retrospect one of the best things i ever did unintentionally. I quite literally stumbled into it, and have since loved (and cherished) every second of it, EVEN THE SHIPPING WARS. I joined twitter for Misha, have since followed basically any and every cast member with a twitter, and joined Tumblr on a whim and have made more friends there, who not only get what i mean when i reference the show, but get ME, as a person, than i have in real life. These people in the fandom are some of the best you will ever meet. EVER. And the actors are as well. I went to my first convention in New Jersey last year, and i’m going again this year. I went not knowing what to expect, not really, and was blown away by how cool and how kind the actors are. It’s a wondeful fandom to be a part of and i’m PROUD to be a member.

  8. Suelen Candido
    February 12, 2012 at 00:23

    I love this article!!! Supernatural change my live! it´s the number one show in TV Cable here in Brazil, it´s really popular!!
    Kisses!!!

  9. Charlotte Kinzie
    February 12, 2012 at 00:33

    Loved the article J! The one thing I always notice is that whenever I reach an actor/crew member asking for a comment re: spn fans – they’re ALWAYS positive! That says a lot right there.

  10. Rhea
    February 12, 2012 at 00:45

    I started watching this show for Jared Padalecki I’ll admit it, I love the guy and to this day I adore him even more. Watching him bring Sam’s character to life with his humanity and his never-ending strength literally has me watching till it ends. I’m a Sam girl for life. He and Jensen have really nailed the brothers and their relationship has been what has us all invested and what has been so welcoming to us as fans to see it translate offscreen. To have them welcome us at cons. Jensen is a sweetie and Jared is so, so giving to the fans, so humbled and hilarious and good mannered every single time I have met him at one of those. The fandom started with J2 being so brill and it’s all stemmed from there. We now have a big family fandom, that I have been a member of since the pilot episode. I am yet to meet an actor/actress that hasn’t been gracious and sweet. I wish our fandom was a bit nicer to our girls on the show and love interests who are truly awesome in their own right but other than that, we pull together as a fandom when needed and rally around our show and our boys. Keep keeping Sam and Dean united and amazing, as the worlds most amazing siblings and we’ll be with you always.

  11. Louie
    February 12, 2012 at 00:53

    Great article!!! I have watched this show right from the first episode. Had it marked on my calender when I first heard about it even before it aired. Loved it right from the start. It wasn’t until I joined twitter and message boards that I felt I could connect with other people about it. Most people I know haven’t even heard of it. So grateful to finally be able to talk to others about this phenomenal, well acted, brilliantly written show and I’m so excited to be going to my first convention in August!!

  12. Morganslady
    February 12, 2012 at 00:53

    Thank you for the wonderful article.. Supernatural is my first fandom. I became a fan because of Jeffrey Dean Morgan(Daddy Winchester), I eased my way in slowly,lurking on SPN sites,and eventually participating. Excitedly I went to my first Con and met some of my online friends. It’s difficult to explain to those not in the fandom,how supportive and nurturing SPN fans can be..

  13. Vanda -Deanie_24
    February 12, 2012 at 00:54

    I love being part of this fandom & I love that the people who work on the show both on & off camera are really passionate about what they are doing. I also love that they have embraced the fandom open arms. Finally, I love the inspired creativity & the unity of this awesome fandom!

  14. Lere
    February 12, 2012 at 01:11

    Loved reading this! The SPN family really is something else and I’m a proud member forver!

  15. Dakota
    February 12, 2012 at 02:04

    I don’t think people will ever actually forget the supernatural fandom. I mean, we are family, heck I’ve never met most of them but I talk to them online, I know they feel the same way I do when new episdoes come on. I want to meet every actor, I recognize them on different shows.

    This fandom makes me happy. Honestly, it just does. If I ever meet any of the actors I’ll probably only be able to say thank you.

  16. Jessica P. J.
    February 12, 2012 at 03:23

    I absolutely love this article! I recently attended my first convention at NashCon and absolutely loved it! It was great finally talking to fans and actually realizing how cool everybody was with everybody. We were all there for the same reason. The actors were just amazingly nice and truly happy to be there. Supernatural fandom is just awesome and I hope the show does continue. It has yet to lose my attention.

  17. Christina Morejon
    February 12, 2012 at 03:31

    so happy you guys are finally paying attention to one of the best shows out there!! Ive been watching since season 1 and will continue to watch until the end. I love this show!!!

  18. Sarah
    February 12, 2012 at 05:17

    I’m attending my first con later this year after being involved in this wonderful fandom for since the end of Season 5. While I’m looking forward to seeing the cast, I’m actually looking forward even more to meeting some of my online friends for the first time. The last year has been extremely difficult and they’ve supported me just like family, even bringing me to tears of awe – that relative strangers reached out to make sure I was okay was staggering. Last Friday I stayed in constant contact with someone in another country because they have coulrophobia and I wanted them to get through the clown-ridden episode all right.

    We ARE family. This is one I will be a part of for the rest of my life.

  19. February 12, 2012 at 05:43

    Thankyou for the really informative article. One thing you didnt mention was that there is not age barrier to fandom. They start from very young way into their 80′s I have met some great people through this fandom thanks twitter buddies.

  20. windfiredva
    February 12, 2012 at 07:09

    I’m fairly new to the SPN fandom but I’m very glad to have found them. I’ve been involved with the Farscape fandom for over a decade and it has a similar feel to it – family. At the Farscape cons it was common for the stars to come party with us and know us by name. And the fans donated to charity both in the actors names as well as part of the Save Farscape campaign many times. So I was pleasantly surprised to find kindred souls in the SPN fans. I’ve been told by people involved in running conventions that these two are the exception rather than the rule.

  21. Jennifer Pitt
    February 12, 2012 at 07:34

    @Christina Morejon, We’ve actually been paying attention all along….:)

  22. Jennifer Pitt
    February 12, 2012 at 07:37

    @xenascully, thank you! :)

  23. Leah
    February 12, 2012 at 08:03

    I love this article! I was accurate and showed how much the SPN fandom really is a family. Though i think it should have been noted that, as far as i know and am concerned, it’s Jared that started calling us that. He said he has his regular family, his cast and crew family and then there’s us, his SPN family. One story he told was that he got pulled aside in an airport once by security for some routine stuff. He said the people there weren’t the friendliest people and he was having a bad day so he tweeted about it and said he got all the love he could ever need to make him feel better. What other fandom does that? And it’s because of how amazing and kind and down to earth all the actors are that we’re like that. Cause, like the article said, family don’t end in blood.

    I’d also like to point out more good stuff we’ve done, not to toot our own horn: At a Chicago convention somewhere around 5 grand was raised when a signed jar of salt was auctioned off for Downs Syndrome research. And i know just this past month a fellow fan was able to get life saving surgery because her friend reached out over the internet and the SPN fandom donated money to her–and 99.999% of people had never even seen her face. And then there’s the SPN Support Network on Tumblr and Misha’s Random Acts and probably countless other good things to come out of this fandom i don’t know about.

    So we might be crazy, we might embarrass ourselves, we might fight and we might even get a bit mean sometimes but in the end we’re a family and we take care of our own…And, well… isn’t that kinda the whole point?

  24. Girish
    February 12, 2012 at 11:24

    Totally love this article!! I have been a loyal fan of Supernatural ever since it premiered here in India 6 years ago and its my most favorite show ever. This fandom is the best! They really feel like family. The cast and crew are some of the kindest, most humble and real people from what I have seen. I WISH THE CAST WOULD COME TO INDIA ONCE! Its a very popular show here and I have made so many friends by our mutual love for all things SPN!
    Love from India, Cheers!

  25. taraS
    February 12, 2012 at 11:43

    Misha and his charity is barely mentioned.

  26. February 12, 2012 at 12:25

    They have charisma are wonderful
    are real actors
    excites much feeling

  27. Dawn
    February 12, 2012 at 14:08

    This is an amazing article! As part of the SPN family, I got all fuzzy on the inside. thanks for taking the time to put this all together, love all the feeback from the cast :)

  28. February 12, 2012 at 14:30

    . Supernatural is my life I love being part of this fandom & I love that the people who work on the show both on & off camera are really passionate about what they are doing.and i looove jensen ackles beceaus he’s my angel & my hero .i hope To meet with him one dayAnd tell him ” i loooooooove u sooo muuch “

  29. Stacey
    February 12, 2012 at 16:38

    Thank you for doing this wonderful article. The SPN fandom and our relationship to the show, and it’s cast is very unique. I am thankful everyday that I stumbled upon it the day the pilot aired, I can’t imagine my life without it now!

  30. Alexa
    February 12, 2012 at 17:00

    Wow! This article is so amazing. I feel like it really represents our fandom. I’m not a Sam or Dean-girl (Cas FTW!) and I don’t watch the shows anymore, but we are family. Family doesn’t end in blood or even necessarily in this show. We adore these people. We support each other. Fandom is rarely seen a as a positive thing. Thank you so much!

  31. Nona
    February 12, 2012 at 17:48

    Long winded article to make a point you could have made with less words. Speaking of words, perhaps you should have stopped trying to see how many times you could use adjectives like ‘crazy’, ‘insane’ and fanatical and focused more on editing for spelling errors and such.

    Fact checking might have been a good idea too. The pantless video was a plea for votes and a promise to attend the event if they won. It was a thank you for watching the show. The were wearing underwear.

    Why did you focus your article on such a lame overdone concept as painting fans as crazy people even if you sugar coat it with ‘oh how amazing they are at raising money’. This has been done ad nausem in other fandoms clear back to the days of the original Star Trek series. Or where you looking to get some of that ‘insane’ attention for yourself by using Supernatural to draw it to you?

    It is possible to write an article about fans without using the derogatory terms such as ‘insane’, crazy’ or fanatical to describe them. Articles like this leave a black mark on fandoms and fans. It’s been my eperience that the majority of fans are intelligent, creative and generous people. They come from all walks of life and many of them are real heroes in those walks of life. The actors know this and that is what they praise, why didn’t you.

  32. Charlotte Kinzie
    February 12, 2012 at 21:21

    @Nona, I appreciate your concern but I, for one, embrace words like “insane” and “crazy” :) I love that we get called that by actors and crew – and have often referred to the actors the same way.

    You must have missed the quote where it was pointed out how intelligent and creative fans were :)

    All the writers here at the magazine are writing for free and for fun! Sorry you didn’t enjoy this read.

  33. Kim
    February 12, 2012 at 23:20

    Terrific article! Definately captured this special Fandom. I think the biggest credit for it being the way it is “a family” is due to the 2 main stars and how they have conducted themselves in regards to the show’s fans from Day 1. Their respect and appreciation for us “little people” is what has caused us to respond in kind. It has continued to grow from there – from that seed Jared & Jensen planted a “family” has grown.

    I’ve never been able to afford going to a con, but I sure would love to meet and have pics taken with the cast and crew. Maybe someday. Regardless, I will ALWAYS be an SPN HUGGER!

  34. Lissa
    February 13, 2012 at 00:21

    I just wanted to say, Great article and thank you for showcasing our SPN family. Few people can understand the impact that this show and the fandom have had on our lives. Not only is it a wonderfully entertaining show, but I think that it has helped many of us find potential that has laid dormant. We have been inspired to be better people, to work to help others and improve ourselves. I am proud to be a part of this family.

  35. Sylvie
    February 17, 2012 at 17:06

    Wow, that was a great article. I’ve loved this show from the very beginning, but only found out about the huge fandom two years ago thanks to The Winchester Family Business. Now I’m wishing I can make it to one of the conventions before this wonderful show ends. Everyone seems so nice, from the cast & crew to all the fans that attend. Great job.

  36. Lana
    February 18, 2012 at 13:49

    It makes me feel special to be part of this “family” , i really don’t get the people who stopped watching SPN! I’ve been jared’s fan for a long time, i think He’s the best :) He’s my fav actor! And you’re right , supernatural is not just a show and just one of the shows i watch! Supernatural for me means alot more, hope it will continue for another season! And i’ll always stay a fan no matter what.

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