“How do you like that? Even among misfits, you’re a misfit.” ~Yukon Cornelius
It isn’t always easy to find a place where you instantly feel like you belong. Through years of social media accounts, “suicides”, and reincarnations, I always felt like something was missing. Three years ago, The Walking Dead premiered and all of that changed. I have since been called a “Twitter whore” and a “crazed fan-girl”. Some of the time, people love me. And the rest of the time, they don’t. But being a part of what is known as the Walking Dead Family ( #TWDFamily ) has been a real game changer. Having a shared passion through fandom, you form an instant bond and kinship. Suddenly, people aren’t strangers, rather they are a part of #TeamPrison cheering for TWD cast members by your side. At least, that’s how I think it should be.
Unfortunately, there have been times when you run across the bullies on the playground. It seems at any age in life, you will have a run in with the kid who doesn’t play nice with others. Oddly enough, it never seems to happen with male fans. Seriously, there needs to be a scientific study on this matter. Go! It’s always the females…the catty little fangirls of all ages. Some of them become crazy obsessed with characters and/or actors. They lash out at people for the most trivial of comments. They are super possessive and sometimes elitist. And those bad apples try to ruin the rest of the bunch. But not us! Not the Misfit Toys! This fandom is big enough for all of us! In fact, a number of accounts have opened up their “doors” to all fans, enhancing our weekly TWD experience and connecting us with some of the most genuine people we’d never have otherwise met.
One such group is the Bitchin Dixons. A relatively new fan site, compared to some others, their numbers are fast growing. This is a true interactive site that is free to join. I had the pleasure of talking with founding member, Crissy Thomas.
WBP: How/When did the Bitchin Dixons come about?
CT: The Bitchin Dixons came about when me and my friends tried to join several groups. We all got turned down, and I couldn’t bare to see their hearts breaking for having love for these amazing people and no place to share it. So I thought about it and on May 6th 2013 I made the group, it was the day before I went to see Norman.
WBP: How many members does the group currently have?
CT: We currently have 1,057 members between the Facebook and BitchinDixons Twitter accounts.
WBP: Have you ever met the Dixons (Reedus and Rooker)?
CT: I haven’t met Rooker yet, I am hoping to meet him in May. He is like an awesome big brother for me. I have met Norman; once in Senoia. I lucked up and he came in to get coffee, but I will be seeing him again next weekend 10-02-13 at Walker Stalkers Con.
WBP: Who designs all of the cool merchandise in your shop?
CT: Most of the designs came out of my noggin, LOL, but my mom has designed the mugs. And my sister has designed a few shirts. They also give me input and tell me their opinions on things.
WBP: How did you come up with the idea of playing games/trivia nightly with the chats?
CT: I wanted to do trivia in the chat, then my sister suggested that we add more games in. Sometimes we have a game for a little while and tweak it until we have them perfect, like the board-game on Monday’s. [Bitchin Dixons plays nightly games and trivia in their private chat room]
WBP: Your chat rooms have attracted numerous celebrity visitors. Name a few of your favorites so far…
CT: Moses J Moseley, Travis T. Love, Brian Mahoney, and Sean Clark. I have been so very fortunate to meet the most wonderful people/friends for life here!
WBP: Does the Bitchin Dixons plan on using the group for charitable causes?
CT: Bitchin Dixons are not currently donating to charity…yet. We don’t have a lot of money coming into the site. We use every dime we do get to put back into the site. Also, we are collecting donations going towards our trip to con to film the documentary for you guys. I eventually will get it to where we can give donations to charitable groups that are close to our hearts. This site was never about the money so we haven’t pressed money issues on fans.
WBP: And speaking of which…you are working on a documentary revolving around the upcoming Walker Stalkers Convention. Tell us a little about that?
CT: The documentary is going to be from our point of view, as we are just fans. The admins and I, want to give back something to every fan who cannot make it to con. We are going to feature scenes from us going to Atlanta, and the con itself with guests there. Also, we are going to be interviewing Bitchin Dixons members at the con, too.
WBP: What are your hopes for the Bitchin Dixons in the future?
CT: My goal is for Bitchin Dixons is to be a place for every fan of ..(this is a long list) Norman, Rooker, SPF, Rocco, Troy Duffy, Brian Mahoney, Moses Moseley, Travis Love, Zach Galligan, the whole Walking Dead cast. The fans can come to share the love. The people that come to Bitchin Dixons, I would never consider fans because that’s not what I am about. They are all family and friends. Some of these ladies have been with me every single night since May. We will continue to support all of them in every venture they are in (including if something happens to TWD, which will just kill me a little bit inside).
WBP: If it were up to you, if/when the inevitable time came, how would you have the Walking Dead end?
CT: I hope that someday they can find a cure for all of this [zombie plague]. And as we know, the dead at one time outnumbered the living 5,000-1, which I am sure is higher now. I know they will continue to have to kill zombies until they are all gone. So in its last scene I hope we still see them fighting to take back our world from the dead. (I say this to everyone, I sincerely hope this is not just a dream and “Rick” will wake up from a coma to see all his doctors as previous cast”. LOL.
You can visit the website for the Bitchin Dixons and join in on their board game, BINGO and trivia nights, and of course, Live Tweet with Crissy and the other members during TWD every Sunday night. Be sure to check out their exclusive merchandise, and if you can, make a small–or large–contribution to help fund their documentary. Bitchin Dixons can also be found on Facebook. Thank you, Crissy (and her family and friends) for making the rest of us misfits feel so welcome!