Dear Danny Phan-girls:
When I created Danny's D.I.V.A.S., I wanted to make a little corner of DeviantART's community of artists for the Divine Irresistable Visionaries of Amazing Skills -- that is, really awesome, creative, female fans of Danny Phantom -- to openly show the world, through words or pictures, that Danny Fenton/Phantom felt so much like a real person to them that they had literally fallen in love with his character...
And felt he was right next to them, whether in peaceful, happy times, or in trifling ones when they really needed a superhero.
This was where these passionate fans could draw these images in their minds of Danny with them, loving these girls just as much as they love him, without being afraid of other people calling them strange, obsessive or over-attached... as opposed to being inspired to be superheroines in their own real lives -- not to mention to also be as hard-working and imaginative an artist as Butch Hartman is.
I had the happiest few years with Phangirls who were inspirations, teachers (even in very unexpected ways I did not understand or went against at the time, but I fully appreciate today), close friends (many of whom I am so happy to tell you I am still in touch with now) and almost family to me, who shared with and taught me so many life lessons through cute little drawings of "Danny and me".
Though I did not allow DannyxSam shipping here (reason: to escape the non-stop barrage of DxS art and DxS fans themselves, who were not always so friendly to our different ideas of preferring Danny with ourselves rather than the expected canon pairing),
I can't say I ever felt the anger towards Sam that seems to be prevalent in Phangirl communities these days.
In addition to seeing so much of my own personality in Sam (eerie, a bit aggravating, and endearing all at the same time- then AND now), the dislike of the DannyxSam pairing was pretty much obliterated with jokes and harmlessly poking fun at Ms. Manson.
Silly names like Turfacus, and Sammikins and Inkblot Dressed in Black and Po (don't ask about that one)--
Whenever we started feeling too overwhelmed by aspects of Sam we didn't like, or we were pretty much afraid of Danny ending up with her for good on the show (even though this really wouldn't disturb us personally- we'd just keep on loving, writing and drawing in our real lives instead of counting on details of a fictional one)...
We coped, and forgot, using laughter.
And I assure you, as one of THE most sensitive girls who were so completely fed up with all the DxS obsession everywhere she looked -- it helped ME beyond any words I can say.
I owe every single one of my fangirl friends for instilling this laughter, happy memories, and (what I hope is) wisdom into my soul, so all my memories of Danny were among the happiest ones in my entire life.
This, however happy it was, is a chapter in my life that I am closing the last book on tonight.
Over the years I have been led by Danny from one happiness and inspiration to the next, and for that Danny will be forever, forever, forever special in my heart and in my art life- I will love the happy occasion of when I feel like drawing him for years and years to come...
As with Danny's story ending at 53 episodes,
I need to start new stories too. I want to move ahead.
And DIVAS will have to be a closed book, full of stories of love, friendship and among the best spiritual (no pun intended) heroes I've ever known.
I close this book, I close this club tonight,
and happily thank you, all of you Phangirls, for your imagination, your passion, your humor, your creativity, your existing. You made DIVAS possible.
DIVAS will always be here for you to come look at, to stroll through the gallery of the best and most love-filled images of what Danny Phantom means to its members; to remember, to reminisce and to fall in love again.
I love you. I love Danny. I love life and all its new surprises it's bringing to me day after day that I need to surrender to and discover,
See you around, girlies.