The Anaheim ComicCon was an exceptional event. We attended Friday and Saturday and the line waiting to get in the convention center floor was out the door.Â The event easily had one of the best roster of celebritiesÂ for any recent sci-fi/comic book convention I’ve attended and there were a considerable number of famous names there who were using their celebrity to raise money for worthy causes — mostly with animals rights and animal resuce organizations.
Exorcist actress Linda Blair was a huge draw and made sure everyone who left her table also left with a brochure on The Linda Blair Worldheart Foundation which rescues homeless and abandoned dogs including a number of pups rescued and relocated from New Orleans in the wake of Hurrican Katrina.Â Ms. Blair’s foundation brings attention to issues of animal overpopulation, spaying, dog fighting, and abandoned or abused dogs.Â Ms. Blair was so passionate about these animals and her charity, it was easy to drop some dough into the donation jar.Â Proceeds from her autographs went to the foundation.Â And attention Hollywood, she is still an amazing and vibrant actress.Â Blair was autographing copies of her Exorcist parody “Re-posessed” featuring the OC’s own late-great Wally George.
MASH actress Loretta Swit was donating all proceeds from autographs to the Hooved Animal Rescue Protection Society (HARPS).Â She has been a spokeperson for the Humane Society of the United States and was once named Woman of the Year byÂ both the Animal Protection Institute and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.Â Â HARPS is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation to abused and neglected hooved animals.Â And while Ms. Swit was very gracious in hearing her fans admire her work, she spent time with each person talking about HARPS.
Actor Burt Ward is best known for playing Robin to Adam West’s Batman in the 1960s TV series for ABC.Â I heard him do an interview with Stephanie Miller about his giant dog rescue he runs in nearby Norco.Â And after he signed my “Robin” photo, he asked about my dog and provided tipsÂ to keep my dog healthy.Â And he spent time talking about his work with these magnificant animals.
But animal resuce organizations weren’t the only charity in play.Â “Austin Powers” actress Mindy Sterling was raising money to support cancer research. So not only did you get a signed photo and a photo taken with her, but she gave out a t-shirt for cancer awareness.Â I have a nephew in Boston who’s been battling cancer for nearly two years and he’s one of the bravest people I know, so it’s hard not to be impressed by these performers and how they are using their celebrity for worthy causes.