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Betty White Comic Book to Benefit Humane Society

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BY April 25, 2022

Through her seven decades in entertainment, Betty White garnered a lot of admiration and fans. No matter what your age, chances are you’ve watched at least one show starring “The First Lady of Television.” And while Betty lived a long life, it still seemed as if we didn’t get enough time with her. You can see that sentiment in the number of tributes that poured in after her passing last December. One of the most common ways people tried to honor her is through animal-related tributes. That’s because Betty was a lifelong advocate for our furry, feathered, and otherwise friends. One of the latest tributes, in fact, is a Betty White comic book that aims to meet the hashtag Betty White Challenge by helping Alabama animals.

Fans Honor White By Honoring Her Support for Animals

Knowing the enormous impact she had on television, it might come as a surprise to find out that Betty White’s first dream wasn’t entertainment. As she told Smithsonian Magazine back in 2012, she actually wanted to be a forest ranger. The Forest Service, however, didn’t hire women. (They would later make White an honorary ranger.)

After a love of writing led to her discovery that she loved performing, the rest was history. Throughout her career and her life, though, she still always cared about animals. She also acted on her concern for animal welfare, as she worked with a number of related organizations. These organizations include the Morris Animal Foundation, which funds veterinary research, and the Los Angeles Zoo.

Accordingly, on what would have been her 100th birthday, fans launched the #BettyWhiteChallenge. It urges fans to honor her legacy by donating $5 to animal shelters and other places that provide care and literal creature comforts. The response, unsurprisingly, was overwhelming. Meta, for example, said that in the first four days, almost $13 million had been raised through their platforms.

Betty White Comic Book Tribute Will Benefit the Alabama Animals

TidalWave Comics has been producing a line of comics called Tribute, which document the lives of famous folks. As publisher Darren G. Davis says, “The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of the classic entertainers that have passed on. It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.” Past Tribute issues, for instance, have featured icons like Carrie Fisher and Christopher Reeve. Now they’ve produced a special edition for Betty.

The Tribute: Betty White comic book, with a special cover by Trish Forstner, is a collaboration with Izzy’s Comics and Collectibles in Northport, Alabama. A portion of the proceeds–20 percent, to be exact–from the books will benefit the Tuscaloosa Metro Animal Shelter. (Northport is essentially a suburb of Tuscaloosa. Anyway, roll tide.) As a (basically feral) Alabama animal who spent her toddler years in Tuscaloosa, I am obviously thrilled to report this.

Timothy Yzaguirre, the owner of Izzy’s, said in a statement, “My wife loved Betty White so much, and even told our 5 year old about her. Betty White was a huge impact on so many lives and meant so much to so many. We wanted to do something special to honor her.” Again, there have been many tributes to White since her death, including the latest, a snowplow called Betty Whiteout. But it’s hard to think of any that would have meant as much to her as ones that help animals. And with the Betty White comic book, you get to learn about her life, as well as support her biggest passion caring for animals.

The Tribute: Betty White comic book is actually sold out at the moment, but they may reprint based on demand. In the meantime, you can pay tribute by donating to any number of establishments, like the Tuscaloosa shelter. Another suggestion is the Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. For the month of February, they will be matching every donation in honor of Betty. Awoo.

featured image via TidalWave Comics

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Salomé Gonstad is a freelance writer who grew up in the swampy wilds of south Alabama. When she's not yelling about pop culture on the internet, she's working on a supernatural thriller about her hometown. Also, we're pretty sure she's a werewolf. Email her at [email protected]

          

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