Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Demons, Fans Flock to 'Supernatural' Convention Terrible Towels Aid Actor's Charity Cause

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Demons, Fans Flock to 'Supernatural' Convention Terrible Towels Aid Actor's Charity Cause

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Ask "Supernatural" fans to describe the CW Network television show in one word and the majority will give you the same answer: "underrated."

It's not hard to see why. Over 3,000 fans of the show crowded the David L. Lawrence Convention Center this weekend to celebrate the series, now entering its 12th season. The series claimed the title for the longest-running sci-fi show in the U.S. - an honor that can be attributed to its devoted fan base.

"It is such an underrated show. It doesn't get any publicity, but it's in its 12th season running and you can't beat that," said Bonnie Bezy of Pittsburgh.

Ms. Bezy, who picked up the series about the two brothers who hunt demons and other paranormal creatures during the fourth season, made sure "the boys," as they're known to the fans, were welcomed to the city correctly with, of course, their own version of Terrible Towels. This was her "sixth or seventh" time attending a "Supernatural" convention.

With the help of Brittany Harry of Pittsburgh, she created a GoFundMe page earlier this year to make custom Terrible Towels that read "Always Keep Fighting," a campaign started by one of the show's stars, Jared Padalecki, in March 2015 to bring awareness to mental health issues.

"We wanted to make [the towels] special for them and also give them a little jab for being Texas boys and bringing them to Pittsburgh with a good welcome," Ms. Harry said. "They are not the biggest Pittsburgh fans, so we just wanted to tease them a little."

Mr. Padalecki and Jensen Ackles, the other star of the show, are noted Dallas Cowboys football fans.

Ms. Harry was able to personally provide one of the towels to Ruth Connell, the actress who plays Rowena, during Ms. Connell's Q&A session.

For Samy May of Greene County, getting to hear Ms. Connell speak gave her a different perspective of the Scottish actress.

"I honestly didn't like her at all until I came here and know her as a person; I can forgive Rowena a little bit . …

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