Portland, Oregon, October 14, 2008 – One of the most recognizable female icons in the world, Wonder Woman debuted in American comic books during World War II, and was the super-heroic star of a popular television series in the 1970s. Now, for the third year in a row, the heroine brandishes her Amazon bracelets and golden lasso as a star-spangled symbol for a charity benefit for Portland’s most protective domestic violence shelters – Raphael House and Bradley-Angle House – and the Portland Women’s Crisis Line. Excalibur Comics will host “Wonder Woman Day” on Sunday, October 26th from 12noon to 6pm. The free all-ages event will include a quartet of comic book creators signing Wonder Woman comics and special art prints, as well as a silent art auction with over 150 of the world’s top artists contributing original art, plus costumed super-heroes on-site, raffles and prizes, rare memorabilia, and more!
Additionally, a second “Wonder Woman Day” benefit will take place on Sunday, October 26th, in Flemington, NJ, at Comic Fusion, as part of their “Super-Hero Weekend.” This East Coast event will benefit Safe in Hunterdon, a domestic violence shelter in New Jersey.
Some key points:
* Portland’s Mayor, Tom Potter, has declared October 26th as “Wonder Woman Day” in the City of Roses.
* Portland’s first Wonder Woman Day in 2006 raised over $15,400 for two Domestic Violence shelters.
* In Portland and New Jersey, Wonder Woman Day II in 2007 raised over $27,000 for the three Domestic Violence shelters and the Women’s Crisis Line.
* Year One was filmed for a half-hour documentary series, FANatical, shown on Canadian and Australian national television. This year’s event will be filmed for another documentary.
* October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Producing the event for its third year is best-selling author and DVD documentary director Andy Mangels, who is also the curator of the online Wonder Woman Museum, and one of the world’s top experts on the famed super-heroine. “Especially in today’s political and economic climate, we need a symbol of peace, strength, equality, and honesty,” Mangels says, “and Wonder Woman embodies those qualities. For over sixty-five years, her mission to promote those ideals has been detailed in comic books, novels, and television shows. The Wonder Woman Day events give fans and the general public an opportunity to celebrate the character and the people who create her adventures today, as well as to see and buy some incredible artwork – from generous and talented comic book and animation artists all over the world – showcasing the ‘Amazing Amazon,’ all while raising money for four incredibly important charitable organizations.”
Jessica Elkan, Director of Development for Raphael House of Portland has seen the difference Wonder Woman Day has made for their shelter and the awareness of Domestic Violence issues. “Every year we look forward to Wonder Woman Day. The funds raised from this event enable Raphael House of Portland to provide life-saving programs and services to domestic violence survivors. Because of Wonder Woman Day and the dedication of Andy Mangels we anticipate meeting our goal of 10,250 safe bed nights at our shelter in 2008-09. This event also raises awareness that is critical to prevention and education, the key to ending domestic violence.”
Ron Bannister, the new Development Director of Bradley Angle House says, “Bradley Angle House, the first shelter for survivors of Domestic Violence on the West Coast and one of the first of its kind in America is celebrating it 33year this year. We also want to help celebrate Wonder Woman Day now in its 3rd year! Through the creativity and philanthropic efforts of Andy Mangels of Portland, Wonder Woman Day has turned into an International Event raising over $42,000 for nonprofit charities who help woman and children who are fleeing the horrible grips of Domestic Violence. The event tops off a month long effort to bring attention to DV as October in National Domestic Violence Awareness month.”
Stacy Korn, co-owner of Comic Fusion, in Flemington, New Jersey, is co-producing the East Coast version of Wonder Woman Day. She says that, “Last year, the Wonder Woman Day event raised over $3000 for SAFE in Hunterdon, our local Women’s Shelter and Services. With the help of many talented artists, the generosity of Andy Mangels and Excalibur, a few close friends, and SAFE in Hunterdon, we created a event that was fun for whole family while raising money for a great cause. Wonder Woman, Batman and the Flash put in appearances and took pictures with the kids (and a few big kids at heart), while artists were on hand to draw quick sketches and show off their work. It was a very positive experience for our community and everyone that attended! This year will be even bigger and we hope to raise even more money. It feels great to be able to give back to the community that supports us!”
Full details about the event are included on the following pages.
Full Event Details:
Wonder Woman Day III (Portland)
Sunday, October 26, 2008 – 12noon-6pm, FREE
Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon
An ALL AGES benefit and celebration for Domestic Violence shelters and Crisis Line!
Proceeds Of The Event To Benefit:
Raphael House Of Portland * Bradley-Angle House * Portland Women’s Crisis Line
A Part Of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Wonder Woman Day III (New Jersey)
Sunday, October 26, 2007 – 12noon-5pm, FREE
Comic Fusion, 42 Main St., Flemington, New Jersey
Proceeds Of The Event To Benefit:
Safe In Hunterdon Of Hunterdon County, New Jersey
PORTLAND SPECIAL GUESTS SIGNING:
Guests will have special Prints to sign, given away Free!
* Adam Hughes (past and future artist for Wonder Woman, past artist for Catwoman, Superman, Gen-13, Star Wars)
* Allison Sohn (artist for trading cards for Heroes, Star Wars, Red Sonja)
* Gail Simone (current writer of Wonder Woman & Secret Six, past writer of Birds of Prey)
* Aaron Lopresti [12-2 only] (current artist on Wonder Woman, past artist of New X-Men, Ms Marvel, Hulk)
* Steve Dorris [2-5 only] (doing onsite caricatures of attendees as super-heroes)
* Daria (O’Neill) Eliuk (one of Portland’s most popular radio DJ’s, will reveal her secret identity by appearing in a certain red-white-blue-gold costume throughout the event!)
NEW JERSEY SPECIAL GUESTS SIGNING:
Appearing at various times on Saturday and Sunday!
* Neil Vokes, James Fiorentino, Rob Kramer, and Chris Muller
SILENT ART AUCTION
Over 180 artists from the comic book, newspaper comic strip, animation, and fine art worlds have donated original art depicting Wonder Woman for this event. Original art will be on display at Excalibur Comics and Comic Fusion until the event, and at the Wonder Woman Museum website! The Silent Auction will take place the day of the event. Bidders need not be present to win, however, their bid must be on the bid sheet. Details about PROXY bidding, to allow for off-site bids, will be on the website from October 14-27th.
Artists contributing include such award-winning graphic art luminaries as Adam Hughes (Wonder Woman), Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Jaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Matt Wagner (Grendel), Phil Jimenez (Final Crisis), Terry Dodson (Wonder Woman), Wendy Pini (ElfQuest), and artists from Pixar animation, Family Guy, and The Simpsons!
Additional art contributions showcase the incredible talents of artists from America, Canada, South America, Mexico, and Europe, including:
Aaron Lopresti, Aaron McConnell, Aaron Sowd, Al Rio, Alexandre Tso, Alex Chung, Alfredo Lopez Jr, Allison Barrows, Allison Sohn, Amy Pronovost, Andie Tong, Andres Ponce, Andrew Charipar, Anna Hybsier, Anne Timmons, Anthony D Lee, Anthony Tan, Ash Jackson, Avery Butterworth, Barry Deutsch, Ben Balistreri, Ben Dunn, Bennett Pisek, Bill Maus, Bill Morrison, Billy Tan, Brad Rader, Brandon Richardson, Brian Denham, Brian Douglas Ahern, Brian Williamson, Carlos Vega, Cat Staggs, Charles Valderrama, Chris Henderson, Chris Marrinnan, Chris Muller, Cody Constable, Courtney Huddleston, Dame Darcy, Dan Capitumini, Dan Kurtzke, Dan Schoening, Dane Ault, Daniel HDR, Danielle Corsetto, Dave Crosland, Dave Hoover, David Newbold, Dean Motter, Dennis Crisostomo, Diane Carroll, Don Perlin, Drazen Kozjan, Dylan Meconis, Eamon O’Donoghue, Ed Bickford, Ed Hannigan, Eduardo Pansica, Eliza Stockfish, Elvis Moura, Emerson Vasconcelos, Eric Basaldua, Ernest Jocson, Fred Hembeck, Gabe Lamberty, Gene Gonzales, Glen Hanson, Greg Moutafis, Guy Davis, Harold Jennett, Howard Bender, Ibrahim Moustafa, J.A. Fludd, J Bone, James E. Lyle, Jamie Fickes, Janet Hetherington, Janine Johnston, Jay Fife, Jeremiah Witkowski, Jeremy McHugh, Jerry Carr, Jesse Hamm, Jessica Hickman, Jim Mahfood, Joelle Jones, John Heebink, John Lustig, Jona Locsin-Tan, Jonathan Lau, Jonathan Wayshak, Jorge Lucas, Jose Weingartner Jr, Judith Hunt, Jun Bob Kim, Justin Ridge, Karen Ellis, Karen Krajenbrink, Karlton Hahn, Katie Cook, Keith Tucker, Ken Branch, Ken Haesser, Keron Grant, Kevenn T Smith, Kevin Karstens, Kevin Noffz, Kevin R. Leen, Knate Carter, Kristen McCabe, Lea Hernandez, Leanne Hannah, Lee Moder, Lee Moyer, Lin Workman, Louis Womble, Lui Antonio, Luis Sierra, Lukas Ketner, Mario Pons, Mark Bloodworth, Mark Padilla, Mark Tannacore, Martheus Antone Wade, Mauricio Dias, Max Bretchneider, Melissa Lee, Mel Joy San Juan, M. Jason Reed, Michael T. Gilbert, Mike Collins, Mike Jungbluth, Mike Pascale, Milton Knight, Nathan Baertsch, Neil Vokes, Nelson Blake II, Newton Barbosa, Nick Sung, Noel Rodriguez, Patrick Fillion, Paul Gould, Paul Guinan, Paul Taylor, Peter Steigerwald, Phil Yeh, Ralph Cabrera, Randy Milholland, Rashad Doucet, Ray Caspio, Richard Howell, Rich Ellis, Rick Stasi, Ric Nicholls, Riley Rossmo, Rob Kramer, Rock Barcellos, Rodjer Goulardt, Rodney Buchemi, Roger Medeiros, Rogerio DeSouza, Ron Chan, Roni Palmisano, Ronn Sutton, Ruben Procopio, Ryan Alexander-Tanner, Ryan Sook, Scott Barnett, Scott Christian Sava, Scott Koblish, Scott Morse, Sean Forney, Shawn McManus, Simon Gane, Spencer Brinkerhoff III, Stephen Sistilli, Steve Buccellato, Steve Dorris, Steve Gordon, Steve MacIsaac, Steve Stanley, Tim Fish, T.L. Collins, Tori Phillips, Tyler Richlen, Val Mayerik, Wen-Xi Chen, Winston Blakely, and more to come!
* Door Prizes and raffles include Autographed materials, Merchandise and Promotional items from Lynda Carter (courtesy Scott Stander and Associates), DC Comics, DC Direct, Diamond Distributing,Dark Horse Comics, Tonner Dolls, GTO Designs, Creations By Pooh, Diane von Furstenberg, Mattel, Prism Comics, Countermedia, and more. Non-Wonder Woman items have been donated by James Fiorentino, Joe Sinnott, Clayburn Moore, Mark Sparacio, Michael Finger, Paige Braddock, Jae Lee, Don Rosa, Cory Walker, Robert A Kraus (RAK), Daniel Crosair, David Mack, and others!
* The event poster for both events was designed by Richard J. Fowlks
* In Portland, scanning was donated by Documart Printing. The 4×7 banner was donated by Sign Wizards. Jason Jones and Lara Sydney Gallery provided matting and art framing. Accommodations for guests was provided by Park Lane Suites.
* Fans can take photos with several super-heroines and super-heroes!
* Attendees can see an exhibit of rare Wonder Woman collectibles.
* Kid-friendly play area for youngsters!
* More excitement to be announced!
Art images and Hi-Rez Poster are at www.wonderwomanmuseum.com
Mayoral Proclamation also viewable at www.wonderwomanmuseum.com
For additional information, text for the Mayoral Proclamation, or print-ready images from the Art Auction, contact:
Andy Mangels AmangelsSW@aol.com
For additional information about the New Jersey event, contact:
Stacy Korn firstname.lastname@example.org
About Raphael House of Portland (a 501(c)3 charity) www.raphaelhouse.com
Raphael House of Portland has been offering shelter to women and children fleeing domestic violence since 1977. Each year, more than 300 women and children access shelter, food, clothing, transportation, support groups and individual support at our Emergency Shelter, and over 3500 people are served by our in-house crisis line. Raphael House of Portland is one of the largest domestic violence shelters in Oregon and has over 30% of the available bed space for survivors of domestic violence in the State. Raphael House of Portland is also dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence through education in the community for people of all walks of life and ages.
About Bradley-Angle House (a 501(c)3 charity) www.bradleyangle.org
Founded in 1975 as the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast, Bradley-Angle House continues to develop innovative programs for women and children of all backgrounds experiencing domestic violence. Besides bilingual Spanish and English Emergency and Transition Services, Bradley-Angle House offers culturally specific support services for women battered by women.
About Portland Women’s Crisis Line (a 501(c)3 charity) www.pwcl.org
Founded in 1972, the Portland Women’s Crisis Line provides services to survivors (both female and male) of domestic violence and sexual assault, including rape, incest, and sexual harassment. The Portland Women’s Crisis Line was the first crisis line of its kind in the state of Oregon, and one of the first five crisis lines of its kind in the United States. The Crisis Line provides services via the toll free statewide hotline number.
About Andy Mangels www.andymangels.com
Andy Mangels is the USA Today best-selling author and co-author of almost 20 fiction and non-fiction 20 books – including Star Trek, Roswell, and Star Wars tomes – and is a past comic book writer. He has produced Special Features and directed documentaries for over major 40 DVD sets. Andy is a national award-winning activist in the Gay community, and has raised thousands of dollars for charities over the years. He curates the online Wonder Woman Museum.
About Excalibur Comics
Founded in 1976 by Peter Fagnant and Kathy Putnam, Excalibur Books & Comics is the oldest comic book store in the State of Oregon. Currently managed by Debbie Fagnant – a Wonder Woman fan – Excalibur has an extensive line of comic books and graphic novels. Excalibur regularly donates books to schools and libraries, and welcomes fans of all ages for this spectacular event.
About Wonder Woman
Debuting in All-Star Comics #8 (December 1941-January 1942) as the creation of psychologist and lie-detector inventor William Moulton Marston, Wonder Woman soon graduated into two series of her own: Wonder Woman and Sensation Comics. In the 66 years since, over a thousand Wonder Woman comics have been published by DC Comics. Wonder Woman has appeared in animated cartoons such as Justice League Unlimited and Super Friends, but most famously was portrayed by statuesque actress Lynda Cater in the live-action series from 1975-1979.