Portland, Oregon, October 15, 2007 — 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 second year in a row, the heroine serves 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 28th from 1pm to 6pm. The free all-ages event will include a trio 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 raffles, costumes, rare memorabilia, and more!
Additionally, a second “Wonder Woman Day” benefit will take place on Sunday, October 28th, in Flemington, NJ, at Comic Fusion. 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 28th 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
• Last year’s event was filmed for a half-hour documentary series, FANatical, shown on Canadian national television.
• October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Producing the event for its second 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. “Wonder Woman represents peace, strength, equality, and honesty,” Mangels said. “For over sixty years, her mission to promote those ideals has been detailed in comic books, novels, and television shows. This special Wonder Woman Day event allows fans and the public to celebrate the character and the people who create her adventures today, as well as to see and buy some incredible materials about the ‘Amazing Amazon,’ all while raising money for four incredibly worthy charitable organizations.”
Jessica Elkan, Director of Development for Raphael House of Portland recognizes the difference Wonder Woman Day has made. “Last year’s event was a great success and this year we hope that even more people will share in the Wonder Woman Day II celebration in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Andy Mangels and the participating artists’ work on behalf of survivors of domestic violence and abuse is invaluable. His efforts and the efforts of others have significantly increased the number of women, children, and men helped by our organization.”
About the Wonder Woman Day events, M. Pete Marston says, “The announcement of Wonder Woman Day II was received with loud cheers here on the east coast. As the oldest son of William M. Marston, the originator of Wonder Woman, I would like to thank all of the people involved in this great effort for their belief in the spirit of Wonder Woman. She represents the blending of strength, honesty, compassion, caring and love, and this event is built on those values. Tom Potter, the Mayor of the City of Portland, Andy Mangels, Stacy Korn, all of the famous contributing artists, and everyone else involved in this year’s Wonder Woman Day II deserve a BIG vote of gratitude from all of us.”
Stacy Korn, co-owner of Comic Fusion, in Flemington, New Jersey, is co-producing the East Coast version of Wonder Woman Day. She notes that, “Since we opened our store two years ago, we have been looking for a way to give back to our community, in particular, our local woman’s shelter. Drawing inspiration from Andy Mangels first Wonder Woman Day last year, we have found a way to help out SAFE in Hunterdon, a worthy neighbor that does so much good in our community. It has been very gratifying to use connections I have built and so many of our customers have been instrumental in creating our first Wonder Woman Day!”
Wonder Woman Day II (Portland)
Sunday, October 28, 2007 — 1pm-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 II (New Jersey)
Sunday, October 28, 2007 — 11am-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!
* Phil Jimenez (current artist of Spider-Man, past writer/artist of Wonder Woman)
* Gail Simone (current writer of Wonder Woman, past writer of Birds of Prey)
* Anne Timmons (current artist of Go Girl! and Gothic Classics)
SILENT ART AUCTION
Over 150 artists from the comic book, newspaper comic strip, animation, and fine art worlds have donated original art depicting Wonder Woman for this event. All 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), Alex Ross (Justice, Kingdom Come), John Byrne (Superman, X-Men), Matt Wagner (Grendel, Mage), Pete Woods (Amazons Attack), Darwyn Cooke (New Frontier), Gilbert Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Jaime Hernandez (Love & Rockets), Jim Lee (All-Star Batman), Mike Grell (Green Arrow), Terry Moore (Strangers in Paradise), Jan Eliot (Stone Soup comic strip), and Guy Gilchrist (Nancy comic strip).
Additional art contributions showcase the incredible talents of Aaron Sowd, Acir Galvao, Adam Dekraker, Al Bigley, Al Rio, Alex Saviuk, Alexandre Tso, Alfredo Lopez Jr, Allison Sohn, Amy Pronovost, Andres Ponce, Andy Smith, Anne Timmons, Anthony Tan, Ariel Padilla, Aries Mendoza, Art Baltazar, Bill Maus, Bill Tucci, Bong Dazo, Bonkz Seriosa, Brian Williamson, Brock Heasley, Cat Staggs, Chris Dibari, Craig Rousseau, Dan Burgonos, Dan Parent, Daniel Crosier, Daniel Hdr, Dave Gutierrez, Dave Hoover, David Chelsea, Dean Haspiel, Diane Carroll, Don Perlin, Doug Baron, Eduardo Pansica, Elvis Moura, Eric Wolfe Hanson, Evan Bryce, Franchesco, Fred Hembeck, Gary Frank, Glen Hanson, Glen Orbik, Glenn Whitmore, Greg Moutafis, Guilherme Balbi Borba, Guy Davis, Howard Bender, Howard Simpson, Ivan Velez Jr., J.A. Fludd, Jake Minor, Jamal Igle, James Bukauskas, James Fiorentio, Janet Hetherington, Jason Baroody, Javier Cruz Winnik, Jeremy McHugh, Jerry Carr, Jessica Hickman, Jim Jimenez, Jim Mahfood, Jim Valentino, Joan Reilly, Joe Staton, John Heebink, John Lustig, John Painz, John Watson, Jon Racimo, Jona Tan, Jose Weingartner Jr, Julius Gopez, Karen Ellis, Katie Cook, Keith Tucker, Ken Branch, Ken Haeser, Khoi Pham, Kris Dresen, Kristen Mccabe, Leif Jones, Lui Antonio, Marat Mychaels, Marcus To, Mark Bloodworth, Mark Padilla, Mark Pennington, Mark Robinson, Michael Bair, Michael L. Peters, Michael T. Gilbert, Mike Cavallaro, Mike Collins, Mike Pascale, Mike Vosburg, Neil Vokes, Oliver Nome, Paige Braddock, Paul Guinan, Paul T. Gould, Paul Taylor, Phil Hester, Phil Jimenez, Quincy Mata, Ray Caspio, Ray Lago, Rich A. Molinelli, Rich Woodall, Richard Howell, Rob Kramer, Roberta Gregory, Rodney Buchemi, Roger Medeiros, Rogerio De Souza, Ronn Sutton, Scott Christian Sava, Scott Rosema, Scott Shaw!, Shawn McManus, Simon Fraser, Stephane Roux, Steve Lieber, Steve Rude, Steven Gordon, Tim Fish, Tim Hamilton, Tod Smith, Tom Hodges, Tyler Kirkham, Uko Smith, Voltaire, 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, Junk Food Apparel, Vandor, Dark Horse Comics, Chronicle Books, Tonner Dolls, Rittenhouse Archives, Graphitti Designs, GTO Designs, WizKids, Dynamic Forces, J Torres, Mark Sparacio, Life O’licious, Indigo Ink, Image Comics, Stormwatch Comics, Prism Comics, Countermedia, and more.
* The event poster was designed by Richard J. Fowlks, and printing was donated by Documart Printing and TIS Grafx. Accommodations for Guest provided by Park Lane Suites.
* Fans can take photos with a gorgeous “Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman” mannequin.
* Attendees can see an exhibit of rare Wonder Woman collectibles.
* Anyone of any age who comes dressed in a super-hero costume will get free prizes!
* 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