It’s been a big year for Wonder Woman. She turned 70 (but doesn’t look a day over 29) and her 600th issue marked a drastic costume and life change for the Princess as writer J. Michael Straczynski took over the reins of her comic. With all the press she’s received there’s no better time for creators and fans alike to get involved with Wonder Woman Day.
If you aren’t familiar, Wonder Woman Day is an annual bi-coastal fundraising event founded by Andy Mangels that takes place each October during national Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In the last four years the event has raised over $89,000 for domestic violence shelters and programs. Not too shabby for some doodles.
The money is raised primarily through silent auctions of donated artwork, mostly of Diana herself but not necessarily. Donation of this year’s illustrations has just begun but previously, artists like Adam Hughes, Franco Aureliani, Nicola Scott, Alex Ross and Aaron Lopresti have donated their work to the cause. Take a look at last year’s contributions.
Door prizes, drawings and other auction items are also used to raise funds and special guest signings are arranged to bring people to the event in person. You can also expect costumed heroes and villains to make surprise appearances. And yes, I’ve personally been one of them.
As I said, the event is bi-coastal. On October 24, Comic Fusion in Flemington, New Jersey supports Wonder Woman Day as part of their Superhero Weekend with all proceeds going to SAFE in Hunterdon, a local domestic violence shelter. They’ve already collected artwork from David Mack, Billy Tan, Michael Golden, Charles Wilson III, J.K Woodward, Brendon & Brian Fraim and Kelly Varesio and will be receiving more from Joe Sinnott, Ethan Van Sciver, Billy Tucci, Rob Kramer, Scott Derby, Dave Wachter and Carolyn Belefski.
On the West Coast the event takes place at Excalibur Comics in Portland, Oregon. They haven’t released many artist names yet but like I said, it’s still early. They will have some Wonder Woman collectibles on hand to view as well as a block party with special guests in attendance. Both locations are still waiting on and accepting new donations.
You might wonder why I’m talking about this event two months in advance but I want to spread the word as much as possible because it’s important. Fans spend hundreds, sometimes thousands of dollars on original artwork or comics; why not let that money help a worthy cause?
Also for any creators interested but in the dark until now about Wonder Woman Day, it would be nice for them to have ample time to put something together. By the way, two representatives from Comic Fusion will be at the Baltimore Comic-Con on August 28-29 collecting donations in person if artists would like to donate there. Contact them through their website if you’re interested.
Online bidding for the sketches will begin October 1st. A select few from the Portland location will be placed on Ebay but most will take place in person and the New Jersey store will sometimes take bids over the phone.
I’m curious to see how many of the artists tackle Diana’s new costume this year but it’s always really intriguing to see everyone’s take on her in general. If you’re in the area, I highly recommend going to the event in person. It’s great for adults and kids. I’ve gone two years now and had a blast. Of course I walked away with my wallet feeling a bit lighter but Wonder Woman approves.Put on those bracelets!