Comic Fusion Hosts ‘NJ Superhero Weekend’ Benefiting Domestic Violence Victims

The 2012 NJ SUPERHERO WEEKEND AND WONDER WOMAN DAY to benefit SAFE in Hunterdon will be hosted by Comic Fusion on 6th-7th October in the historic business district of Flemington, NJ. Comic Fusion will auction superhero sketches to raise money and awareness for this domestic violence charity.

Comic Fusion has raised close to $40,000 for SAFE in Hunterdon since 2007. This has been made possible by tremendous volunteers and companies such as Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey/Random House, Universal Studios, Diamond Select & Diamond Toys, Tonner Dolls, and many talented comic book creators.

This year Comic Fusion welcomes to the store guest artists Jamal Igle (MOLLY DANGER, SUPERGIRL, KISS), Jim Calafiore (BATGIRL, TITANS), Chris Flick (CAPES & BABES), Tom Schloendorn (TALES FROM THE STARLAND BALLROOM), Ken Haeser (THE LIVING CORPSE), Erica Hesse (THE KEY, GIRLS DRAWING GIRLS) and Bill Ellis (ALL NEW ISSUES).

Weather permitting, John Brown will bring his custom Gotham Supercars to SUPERHERO WEEKEND for photo opportunities. Comic Fusion will also host the STAR WARS costuming group, the 501st Legion along with Wonder Woman and many other costumed superheroes who will gladly pose for pictures.

The art sketches are auctioned with bids taken via email and in person at Comic Fusion. There are also raffles and door prizes. Other local businesses will be showing their support with special discounts and donations collected during  6th-7th October including Cocco’s Cafe and Sage boutique. Barkley’s Pet Boutique is hosting dog costume contests on Saturday, 6th October

“SuperHero Weekend is a celebration of the characters we grew up with and to remember the lessons comics teach us so that we can make our communities better and safer,” explained Stacy Korn, co-owner of Comic Fusion. “We’re excited this year to welcome other businesses in the community to this wonderful event!  Each year the event evolves. This year is bigger than ever, with tons of events to participate in! This year our message of hope shines even brighter!”

“The fantasy of being a superhero provides children with the opportunity to more easily express their everyday fears,” said Elizabeth Amber Love, event planner. “People of all ages need to be reminded that being a victim was not their fault. Domestic abuse tends to be met with shameful feelings and people don’t seek help the way one would if they had a medical disease. This fundraiser gets people talking about advocacy and awareness through the great support system of the comic book industry.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the comic industry brings awareness about issues of domestic abuse through annual fundraisers like NJ SUPERHERO WEEKEND AND WONDER WOMAN DAY. Domestic Violence Awareness Month grew from the original 1981 Day of Unity conceived by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

Comic Fusion is an independently owned retail shop of comics, gaming and collectibles located in the heart of the historic business district of Flemington, New Jersey. They have organized an annual event to raise money and awareness for SAFE in Hunterdon since 2007. SAFE in Hunterdon is a valuable community resource that provides transitional housing, 24-hour counseling, crisis intervention, legal advocacy and a children’s art therapy program for those affected by domestic abuse.

Events like this make me wish I could travel the world in support of them and I wish that the comic book industry was biggest enough in the UK to run events like this. Supporting victims of domestic violence is a cause that is close to my heart so if you’re in the area in October go and check it out and get sketches from the amazing artists.

Source: Comic Fusion
Reporter: Amy McGarry-Thickitt

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