Thursday, September 13, 2012

2012 NJ Superhero Weekend for domestic violence



NJ’S SUPERHERO WEEKEND FOR CHARITY IS SLATED FOR OCTOBER 6-7, 2012 AT COMIC FUSION IN FLEMINGTON TO BENEFIT “SAFE IN HUNTERDON”
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012 FLEMINGTON – The 2012 NJ SUPERHERO WEEKEND AND WONDER WOMAN DAY to benefit SAFE in Hunterdon will be hosted by Comic Fusion on October 6-7 in the historic business district of Flemington, NJ. Comic Fusion will auction superhero sketches to raise money and awareness for this domestic violence charity.
Since 2007,  Comic Fusion has raised close to $40,000 for SAFE in Hunterdon. 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), Ken Haeser and Buz Hasson (THE LIVING CORPSE), Jim Calafiore (BATGIRL, TITANS), Dave Ryan (WAR OF THE INDEPENDENTS), Charles Wilson III (STUFF OF LEGEN), Chris Flick (CAPES & BABES), Tom Schloendorn (TALES FROM THE STARLAND BALLROOM), Erica Hesse (THE KEY, GIRLS DRAWING GIRLS), Joe Martino (THE MIGHTY TITAN) 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 atComic Fusion. There are also raffles and door prizes. Other local businesses will be showing their support with special discounts and donations collected during October 6-7 including Cocco’s Cafe and Sage boutique. Barkley’s Pet Boutique is hosting dog costume contests on Saturday, October 6th.
“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.
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POISON IVY – BILL ELLIS
CONTACTS: Comic Fusion 42 Main Street Flemington, NJ 08822 (908) 788-0599 
Elizabeth-Amber Love, Events Coordinator for NJ Superhero Weekend can be reached at amberlovescomics@gmail.com
Stacy Korn from Comic Fusion can be reached atstacy@comicfusion.com and (908) 788-0599.
The auction items will have a diverse array of comic themed sketches including our figurehead Wonder Woman but many others such as The Avengers, Green Arrow, Black Canary, Batwoman, and Poison Ivy. 

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