On October 30th for the past six years and in three cities across the nation, Women of Wonder has been raising money and awareness about domestic violence. Dressing up as the amazonian princess may not be your idea of helping a cause, but you would be hard pressed to find a better symbol of women’s strength.
This annual event takes place in Portland Oregon, Flemington New Jersey, and San Antonio Texas. This year Comic Booked got the opportunity to talk to Debbie Faggnet of Excalibur Comics in Portland about this great event for a great cause.
Interview with Debbie:
So this is your Sixth year hosting this. Have you noticed an increase in participation?
Debbie: Oh Absolutely, every year it gets bigger and bigger
Why did you start?
Debbie: Well we wanted to do something that benefitted the community and October is domestic violence awareness month and it’s something that is very close to my heart.
When did you decide to change the name?
Debbie: Yeah, DC didn’t want us to use Wonder Woman anymore. It’s better being Women of Wonder anyway, you can then include a whole lot of different characters.
What is your favorite thing about this event?
Debbie: The people.
Not only did many artists donate their time and talents to show up for signings and sketches, a raffle for prizes and auction help to raise money for Bradly Angle.
Bradley Angle was founded in 1975, by women who had enough violence for a lifetime and were ready to change their lives. Named for Sharon Bradley and Pam Angle, who died from the violence of living on the streets in Portland, Oregon, Bradley Angle was the first domestic violence shelter on the West Coast.
Of course Wonder Woman cosplay is a part of the event. One Wonder Woman has been a part for the last three years.
How long have you been doing Wonder woman cosplay?
Wonder Woman Cosplayer: This is my third year supporting this event and I have been a few other places. I primarily do it for charitable functions To provide support for organizations that I really believe really support women and encourage helping communities.
Wonder Woman is one of the strongest female characters in all of comics, do you think no longer having the name Wonder Woman in the name will affect this event?
Wonder Woman Cosplayer: No it was meant to be more inclusive and to open it up to each woman who comes here feeling like she is a part of the celebration. We celebrate all woman.
Woman of Wonder is a great example of comic book shops doing their part in the community. A cause The New Jersey Event benefits SAFE in Hunterdon and the San Antonio event benefits Family Violence Prevention Services. All these shops and orginzations are working to battle domestic violence and worth your support.
A very special thank you to Excalibur Comics and the cosplayers for talking with us and for raising over $12,oo0 for such a great cause.