Wonder Woman Day is coming! And this year I have managed to come up with a suitably themed piece of art for their annual charity auction. I chose to depict the classic comic book character as the Venus of Willendorf, a Stone Age figurine found in Austria in 1908, which has become a familiar icon of femininity. I also used the figure in one of my favorite Modern Love illustrations in the New York Times.
Wonder Woman Day is an annual bi-coastal fundraising event that takes place each October during national Domestic Violence Awareness Month, which raises money for domestic violence shelters and programs. The event was founded by Portland comics writer Andy Mangels, who invited me to contribute to the first art auction in 2006. I was hard pressed to come up with a clever idea that first year, since I had never read Wonder Woman comics growing up or even watched the TV show with Lynda Carter. However, I did remember reading that Debra Winger played Wonder Woman’s kid sister on the show, and I have long had a thing for her, so I chose to do a straight rendering of a still showing the two of them running together.
The next year I got a bit more creative, inserting a Wonder Woman postage stamp into an image cribbed from a Playboy Magazine cover.
This year’s piece of original art (or one of many others contributed by superstar cartoonists like Jamie Hernandez, David Lloyd and Roberta Gregory) can be yours. You can view the piece big here. The Wonder Woman Day silent auction will take place Sunday October 24th at Excalibur Comics in Portland. You can also bid online. Details at the Wonder Woman Day website.
Wonder Woman Day V – Portland
Sunday, October 24, 2010 — 12noon-6pm — FREE
Excalibur Comics, 2444 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, Oregon
A part of national Domestic Violence Awareness Month.