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Podcast feed for VODKA O'CLOCK, an inside look of the world of comics, publishing, films and entertainment as a whole. Interviews with great guests.



It is important that you read and follow our art guidelines below if you would like to donate to the auction!


FLEMINGTON - The 2014 NJ SUPERHERO WEEKEND (formerly WONDER WOMAN DAY) to benefit SAFE in Hunterdon will be hosted by Comic Fusion on October 4-5 in Flemington’s Turntable Junction shopping village. Comic Fusion will auction comic book themed sketches to raise money and awareness for this domestic violence charity. We’ll have some prix fixe prints and raffles of prints, books and more.

Since 2007, Comic Fusion has raised close to $50,000 for SAFE in Hunterdon. This has been made possible by tremendous volunteers and companies such as Oni Press, Gov’t Comics, Periscope Studios, Vices Press and many talented comic book creators. This year we are able to incorporate some donated digital comics as well which will be used on some of the art as unlockable achievements: when milestones in bidding are reaching, that unlocks the prize of the USB to become a reward to the winner bidder on those pieces.

This year Comic Fusion welcomes to the store guest artists Nick Mockoviak, Tom Schloendorn and musician Sarah Donner and even more guests to be announced.

Comic Fusion will also host the STAR WARS costuming groups the 501st Empire and the Rebel Legion, a GI Joe division, Batman, Capt. Marvel “Carol Corps” 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.

"We’re looking forward to making some exciting additions to this year’s event,” said Elizabeth Amber Love, event planner. “Some of our volunteers are putting together special plans for kids’ crafts to bring them a more interactive experience.”

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the comic industry brings awareness about issues of domestic abuse through annual fundraisers like NJ SUPERHERO WEEKEND. 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 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.


Comic Fusion
Attn: Superhero Weekend

16 Turntable Junction
Flemington, NJ 08822
(908) 788-0599
@ComicFusion on Twitter
Look us up in Facebook searches

Elizabeth-Amber Love, Events Coordinator for NJ Superhero Weekend can be reached for interviews at
Stacy Korn from Comic Fusion can be reached at and (908) 788-0599.


  • Superhero Weekend for SAFE in Hunterdon domestic abuse survivors’ shelter and services.
  • Need the scans of them by Sept 5th to be included on the official Comic Fusion website; actual sketches by September 15th.
  • No larger than 11×17
  • Based on past auctions: Inked sells better than pencil, color sells better than inked.
  • More than one character tends to get more bidders.
  • Characters cannot be depicted as sexualized, gratuitous, in a violent act, or in skimpy costumes. Regardless of what we the comics industry is used to, the sketches are representations by association of the shelter. If you have to ask if it’s okay, it’s probably not.
  • Be sure to include a note with your contact information.


Although we were founded as a Wonder Woman Day celebration originally, our market base to reach bidders required us to expand in order to do what’s best to raise the most possible for the charity.

Mainstream superheroes or characters that most people will recognize like Fantastic Four, Justice League, X-Men, Birds of Prey, Star Wars, Doctor Who, Firefly. Couples/groups work great like Black Canary and Green Arrow, The Question and Batwoman, Spider-Man and Mary Jane, Lois and Superman, etc.

Characters should be shown in tasteful pinups or scenes. Again, if you have to ask if it’s okay, it’s probably not.


  • No working weapons.
  • Nothing horror/scary.
  • Nothing too skimpy or revealing.
  • Characters should be family-friendly.
  • We prefer to not have duplicates of characters since this is a small store event (unless it makes sense like multiple Stormtroopers).
  • Sign up on Facebook to see what everyone is planning to wear.

Any behavior/harassment issues should be reported to Bill & Stacy of Comic Fusion immediately.


Kevin Brueck: Comic Con villain


On July 25th, my friends and I were walking down the street towards some place to have lunch during the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) 2014. A man stops us, asking my cosplayer friend to do a quick interview for his documentary on cosplaying. Which is a common project for filmmakers who attend the…

Another asshole & crew at Comic con.

How NOT to interview someone


Guy asks for interview
I tell him to email me the questions and I’ll get around to it
Guy emails me telling me he’ll send questions, but never actually sends them.
A week later he suddenly posts an article with a photo of me on his site, deciding that I am trans without me ever having said that,…

Bringing attention to this because this awful human being mocked a friend of mine who is one of the best cosplayers I’ve ever met. He fabricates an interview with her and within it, he talks about her being trans, switches pronouns rudely and ends with a comment about Laverne Cox. And NOT one bit of this true!

Paizo Introduces New Trans Woman Iconic for Pathfidner RPG





One of my favorite game companies, Paizo Publishing, just revealed their fifth of six new characters for their new Advanced Class Guide book. Her name is Shaardra and she’s a dwarven trans woman of color!

Awesome! yay! Paizo!


ALSO! Crystal Frasier, who designed Shaardra and has done a bunch of other Paizo stuff, is fucking amazing.

Did you see the Pathfinder news? “Her name is Shaardra and she’s a dwarven trans woman of color!

No skin thick enough: The daily harassment of women in the game industry


This article is heartbreaking. And true.

There is a reason I throttled back on doing a lot of creative gaming content a few years ago. And why I still avoid taking some jobs in the gaming world when they’re offered to me. And why, when we have a female host on any of our Geek and Sundry gaming shows, we have to monitor the comments on YouTube extra, to remove the many comments that are offensive and pollute our community’s spirit of equality. Because I hate that shit. 

There is an endemic acceptance in the gamer world that “well, it comes with the territory” when a woman receives threats and harassment and the hateful anonymous internet dialogue is focused on her body and whether they would “do” her or not. I don’t know why this became okay. It’s a vocal minority that has been given way too much power over the industry dialogue, and I am so happy to see more and more articles like this shining the light on what reasonable gamer men and women have been conned into accepting as a given.

NOTHING is a given in this world. And frankly, it taints the art form we so love and keeps it back from becoming more respected and more diverse to not at least TRY to fight it. Gaming deserves more than complacency in this area.

Even posting this link will cause me to receive hateful Tumblr PMs. I can always tell when something I write gets linked on certain places on the internet (like 4 Chan or a few other forums of troll-hood), because I’ll immediately get dozens of hate mails along the veins of what is posted in this article. 

Well, I’m a lucky one to be prominent enough to have 10 supporters for every hater. I mostly feel sorry for girls and women who aren’t in my position, who may just give up on gaming when they’re too beaten down to fight anymore.

We have to change that. For the good of what we love doing, gamers! Okay, back to work :)

If you’re not a gamer, maybe you’re the parent of a gamer and all of us need to do what we can to make our culture safer for everyone.

Thor: My Hero


Thor #364 was the first comic book I had ever read. It’s the one where Loki turns Thor into a Frog. After that, I was hooked on the Thor series. I have been collecting ever since.

A lot of you may remember a post I made awhile back about being bullied terribly as a child and finding some solace…

This is almost exactly what I have tried to say about the new fem Thor. It took me 2 posts to convey the bullet points of problems and a long explanation about what Thor means to me personally. Still called an anti-feminist & racist for it. Clearly commenter doesn’t know me and all my advocacy at all! Check out (Feminism tag)


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