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New Female Comic Book Heroine Empowers Women and Supports Gold Star Families

Aug 19, 2015

With titanium heels and a steely resolve for survival, Harley Sky transforms into the strong, confident superheroine known as “Stiletto: The Powerhouse Baroness.”

That’s the premise behind media executive Marie Pizano’s new comic book series of the same name. Inspired by her memoir, From Barefoot to Stilettos, the comic embodies the same spirit of inner strength and self-confidence that Marie found in her own life. 

While a superheroine is not new to the comic book scene, Harley Sky’s life grapples with real life issues that are rarely tackled in graphic novels. Facing her own inner demons, Harley is on a vigilante mission as she works through widowhood and personal healing.

Believing that Stiletto is more than a story, Pizano teamed up with Children of Fallen Patriots Foundation (Fallen Patriots), a national charity supporting scholarships for children who lost a parent in the line of duty. Each issue will feature information about Fallen Patriots, helping raise awareness among approximately 15,000 qualifying gold star children not yet enrolled.

Pizano also hopes Stiletto will empower women and children who have lost a loved one in the line of duty.

“Most people don’t realize that 97% of the spouses left behind by military casualties are women, and they have to find a strength within themselves to lead their families,” said Pizano, who leads MVP3 Entertainment Group based out of Memphis, TN.

“I think Harley is a character they can relate to, especially daughters left behind in the wake of tragedy. They need to see someone who has experienced loss and found the strength to overcome it.”

Pizano will be contributing a portion of proceeds from sales of Stiletto: The Powerhouse Baroness to Fallen Patriots, which will provide additional support for scholarships and long-term educational counseling.

Pizano is currently in negotiations to produce a film version of her comic following the release of the print version in 2015.

“This is a unique and powerful partnership,” said John Coogan, Fallen Patriots chief operating officer. 

“We hope children will see a positive example of a heroine overcoming loss and striving to continue doing good, and that those who need us will find us.”