Meet The Cheerleader, Save The World - At New York Comic Con

Official Press Release

FAIRFIELD, CT – Meet the cheerleader, save the world. The comics world, that is.

In conjunction with her appearance at the New York Comic Con next week, Destination Entertainment is proud to announce that an exclusive 11" x 17" lithograph print featuring the image of Hayden Panettiere (the Cheerleader, Claire Bennet from NBC's Heroes) will be produced by comic artist and painter, Mark Sparacio with proceeds to be split between several charities, including The Hero Initiative-the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need.

Sparacio has created this original painting and lithograph exclusively for the show. The prints will be available by Sparacio at the same booth Panettiere will be signing at, on the Galleria floor of the show, after which, they can also be signed by Panettiere for a fee.

"The folks at Destination have done a very generous thing here," said Jim McLauchlin, president of The Hero Initiative. "Mark Sparacio is a tremendous rising talent and has provided amazing art. Thanks to all!"

Marc Patten, president of Destination Entertainment said, "It was a huge task to get Hayden to the show and it wouldn't have happened without the Herculean efforts of John and Brandi at Entertainment Legends. I knew when we began discussions that I wanted to do some sort of comics charity event supporting Hayden's appearance, and Mark Sparacio stepped up to the plate, taking time out of his busy schedule to create this beautiful painting. Mark is an artist to look out for in the coming year, and he's one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet in comics."

"I'm honored and flattered to be involved with one of the most important charities in our industry," said Sparacio. "It's a thrill to be appearing at the New York Comic Con and participate in this event."

Sparacio's art has been seen on everything from movie posters, to book and magazine covers including Comics Buyer's Guide and the 2007 Official Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, to comic books including Heroes for Hire (Marvel) DC's Green Lantern, and interior artwork and covers on Liberty Girl from Heroic Publishing.

Mark Sparacio will be appearing on all three days and Hayden Panettiere will be signing autographs for a fee on Saturday and Sunday. You can check out Sparacio's website at http://www.marksparacio.com/.

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