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TEEN TITANS' Starfire con sketch by AdamWarren
TEEN TITANS' Starfire con sketch
On the eve of my last convention of the year (FanExpo in Toronto, Aug. 28-31), here's a somewhat lo-res cellphone pic of one of my favorite sketches from an earlier show this year (BigWow in San Jose, to be specific). Yeahp, it's my very first sketch of Teen Titans' Starfire, cranked out on a late-night bartop and based (a bit loosely) on the animated version my old bud Glen Murakami developed. Worked out pretty well, IMHO, given the timeframe and, uh, working conditions.
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Hello, there! I'll soon be heading up to Toronto to attend FanExpo Canada on August 28-31, after missing out on the show last year. General FanExpo info here: fanexpocanada.com/

I'll be tabling somewhere in Artist's Alley for all your signing, sketching and saying-hi needs. No panels, no shenanigans, just four days of straight behind-the-table time, guaranteed! If you're missing any Empowered volumes, I should have plenty on hand, as I'm planning to sell backstock from fine local comics emporium The Beguiling at my table, as I did at TCAF a few months back. (If I recall correctly, they had a surprising stash of long out-of-print Dirty Pair: Run from the Future TPBs as well...) 

I'll have a healthy supply of my 2011 sketchbook Empowered: Extra Sketchiness on hand, in case you never snagged a copy. Some images from the 28-page book:
 EMPOWERED+NINJETTE hi-contrast by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's vorppy Emp by AdamWarren Ridd1e's EMPOWERED cosplay by AdamWarren

I'll also be hauling along original art of various sorts, from cheap(ish) roughs to cover art to that one giant clump of Dirty Pair vellum-based inks that no one ever wants to buy, alas. Plus, I'm almost certainly taking on some sweet commissions while I'm there, along the lines of these 2012 pieces:

WONDER WOMAN sketch, from FanExpo by AdamWarren DIRTY PAIR 'PON PON PON' con sketch by AdamWarren  EMPOWERED's 'No-Look VORPP' con sketch by AdamWarren

Side note: A little birdie (that is, Twitter) tells me that a badass Ninjette cosplayer will be attending the show, so keep your eyes peeled for her if you're clawing through the crowded convention floor next week!

-AW
  • Listening to: DOUG LOVE MOVIES, HARDCORE HISTORY (podcasts)
  • Reading: EVENING'S EMPIRES (Paul MacAuley)
  • Watching: FARGO
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Sam Adams Octoberfest
Hello, there! I'll soon be heading up to Toronto to attend FanExpo Canada on August 28-31, after missing out on the show last year. General FanExpo info here: fanexpocanada.com/

I'll be tabling somewhere in Artist's Alley for all your signing, sketching and saying-hi needs. No panels, no shenanigans, just four days of straight behind-the-table time, guaranteed! If you're missing any Empowered volumes, I should have plenty on hand, as I'm planning to sell backstock from fine local comics emporium The Beguiling at my table, as I did at TCAF a few months back. (If I recall correctly, they had a surprising stash of long out-of-print Dirty Pair: Run from the Future TPBs as well...) 

I'll have a healthy supply of my 2011 sketchbook Empowered: Extra Sketchiness on hand, in case you never snagged a copy. Some images from the 28-page book:
 EMPOWERED+NINJETTE hi-contrast by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's vorppy Emp by AdamWarren Ridd1e's EMPOWERED cosplay by AdamWarren

I'll also be hauling along original art of various sorts, from cheap(ish) roughs to cover art to that one giant clump of Dirty Pair vellum-based inks that no one ever wants to buy, alas. Plus, I'm almost certainly taking on some sweet commissions while I'm there, along the lines of these 2012 pieces:

WONDER WOMAN sketch, from FanExpo by AdamWarren DIRTY PAIR 'PON PON PON' con sketch by AdamWarren  EMPOWERED's 'No-Look VORPP' con sketch by AdamWarren

Side note: A little birdie (that is, Twitter) tells me that a badass Ninjette cosplayer will be attending the show, so keep your eyes peeled for her if you're clawing through the crowded convention floor next week!

-AW
  • Listening to: DOUG LOVE MOVIES, HARDCORE HISTORY (podcasts)
  • Reading: EVENING'S EMPIRES (Paul MacAuley)
  • Watching: FARGO
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Sam Adams Octoberfest

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Current Residence: Out in the boondocks (cue the howling coyotes in the distance)
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Favourite cartoon character: Kei and Yuri, natch
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codyrush Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hey, I saw Comicgirl19's review of you and thought I'd scope out your page. As advertised, gorgeous line work. Here's her review: www.youtube.com/watch?v=auh-su…;

 I agree with Frank Miller when he said inking is sexy, but pencil always feels more organic and visceral to me. What kind of printer are you using to get that quality resolution?
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crystalcat413 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
are you a furry
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jmarkoff2 Featured By Owner Edited Sep 28, 2014
Empowered is a great comic book series which starts out as pure farce, then adds an element of dramatic tragedy, but remains pleasant and upbeat no matter how sad things get within the story. Just like the TV show Buffy Vampire Slayer which the comic directly referenced at one point. I think I've read the first seven trade paperback volumes, the last one I read came out in 2012 I think, this website indicates 8 hasn't come out yet.

Since the series spoofs every "web fanfic fetish" trend, I'm surprised it hasn't done the "inflated girl" trope which is a favorite of mine (think Violet Beauregard). Emp's Supersuit looks like it's just asking to be inflated and popped several times as it always regenerates. I can just imagine her complaining that she looks fat as she floats away from the air in her spherical suit.
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codyrush Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2014  Student Filmographer
honestly, on its face, the comic just looks like a morass of ass an' titty shots, coupled with some shameless beta male finger wagging about not objectifying women and some generic girly dialogue about body issues and men who can't commit. 

 On its face, I said. 

 Upon inspection, it seems purty self aware and, while it does indulge in cheesecake, it's got some snappy dialogue and the heroine actually is pretty damn funny at times.

I don't know: I tend to roll my eyes at the shy beauty trope; because it's so goddamn rare, to the point of unbelievability. Women are not, as a rule, oblivious to their sex appeal and honestly the so-called standards of beauty for women are not as rigorous as most women would posture. I have discussed this at length before. The dark truth of the matter is if women stopped wearing makeup and propping up their lackluster busts with wonder bras...we'd still hit on the hottest ones of the bunch. makeup is just a nuclear arms race among women. 
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capa-jayne Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Your Comics are one of my favourite! so much love for your art
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rongs1234 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2014
Hello, I just wanted to say I have enjoyed your work for many years now and recently I was inspired to draw some EMPOWERED fanart and I hope you enjoy it
Empowered by rongs1234
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K-Serenade Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Thank you for signing my copy of Empowered volume 1 at Fanexpo, as well as the sketch. You made my con go from being great, to fantastic ^^
~Katherine
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Professional General Artist
You're entirely welcome; thanks much for reading Empowered!
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leah2014 Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2014
I have all of the Empowered, even got the deluxe editions when I had them in single issues.  I love Emp!  When will we see more?  Thanks for your hard work with Empowered!
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
You'll be seeing Empowered: Unchained (a collection of the Guest Artist one-shots) and Empowered vol.9 in 2015, possibly along with a new Guest Artist miniseries as well. (The last one's still in the planning stages, at present.)

Thanks for reading my goofy little series!
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