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While many comics folk are headed off to C2E2 this weekend, I'm flying out to the Midwest Media Expo in Detroit this weekend, held at the towering Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center:

Besides being set up at a table and doing some scheduled signings, I also have a pair of panels with somewhat unusual timeframes... Friday night, from 10:00-11:30 PM(!), I'll be doing a panel on graphic novels and manga; Sunday night, from 9:00-10:30 AM(!), I'll be doing a panel on writing and drawing comics. So, whether you're a night owl or an early bird, I'll have your panel-attending needs covered! Swing by and say hi, if you're at the show!

Further convention news: In May, I'll be attending Big Wow in San Jose: ...and TCAF in Toronto:

  • Listening to: COMEDY BANG BANG (podcast)
  • Watching: THE RETURNED
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo

What's your opinion on the ornately verbose speech patterns of EMPOWERED's Caged Demonwolf? 

1,128 deviants said Pour it on, baby! To paraphrase Billy Idol: "Too much Demonwolf is not enough."
651 deviants said As long as the Sin-Sensing Celestial's vocabularily rococo rants are deployed in moderation, I can deal
159 deviants said A little (VERY little) of him goes a long way, as the Blazing-Eyed Devilgoat's ultra-alliterative, thesaurus-abusing dialogue often hurts my brain
64 deviants said Other (clarify in Comments below)


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Adam Warren
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Current Residence: Out in the boondocks (cue the howling coyotes in the distance)
Favourite genre of music: Whatever just popped up on "shuffle"
Favourite photographer: The Hubble Space Telescope, Jeanloup Sieff
Favourite style of art: Whatever works, baby
Operating System: Windows 7 (with its surprisingly solid speech-recognition software, BTW)
MP3 player of choice: 5th gen Nano (despite the remarkably annoying "Shake" feature, which I finally disabled)
Shell of choice: Adamantium, just like my (robo)dawg Ultron's
Favourite cartoon character: Kei and Yuri, natch
Personal Quote: "Whuuuut?" -Cloud Strife, ever-so-sensitively replying to Tifa



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Heya Adam. Just discovered Empowered. Absolutely fell in love with it. I'll be looking forward to reading more. :-)
Hey. question. Does the fact that we haven't been told Thug Boy's real name symbolize the fact that, unlike Ninjette he's still hiding parts of his past from Emp? Or is it just a coincidence and you haven't gotten to a point where you feel like revealing it?
Just read Empowered 8. Another nice one, though it begs the question of why the superdead and even Sistah Spooky can't merely change costumes. Worked for dWarf and he didn't even have magic. 

In the end though you asked why we keep asking for you to give us an ending to the series but don't ask Stan Lee to do that with Spiderman. There are three very good reasons. 

1. There are a lot of people who will take over if Stan Lee dies, is sick, or decides he wants to do something else. If YOU die, we're screwed. (In fact I'm still surprised your Livewires characters aren't being used in other comics by other artists.) Even popular novelists have been getting people to take over their series just in case (Asprin. McCaffery and the like). Any chance you can let other comic artists run with your characters in side stories? 

2. While comics like Spider-man and batman have cliff hangers, these usually take place in the magazine edition of the book that comes out monthly and is then gathered into a graphic novel and we at least get the complte origin stories pretty early. Usually by the end of the graphic novel the bad guys are defeated, all the secrets are explained, etc. and they come up with news ones for next time.  While some do leave it off (and your death of MindF--ck is reminiscent of the death of Gwen Stacy and Superman, especially with the clone you showed in the fire pit which was probably meant to have Spooky's memories without realizing there was a clone of Mindfu__ in her head) your constantly keeping us from knowing the origin of her costume, Willy pete and the rest is incredibly annoying especially in light of point 1. 

3. While we all realize you are working hard on these comics it does take a year or more to get them out. And a few hours to read them. 

  There are ways to fix this though. 

A: Do what Megatokyo and Girl Genius do, put the pages you finish up as a webcomic and then just combine them into a graphic novel when you're done. 

B; Do what Marvel and DC do and give us a glimpse of the future. Wolf, Spooky, or random time travelers can do this. You don't have to have any spoilers, but for example when She-hulk was in trial in Time Court she got a glimpse of her future fight and a pep talk from Southpaw. In a Superman comic they showed Superman and Wonderwoman 10,000,000 years down the line and he was saying he still loved lois. Then there's batman beyond. 

3. Stop keeping stuff secret. Or at least stop telling us it's a secret. It's like with Spiderman, you don't have to explain the origin every time. In Spider-girl for the first few volumes nobody knew who the head Darkdevil was and we really didn't care. 
  The way you do it we now have to wonder if Empowered's costume is a parasite, an angel, if she's an gel, who her mother is and so on> We don't know who demonwolf is now. If the demon from "Hell" can get out of the same hole Empowered used (or why he's able to appear to Spooky to grant wishes but needs help getting out). And a lot more. It's quite vexxing. 

  Anyway you asked so I answered. Can't wait for the next (hopefully highly explainatory) volume! 
You know, I can understand your point of view. I am dying to know more about Emp's costume, am scared to death of dear ol'Willy's past time, and everything else.

But shouldn't we trust Adam to go through his narrative how he wishes? After all, there is no better sign that he is doing a great work at keeping everyone interested than us begging, nay, ordering him to give us the damn answers already because we FEAR he might die before he completes the story arc. :)

But I do agree some things need closure on the older plot lines sooner rather than later, if anything, to not have them lose impact.

I disagree with Demonflayer below (or above, depending on where DA places this) that this series doesn't feel like it could go on. If anything I think Adam has created some very compelling characters here, some more developed than others, that could potentially keeps us all entertained for a long time to come.
Well said. Plus, other comic book characters are part of an expansive universe, and their adventures aren't part of an overarching narrative. Empowered has a lot of side plots, but it doesn't feel like a series that could be extended indefinitely.

Plus, after things like The X-Files and LOST, I think people just get nervous when a story has so many different plot points, because so many series fail to properly wrap them all up. It's not necessarily the ending people are worried about, but whether all the plot lines will be properly resolved.
Souhiro Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Man... I saw MindF[--]ck in hell, and almost started crying. She's one of the sweetest characters I have ever seen!
Yeah... Adam, you are one cruel bastard. I mean that as a compliment. It has been a while since I cared for comic book characters yet you make me jump with glee or DREAD on every Empowered volume.
Souhiro Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Seriously, when I saw Mindf[]ck being tormented by that devil contractor, I only wanted to put my hands in Necronomicon, Say "Klaatu, Varada Nnnn--Atchooooo!!" and slam the devil contractor with a Proton Pack until he released the poor Mindf[]ck

Lord Almighty!!! Finally got my copy of the book today 3 weeks later.  I blame either the weather in New York the past few weeks or the fact that Diamond Comics really f@#*'d up sending it out to my home store of Alterniverse in Salt Point, NY.  Irregardless, finally have it and resuming reading the continuing chronicles of Emp & Gang.

Hi There. Just finished reading Empowered vol. 8. Poor Spooky. You just want to give her a hug. Comfort me. Still, I must say that I still can't stop reading those volumes. My favorite remain the even numbered ones though and I can't explain why (2,4,6,8... tell you who I appreciate... goooOOO Emp!#1 ) I've been following your art since "Dirty Pair; Fatal but not Serious", and can honestly say that it amazes me how much it evolves in time.
Still, because I am French-Canadian (j'ai entendu dire que t'as étudié à Montréal), reading what the caged demonwolf says is a really extenuous exercice and I have to read out-loud to sometimes understand it.
My favorite character remains Emp.Heart 
Keep 'em coming. I'll keep reading.
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