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EMPOWERED webcomic serialization promo illo! by AdamWarren
EMPOWERED webcomic serialization promo illo!
Behold, a promotional illustration pieced together to announce the newly launched webcomic serialization of Empowered, my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published (in print form) by Dark Horse Comics.

The Empowered online serialization, hosted by the fine folks at the creator-owned webcomic digital studio and publisher Hiveworks, can be found here: www.empoweredcomic.com/

The series kicks off with an at-launch archive of the first 108 pages or so of Empowered vol. 1, which takes us up through the introduction of the "Big Four" main characters—Empowered herself, her ex-Witless-Minion boyfriend Thugboy, her hard-drinking BFF Ninjette, and the inimitable Caged Demonwolf.

Note that every page of Empowered online features commentary on said page by yours truly, in an effort to give current readers of the series' print version an incentive to check out the webcomic version. Hope you enjoy that part, longtime readers! That is, I really hope you get something outta that, as I've spent many an hour cranking out said commentary. (That said, I'm promising to do commentary for all of vol. 1's pages, at least; I'll have to reevaluate the viability of the commentary process we get into vol. 2.) 

I should also note that, as part of my deal with Hiveworks, we will be doing some form of Empowered merchandise at some point, as in prints or T-shirts or the like. (In fact, I might try reformatting this very promo illo into an merchandisable image!)  

Finally, credits on the piece: Line art by me, color art by the great :iconryankinnaird:.
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ADVENTURE TIME sketch cover with Marceline + PB by AdamWarren
ADVENTURE TIME sketch cover with Marceline + PB
Behold, an illo of Marceline* and Princess Bubblegum I drew for Boom's Adventure Time comic, as part of the Get-A-Sketch sketch-cover program to benefit the fine folks at the charity Hero Initiative, whose work supports ailing comics pros (including several friends of mine).

More info on Hero Initiative here: www.heroinitiative.org/

* Not sure that Marceline's striped pullover dealie is canonically fuzzy, but what the heck.
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Felt I should mention that today sees the release of the new one-shot Empowered: Pew Pew Pew!, the next installment in my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. This is the first "floppy"-format issue of Empowered to be written and drawn entirely by yours truly since 2010's one-shot The Wench with a Million Sighs; thought I'd try drawing a new one myself to see how well it would sell in today's market. (No idea, to be honest.)

Cover art for Nov.25's EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW! by AdamWarren

Here's the issue's solicitation copy:

The laser blasts fly as costumed crime fighter Empowered battles a series of puzzlingly rage-fueled supervillains, each one armed with a bigger and more destructive "supergun" than the last. Ah, but might our long-suffering heroine's own buried resentments and repressed bitterness prove to be her deadliest foes? (SPOILER: Yes, pretty much.)

FSHOOM-tastic page from EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW! by AdamWarren

You can find this issue in print form on the shelves of Your Local (North American) Comics Store, or you can order it from Dark Horse's retail site here:  www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Em…!

If you don't mind digital comics, Empowered: Pew Pew Pew! is presently on sale from Dark Horse's Digital Store for the surprisingly low Black-Friday-related price of only $.099(!). Not sure how long this sale will last, but here's the link:  digital.darkhorse.com/profile/…

If you're not big on the Dark Horse app, Pew Pew Pew! is also available in digital form from Comixology, also temporarily available (through Black Friday weekend) for $0.99: www.comixology.com/Empowered-S…

And, hey, if you feel like weighing in on the one-shot, this journal's comment section is as good a place as any, right? Right.


  • Listening to: JAMES BONDING podcast
  • Reading: HALF A WAR by Joe Abercrombie
  • Watching: JESSICA JONES
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: Gochujang chili paste, on pretty much everything
  • Drinking: Not Your Dad's Root Beer
FSHOOM-tastic page from EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW! by AdamWarren
FSHOOM-tastic page from EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW!
Here's a rather dramatic page from November 25's one-shot Empowered: Pew Pew Pew!, the newest installment in my ongoing “sexy superhero comedy” series published by Dark Horse Comics. (As the page's FSHOOM-ing sound FX hint, the one-shot's title is well-earned.)

Here's the issue's solicitation copy:

The laser blasts fly as costumed crime fighter Empowered battles a series of puzzlingly rage-fueled supervillains, each one armed with a bigger and more destructive "supergun" than the last. Ah, but might our long-suffering heroine's own buried resentments and repressed bitterness prove to be her deadliest foes? (SPOILER: Yes, pretty much.)

If you''re feeling magnanimous, the thumbnail below features an image that can be saved, printed out and presented to Your Local Comics Store as a means of pre-ordering the comic. I know that’s rather a hassle to do, but pre-ordering is the only way to ensure that any given comics store will actually stock a copy of the issue. The dreaded Final Order Cutoff (FOC) for the book is November 2, so the form below should be presentable right up to that date.

EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW! pre-order printout form by AdamWarren

Pew Pew Pew! is the first "floppy"-format issue of Empowered to be written and drawn entirely by yours truly since 2010 or so; thought I'd try drawing a new one myself to see how well it would sell in today's market, compared to the last few years' Guest-Artist-drawn one-shots. (No idea, to be honest.) Never fear, new Empowered Guest Artist stories will appear in the future, but lining 'em up and scheduling 'em is proving a challenging task, as opposed to the release ease of quickly cranking out an issue entirely on my own. Below, a "clean" version of the cover art:

Cover art for Nov.25's EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW! by AdamWarren

Also, I should probably mention that this year's "big-book" installments of the series, Empowered: Unchained and Empowered vol.9 are, of course, still on sale, as the covers below can attest:

Color art for EMPOWERED UNCHAINED cover by AdamWarren     EMPOWERED vol.9 (out Aug.19!) front and back cover by AdamWarren
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EMPOWERED main cast, 'chibi de Pins' style by AdamWarren
EMPOWERED main cast, 'chibi de Pins' style
Further sketches of the "Big Three" cast members from Empowered, my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" comic, drawn in an extra-cartoony style inspired less by conventional manga/ anime "chibi" tropes but by the adorably superdeformed cheesecakery of the French artist Arthur de Pins.  Seventh in a series, with the previous five attempts below:

Empowered, Arthur de Pins style (sorta) by AdamWarren NINJETTE from EMPOWERED, chibi-style (sorta) by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's Spooky and Mindf**k, chibi-ish by AdamWarren  EMPOWERED vol.6's cast, 'chibi de Pins' style by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Emp and Ninjette 'chibi de Pins' style by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED assorted cast, 'chibi de Pins' style by AdamWarren
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Felt I should mention that today sees the release of the new one-shot Empowered: Pew Pew Pew!, the next installment in my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. This is the first "floppy"-format issue of Empowered to be written and drawn entirely by yours truly since 2010's one-shot The Wench with a Million Sighs; thought I'd try drawing a new one myself to see how well it would sell in today's market. (No idea, to be honest.)

Cover art for Nov.25's EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW! by AdamWarren

Here's the issue's solicitation copy:

The laser blasts fly as costumed crime fighter Empowered battles a series of puzzlingly rage-fueled supervillains, each one armed with a bigger and more destructive "supergun" than the last. Ah, but might our long-suffering heroine's own buried resentments and repressed bitterness prove to be her deadliest foes? (SPOILER: Yes, pretty much.)

FSHOOM-tastic page from EMPOWERED: PEW PEW PEW! by AdamWarren

You can find this issue in print form on the shelves of Your Local (North American) Comics Store, or you can order it from Dark Horse's retail site here:  www.tfaw.com/Comics/Profile/Em…!

If you don't mind digital comics, Empowered: Pew Pew Pew! is presently on sale from Dark Horse's Digital Store for the surprisingly low Black-Friday-related price of only $.099(!). Not sure how long this sale will last, but here's the link:  digital.darkhorse.com/profile/…

If you're not big on the Dark Horse app, Pew Pew Pew! is also available in digital form from Comixology, also temporarily available (through Black Friday weekend) for $0.99: www.comixology.com/Empowered-S…

And, hey, if you feel like weighing in on the one-shot, this journal's comment section is as good a place as any, right? Right.


  • Listening to: JAMES BONDING podcast
  • Reading: HALF A WAR by Joe Abercrombie
  • Watching: JESSICA JONES
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: Gochujang chili paste, on pretty much everything
  • Drinking: Not Your Dad's Root Beer

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

56%
1,154 deviants said Pour it on, baby! To paraphrase Billy Idol: "Too much Demonwolf is not enough."
33%
667 deviants said As long as the Sin-Sensing Celestial's vocabularily rococo rants are deployed in moderation, I can deal
8%
161 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
3%
66 deviants said Other (clarify in Comments below)

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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
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2015  Professional General Artist
Will do; thanks much for reading the series!
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MohawkRex Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2015
Thanks for making it.
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RomyVillamil Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Hii!!!!

Dear friend, I admire you since 1994!!!! 
To all your friend and yourself:
i'm starting a project abour crowdfoundin with my work, please, share and read!

Hola! Estoy buscando el apoyo de todos mis amigos, conocidos y colegas para este nuevo proyecto que acabo de comenzar, ¡ojalá me apoyen y compartan, entren, lean, es algo que se está proyectando para todos los que sueñan escribir!

Muchas gracias :)

fondeadora.mx/projects/just-on…

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mirage2000 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2015
I like your work, great!
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Jonny-Utah Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Whoa. Having a slight fanboy meltdown here. I was reading Empowered Unchained just now (I bought it weeks ago and have been saving it as a treat for myself) and I happened to glance at the bio page between stories and... holyshityou'vegotaDeviantArtaccountomgwtfbbq. Sorry. I'm just going to go back to freaking out, 'kay? Looking forward to Emp Vol 9. Bye now. *slinks away, face set in ingratiating rictus*
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infornography Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
its been really fun to watch you and your art progress over the years! Are you by any chance going to be at NYCC?
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rainbowstitches Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
You have been one of my all time favorite inspirations for drawing the style I do. I still remember your take on Roxy lol!! I loved those :squee: comics, and cherish them to this day. I was amazed to find you on twitter which lead me here to u! Ninja Battle! 
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freely-casualunknown Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Professional Photographer
You're work is absolutely amazing! My friend showe me your work and I love the humor! I also love the bound and gagged often aspect of it. :3!!! So excited for the next book!
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frankiepig2003 Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015
I'm throwing a new art contest for my superheroines Fury and Justice Girl!  I'd love you to be a part of it.   frankiepig2003.deviantart.com/…
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Skytower Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015
Managed to catch up to Empowered 8, really good work.  I wished Emp had been tied up a bit more, but that's just me :)
  I do feel that you've got more storylines than anyone seems to think you do, I have no idea why anyone would think this series has an end point.  Just the interplay between Emp and Spooky is worth another book at least.  It was good to see Spooky finally grow past her damaged childhood, but I have to wonder about her parents and if they just stuffed her into that school or was there something more to it? 

  I also think you've got something interesting in Divangellic and the others now that you have an origin that's left a lot of questions open.  How did CynderBlock's parents react?  I can guess from what was mentioned about KTL in the previous story that his parents were ok, but how do you adjust to you're son having stones for head and hands?  With Divangellic I was reminded of the Star Trek episode where the transporter split Kirk up into two personalities.  I do feel sorry for the dead heroes.

Fun read, thanks.
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