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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"
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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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claytonrios Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Adam It's nice to see you. I love the Empowered series so much that I've actually written stories about my very own Superheroine. Her name is Samantha Cruz aka The Cruising Crusader!
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Pacoolocoo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2016  New Deviant Student Traditional Artist
Love the way you draw people I have some empowered comics keep up the good work
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bookdriver Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015
Faith Erin Hicks just named Empowered 4-8 as one of her favorite comics she read in 2015. This was on her Twitter. Only eight others on her list.
Best
Steven
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Danny-Art-project Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Merry christmas hope you are having a wonderful time in this year.
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jkrolak Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
:iconclearspaceplz::iconclearspaceplz:ChristmasGirl by KmyGraphic
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ekuan Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Very nice art, I love it!
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ronin-gh0st Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Reading Vol. 9 and so far it's awesome! Keep it up!

Also Emp fans! Vote on this poll:

kachima.deviantart.com/journal…

VOTE FOR EMP! xD 
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MysticSK Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
We've seen that Maidman is something of a split personality, that is civilian persona is subject to blackouts and seems unaware of what his caped persona does until later. This is understandably troublesome to his civilian side. Also, it leaves him with visible and often severe injury that would typically be hard to explain, especially with their frequency of appearance. These and other points beg the question: Who is Maidman during the day? I've given it some thought, and this is my conjecture:

Billionaire with a grudge? Hardly. Maidman is the secret identity of a Mafia soldier.

Let's start with the most obvious evidence, his name. "Maidman" is a homophone of "made man", the term designating full membership in organized crime. We know Adam's love of word play, and this would be too tempting a joke to pass up.

Next, injuries are part and parcel of the Mafia life. He might get asked, even a few jibes made, but his answer/excuse for any injury would be accepted at face value unless it interfered with his duties. His peers would drop the subject lest they earn his ire, or break some code of decorum.

We also see he is a sharp dresser, wearing suits. Very Goodfellas. Sign of someone a bit higher in the ranks, or someone wanting promotion. Unlikely a regualr businessman, as his injuries and long absences would get him attention, if not fired.

Then there's his effectiveness as a crime fighter. Maidman might shift personalities but still retain knowledge of the underworld and his physical prowess.
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Skytower Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Got Empowered 9 for an early Christmas present, lots of fun.  Great seeing Emp use her bondage prone-ness as a way to be a success.  One question, if the Superhomey's have an opening why not Ninjette?  She has all the skills and it'd be nice for Emp to have a friend on the team.
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