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EMPOWERED 7's back-cover 'Ninja Emp', colored by AdamWarren EMPOWERED 7's back-cover 'Ninja Emp', colored by AdamWarren
Behold, the :iconguru-efx:-colored version of the back-cover illustration from Empowered vol. 7, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. The book's slated to hit the shelves of your Local Comics Store on May 30th, and arrive in conventional bookstores some time after that. More info here: [link]

Here's the color guide I gave to Joe as reference:



...and here's my B&W line art for the piece, depicting our heroine Emp wearing Ninjette's slighty-too-small costume:



Interestingly, I belatedly realized that this may be one of the more provocative back-cover illustrations I've done in quite some time, at least since Empowered vol. 2 (which, coincidentally enough, depicted Ninjette wearing Emp's costume):



or Empowered vol. 3:



Believe it or not, I generally try to keep Empowered's cover illosóboth front and backórelatively tame, both to avoid alienating new readers and to assuage the tender sensitivities of existing readers gripped by trepidation and fear over reading the book in public.* Oh, I assure you, things could be so much more appalling; if you think my covers constitute outrageous "fan service", you surely haven't seen very much manga.**

Here's Empowered vol. 7's solicitation copy:

While costumed crimefighter Empowered makes a startling discovery regarding her unfortunate status as an all-too-frequent "damsel in distress," her hard-drinking best friend Ninjette confronts her own sordid past, violent present and frighteningly uncertain future as she fights a desperate, single-handed battle against a entire clan of supernaturally durable ninja warriors. Can our two hard-luck heroines also withstand the further perils posed by supervillainous minivans, dueling sets of "daddy issues," doomed-but-still-hot boyfriends, undead karaoke party-crashers, and even "spoiler alerts from hell itself" voiced by diabolically omniscient demonspawn?

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first six volumes (and a pair of one-shots in comics format) can be found on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, or online at Dark Horse's retail website [link] or on Amazon.com [link] . All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: [link]


*I've never quite understood the oddly exhibitionistic impulse of insisting on reading your comics or manga in public. Easy for me to say, I suppose, since I live out in the sticks and am rarely "in public" as such; still, I'm usually reading something when I'm traveling or dining out, and I don't make a big production of displaying whatever my reading material might happen to be. "Ladies, notice how I'm reading Fifty Shades of Freed over here...?" (THE PRECEDING SENTENCE WAS STRICTLY A WHIMSICAL JOKE, I HASTEN TO ADD.)

Anyhoo, I am somewhat amused by complaints about my cover imagery. Yeah, dude, I'm sure that everyone in the coffee shop would be gazing at you with the utmost awe and respect IF ONLY THE CARTOON CHARACTER ON THE BACK OF THE COMIC YOU'RE READING WERE MORE MODESTLY CLOTHED. Actually, I like to imagine that the fellasóand I do mean fellasócomplaining about Empowered covers are obliviously traipsing around carrying manga with far more appalling cover imagery, such as Dance in the Vampire Bund or the like...

**Someday, I'm gonna do an Ocelotina story that will quite forcefully demonstrate to some of my more ostentatiously sensitive and caring male readers what it would look like if I REALLY did so-called "fan service".***

***The term "fan service" is, in fact, a bit of a misnomer, but I've no time to get into that today.
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2012
very nice :)
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Dark-Kuno Featured By Owner May 14, 2012
I actually thought that was the other Ninja chick at first because it looks like she has lip rings in the middle of each of her lips.

Then I noticed no scar so figured it was Emp.

Eagerly awaiting 5/30 now :D
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:iconroguelioness:
roguelioness Featured By Owner May 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
i know what im spending my birthday money on!! I CANT WAIIIT!
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:iconeherozombyra:
EHeroZombyra Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Student
I dig it
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:iconmsmissy87:
MsMissy87 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
i"ve loved your work since i was 14 and saw it in ps2 magazine <3
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:icongir633:
gir633 Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
That's why I always use knitted manga cover cosies. :trollface:
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:iconevil-urd:
Evil-Urd Featured By Owner May 10, 2012
"Ladies, notice how I'm reading Fifty Shades of Freed over here...?" (THE PRECEDING SENTENCE WAS STRICTLY A WHIMSICAL JOKE, I HASTEN TO ADD"
:rofl:
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:iconohthehumanityplz:
Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner May 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:

I know, he's awesome as the stuff he writes.
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:iconevil-urd:
Evil-Urd Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
exactly :D
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:iconronin013:
RONIN013 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Great work, as always! I look forward to the release of Volume 7 at the end of the month! Thanks for sharing your work with us!
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:iconballoonprincess:
BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart:Awesome!:heart::heart:
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:iconsmilly7:
Smilly7 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
cool pic
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:icondaveoozwizard:
DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
I can't wait for volume 7....love Emp...and he who dwells in still menace upon the coffee table.
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:iconmajin88:
majin88 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
AHHH, thick white girls; all the sexiness without the attitude and the finger snap!
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SuichiTanaka Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Good lord, PLEASE do that Ocelotina story. I don't care if there's more fan-service in it or not. I just want more Ocelotina goodness. She needs way more page time. I mean, she's not only a perfect way to deflect some of Emp's negative damsel-y content into a more positive direction, but she's one of Emp's earliest introduced characters. Despite not yet having taken the supranym, she's tied (pun entirely intended) into Thugboy's first appearance in vol 1.

I would buy a floppy of her in a second. Hell, I would find a way to go back in time to buy it faster than that.
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:icontorpedo585:
Torpedo585 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh damn! I soooo can't wait to get this book! :D:D
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:icondeverefro:
Deverefro Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional
Can't wait for vol7 :D
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:iconbarefeets:
barefeets Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it weird to say that the idea of reading in public in general is a little strange to me? I guess novels are a bit different than comics in terms of how people will look at you, but just the act itself is odd to me. When I'm out, I'm out to DO STUFF, no time to read. LOL

Anywho, another wonderful image by you and Guru. I can't wait for #7 to come out!
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tommerch Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
C'mon! I'm an ostentatiously sensitive and caring male reader, so I double-dog-dare you to do that Ocelotina fan service story! I've got my fainting couch plumped up and everything!

Thos. Merchant
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philiproth Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Oh my god, please hurry with the Ocelotina story!
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MangaFreakJesus101 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
:icondroolplz:
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:iconferah11:
ferah11 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Pretty good but she look too tanned!! I like the representation of her white untanned skin.
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:iconicarusmerman:
IcarusMerman Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Her face is a bit unrecognizable - the size and shape of the eyes, even the positions of her mouth and nostrils are all kind of off. I realize this makes me one of the WAY-too-involved fans that make you roll your eyes, but I couldn't help noticing.
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:iconmaciapaladin:
MaciaPaladin Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
While more direct midriff revealing, oddly somehow less overall revealing. Interesting. XD
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turbov21 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
As a fellow sticks-liver, when #5 came out, I was in a "big city" visiting my LCS and going to see the second Transformers movie. So excited was I about finally getting a new Emp that I took it in the theater to read before the lights went down. As much as I love Emp, and while I'm really an exhibitionist when it comes to comics, I will say that there is something slightly off-putting about reading "When Titans Fornicate" whilst surrounded by kids and parents. Then again, that may just be a byproduct of my prudish upbringing.
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turbov21 Featured By Owner May 9, 2012
Guh. That should be "not an exhibitionist."
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