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EMPOWERED DELUXE VOL.1 cover colors by AdamWarren EMPOWERED DELUXE VOL.1 cover colors by AdamWarren
Feb. 29, 2012 sees the release Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, collecting the first three volumes of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series in a big, bold, 712-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper and including 40-odd pages of bonus material. Mo' info here: [link]

Anyhoo, here's the full-color version of the book's character-heavy cover, as painstakingly rendered by ace color artist :iconguru-efx: . You can see the B&W inks for the illo here: [link]

As mentioned above, in addition to 650+ pages of earlier material (printed on much nicer paper, this time), the book features a bonus section comprising 40-odd pages of extra material, as flogged by "Metatextual Emp" here: [link] That includes early developmental versions of what would later become Empowered, unused story pages, con sketches, story notes, logo variations, assorted work stages (roughs, pencils, color guides) for the series' front and back cover illustrations, and so on.

Here's a wee 6-page preview of said bonus section: [link]

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] Note, however, that the upcoming Empowered Deluxe Edition will remain a "print-only" proposition.
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:iconnico2dots1d:
NICO2dots1D Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sweet! I like the sparkle effect on her suit.
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fifthdimensional Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012
After comparing this colored version, the inked version, and the pencil one, I think I like this version of Emp's mouth best. Although I dunno, the determined smile in the pencil version was really nice, too. I prefer the ones where she's smiling, like maybe the world isn't out to crush her soul.
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VLADSPARTA Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2012   Digital Artist
hey!! i love empowered, i read this long time ago, jejeje, and now i found this in deviantart, im so happy!!!
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Xenaphon1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I don't know who she is, but I like the lass with the large metallic pillar on her head.

Must be awkward on the bus.
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Looks cool, but JUST WHAT IS the name of the chica with the towering Galactus-style helmet?
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jamthedane Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2012
And its preordered....just a shame you got NO clue about shipping cost from their site, that might be a nasty shock when it ships :(
Oh well, it cant be worse than the Stuart NG shipping cost, i dropped getting the sketchbook due to cost of that one :)
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:iconxenaphon1:
Xenaphon1 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012
I ordered the sketchbook, queried the enormous postage cost
and was told they'd partially refund some of it. They did too.
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theurbanwerewolf Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2012
W00T! :w00t:
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Unidad26 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Looks awosom im just wondering if i can get this since im from mexio, so far i only see regulars volums 1-3 that i still havent get becuse they are out, but will love to have all the collection.
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GoldScarb Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Writer
I pre-ordered a while ago. I've been waiting and I'm getting ready to burst with excitement
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Nale99 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
2 copies already per-ordered. Cannot wait to get them, one for me and one for my buddies birthday.
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Thanks much for the support, above and beyond the call of Emp duty!
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YanickPaquette Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm so Getting that (even tough we have them all already at the studio). I've been plugging Empowered as the best thing ever in every interview I'm getting. You are really making miracle of merging tone in there. I am, as always, your devote.
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks so much, Yanick! Glad to hear that your kickass SWAMP THING work is doing so well, by the way!
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JTrocks9 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Have you ever thought about making full-color versions of Empowered?
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
If you mean coloring the old material, well, that wouldn't work too well; my grayscale tones would wreck any attempts to color the pages.

However, I should note that all the upcoming Empowered one-shots will be in color, or at least the Guest Artists' work will be. (I might leave the pages I'll be drawing in the one-shots as B&W, as with the Maidman special.)

I might also consider doing a full-colorEmpowered one-shot drawn entirely by me sometime, just for the heck of it.
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Snukastyle Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I was really looking forward to seeing Willy Pete in color...I'm guessing that'll be on volume 2 as well ;)

Actually, I've been constantly looking at this very cover for the last two days at work. The book arrived at the warehouse weeks ahead of time, so the books are there, all pretty and taunting! XD
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
The less pouty lips work well with Emp as well. That was quite an Angelina Jolie phase you went through. Nice work in trying to squeeze everybody into the shot.
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j1ms1xeven Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Whoa! Rough crowd! But as usual, our heroine is oblivious.
I have a couple issues of Empowered in my collection and with a birthday coming up, my radioactive fanboy senses are tingling that I may have more of your stuff soon. What a fun book! Terrific visuals and humor that is actually funny -- what an idea!
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KoreanVWood Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is such a great series lol. I love the humor and style so much X3
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bennyfuentes Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I already own everything Empowered related, and this HAS to be on my collection as well :D
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stophim Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012   Artist
I think what makes it for me is the stare-off between Syndablokk and King Tyrant Lizard in the back. I dunno, that just tickles me.
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Axel-Von-Wallenrod Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
shiny! XD hahahaha love EMP
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Dreyfu Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just pre-ordered this sucker a few days ago (I mean the whole book, clearly, not just the cover) and I can hardly wait. Keeping pumping out quality work and I'll keep on consuming it greedily, sir.
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FableImpact Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I saw this hefty tome in Forbidden Planet in London yesterday - once I actually get some money in the account I fully intend to pick one up! Been a fan since I picked up the Maid Man one shot a while ago which had my girlfriend in stitches on the tube. Looking forward to the longest ever action scene in a comic!
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tisinrei Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Digital Artist
hehehehe hell eyes my friend, amazing cover indeed.

I love the posture of Empowered as well her amazing amazing facial expression and outfit.

good job and good luck sir:#1:. hope one day I can buy it.
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finex666 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
awesome work ^_
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Folk-dude-Philip Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
It is just me or did Emp's mouth changed from the ink version?XD
Anyway, nice as always.
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeahp; I thought her generic pouty-lipped shot from the earlier version was boring, so I revised her expression for the final version. (In fact, this was how her mouth was originally supposed to look from the beginning, but I botched the drawing in the interim stages.)
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Baggs-Ralphshi Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
No Were-Giraffe By Night? Son I Am Disappoint...
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turbov21 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Alas, poor Manny didn't make the cover...unless he evolved into the cloudy, pink being in the background.
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Worry not, he's on the cover of Empowered Deluxe Vol. 2, which collects vols. 4-6.
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:iconturbov21:
turbov21 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
*slaps forehead* That would make sense, wouldn't it.

Yay, Manny!
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sidneymt Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
OHHHH were can I pre order that??
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Won't be available for pre-ordering for a while yet, but should be officially announced fairly soon.
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:iconxenaphon1:
Xenaphon1 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Yes, when will volume 2 be available? Thanks.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful cover!
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MichaelCrichlow Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012
Awesome! Lookin' forward to getting this one. :)
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