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EMPOWERED DELUXE's front + back covers by AdamWarren EMPOWERED DELUXE's front + back covers by AdamWarren
Here's the full "cover treatment" (back cover, spine, front cover) for Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, which collects the first three volumes of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series Empowered in a big, bold, brawny, 712-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper and including 40-odd pages of bonus material.

The book will hit the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer Feb. 29th, and be available in conventional bookstores some time after that. Alternatively, you can order it right now (it's in stock! Really!) from Dark Horses's online retail site here, at a 10% savings: [link] You can also preorder it from Amazon here: [link]

Note that I can't emphasize the "pretty, pretty paper" part enough; Empowered's pages have never, ever looked this good before, as printed on higher-quality paper stock. Based on "grayscale" artwork that's reproduced from my pencils, each and every (re)printing of the individual volumes has tended to vary in contrast and brightness a little bit, thanks to the vagaries of the printing process. Gotta admit, as the artist, I'm probably the only one who can fully appreciate the better repro characteristics of Empowered Deluxe... but believe me, the quality difference is there.

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 this Empowered Deluxe Edition will remain a "print-only" proposition.
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:iconwriter72:
Writer72 Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I just got this book and am on page 240 and I've got to say I LOVE this comic. It's funny AND adult-like! X3
Gotta say though, the demon guy in the belt or whatever really cracks me up.
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karenbloodcrest Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I bought it..and i love it XD
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Bolillo318 Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
best 60 bucks i have ever spent, cant wait for volume 2
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SacredSouls22 Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I already own all the volumes to date, and yet I'm STILL horribly tempted to get this deluxe edition too! *total geek here*
I love this series too much. :ashamed:
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MattDark Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
Got my copy from a forbidden planet that seemed to get some early stock, and it does look wonderful. I just hope we get to see similar treatment for rest of the series at some point, as it was definately worth the money.

Quite enjoy the new cover too, really reminds me of an poster for Street Fighter 2 back in the day
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Lewdster Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Looks great, think I'll order this soon! I've read the first five volumes but don't own any yet, this'll make a good start.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart:Awesome!:heart::heart:

One of the few comics I have been trying to keep up with!
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Just got my copy in the mail today, and it is GORGEOUS. And hefty! You really undersell how well this thing could work as a bludgeon - stick it in a purse and club a mugger! Keep it under your pillow and take out a burglar! :D

But what I really appreciate is the detailed backmatter you've written out going into the process of Emp's development. This is what I want to see in my Deluxe Editions, and this volume easily stands alongside the best.
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ARTdEVIL-91 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
I've just ordered mine today, glad to hear it is of such high quality :) I only own volumes 4,5, and 6, so this was really the perfect thing for me.
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AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Not just high quality content - it's stitched binding as well, so no fear of pages falling out, and it will lay flat on any surface. Trust me, when you see it you'll understand why I was initially worried about page loss. It's HUGE. But nope, super-high quality binding.
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jmk1999 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
you're not carrying it in a purse are you? :P lol...

anyway, i'm gonna pass on it... i know there's some extras, but... i'm cool with my single issues.
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:iconadamwithers:
AdamWithers Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012  Professional Artist
Your loss-- with the high quality of the collection, both in extra material (of which there is tons) and in the binding and paper itself, I feel happy with my purchase. And I don't carry it in a purse, but I might suggest that my wife do so. :D
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jmk1999 Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2012
yeah... i can't exactly afford the purchase of something i already own... for now anyway. :P

ah, thank goodness... lol... :XD:
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j1ms1xeven Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
When I first saw the thumbnail, I thought: "Empowered: The Board Game." (A lovely parting gift for thwarted villians.)

Actually, at 712 pages, it does qualify as exercise equipment. I was close. Hope you sell zillion$!
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MattMoylan Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I own the individual volumes of course but, this must be mine!
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Mister-Statham Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2012  Student Artist
This is going to sound really dumb, but should I have received this book from Amazon before this Wednesday? I swear Dark Horse had it marked up for today, the 29th. But I got it on Saturday?
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Tekkaman-James Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Ooh! I like the fact that both versions of cover Emp's face got used in the design. I never could decide which one I liked better...and now I don't have to! :D
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Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hoping my shop pre-ordered this like I asked (months ago) ;)
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GURU-eFX Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Wow, gotta love that packaging! I'm getting one of these sent to me right? ;)
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeahp; a pair of comp copies for you and Lee are headed out to the AP "7272" addy.
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Dude! I'm gonna need to work out just to pick up that thing!
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Sbaldur Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
:shakefist: :shakefist:
Already have all the volumes.

Hope the new materials will be available outside this book some time.
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i-support-umbrellas Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student
I've been thinking of reading Empowered for a while, this looks like a great way to start. I'll order it as soon as I have the money :D
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ljamal Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Question? Are there plans to release other volumes in HC as well?
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeahp; a hardcover collection of vols. 4-6 is next up.
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:iconmcd91:
mcd91 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Great, but I already own all trades. Why, oh why is the world so cruel? Now you show up with this nifty piece. I hate you!
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Testament77 Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
it's ... huge!
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VanHeist Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
DANG, hardcover and all! :dance:

Looks very slick. This'll have to go on my list of print books to get, quick-like. Also, GEE WHIZ, them's a lot of pages. I hope to one day look back on a battlefield strewn with as many artistic victories. Inspiration and envy as always :)
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joerevan Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Does this mean Volume 7 is coming soon?
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional General Artist
Honestly, there's no particular connection, but Empowered vol. 7 is indeed due out fairly soon, on May 3rd: [link]
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nozica Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
:) it's awesome but it will be translated into French?

was that until the results of episode 4, when is the after!

I am a fan :)

french : génial ça :) mais ça sera traduit en français ?

on a que jusqu'a l'episode 4 de traduit, à quand la suite !!!

je suis fan :)
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EricMor Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Professional Filmographer
Michael Deeley? Comics Bulletin?
Never heard of him, how could i miss that.
Brb, Google.
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grifffin3d Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Mine has been pre-ordered for months! Can't wait. Also, looking forward to the next volume. :)
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Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Gah! Curse you Adam for making me want to buy this! I already own the others but i want that story! Why can't there be a nice little book for the rest of us with the bonus stuff?! WHY I ASK! *fistshakes!*
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
**Giggles!**

:music::music:Buy more Empowered! It's good for the artist's economy and it's ok for you!:music::music:
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