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EMPOWERED: MAIDMAN one-shot by AdamWarren EMPOWERED: MAIDMAN one-shot by AdamWarren
Behold, the cover art for Empowered: Ten Questions for the Maidman [link] , the newest installment in my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy"* series published by Dark Horse Comics. Only the line art [link] for superheroine Emp (at left) is by me, while everything else here is rendered by the issue's Special Guest Artist, the awesomely talented :iconfrozenlilacs:.

Slated to hit the shelves of your Local Comics Store on June 8th,Ten Questions for the Maidman is a one-shot in "floppy" conventional-comics form. I wrote the whole thing and pencil 14 B&W story pages framing (and occasionally interrupting) Emily Warren's main story, which she will be depicting in luxurious FULL COLOR (I'd insert a rainbow graphic here, if only I knew how)! Here's the solicitation copy:

Badass, broom-swinging vigilante Maidman, the “cross-dressing crusader,” is interviewed by the super-phony “celebricape” TV host of an ill-fated talk show. Alas, the confab soon degenerates from happy chatter to cape-on-cape violence! Meanwhile, costumed crimefighter Empowered exploits Maidman's fearsome reputation not only to victimize hapless supervillains, but also to get the upper hand on her recalcitrant boyfriend!**

Note also that, as a bonus, this issue will feature an Exclusive First Look/ Preview Dealie from the upcoming Empowered vol. 7, due out (sadly) in 2012. Too bad I didn't think of mentioning this in the solicitation copy... Oh, well. Won't be a huge preview, as the one-shot's barrage of 29 story pages leaves us only a few free pages to play around with, but what the heck.

Anyhoo, this one-shot is a Big Fricking Deal, as its success or failure will definitely affect the future of the franchise. If Ten Questions for the Maidman does well enough, my brilliant plan is to keep putting out Empowered one-shots with Special Guest Artists (but always featuring pages drawn by me, never fear) to fill the ever-lengthening gaps between the release of full Emp volumes. In part that's because I think it's important to keep the brand out in the public eye on a regular basis, but also because I have a bazillion*** ideas for Empverse stories that I will never, ever get a chance to address in the regular books, regardless of how fast I draw 'em.

Beyond that, "waiting for the trade" won't be much of an option here, as the Guest Artist one-shots will almost certainly not be collected in the regular Emp volumes. They won't be available in TPB form until I have enough of them for a collection all their own, which won't be happening anytime soon, considering I haven't even got the next one-shot approved yet...

So, yeah, if you're an Empowered fan, i stuh-rongly urge you to order the one-shot from your Local Comics Store. (You can even preorder it online from Dark Horse's online retail store here: [link] ) Tell your friends! Tell your enemies! Tweet it up, kiddies! (Speaking of which, I now have a Twitter page documenting the Empowered vol. 7 production experience [link] , also visible as a slightly wonky widget on my DA front page.)

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery... Empowered's first six volumes (and a previous one-shot in "floppy" 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] .

*Except when it isn't.

**Left this out: "And yes, DiD fans, the issue does indeed feature Emp DiD imagery drawn by me, as that's my cross to bear, not Emily's."

***If you'll pardon the use of technical jargon like "bazillion".
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:iconstonetroll119:
stonetroll119 Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2014
love this the character so a take on batman
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:iconprincessofthnileoffa:
princessofthnileoffa Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
There is nothing on Earth that can stop me from buying this.
Nothing at all.
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:iconbookwench:
bookwench Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2012
Maidman! I just saw the pannel where he does a panty shot on Cracked. It is *awesome*. I wish to see more. Not necessarily more of Maidman's unclothed body, although, you know, that would be awesome; but definitely more of Maidman blatantly flashing his underskirts with an utter lack of shame. That was the *best* scene. I can't get this stupid grin off my face. Why, WHY is this a one-shot?
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:iconabezilla116:
ABEzilla116 Featured By Owner May 17, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I NEED TO SEE THIS.
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:iconblackeyeshooter:
BlackEyeShooter Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2012
This is just awesome
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:iconkikaisaigono:
KikaiSaigono Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2012  Student General Artist
This issue had (and still has) me rolling on the floor laughing. I love Emily's work and the writing is just fantastic. Keep up the great work!
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:iconmartmeisterpaladin:
MartmeisterPaladin Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2011  Hobbyist
Is it just me or does Emp look a bit like Stargirl? ( [link] )
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:iconixgil:
IxGil Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Le Maidman est simplement génial :D je pense que c'est mon héros préféré ^^

The Maidman is howsome ! I think his my favorite hero !
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:iconliamsharp:
LiamSharp Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2011  Professional Artist
Bloody lovely. :)
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:iconxxxmemoryxxx:
XXXMemoryXXX Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2011
MAID MAN STRIKES YET AGAAAAIINNN :icondundundunplz:
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:icontharzzzdunn:
TharzZzDunN Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2011
Loved this issue!
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:iconphantomskyler:
PhantomSkyler Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2011  Student Digital Artist
Glad to see Maidman is getting some more exposure, wish he'd team up with Emp more often seeing as he's one of the few (including Syndablock) who don't belittle her AND stand up for her (I'm looking right at you Captain Rivet).
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esseeexdotcom Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
I love all things Empowered so love this
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:iconvalsiak:
valsiak Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011
wait......that maid....thats a dude?
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:iconarrantgraphix:
Arrantgraphix Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
If i wore panties i would throw them at u- but i dont... because im a man
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:iconwoerlan:
Woerlan Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2011
I recent bought this issue and it was everything I'd hoped it would be. It was very entertaining and the art was superb. You and Emily should do more collaborations in the future. More Emp! More Maidman!
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:iconphelrina:
PhelRina Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Student General Artist
charismatic household~~~~
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:iconanimerachel:
animerachel Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
I love this cover, i just got this issue and i couldn't stop laughing (while reading it on the bus home..) cAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT ISSUE!!!! maid man rules!!!!!
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:icondvandom:
dvandom Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2011
My review can be found here (among other stuff I got this week): [link]
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:iconkatsuyakaiba:
KatsuyaKaiba Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2011
FUCK YEA MAID MAN!
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Balfore07 Featured By Owner May 26, 2011
I Loved Wench of a Million Sighs and Really happy to hear your still putting out Empowered, and Totes gonna snag the Maidman Short, he's a favorite character of mine! mainly for the 'I'm the m*therf*cking Maidman!'
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:iconmeganechu:
Meganechu Featured By Owner May 23, 2011
This is awesome!
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:icondesgar:
Desgar Featured By Owner May 18, 2011  Student Digital Artist
To paraphrase this guy :icondrrobotnikplz:: the Maidman must be :iconsingplz:feeling prettyyy!:iconsingplz: (skip to 1:19)

Yes, I WILL be preordering this!
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:iconnoahwhite:
NoahWhite Featured By Owner May 10, 2011   Digital Artist
my friend just gave me the Empowered comics a while ago and I started readin and it's sooooo freakishly addictive!
I laughed so many tears! and I swear to you, I even got abs through that! X''D
and today, while my usual coffee break pages of empowered I saw the Maidman for the first time and man- it was OVER! I couldn't even breath for a few minutes 'cause it was just too awesome! X''''D
I don#t know how the hell you create so wonderful freaky and hilarious chars that are still so charming and lovely, but I adore you for that!
maid man, damn- so awesome! you are my hero X''D
I definitely need that spin off with him!
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:iconelinewton:
Elinewton Featured By Owner May 7, 2011
Dude, your character Emp is absolutely beautiful!!
I love all the parts of her!!
:iconhurrhurrplz:
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BlackroseSariaSan Featured By Owner May 6, 2011
Okay, Warren...my friend...my comrade...my amigo...my buddy...you've finally included a feather duster and Empowered in the same comic...so just one piece of advice to make this issue the best there ever was. TICKLE TORTURE!
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:icondark-kuno:
Dark-Kuno Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
Just an FYI,

Empowered is one of 2 comic series that I actually still purchase whenever something is released.
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Very cool; glad to hear that!
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:icondark-kuno:
Dark-Kuno Featured By Owner May 4, 2011
And Emp is my hands-down favorite comic hero in a quarter century of reading comics.

Specifically because of how "real" she is.
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:iconjizzequr:
JizzeqUR Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
you have such a unique style, i love it.
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:iconkhakihat:
KhakiHat Featured By Owner May 3, 2011
EVERYTHING IS SEXY AND BEAUTIFUL.

Excuse me while I walk out the door before I puke glitter.
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner May 4, 2011  Professional General Artist
Passed your comment along to Emily on Twitter, as I thought she'd like that a great deal. Thanks!
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:iconadony:
adony Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2011  Hobbyist Filmographer
Honestly, I'm gonna feel HELLA-wierd buying a comic with a muscle-bound cross-dresser on the cover, but, you know what? For an Empowered spin-off, I'll endure it!
Keepin' my fingers crossed for a Sista Spooky one-shot...
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:iconinfiernoworks:
InfiernoWorks Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011
Keeping Fingers Crossed here to!
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:iconmymilkiaen:
mymilkiaen Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011   General Artist
Yessss~
I was kinda hoping there would be a maid-man-centric/-titled short one day,and now there is!Yayyyyyy~
Also had my fingers crossed to see a guest-artist do work on a story,so huzzah for the third time!
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darkivy29 Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
not available on amazon yet will pre order when it is
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:iconmentacle:
Mentacle Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2011
Omigod! We must pump out some Maidman yaoi, I have been craving that for ages!!!
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:iconmahmudasrar:
MahmudAsrar Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Artist
Sweet! Will look forward to this.
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JoaoRodrigoBaptista Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
Nice! Where can one sign up for the next one-shot? LOL! I'd love to draw Major Havoc or Sistah Spooky!

Hell! I'll do them anyway, and show you later on! ;)
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sagat13 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Never thought I'd see the day I'd order a book about a badass cross dressing vigilante who fights crime in a french maid outfit. Such is the power of Mr. Warren's imagination.
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malcolmxx Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011
Answer this for the large under appreciated/ ignored segment of your fanbase. Does this 1 shot have a decent amount of DiD action? No, I am not talking about a page or two but some actual decent scenes. If so we will buy, if not, then the answer is no.

Let us know so we can make an informed decision. If you think the comic can live on the merits of your writing along then thats great, but less us know so we can spend our money elsewhere. If you will actually provide content your target market wants let us know so we can buy your one shots.
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Weirdoid Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
I honestly hope he has Maidman do some of the hot cheesecake poses emp usually does. Empowered is a fun and amusing comic and I love unpassing/male looking crossdressers.
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RandyGreen Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
WhooHoo! Terrific!
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:iconq99:
Q99 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011
Well then, I'll just have to get this, won't I!
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:iconchibicelina:
ChibiCelina Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
SOLD!
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joeartguy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
While not drawn to the crossdressing specifically, I think Maidman is one of your greatest, and his role as Dangerous Badass That Even Other Capes Feel Uncomfortable Around is fantastic. His action scenes are spectacular! (And slightly disturbing.)

Will we be seeing any of an MM Rogues' Gallery in this issue? And will we see any more of Were-Giraffe By Night in the next volume? I just have to ask. :D
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yeahp (1): You will indeed see a member of his rogue's gallery in this issue.

Yeahp (2): Pretty sure that "WGBN" will be making at least another cameo appearance in vol. 7.
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kenshiro28 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011
I already have all empowered stuff in my pull-box so that's a straight up buy from me! I think? I should make sure...
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Kandoken Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2011  Professional General Artist
Adam, this is BOSSIN man! love it
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