As my trip to the San Diego Comic-Con looms nigh, thought I'd post an odd piece: Here's the rough sketch and
the finished version of an illo I'm dragging along to the con, featuring Emp, heroine of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series Empowered
. The oddity, here, is that I like the rough sketch okay, but really, really dislike how the finished version came out, for reasons I can't quite articulate. Is it her hair? Her face? The lines of her upper body broken up by the aforementioned hair? Dunno, but I don't like the results much.
Anyhoo, the image riffs on a very obscure pop-culture trope dating back to the 70s, dimly remembered from my childhood: The captured protagonist's feet imprisoned within a block of freakishly quick-drying cement, as opposed to the more mundane (and far more practical) "chain a cinderblock to his or her feet" trope. Even as a wee laddie I was puzzled by this idea, mainly because I mixed a helluva lotta cement as a kid,* and thus was well aware that no form of cement or concrete dries all that
quickly. I was considering a joke about this logistically and practically unsound practice in Empowered
, save for the fact that I'm not sure anyone much younger than me would ever have heard of this trope...
Okay, so that finished sketch kinda blows; here are a few better Emp illos (including, yes, one for the "damsel in distress" fans):
On the SDCC front, I'll be signing in the mornings (Thursday, Friday, Sunday) 9:30-11:30 at the UDON booth (#5307), then in the afternoon on Thursday and Saturday, 4:30-7:00. I also have a Big Important Signing at the Dark Horse booth (#2615) on Friday at 4:00. Plus, I'll be appearing two panels (including a deviantART one!), as detailed here: [link]
Beyond that, check my Twitter feed during the con for unscheduled signings and the like: [link]
So, the newest installment of Empowered
, vol. 7, is now on sale at your Local Comics Retailer Store and/or conventional bookstore, and is also available in digital form via the Dark Horse Digital Store [link]
and on Barnes & noble's Nook: [link]
More info here: [link]
If you've read the book and care to weigh in on the experience, feel free to leave a comment here, in a SPOILER ALERT
And now, further floggery: Empowered
vol. 7 can be found at your Local Comics Retailer (or bookstore, possibly), or online at Dark Horse's retail website [link]
or on Amazon.com [link]
Say, here's Empowered
vol. 7's cover, without the logo:
And here's the book's back-cover 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]*During epic years of home restoration.