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EMPOWERED's Emp and Ninjette, in civilian clothes by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's Emp and Ninjette, in civilian clothes by AdamWarren
Behold, a pencil drawing of Emp and Ninjette, the lead characters from my "sexy superhero comedy" Empowered published by Dark Horse Comics. Per a Twitter [link] suggestion, I decided to draw the ladies in civilian clothes, for once. Hello, photoreference!*

No, wait, excuse me... That should be "Empowered, the New York Times best-selling graphic-novel series", as favorably mentioned in this brief article: [link] (I'm mildly annoyed that one of the only two comments on the article has to chime in on the book's NSFW-ness, but whateva...)

Here's the rough for the piece:



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 zone: [link]

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]

*So, extremely low-rise shorts like the ones Ninjette's wearing in this illo are still A Thing, are they? (Though no longer worn with midriff-baring "belly shirts," tragically enough.) Good to know!
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:iconsundryaddams:
SundryAddams Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Think this is my favorite drawing of yours.
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:iconthejokerha:
TheJokerha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
oops I hit send before I finished. The friendship between these two is one of the best parts of the series for me.
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hey, thanks, mang; I feel the same way about their friendship, coincidentally enough! 
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:iconthejokerha:
TheJokerha Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2013
You are extremely welcome! Thank you for all the great stories and characters.
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:iconthejokerha:
TheJokerha Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2013
I really like this one.
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:iconfreeza-frost:
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
cute! they look awesome!
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:iconaseariel:
aseariel Featured By Owner May 22, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
:XD: This is adorable. I'm especially fond of the posing
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somercet Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012
Ninjette is adorable.
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Nabiki-S Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2012
I so love the detail work you do with your clothing! I'm really really sorry I missed you in Toronto, though. You've been my favorite manga illustrator for years! Back since the first release of Dark Horse's Dirty Pair. Yeah, your style has seriously evolved since then, but your passion for detail is still there.

Stay Awesome!
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:iconocelotxiii:
OcelotXIII Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Just started reading Volume 1. I love this series. Im smiling at every page ^.^
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:iconpunchyninja:
punchyninja Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
man, I looove how you draw jeans with a pencil. I have no idea how in hell that would be inked, but it looks so good in the raw.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
:heart::heart:Magnificent work!:heart::heart:

Just too cute for words. :)
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:iconveaspain:
veaspain Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2012
Awwwwwwwwwww... girls look so cute... It's nice to see them relaxing and enjoying life...
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GStevensArt Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2012
Ninjette needs her own book.
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:iconjakeputt:
Jakeputt Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2012
Adam, your the man! I've been checking your stuff out since way back in the Magical Drama Queen Roxy Days, keep up the good work!
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:iconruthlessranger:
ruthlessranger Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I really dig their casual look on this picture. Congrats on the making the NY Times Best-sellers list!
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:iconthespecie:
TheSpecie Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
i like your style ;)
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:iconarttomakeyousmile:
arttomakeyousmile Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
your style is so cute and cool like a spicy salad. just a question do u use a tablet or is this all by hand?
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:iconadamwarren:
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Everything's done by hand, save for the occasional post-scanning tweak in Photoshop.
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:iconmezo9:
mezo9 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
Amazing! As usual.. <3
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:iconstrumwulf:
Strumwulf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Great pic of the girls just hanging out.
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:iconbunnychan:
bunnychan Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Really like this one; it has a nice atmosphere to it.
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:icondualmask:
Dualmask Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I would pay cash to watch you draw something like this. The denim texturing...to think you did that with a pencil. Wow.
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:iconkoateezu:
koateezu Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
I am thoroughly enjoying this series and your individual pieces are the icing on the cake!
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:iconstupidartpunk:
Stupidartpunk Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Filmographer
God damnit you render jeans (and leathers) sooo well! Anyway I'm really glad to hear EMP is selling so well it's awesome! I felt like some of your work and this book have been a little under appreciated for the amazing brilliance that it is! So congrats! :D
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:iconmister-statham:
Mister-Statham Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Student Artist
It's a damn shame you can't get stuff like a Capitan Rivet hoodie IRL. I know I'd buy one.
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:iconthe-french-belphegor:
The-French-Belphegor Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
The clothes are beautifully rendered (the texture of the sweaters! The studs on the jeans! Wow!), and the two of them are just adorable :)
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SuncatStudio Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Really appreciate the beautiful rendering of their clothes.
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:iconinfiernoworks:
InfiernoWorks Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2012
More Spooky plz!!! ^^: <---spooky fanboy!
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:icondaveoozwizard:
DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
lol....been loving these character for such a long time...alway great to see them.
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:iconchainsaw-munkey:
Chainsaw-Munkey Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I just love your work
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:iconmoxiee:
moxiee Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
I love how you draw jeans....... and jean shorts.
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:iconmpz28:
mpz28 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
very nice :)
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:iconslimekingktw:
SlimeKingKtW Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Emp and Jette are hot in ANYthiNG and EVERYTHING.
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:iconlpjgpr:
LPJGPR Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Just when you thought neither could look any cuter than they already looked :D Fantastic drawing!
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:iconericmor:
EricMor Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Filmographer
"...but it also includes, within the span of four pages, a “collective of gender-neutral damsels in distress” and a character named Syndablokk, a superhero with a head and hands drawn to look like cinder blocks who uses his powers of masonry for the forces of good."
Ah, now you know what NYT reporters like - or ARE like.
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I don't even TRY to keep up with women's fashion, so don't feel like you're the only one who's clueless about it. It's a cute piece of work here, and think of the merchandising opportunities.
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:iconlightning-powered:
Lightning-Powered Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional General Artist
FRESHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH
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:iconfeist:
Feist Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
The girls always look sexy in costume. In their civilian clothes they edge back towards being just plain cute. Reminds me of the Demonwolf's dilemma of "do-me-sexy" versus "cute-sexy".
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sadmanofshadows Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Emp's butt looks awesome in civilian pants!
I like their poses and clothe choices :3
great work!
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darandle Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
I like this a lot. I am not one to complain much about revealing clothing, but it is nice to see them dressed like normal people. It makes them seem more realistic.
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Sage-Freehaven Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Damn, Emp's butt looks good even in civvies. :heart:

You did a hell of a job on the denim textures. I can't even imagine how much that challenged you.
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Dr-Syn Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Very nice. We need more like this.
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:iconcristiano-melo:
cristiano-melo Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Speak brother, quiet?

You are super artist and this is indisputable!

Could you give a help a friend who is looking for work too?

Is there a website or email where I can send my work?

And what do you recommend for someone trying to get work in comics, I must send my stories?

Or do stories of characters that already exist, such as the League or Avengers? I was thinking of sending something already done and diagrammed (25 pages ready), do you think is good?

If you can answer me I would greatly appreciate it because I know you must be super busy!
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:iconarisutan:
arisutan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Student General Artist
i love how much of a fangirl emp is for captain rivet >W<
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:iconjaynesmith:
JayneSmith Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mastercraft fabric texture Adam!
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:iconmatiassoto:
MatiasSoto Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Lovely, I think I might do my version of this illustration :)
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turbov21 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
Lovely!
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UberMan5000 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well they look discreet.
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