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EMPOWERED's Sistah Spooky, high contrast by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's Sistah Spooky, high contrast by AdamWarren
Behold, a Sharpie—and Micro Pigma, for small detail—sketch of superheroine Sistah Spooky from Empowered, my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" published by Dark Horse Comics. I do high-contrast* illos like this mainly as a break from the pencil-based grayscale images I normally crank out, as I find 'em inherently more interesting to draw; however, I conveniently forget that bold, chiaroscuro-laden images like this take two or three times longer to finish than more mundane drawings. Whoops!

Spooky trivia: Her "hotpants, garter belt and opera gloves" costume is actually ported over from an unused Dirty Pair alternate costume, of which I'm mildly surprised that I've only ever posted a single image: [link] More oddly still, both she and the Empowered character Ninjette are very, very, very loosely derived from "Sista Ninja", a character I created for a 90s-era anthology book, Chix. Spooky got the "Sista" part of the character's name (but with an added "h"), and Ninjette—wait for it—got the "Ninja" part.

Anyhoo: The most recent Empowered product to see print is the big, bold, brawny Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, which collects the first three volumes of the series in a712-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper and including 40-odd pages of bonus material. This titanic tome's currently straining the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore (though not my local bookstore, of course); alternatively, you can order it from Dark Horses's online retail site here, at a 10% savings: [link] You can also order it from Amazon: [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 [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 Empowered Deluxe Edition will remain a "print-only" proposition.

*Or "harsh B&W", as I used to call 'em.
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Emere-i Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2014
Wonderful job here!
freeza-frost Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
sweet! she looks awesome!
demotic-doodles Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2013
nice work :)
adony Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Your usual great work. Nice contrast in the inks.
Djeroon Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cool pic!!
theurbanwerewolf Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2012
epic!!! :D
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2012
Cor blimey, I just invested in all the paperbacks.
Oh well...

At any rate, always a pleasure to see your doodlings etc.
SirFerrick Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Cool Effect.
Sigojwana Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012
There's no such thing as enough Sistah Spooky but with the next volume being dedicated almost entirely to glorious ninja on ninja action I expect it'll be a while before her story progresses any further
LordFoot-in-Mouth Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2012
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