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EMPOWERED vol. 7 cover, inked by AdamWarren EMPOWERED vol. 7 cover, inked by AdamWarren
Behold, the finished inks for the cover illustration from Empowered vol. 7, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. The book's slated to hit the shelves of your Local Comics Store on May 3, and arrive in conventional bookstores some time after that. More info here: [link]

You can compare and contrast these inks with the rough-sketch version of the illo here: [link]

One problem that cropped up, thanks to me having to do the cover illo long before the book was anywhere near completion: I drew the wrong g-d Ayakami-clan ninja in the upper left corner. The genin with the long hair wound up being, arguably, one of the least important Ayakami in the actual book... Oh, well. At least the other genin pictured (codenamed "Mr. Eko as Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Inception, but with a kama" when I was working on the cover) has a much more crucial role in the story, I'm happy to report. Still, I'm quite pleased with the piece; this is probably my favorite Empowered cover so far.

Here's the solicitation copy for the book:

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]
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TheCrazyLost Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Wow i really love it *-*
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Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Those background ninjas are wonderfully done to form the background with the trees. It adds a wonderful contrast with the highly detailed foreground. Speaking of the foreground, it seems cluttered, but you're trying to summarize a good portion of the volume, which I understand. So far, this is your best cover for Emp yet.
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SPECTRUM-the-dauber Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're really great.
I'm impressed by your lines and inking...
The amount of details and sexy curves are such a good sight... =)
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psychocouac Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2012
I can't wait!
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DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012
I am so looking forward to this....counting the days.
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Hunter-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My fav parts are the ninja silhouettes in the Background and the hot ninja chick on the far right side (with the lip piercing) .. who is she ?
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adony Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
For what it's worth, the upper-left-corner Genin looks BADASS! Great work, waiting with Zen-like patience for vol.7!
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phoenvix Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012
Why is still february and not May already? JEEZ..!!

Carrie
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JadineR Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012
This is amazing. /sobs of joy ♥
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orabich Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
great work!
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:gallery:[link]

NEW COMMISSION OPEN: [link]
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:iconhrhtomas:
hrhtomas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I love those glowing-eyed silhouettes.
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Lurkndog Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Looking forward to this!
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GillyPerkyGoth Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Artist
Eee! Can't wait! You should come to Denver Comic Con in June so I can get your autograph on the new volume^^ And all the old ones. Every. Single. One.
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2012  Professional General Artist
Well, I am trying to branch out with my future con appearances, but this summer's probably a bit of a stretch... Still, it's a better timeframe than the winter, for me.
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GillyPerkyGoth Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2012  Professional Artist
There's always next year. I'm sure I'll find my way to a con you're already at sometime soon^^
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Dualmask Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
This is some mighty impressive inking. I'm learning a lot just looking at it.
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Already got that date on my calendar. Love the cover.
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Thunderdick Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Awesome work!

I'm really frustrated that I cannot find any issue of Empowered here in our country :sad:
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CS-Blaze Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
It looked great in pencil, and I can't wait to see it in color =)
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michealdark Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Hope this one does have a little more happy tee-hee comedy in it than the last two volumes! I loved them, but I like a balance between the deathy drama and bwahahaha comedy. :) Also, Spooky needs a break. I know she deserves the punishment, but I think having her mind shattered twice is enough for now. Maybe it's time she uses this deconstruction of her character as a chance to build her back up into someone a little better, a little nicer (but still with that scary, sarcastic, bad-ass edge!).
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Elinewton Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Great ink!! Your style is really amazing!!
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Torpedo585 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Ninjette will kick arse again! :D
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:iconohthehumanityplz:
Ohthehumanityplz Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Holy crap! Vincent Von Ghoul! :squee:
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finex666 Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
hear is hoping ninjiti is DiD again
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeahp.
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finex666 Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
hear is hoping it's a ball gag haha
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ChampionNeko Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Oh my !!! Poor Ninjette !
I've already spot it in the sketch, but it's clearer with this inked version...

... She has broke one of her beer T.T

Oh poor poor Ninjette >.<

PS : Thanks Adam to bring Emp and all her friends to us :3
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Zankurova Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I JUST ROOOVE NINJETTE
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:iconquotidia:
quotidia Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
So many ninjas! My my - has Ninjette gotten curvier in the legs? And I love the throwing knife cleavage holster.
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chronicd Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
Yes please. More Ninjette! Man I love this series.
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jhohcable Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
All of a sudden I noticed ol Caged Demonwolf in there.
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JKCarrier Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012   Digital Artist
Nobody does these "epic montages" quite like you! Ninjette casually holding the knives with her toes is strangely adorable.
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XLRP Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
I've been waiting on my empowered fix.
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elsevilla Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
dman inked changes a lot
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Twinsnake-Coatl Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
:lmao: I've seen them burnt, but this is the first official battered moustache I've ever seen.
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Jeff-Egli-Art Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012
This is Awesome! :D
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Folk-dude-Philip Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Mr warren, may I ask what kind of material do you use for inking
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Professional General Artist
Bristol board, several Japanese "maru" pen tips (very similar to crow quills), a .35 Koh-I-Noor tech pen, an old Windsor-Newton brush (to fill in blacks), Koh-I-Noor Ultradraw ink, Q-White correction fluid, a French curve, and a raised-edge inking triangle.
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Folk-dude-Philip Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Oh, I see. That's a lot of tools XDD
Too bad there's no way I could find this all here where I live.
Thanks for replying
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