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This weekend, I'll be attending the BigWow Comics Fest on May 17-18, represents my first (non-San Diego) con appearance in California in a very, very long time! If you'll be at the show, feel free to drop by and say hi! General Big WOW info here: www.bigwowcomicfest.com/

I'll be set up at Table 421H for all your signing, sketching and saying-hi needs. No panels, no shenanigans, just two days of straight behind-the-table time, guaranteed! Here's the Big WOW floor map: www.bigwowcomicfest.com/exhibi… As you can see, my table's position in the hall is "back, and to the left... back, and to the left," a la Oliver Stone's JFK.

While I'll bring at least one full of Empowered volumes and one-shots, I'll mainly have a healthy supply of my 2011 sketchbook Empowered: Extra Sketchiness on hand, in case you never snagged a copy. Some images from the 28-page book:
 EMPOWERED+NINJETTE hi-contrast by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's vorppy Emp by AdamWarren Ridd1e's EMPOWERED cosplay by AdamWarren

Note that rikki , the ace cosplayer upon whom the third pic above is based, will be attending the show as well! Alas, she won't be wearing her Emp costume this time around...
Empowered by Riddle1

I'll also be hauling along original art of various sorts, from cheap roughs to cover art to that one giant clump of Dirty Pair vellum-based inks that no one ever wants to buy, alas. Plus, who knows, I might be taking on some sweet commissions while I'm there! (Or, if no interest is afoot, slaving away at the script for the Airwolf/ Knight Rider crossover I'm currently writing for Lion Forge Comics.) Wheeeee!

-AW
  • Listening to: COMEDY BANG BANG (podcast)
  • Reading: BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: LAST ORDER; REAMDE
  • Watching: THE RETURNED
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
This weekend, I'll be attending the Toronto Comics and Art Festival (better known as TCAF) on May 10-11, after missing the show last year due to illness. If you'll be at the show, feel free to drop by and say hi! General TCAF info here: torontocomics.com/

I'll be set up at Table 251* on the second-floor "Salon" (as befits my fanciness) for all your signing, sketching and saying-hi needs. No panels, no shenanigans, just two days of straight behind-the-table time, guaranteed! Here's the TCAF floor map: torontocomics.com/attending-tc… As you can see, I'll be facing the second-floor entrance, greeting all and sundry with a sunny smile!** 

If you're missing any Empowered volumes or one-shots, I'll have a healthy supply of all the books on hand, thanks to the kind folks at TCAF sponsors (and fine comics emporium) The Beguiling. I'll also be hauling along original art of various sorts, from cheap roughs to cover art to that one giant clump of Dirty Pair vellum-based inks that no one ever wants to buy, alas. Plus, who knows, I might be taking on some sweet commissions while I'm there! (Or, if no interest is afoot, slaving away at the script for the Airwolf/ Knight Rider crossover I'm currently writing for Lion Forge Comics.)

Then, the week after that, I'm off to Big Wow in San Jose, on May 17-18! www.bigwowcomicfest.com/ Two shows in two weeks... Yikes!

-AW
*In fact, looks like I'm splitting a table with the great :iconzubby: of Skullkickers and Samurai Jack fame! Huzzah!

**Sunny smile not guaranteed.
  • Listening to: COMEDY BANG BANG (podcast)
  • Reading: BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: LAST ORDER; REAMDE
  • Watching: THE RETURNED
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
While many comics folk are headed off to C2E2 this weekend, I'm flying out to the Midwest Media Expo in Detroit this weekend, held at the towering Detroit Marriott at Renaissance Center: www.midwestmediaexpo.com/

Besides being set up at a table and doing some scheduled signings, I also have a pair of panels with somewhat unusual timeframes... Friday night, from 10:00-11:30 PM(!), I'll be doing a panel on graphic novels and manga; Sunday night, from 9:00-10:30 AM(!), I'll be doing a panel on writing and drawing comics. So, whether you're a night owl or an early bird, I'll have your panel-attending needs covered! Swing by and say hi, if you're at the show!

Further convention news: In May, I'll be attending Big Wow in San Jose: www.bigwowcomicfest.com/ ...and TCAF in Toronto: torontocomics.com/

-AW
  • Listening to: COMEDY BANG BANG (podcast)
  • Reading: BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: LAST ORDER; REAMDE
  • Watching: THE RETURNED
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
My old buddy :iconjoewight:, who collaborated with me lo these many years ago on the Star Wars manga covers, recently launched a Kickstarter to fund the printing of a sweet-looking new artbook, Arclight: The Art of Joe Wight.

Here's a link to Joe's Kickstarter: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1…

Take a look at the page and consider funding his artbook, won't you? I plan to do so, myself. In the meantime, some random images of Joe's badass art below:

Steampunk Corsairs Cover by joewight Connie by joewight T-Rex by joewight Swingtail by joewight Return of the Jedi Manga 1 by joewight Battle for Dantooine by joewight FM CAL 0 by joewight gina diggers by joewight How To Draw And Fight Zombies by joewight
  • Listening to: COMEDY BANG BANG (podcast)
  • Reading: BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: LAST ORDER; REAMDE
  • Watching: THE RETURNED
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
After a long and somewhat embarrassing week of trials and tribulations, Empowered vol.8, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics, is now available on the shelves of your Local Comics Store! Huzzah! Note also that the digital version of the book is on sale right now from the Dark Horse Digital Store:  digital.darkhorse.com/profile/…

Alas, the print edition won't be on sale at conventional bookstores (or Amazon.com*) until the end of December at the earliest. You can order a (print) copy online right now via Dark Horse's retail website: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered…

More info on Empowered vol.8 here: www.darkhorse.com/Books/19-253… And here's a 7-page preview excerpt: www.darkhorse.com/Books/Previe…

EMPOWERED vol.8's front + back cover by AdamWarren

Anyhoo, just thought I'd post a journal in case Empowered readers wanted to weigh in on the book; feel free to fire away in the comments below. I'm even more curious than usual to see what folks thought of this installment, as I never sent its pages out to the now-on-hiatus Top-Secret Empowered BCC E-Mailing List. Yeahp, no one other than the three people who worked on the book have actually read the damn thing...

EMPOWERED vol.8's title-page spread, without title by AdamWarren

Here's the exclusive (ooh, ah!), extended version of Empowered vol.8's solicitation copy:

Costumed crimefighter Empowered, her week already ruined by the grueling ordeal of "Superdead Boot Camp," finds herself roped into a tragic and desperate scheme by her grief-stricken teammate Sistah Spooky. On a reckless journey from a terrifying alien arsenal to the even-more-terrifying depths of hell itself, can the bickering duo free the soul of Spooky's slain lover from eternal damnation—or have our mismatched superheroines impulsively blundered into a (quite literally) hellish trap?

EMPOWERED 8's Mindf**k back-cover process montage by AdamWarren

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first seven volumes (and numerous 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

Emp's recurring nightmare, from EMPOWERED vol.8 by AdamWarren EMPOWERED vol.8's Thugboy on Hell and Heaven by AdamWarren  Sistah Spooky resigns, from EMPOWERED vol.8 by AdamWarren EMPOWERED vol.8's SUPERDIRTY JOBS WITH MAKRO, p.1 by AdamWarren EMPOWERED vol.8's guest artist montage by AdamWarren

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/search/?…

*Though digital versions of Empowered vol.8 are available immediately for the Kindle www.amazon.com/Empowered-8-Ada… and Nook: www.barnesandnoble.com/w/empow…
  • Listening to: COMEDY BANG BANG (podcast)
  • Reading: BATTLE ANGEL ALITA: LAST ORDER; REAMDE
  • Watching: THE RETURNED
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE yet again
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
Wheeeee! The "floppy" one-shot EMPOWERED: NINE BEERS WITH NINJETTE, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics, is on sale at your Local (well, North American) Comics Retailer as of today! Feel free to use this journal's comments if'n you wanna weigh in on the book, needless to say!

EMPOWERED: 'NINE BEERS WITH NINJETTE' cover by AdamWarren


If your local store didn't stock it, the book can be ordered online from Dark Horse's retail website here: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… Or, if you like your comics in digital form (and in a form that actually contributes to the series' ongoing survival, as opposed to a frickin' torrent), you can snag the one-shot right now from the Dark Horse Digital Store: digital.darkhorse.com/profile/…

The main story in NINE BEERS WITH NINJETTE features beautiful artwork by guest artist Takeshi Miyazawa, best known in the US for his Marvel work on Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane and Runaways, as well as his long-ago debut on the Oni Press superhero-school series Sidekicks. More recently, he's drawn honest-to-Gawd manga in Japan, such as the Capcom game-tie-in series Lost Planet: Bound Raven; I felt both lucky and honored to have such an excellent artist contributing to the EMPOWERED franchise.

Say, here's the solicitation copy for the book (whose story was originally conceived of as part of the Ninjette-centric EMPOWERED vol.7):

Kick back and have a cold one with hearty-partying Ninjette, Empowered's Best Friend Forever, as she weaves a boozy yet poignant tale of ninja magic, complete with fighting, flirting, and swing-dancing with the Maidman—not to mention the outwitting of 'Jette's monstrous thug of a father. Drink up!

For the record, I wrote the main story and drew a 4-page prologue dealie introducing it; also, the issue also features a preview of the upcoming EMPOWERED vol.8, due out Dec.18. More details on that puppy here: www.darkhorse.com/Books/19-253…

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first seven volumes (and numerous 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/search/?…
  • Listening to: DOUG LOVES MOVIES (podcast)
  • Reading: HAWKEYE, PROPHET
  • Watching: ORPHAN BLACK
  • Playing: MIDNIGHT CLUB 3 DUB EDITION REMIX
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
UPDATE: Feel free to use this journal as a comment thread for your thoughts and opinions on the new one-shot, okay? I'm always curious to hear what readers have to say about the work, and this is pretty much my only public forum other than Twitter twitter.com/EmpoweredComic...

HUZZAH! The latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series, the 32pp one-shot comic Empowered: Animal Style, is now on sale at your friendly Local Comics Retailer! More info here: www.darkhorse.com/Comics/22-45…

EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE one-shot cover illo by AdamWarren

And here are two interviews I just did, in a wan yet desperate attempt* to promote this all-new issue: www.uproxx.com/gammasquad/2013… www.comicbookresources.com/?pa…

Alternatively, the comic can be ordered online from Dark Horse's retail website here: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… Or, you can order the one-shot in digital form from Dark Horse Digital here: digital.darkhorse.com/profile/…

The main story in EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE features tech-intensive line art by mecha maestro John Staton, aka deviantART's own :iconjohnstaton:, who drew all the heavy metal supervillains on this cover illo. :iconguru-efx: supplied the story's fine coloring, and the ace studio Blambot handled the often-demanding task of lettering this sucker.

EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE's post-apocalyptic SPOOKY by AdamWarren

Say, here's the solicitation copy for the one-shot:

TERRORPIN! POWERPACHYDERM! BRASS MONKEY! CYBERIAN TIGER! SUPERCOBRA! MAUL BUNNY! Can struggling superheroine Empowered foil a mass carjacking by these animal-armored criminal mecha at the 21st annual Alternate Timeline Superhero Auto Show? Can one exceedingly flimsy "supersuit" overcome 14 hostile tons of heavy metal? This action-packed new Empowered one-shot says: "MAYBE!"

60s-era MAIDMAN, from EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE by AdamWarren

For the record, I'm also drew 5pp of B&W art to accompany the main story; plus, the issue features a 2-page preview of the next Empowered one-shot (a Ninjette-focused story), about which I'm pretty darn excited as well. I should further note that Guest Artist John Staton went way, way above and beyond the call of duty in his design work for the story, which I wrote specifically for his tech-savvy skill set. He cranked out a quite frankly insane total of 40-odd pages of designs for the one-shot's mecha and superhero vehicles, which I'll be straggling out over the weeks to come.

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first seven 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

JUICETICE and KATO, from EMPOWERED: ANIMAL STYLE by AdamWarren

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/browse/1…

*I'm frantically clawing my way through Empowered vol.8 pages right now, which has cut severely into the time I'd otherwise be spending on attempts to promote this one-shot...
  • Listening to: DOUG LOVES MOVIES (podcast)
  • Reading: HAWKEYE, PROPHET
  • Watching: ORPHAN BLACK
  • Playing: MIDNIGHT CLUB 3 DUB EDITION REMIX
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
UPDATE: Feel free to use this journal as a comment thread for your thoughts and opinions on the new one-shot, okay? I'm always curious to hear what readers have to say about the work, and this is pretty much my only public forum other than Twitter twitter.com/EmpoweredComic...

HUZZAH! The latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series, the 32pp one-shot comic Empowered: Hellbent or Heaven Sent, is now on sale at your friendly Local Comics Retailer; why, even my normally Emp-abstaining Local Store deigned to stock a pair of copies!

EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT page, done(-ish) by AdamWarren

Alternatively, you can order the one-shot online from Dark Horse's retail website here: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… Or, you can snag the issue in digital form* from Dark Horse's digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/profile/…

Anyhoo, I wrote the entire book, and drew 7 B&W pages myself. Howeva, the majority of the one-shot's artwork—for a bold, brassy total of 30 story pages—were drawn and rendered in luxurious full color by Talented Guest Artist RyanKinnaird, as seen on the cover art here:

EMPOWERED: HELL BENT OR HEAVEN SENT one-shot cover by AdamWarren

COMPLICATION: Due to a tragic proofing mishap, the Hellbent or Heaven Sent subtitle wound up missing from the cover. However, the Empowered logo is still quite visible on said cover, so you should be able to spot it on the shelves.

Here's Empowered: Hellbent or Heaven Sent's scintillating solicitation copy:

This time around, the "sexy superhero comedy" ensues when costumed crimefighter Empowered makes an ill-fated visit to a top-secret dumping ground for ultra-tech "superdebris" and wrecked "villainware" left over from cape-on-cape battle. Can our heroine and her hapless teammate, cyborg-with-a-secret Mechanismo, possibly hope to survive when the junkyard begins nano-spawning an apocalyptic cheesecake plague of flirty but lethal "cyber-angels" and sensual but savage "devil mecha"?

EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT PAGE, final by AdamWarren

But wait, here's even more text that I wasn't able to fit in the solicitation copy:

Hellbent or Heaven Sent also includes: Literally superhot genderswapping! Fire-breathing jealousy and piercing blue eyes as more than just figures of speech! Jet-propelled mecha body-boarding! Hot angel-on-ladycape action! Desperate navigation of a hellishly unhelpful help menu! Emp suffers the agony of high heels! The imminent threat of searing, fiery extinction looms nigh! All this, plus something very, very gross is none-too-subtly hinted at!

And here's an oddly cool-looking, flat-color, preliminary version of the above page:

EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT in progress by AdamWarren

And here's one of the issue's B&W pages, as drawn by me:

A page from EMPOWERED: HELL BENT OR HEAVEN SENT by AdamWarren

So, yeah, hope you like the new one-shot! The next one's well underway, as is work on vol.8 of the regular Empowered graphic-novel series; speaking of which, back to the drawing board!

                                                       -AW


P.S.: In the interests of further floggery, I might as well mention other current Emp product on the shelves:

Here's the latest and arguably greatest installment in the series, the ninjatastic Empowered vol.7:

EMPOWERED 7's front + back covers by AdamWarren

Below is Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 2, which collects volumes 4 through 6 of the series in a big, bold, brawny, 656-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper (and including a fair chunk of bonus material): www.darkhorse.com/Books/19-008…

EMPOWERED DELUXE EDITION vol.2 cover, front + back by AdamWarren

This weighty new tome's already on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer, and should be be available in conventional bookstores shortly. Alternatively, you can order it from Dark Horse's online retail site here (for 20% off): www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered…

Note that Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, which collects volumes 1-3, as seen below:

EMPOWERED DELUXE's front + back covers by AdamWarren

...is also on sale at your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, in theory at least, or can be ordered online from Dark Horse: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… or Amazon: www.amazon.com/Empowered-Delux…

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first seven 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/search/?… Note, however, that these Empowered Deluxe Editions will remain a "print-only" proposition, alas.

* Just between you and me, Ryan Kinnaird's luscious color art looks really, really nice on a monitor's screen...
  • Listening to: The Big Show on WEEI
  • Reading: Brandon Graham's MULTIPLE WARHEADS
  • Watching: HAPPY ENDINGS, GIRLS
  • Playing: MIDNIGHT CLUB 3 DUB EDITION REMIX
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
Since I seem to be getting an odd spike in pageviews for no apparent reason, thought it was high time I posted a (front-page) journal flogging my current project, the upcoming one-shot comic Empowered: Hell Bent or Heaven Sent! The latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series Empowered, this "floppy"-format 32pp book is due out on Dec. 19th and can be pre-ordered right now from your Local Comics Retailer; its Diamond Previews ordering code is OCT120041, if that helps.  Alternatively, you can pre-order the one-shot from Dark Horse's retail website here: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered…

Anyhoo, I'm writing the entire book, plus drawing 6-8 B&W pages myself. Howeva, the majority of the one-shot's artwork—for a bold, brassy total of 30 story pages—will be drawn and rendered in luxurious full color by Talented Guest Artist RyanKinnaird, as seen on the cover art here:

EMPOWERED: HELL BENT OR HEAVEN SENT one-shot cover by AdamWarren

Here's Empowered: Hell Bent or Heaven Sent's scintillating solicitation copy:

This time around, the "sexy superhero comedy" ensues when costumed crimefighter Empowered makes an ill-fated visit to a top-secret dumping ground for ultra-tech "superdebris" and wrecked "villainware" left over from cape-on-cape battle. Can our heroine and her hapless teammate, cyborg-with-a-secret Mechanismo, possibly hope to survive when the junkyard begins nano-spawning an apocalyptic cheesecake plague of flirty but lethal "cyber-angels" and sensual but savage "devil mecha"?

EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT PAGE, final by AdamWarren

But wait, here's even more text that I wasn't able to fit in the solicitation copy:

Hell Bent or Heaven Sent also includes: Literally superhot genderswapping! Fire-breathing jealousy and piercing blue eyes as more than just figures of speech! Jet-propelled mecha body-boarding! Grotesque mastication by 100-foot-tall giants! Hot angel-on-ladycape action! Desperate navigation of a hellishly unhelpful help menu! Emp suffers the agony of high heels! The imminent threat of searing, fiery extinction looms nigh! All this, plus something very, very gross is none-too-subtly hinted at!

And here's an oddly cool-looking, flat-color, preliminary version of the above page:

EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT in progress by AdamWarren

And here's one of the issue's B&W pages, as drawn by me:

A page from EMPOWERED: HELL BENT OR HEAVEN SENT by AdamWarren

And finally, a few of my scribbled thumbnail roughs for Ryan's pages:

EMPOWERED: HELLBENT OR HEAVENSENT roughs, X4 by AdamWarren

Again, this "floppy"-format installment of Empowered is due out Dec. 19th from Dark Horse Comics: www.darkhorse.com/Comics/20-31… If you're an Emp fan, I respectfully urge you to let your  Local Comics Retailer know that you want a copy, as the success or failure of this latest effort will affect whether or not other projects like this one ever see print.

Wellp, if you have any questions about Hell Bent or Heaven Sent or other Empowered wackiness, lemme know. In the meantime, back to the drawing board... or to the PC, technically, as I'm working on a script tonight.

                                                       -AW


P.S.: In the interests of further floggery, I might as well mention the current Emp product on the shelves:

EMPOWERED DELUXE EDITION vol.2 cover, front + back by AdamWarren

This is Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 2, which collects volumes 4 through 6 of the series in a big, bold, brawny, 656-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper (and including a fair chunk of bonus material): www.darkhorse.com/Books/19-008…

This weighty new tome's already on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer, and should be be available in conventional bookstores shortly. Alternatively, you can order it from Dark Horse's online retail site here (for 20% off): www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered…

Note that Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, which collects volumes 1-3, as seen below:

EMPOWERED DELUXE's front + back covers by AdamWarren

...is already on sale at your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, in theory at least, or can be ordered online from Dark Horse: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… or Amazon: www.amazon.com/Empowered-Delux…

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first seven 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/browse/1… Note, however, that these Empowered Deluxe Editions will remain a "print-only" proposition, alas.
  • Listening to: The Nick and Artie Show (via podcast)
  • Reading: Brandon Graham's KING CITY
  • Watching: TERRIERS, GRAVITY FALLS
  • Playing: Pinball HD (iPhone)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh, yo
After having a remarkably good time at this May's Toronto Comics Art Festival, I decided to double down on the "summer 2012 Toronto experience" by signing up to be a guest* at this week's Fan Expo Canada, August 23-26: www.fanexpocanada.com/comic-gu… I'll have a table—well, half of one—and will be attending all four days of the show, where I will be happy** to say "hi", sign some books, draw some sketches, talk about Empowered, or perform whatever other guest-artist-y services might be required.

UPDATE: Just figured out that I'll be located at table P33B (against the west-side wall), as seen on the floor plan here: www.fanexpocanada.com/exhibito… (Next door to Skullkickers creator and all-around badass Zubby, unless the map deceives me.)

I'll probably be dragging along a bunch of recently produced artwork to flog, such as these beauties (and more!):
Inks for Udon's MARVEL VS. CAPCOM illo by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Emp and Ninjette, in civilian clothes by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Sexy Librarian vs. Sexy Spartan by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED 'crossplaying' as Emma Frost by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's faux WERE-GIRAFFE BY NIGHT cover by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 1 of 4 by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 2 of 4 by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 3 of 4 by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 4 of 4 by AdamWarren
Note that I'll also bring along further original artwork from Empowered, Dirty Pair, Gen13, Bubblegum Crisis and the like, along perhaps with some copies of my Empowered: Extra Sketchiness sketchbook. I'll very likely be doing commissioned sketches in some form or another, but haven't yet decided on format or parameters or prices; look me up at the show, and I'll let you know how things are shaping up. (Signing a book or three with a quick headshot illo remains free of charge, of course.)

Anyhoo, if you're hitting up the show—which will certainly be a new experience for me, as I've never attended a ginormous-scale Canadian convention before—feel free to drop by and say hello, yo.

                                                                                        -AW

*Okay, maybe I'm just a lesser "Also Appearing" guest, but what the heck...

**Though I might not appear all that happy at first glance, thanks to the massive, soul-deadening sleep deficit I always seem to incur at conventions, you may rest assured that I'm nonetheless happy on the inside.
  • Listening to: The Nick and Artie Show (via podcast)
  • Reading: Ben Mezrich's SEX ON THE MOON
  • Watching: THE RAID: REDEMPTION, COMMUNITY (season 3)
  • Playing: WE (heart) KATAMARI
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: V8 Diet Splash (tropical blend)
A startling two weeks earlier than originally scheduled(!), this very day sees the release of Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 2, which collects volumes 4 through 6 of of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series Empowered in a big, bold, brawny, 656-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper (and including a goodly chunk of bonus material): www.darkhorse.com/Books/19-008…

EMPOWERED DELUXE EDITION vol.2 cover, front + back by AdamWarren

Say, here's a thumbnail for an Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 page—
EMPOWERED's DEMONWOLF on EMP DELUXE vol.2 extras by AdamWarren
—in which the inimitable Caged Demonwolf introduces the book's bountiful "Mega Extras" bonus section, which does indeed feature a whole bunch of Emp-related work that few have ever seen, not even the folks on the nigh-legendary Top-Secret Emp E-mailing List. (That is, sketches, unpublished stories, design roughs, layout pages, work stages, color guides, page-by-page annotations, etc.)

A major bonus for this honkin' big collection, in my eyes, would be the fact that it represents the first time you'll get to see Empowered vol. 6's artwork—
EMPOWERED vol. 6 cover colors by AdamWarren
—reproduced to my full satisfaction. The first editions of vol. 6 ran afoul of printing difficulties, alas, and wound up repro'ing my pencils much, much darker than originally intended. Later printings toned this problematic issue down a good bit, but the version of the book included in Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 2 looks even better, to the point that I was a more than little bit stunned when I first leafed through a comp copy of the hardcover.

As mentioned earlier, this weighty new tome will hit the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer August 15th, and be available in conventional bookstores some time after that. Alternatively, you can order it right now from Dark Horses's online retail site here (for 20% off): www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… ...or you can preorder it from Amazon, though it won't ship until the end of August: www.amazon.com/Empowered-Delux…

Note that Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, which collects volumes 1-3, as seen below:

EMPOWERED DELUXE's front + back covers by AdamWarren

...is already on sale at your Local Comics Retailer or bookstore, in theory at least, or can be ordered online from Dark Horse: www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… or Amazon: www.amazon.com/Empowered-Delux…

Also, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first seven 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/browse/1… Note, however, that these Empowered Deluxe Editions will remain a "print-only" proposition, alas.

In closing, on a far more serious topic: R.I.P. Joe Kubert, the much-loved comics-art icon and founder of the namesake Kubert School, where he simultaneously managed to be both the most intimidating and the most approachable of all my teachers. In my mind's eye, I can still see him rubbing his beard contemplatively, breezily dashing off a perfectly inked gorilla head—without any pencils!—on scrap paper for a demonstration, chucking and telling TomRaney, "Tom, you do love to draw," or delivering his patented bone-crushing handshake. Gotta admit, in my Narrative Art assignments for Joe, I nursed a somewhat twisted ambition: I wanted to do such a badass job on my comics pages that Joe would have nothing to point out about 'em during his critique. (ProTip: Scheming specifically to not get feedback from your ultra-knowledgeable comics-vet teacher is a rather counterproductive use of your time as an art student.) That rarely happened, of course—which was certainly for the best, given that I always learned a great deal from Joe's critiques**. Still, it's amusingly odd to consider that, in effect, he posed both an indirect and a direct influence on my work, which is the sort of art-related paradox that only an comics titan like Joe could embody; makes me kinda glad, recalling that my art-school diploma has a Kubert-inked illo of Tor the caveman on it.***

                                                                                                 -AW


*I'm told that the book shipped in an unusually speedy fashion from the printer overseas, which conjures forth unlikely images of Empowered Deluxe-laden cigarette boats tearing across the Pacific at high speeds.

**Here's an odd anecdote from one Joe critique: Well into my (ongoing!) phase of manga-influenced artwork, I drew a faux cover illo for an assignment. Looking it over, Joe suggested, "Your composition needs more tension." (Contemplative beard rub.) "What if, say, you drew a tentacle reaching in from off-camera and grabbing your heroine's wrist?" Needless to say, in those innocent, naive days of the carefree 80s, neither Joe nor I had any idea that the words "manga" and "tentacle" would one day take on a very different and entirely more ominous implication....

***Along with Ernie the lizard, of course.
  • Listening to: Podcasts: Adam Carolla, Dana Gould, Bill Burr
  • Reading: Charles Stross, RULE 34
  • Watching: LOUIE, ADVENTURE TIME
  • Playing: KYA: DARK LINEAGE
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: V8 Diet Splash (tropical blend)
UPDATE: Whoops, forgot to mention that you should check my Twitter feed for updates during the show as to where I'll be set up for unscheduled signings and the like: twitter.com/EmpoweredComic

Wednesday, I'll be winging my way hence to the San Diego Comic-Con.* Yayyyy! For once, I'll be attending all four days of the show, but will be without a fixed table space. However, thanks to the kind folks at UDON, I'm slated to sign at their booth (#5307) every day, usually during the 9:30-11:30 AM shift (UPDATE: NOT the 11:30-2:00 shift, as previously reported), though not on Saturday; on that day, as well as Thursday, I'll be rocking the 4:30-7 UDON shift. Wheee!

My sole (but very important!) Dark Horse signing will be on Friday at 4:00 PM (booth #2615); be sure to swing on by, so as to give DH the impression that Empowered has a fan following! Beyond that, I might try to briefly snag table space from my buddies at Antarctic Press (booth #2307) if possible, but given how busy their booth tends to be, that might not prove to be possible at all.

I'll be dragging along a bunch of recently produced Empowered artwork to sell, such as these fresh-off-the-drawing-board beauties (and more!):
EMPOWERED montage-ish pencil llustration by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Sexy Librarian vs. Sexy Spartan by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED cosplaying as Gurren Lagann's YOHKO by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Thugboy and Emp, crossdressing by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Emp and Ninjette, in civilian clothes by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 1 of 4 by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 2 of 4 by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 3 of 4 by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED's Ninjette Q+A, page 4 of 4 by AdamWarren
Note that I'll also be bringing along further original artwork from Empowered, Dirty Pair, Gen13, Bubblegum Crisis and the like.  I'll probably be doing commissioned sketches in some form or another, but haven't yet decided on format or parameters or prices; look me up at the show, and I'll let you know how things are shaping up. (Signing a book or three with a quick headshot illo remains free of charge, of course.)  

Finally: For the first time in foreva, I'll be on two, yes, two SDCC panels:

Friday, July 13
7:30-8:30 Making a Living in Manga
— Now that Japanese comics have been available in English for over 30 years, several generations of artists inspired by manga are trying to live the Bakuman dream of being full-time comics creators. But in the superhero-centric North American comics market, are they fighting the odds? Comics creators Adam Warren (Empowered), Becky Cloonan (Demo, Conan the Barbarian), Fred Gallagher (Megatokyo), and Audra Furuichi (Nemu-Nemu), along with industry pros Christopher Butcher (blogger, Comics212.net; director, Toronto Comic Arts Festival), JuYoun Lee (senior editor, Yen Press), Erik Ko (editor-in-chief, UDON Entertainment), and moderator Deb Aoki (Manga editor, About.com), explain the ins and outs and ups and downs of making a living as a manga creator in North America. Room 8

Saturday, July 14
Mon, Jul 02, 04:51PM 12:00-1:00 Comic-Con How-To: Supercharge Your deviantART Profile Like the Masters
— This superstar lineup of comic, manga, and animators all have something in common besides ridiculous amounts of talent: they are all part of the deviantART community. Over the years they have learned a thing or two about getting the most out of the website, and in this panel they will share their tips and tricks on how to get the most out of your deviantART experience. The panelists are Adam Warren, one of the first manga-influenced artists to go pro back in 1988 (The Dirty Pair, Empowered); Chris Sanders, Lilo & Stich creator (Disney), How to Train Your Dragon (DreamWorks); Dave Elliott, comics industry veteran, writer and editor of over 10,000 comics projects; Jim Zubkavich, CEO, Udon Entertainment; Kevin Eastman, co-creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Mark Brooks, Marvel Comics; Yuumei Yan, digital artist, cyber-activist; and panel moderator Angelo Sotira, CEO and co-founder, deviantART.com. Room 2


See you at the show! *wheeze*

                                                              -AW

*The *wheeeze* part of the title above refers to the fact that I was sick like unto a dog during all of last week. I'm much better now, but still have very little energy and a raspy, wheeze-tastic excuse for a voice; so, please bear in mind in mind that I may not wind up being the peppiest, most animated freelancer you'll encounter in San Diego.
  • Listening to: Podcasts: Adam Carolla, Dana Gould, Bill Burr
  • Reading: Charles Stross, RULE 34
  • Watching: LOUIE, ADVENTURE TIME
  • Playing: KYA: DARK LINEAGE
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: V8 Diet Splash (tropical blend)
Thought I'd post a journal for any deviantART readers wanting to weigh in on Empowered vol. 7, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics, on sale as of today. More info here: www.darkhorse.com/Books/18-058…

Anyhoo, feel free to post your opinion here in the comments, which will hereafter be SPOILER ALERT Central for anyone who's not yet read the book; beware, virgin readers! (No, wait, that sounds bad...)  

Side note: Despite an exhaustive corrections process, several maddening typos still snuck their way into Empowered vol. 7's 224 pages (just like the ninja who are the books' subjects, come to think of it). Example: My apologies in advance for the inexplicable, uh, "misspelling" of the Japanese kana for "Ikuzo—!" during one of the two times it appears in the book.   

And now, the mandatory floggery:  Empowered vol. 7 can be found on the shelves of your Local Comics Retailer (or bookstore, possibly), or online at Dark Horse's retail website www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/Empowered-Volum… . Note that links for ordering the previous six books (and two "floppy" comics-format one-shots) can also be found at those sites... Hint, hint.

EMPOWERED vol. 7's cover, in luxurious color by AdamWarren

And here's Empowered vol. 7's solicitation 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .  All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/browse/1…
  • Listening to: Toucher & Rich on 98.5 The Sports Hub
  • Reading: EMPOWERED vol.7 (looking for—and finding—typos!)
  • Watching: WHEN THE LAST SWORD IS DRAWN
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE (my second copy!)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Skim milk
As I've frequently mentioned on previous art posts, May 30th sees the release of Empowered vol. 7, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics. More info here: www.darkhorse.com/Books/18-058…

In a flailing, desperate attempt to help promote the book's release, I'm about to draw a short comic story—between 4-6 pages long, probably—in which a character from the Empowered cast answers questions from the audience. Here are a few pages from my previous (2010) stab at such metatextual shenanigans, with protagonist Emp fielding questions supplied by deviantART members:

EMPOWERED Q+A, pt. 1 by AdamWarren EMPOWERED Q+A, pt. 2 by AdamWarren EMPOWERED Q+A, pt. 3 by AdamWarren

Well, once again, I'm soliciting your questions for an Empowered cast member, this time for Ninjette, aka Kozue Kaburagi, who plays an especially important role in vol. 7. Dunno how many questions she'll be able to answer in only 4-6pp, but I'll try my best.

EMPOWERED's buzzed Ninjette by AdamWarren EMPOWERED+NINJETTE hi-contrast by AdamWarren EMPOWERED Ninjette librarian? by AdamWarren

You can either A) post your questions in the comments section below or B) ask 'em on Twitter, using the hashtag #AskNinjette. I might even reply to some few of 'em directly, via my twitter page: twitter.com/EmpoweredComic

Then, next week (I hope), I'll crank out an Empowered short in which everyone's favorite Empverse kunoichi attempts to salve your burning curiosity.

And now, the floggery:  Empowered vol. 7 hits the shelves on May 30th, 2012. Next week, the book can be found at your Local Comics Retailer (or bookstore, possibly), or online at Dark Horse's retail website www.tfaw.com/Profile/Empowered… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/Empowered-Volum… . Note that links for ordering the previous six books (and two "floppy" comics-format one-shots) can also be found at those sites... Hint, hint.

EMPOWERED vol. 7's cover, in luxurious color by AdamWarren

And here's Empowered vol. 7's solicitation 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .  All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/browse/1…
  • Listening to: The Pod F. Tompkast
  • Reading: Becky Cloonan's THE MIRE
  • Watching: THE LEGEND OF KORRA (ep.5)
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE (my second copy!)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Dundee Seasonal Craft Pack
At the Toronto Comic Arts Festival last weekend, ace photographer (and karaoke-er*) Paul Hillier was kind  enough to drop off some prints of a seriously badass Empowered cosplay shoot he had arranged. He took the concept of Emp cosplay to a whole 'nother level, via an exciting new frontier in costuming: painted-on latex! Not only is this arguably the ideal cosplay medium to approximate Emp's unearthly supersuit, it's definitely the best medium to depict the tearing of the suit's membrane (as seen in a photo emulating an Empowered cover, complete with logo).

Without further ado, I draw your attention here: www.paulhillier.com/?p=811

(Note: At the very least, the YouTube clip of model Christine getting body-painted is NSFW. Your Mileage May Vary as to how Safe For Work the other images might be...)  

*I had no idea that the lyrics to "Paradise City" were so bizarre and abstruse, to the point that Captain America(!) gets name-checked. WTF, Axel? Stumbling over the enigmatic lyric captions, I had to default to just banshee-shrieking "TAKE ME HOME!" over and over again.
  • Listening to: Bill Burr's Monday Morning Podcast
  • Reading: ONE SOUL, by Ray Fawkes
  • Watching: THE LEGEND OF KORRA (ep.4)
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE (my second copy!)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Diet Coke
Tomorrow, I'll be winging my way north to attend the Toronto Comic Arts Festival this weekend, on May 5th and 6th: torontocomics.com/ (Admission is free, by the way. Wheeeee!)

I'll be set up on the second floor, table 212, signing and sketching and whatnot. torontocomics.com/news/2012-fl… The kind folks from host retailer The Beguiling will have a heaping supply of Empowered books on hand, in case you're missing anything.

I'm slated for two panels on Sunday. The first one's at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville's High Park Ballroom torontocomics.com/programming/… :

11:30 – 12:30 – Making Manga in North America

The manga aesthetic has permeated American comics culture, with creators like Becky Cloonan, Bryan Lee O'Malley, and Adam Warren using manga storytelling and art techniques to tell their own American or Canadian stories.  How does manga affect their writing and drawing process?  With Bryan Lee O'Malley, Adam Warren, and Becky Cloonan.

...and the next one's on the second floor of the Pilot Tavern torontocomics.com/programming/ :

2:00 – 3:15 – Making Comics: The Process

Creators discuss how they make comics: what's the process of writing and drawing that they go through to create individual creative projects?  When a comic varies from only writing to nonfiction journalism to fantasy, how does the process change? With Mike Dawson, Adam Warren, Cecil Castellucci, and Kagan McLeod. Moderator: Tina Coleman

Anyhoo, if'n you're attending, swing by and say hi!

                                                                                       -AW
  • Listening to: The Pod F. Tompkast
  • Reading: SAYONARA, ZETSUBOU-SENSEI
  • Watching: THE LEGEND OF KORRA
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE (my second copy!)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Aitch Two Oh
Tomorrow, I'll be winging my way westward to attend Emerald City Comic-Con www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/ , my first (non-SDCC) left-coast convention appearance in at least a decade or so (I think).  

Got a Dark Horse creator-owned panel on Saturday, then what should be a very cool panel with on Sunday with the greatly awesome Brandon Graham and the awesomely great Brian Lee O'Malley: comicbuzz.com/?p=39487 The rest of the time, I'll be set up at table D-20 (AD&D alert!) to say hello, sign whatever books are brought to me, and put forth a nigh-superhuman effort to appear marginally sociable! (I'm a bit of a recluse, honestly, so I have to burn a helluva lotta calories—almost literally—in order to falteringly interact with my fellow humans; hope you'll cut me some slack if I start twitching too noticeably.)

I'll be hauling along a goodly number of copies of my very first "sketchbook" in a very long time: Empowered: Extra Sketchiness, which debuted at San Diego Comic-Con last year. It's a B&W, 28pp, 8.25" x 10.5" dealie collecting a bunch of Emp-related commissioned sketches and even a pair of short stories (sorta), a number of which have already appeared in my gallery here:

EMPOWERED's vorppy Emp by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's Supergirl cosplay by AdamWarren EMPOWERED+NINJETTE hi-contrast by AdamWarren EMPOWERED's buzzed Ninjette by AdamWarren

If you won't be attending the show, you can order a copy of Empowered: Extra Sketchiness here: stuartngbooks.com/art-books/ar…

Beyond that, I'll also be bringing a grab-bag portfolio of original art to sell, a selection of pieces both old and new, such as these recently posted dealies:
DIRTY PAIR, wing chun action sketch, circa 2000 by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED DELUXE alt-contest prize, FINAL by AdamWarrenPSM music-genre fight games by AdamWarren 2002 'opera-glove' sketch of DIRTY PAIR's Yuri by AdamWarren

...and an assortment of comics pages from Empowered, Dirty Pair, Gen13, Bubblegum Crisis and so on. I'll prolly tote along a few (cheaper) roughs and layouts from miscellaneous projects, as well.

I usually crank out quick "head-shot" sketches for free, but beyond that, I might take on some commissioned pieces at the show, preferably of an Emp-related fashion; prolly not too many, as I'm rarely all that productive at a convention. I might possibly do some Emp-related mail-order commissions to be rolled out after the show, but I can't say right now* how likely that is. Anyhoo, look me up at table D-20, and I should have some idea what's going on by then.

Actually, I'll have to periodically flee from my table and awkwardly say hello to some of the bazillion amazing folks** on ECCC's thoroughly badass guest list: www.emeraldcitycomicon.com/spe… I'll be back sooner or later. As I'm flying in the day before the show and red-eying it back East late Sunday night, I'll be in attendance for all three days of the convention (I'm already exhausted, thinking about it).

Anyhoo: See you at the show!

                                                          -AW


*At present, I'm frantically cranking away on an Empowered  one-shot's script and layouts, which I'm likely to still be working on at the convention.

**Note that several of the Secret Guest Artists for possible upcoming Empowered one-shots will be in attendance; in fact, I'll be looking up a few who prolly have no idea I'm eying 'em for potential  Emp shenanigans.
  • Listening to: THE RAID: REDEMPTION soundtrack
  • Reading: Brandon Graham & Simon Roy's PROPHET #22
  • Watching: MERANTAU (from the makers of THE RAID)
  • Playing: ODIN SPHERE (my second copy!)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Sam Adams Summer Ale
(UPDATE: Hey, kids, it's an interview with Emp herself! www.darkhorse.com/Blog/837/int…

Feb. 29, 2012 sees the release of Empowered Deluxe Edition Vol. 1, collecting the first three volumes of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series in a big, bold, 712-page $59.99 hardcover printed on pretty, pretty paper and including 40-odd pages of bonus material. Mo' info here: www.darkhorse.com/Books/18-720…

EMPOWERED DELUXE VOL.1 cover colors by AdamWarren

Well, Dark Horse is holding a contest in honor of this ginormous book's imminent release: Tell 'em who's your favorite Empowered character, and why they're your favorite, and you could win your very own copy of Emp Deluxe! Just pop in the comments section here www.darkhorse.com/Blog/835/emp… , let your fave be known, and you might just win!

HOWEVER: It is my sad duty to report that the Dark Horse contest is only open to folks in the US and Canada. So, I've worked up a consolation prize open to Empowered readers from outside North America: Let me know your favorite Empverse character—and why you like 'em—in the Comments thread after this journal. At the end of the month, from all of the entries in the Comments, I'll choose one (or maybe more), draw up an all-new sketch* of the character, and post it on deviantART in the winner's honor. Kinda weak-sauce, I admit, compared to getting a $60 hardcover for free, but what the heck... (Speaking of "what the heck": US & Canadian readers can feel free to weigh in on their fave characters here, too, though I'm gonna pick a non-North American DAer for the winning sketch-post dealie.)

Anyhoo, to repeat, here's the Dark Horse contest site: www.darkhorse.com/Blog/835/emp…

EMPOWERED DELUXE cover inks by AdamWarren

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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

All the existing Empowered books can be purchased rather more cheaply in digital form as well, via the Dark Horse Digital store: digital.darkhorse.com/browse/1… Note, however, that the upcoming Empowered Deluxe Edition will remain a "print-only" proposition.

EMPOWERED DELUXE cover pencils by AdamWarren

*Or maybe an all-new comics page about the character, as I'm crazy (Cray?) like that.
  • Listening to: The Nick and Artie Show
  • Reading: Rob Dunn, THE WILD LIFE OF OUR BODIES
  • Watching: FRIGHT NIGHT (remake)
  • Playing: WORLD OF GOO (iPhone)
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Dundee Seasonal Craft Pack
And now, some quick floggery of Empowered, my "sexy superhero comedy" series published by Dark Horse Comics.

EMPOWERED front and back cover by AdamWarren

Megabundle Ahoy: Now through 12 AM on Wednesday, Sept. 28, a "digital megabundle" collecting of all of Empowered published so far—that's all six volumes and a pair of one-shot comics, for a monumental total of 1353 pages—is on sale from Dark Horse's Digital Store for only $34.99!*  Even if you already have all the books, feel free to tell anyone you know who might be on the fence about checking out Empowered, as this is as cheap a deal as they're ever likely to find.** Anyhoo, here's the link for more info on this impressive but short-lived sale: digital.darkhorse.com/profile/…

EMPOWERED: MAIDMAN one-shot by AdamWarren

Empowered: Extra Sketchiness: As mentioned previously, this summer saw the publication of my first "sketchbook" in a very long time: Empowered: Extra Sketchiness! It's a B&W, 28pp, 8.25" x 10.5" dealie collecting a bunch of Emp-related commissioned sketches and even a pair of short stories (sorta), a number of which have already appeared in my dA gallery, such as the one below:

EMPOWERED's vorppy Emp by AdamWarren

Extra Sketchiness even featured the first look ever at the front and back cover art for next year's Empowered vol. 7! Anyhoo, after initially going on sale at the 2011 San Diego Comic-Con,  the book is now available for mail-order through Stuart Ng Books, at the price of only $15 (with my signature included, if you care about such things): stuartngbooks.com/art-books/ar…

EMPOWERED's Supergirl cosplay by AdamWarren

Empowered Deluxe Edition, Vol.1: This is quite a bit further down the road, but... For the serious Empowered fan, February 2012 sees the publication of a limited-edition hardcover that collects the first three Emp volumes (along with 40-odd pages of heretofore unseen bonus material) on high(er)-quality paper for a brawny, 712-page, $59.99 deluxe package.  More details to follow in the next few months; in the meantime, here's the official link for the upcoming book: www.darkhorse.com/Books/18-720…

EMPOWERED DELUXE cover pencils by AdamWarrenEMPOWERED DELUXE cover inks by AdamWarren

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery: Print copies of Empowered's first six volumes (and the aforementioned 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .


*Normal list price for all the Empowered material included in the bundle is $52, incidentally.

**Well, "as cheap a deal as they'll find" that actually contributes towards the continued survival of the series, that is.
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Richard Thompson's YOU? ME? US?
  • Reading: Vera Brosgol's ANYA'S GHOST
  • Watching: COMMUNITY S2 on DVD
  • Playing: HD PINBALL for the iPhone
  • Eating: King's Spicy Kimchi
  • Drinking: Kona Brewing Co.'s Wailua Wheat
First off: Now through July 20th only, the one-shot comic Empowered: The Wench with a Million Sighs is now on sale for only $.99 (a supposedly magical price point, according to some) in digital form from Dark Horse: digital.darkhorse.com/profile/… better cheap, bite-sized portion of the ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series exists, so feel free to check it out, or tell anyone you know who might be on the fence about reading Empowered; hey, let's knock 'em right off that fence!

EMPOWERED one-shot cover art by AdamWarren

On to San Diego Comic-Con news: Barring utter disaster, I should be at the show (very) late Thursday, Friday, Saturday and a bit of Sunday. I'll be dragging along some original art to sell, and possibly taking on a few commissions (though not cheaply, and preferably Empowered-related) as well as signing and (when possible) doing some quick sketches. Formal signing times:

Friday, July 22nd:  I'll be signing at booth #5019 (Flesk Publications) from #3:30-5:00, then booth #5037 (UDON) from 5:00-6:30.

Saturday, July 23rd: From 12:00-1:00PM, I'll have my big Dark Horse (booth #2615) signing at the same time as the group Whedonverse signing, so be sure to drop by and make me feel less insignificant! (Note: If you're missing any Empowered volumes, the Dark Horse booth's retail section may well have 'em available!) Then, once again, I'm signing at booth #5019 (Flesk Publications) from #3:30-5:00 and booth #5037 (UDON) from 5:00-6:30.

The rest of the time, I'll be floating about hither and yon, and mayhap sitting down with my buds at Antarctic Press (#2307) if/when space is  available. I might just have some big ol' color prints available (fingers: crossed), possibly including the badass color version of the upcoming Empowered vol. 7 cover, as so beautifully rendered by the great :iconguru-efx:. Behold the luxuriously colored majesty with thine own eyes, folks!

Beyond that, the big news is that SDCC will (fingers: crossed, again) see the publication of my first "sketchbook" in a very long time: Empowered: Extra Sketchiness! It's a B&W, 28pp, 8.25" x 10.5" dealie collecting a bunch of Emp-related commissioned sketches and even a pair of short stories* (sorta), a number of which have already appeared in my gallery here...

EMPOWERED's vorppy Emp by AdamWarren

Extra Sketchiness willl even feature the first look ever** at the front and back cover art for next year's Empowered vol. 7! Huzzah! At any time throughout the con, you can find it for sale at Stuart Ng Books, booth #5012, for $15 (if I recall the price correctly); I'll prolly be toting a few copies around myself, for that matter.

EMPOWERED's Supergirl cosplay by AdamWarren

Anyhoo, if'n you're attending, I'll see you at the show! (Well, maybe, given the con's vast spaces and teeming crowds...)

In closing, I must of course paste in the requisite general-purpose Emp-related floggery... Empowered's first six volumes (and a pair of one-shots 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 www.tfaw.com/Search?_results_u… or on Amazon.com www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos… .

EMPOWERED's buzzed Ninjette by AdamWarren

And, as I just mentioned, if you're looking for an even cheaper option, vols. 1-5 (and the aforementioned one-shot) are available for a mere $5.99 apiece (or $.99, for the one-shot) as downloads in Dark Horse's new Digital store here: digital.darkhorse.com/contribu… Note that we're talking about $5.99 for 208-248 pages of sexy superhero comedy, which is a helluva lot more content (for less price) than you'll find with most digital-form comics....

                                                                                                             -AW

*And yes, Damsel In Distress fans, one of the story excerpts is an unused portion of Empowered vol. 6's "My Advice For Struggling Superheroines", wherein Emp expounds on one of the many drawbacks of being a bondage-prone superheroine: Namely, the sheer, grinding, mind-numbing boredom.  Bonus: An "old-timey" page, none-too-subtly homaging The Onion's still-awesome Our Dumb Century!

**Er, unless you saw the aforementioned color print already...
  • Mood: Artistic
  • Listening to: Tony Bruno podcast
  • Reading: A DANCE WITH DRAGONS
  • Watching: 13 ASSASSINS
  • Playing: SCRABBLE for the iPhone
  • Eating: Potstickers (as seen in EMP:MAIDMAN!)
  • Drinking: Kona Brewing Co.'s Wailua Wheat