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EMPOWERED vol.10 cover rough by AdamWarren EMPOWERED vol.10 cover rough by AdamWarren
Cover rough for Empowered vol.10, the upcoming (2017) installment in my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series. Note that I ditched the ID card and background logos (for the individual SuperHomeys) seen in this rough, as that seemed a bit confusing in retrospect.

Might I mention that Empowered is now being serialized as a webcomic, with extensive commentary on every g-d page?

www.empoweredcomic.com/

 We'll not be catching up to vol. 10 for quite some time, though, even with a (week)daily release schedule.
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Skytower Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2017
I always like seeing these.
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RichardAK Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2017
I recently finished reading volume 10, and I have to tell you something.  I want to preface it by saying that, overall, I love this series, and so what I'm about to say I say out of love: volume 10 was terrible.  I thought that 8 and 9 were not as good as the previous 7, but 10 was frankly really bad.  The pacing was off, the story didn't progress enough for a whole volume, and the only villain in the story, White Knight, was a) way too on the nose, b) not at all funny, and c) not even seriously menacing.  One of the few highlights was the cliffhanger at the end.  That did leave me wanting to know what would happen next, so I do plan to buy the next volume.  I'm hoping that volume 11 will be a return to form for the series, because I want to go back to loving this series.
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EssayBee Featured By Owner Edited Jul 5, 2017  Hobbyist Artist
Although I understand where you're coming from, I think Vol. 10 was a nice breather in the flow of the overall story. Yes, for the most part, there was none of the building urgency or dread of previous volumes (so from a "tight" narrative viewpoint, I could see how some folks would label this volume as filler), but it gave Emp a well deserved chance to sit back and celebrate her hard-earned Full-Time Homey status. In my opinion, few comics are as fun as Emp simply being Emp, so giving her time to celebrate in her typically enthusiastic way was enjoyable. Plus seeing how various characters view Emp's triumph (and how it surprisingly brings out certain insecurities in some of them) provided some nice development (and some of the volume's most touching moments). Most comics simply shove their characters from one tragedy to the next with barely any (if any) downtime between major events, so it's nice to have a comic that's not afraid to simply let characters breathe for a bit. Plus, such downtime allows the next dramatic beat to hit all the harder when it drops.

Le Chevalier may be a bit on the nose, but I thought he was an amusing middle finger to a lot of the white-knight SJWs who dismiss Empowered out-of-hand, since they refuse to look beyond simple cheesecake imagery (not to say Warren's art is simple in any way). Since those sorts of critics apparently fail to look for even a modicum of subtext and judge purely on overt and knee-jerk impression, such an on-the-nose character seems rather appropriate to me.

Overall, the vast bulk of this volume was undoubtedly a calm before the storm, but the first thunderclap of that storm was a doozy of a cliffhanger.
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RichardAK Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2017
I'm glad you liked it, and it's certainly not for me to tell you that you shouldn't have.  To be clear, though, I didn't need for their to necessarily be a lot building urgency or dread.  If you look at the early volumes, there wasn't a lot of that.  They were mostly slice-of-life stories.  The early ones still had plenty of action, though.  We didn't need Deathmonger or Willy Pete or some other major villain.  Just some regular bad guys and some action.  Also, I was quite eager to see Emp celebrating her success.  But she was way too clingy and needy about it.  What makes her so fun to read is how despite all her problems and all her issues, nothing ever really keeps her down for long.  I would have been much happier to see feeling more on-top-of-the-world for a change.  That is, actually celebrating and feeling good.  Instead, she seemed needier than ever.
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MitchellTF Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
...How the HELL can I help get Empowered faster? Besides, you know, the obvious way of sending you gobs and gobs of money? You are incredible at characterization!
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adony Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
I'm used to the new volumes of "Emp" coming out around the Christmas season, but here we are in the new year and no sign of it. When can we expect it? Ah need mah feex, mang!
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vadimfv Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2017
Hi, I'm a huge Emp fan, have several of the individual issues and several tpbs, and I just got Empowered Vol. 9 recently.  I love your TPBs and I can't wait until #10 comes out. Empowered is among several main inspirations for both a series of short stories I wrote about the Russian superheroines Devana and Velina vadimfv.deviantart.com/ ..and a superheroine action video series (involving about 15 superheroine OCs) that I'll be debuting soon. I know you're probably very busy but I'll send you a note about it. In the meantime, I'll be following your webcomic.
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Artagedden Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2016
Would you be interested in corresponding with me  in character design concepts and art work ideas in the New Year?
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Athrubis Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
cannot wait for this, i hope Emps story goes on forever
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3DGAG Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2016
Hi! Can't wait to read this next volume! (it would be cool if there will more Sistah Spooky bound and gagged... She is so underestimated Did Superheroine! :P - in fact as Empowered becomes a true superheroine - she always was in fact - Sistah Spooky could become a true D.I.D superheroine... It's  crossing roads)- :)
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WDCain Featured By Owner May 9, 2016
I'm sad it'll be until next year for vol. 10 to come out.  My copy of Empowered Unchained arrived today and I loved it!  Emp truly is the master of Car-Fu!  Don't keep us waiting!
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Ohnhai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Was this posted on the 1st or the second?   (global time delay can be a bitch.....)  
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional General Artist
Picked a bad day to post this piece, true. But seriously, this cover isn't a wacky joke, I swear. Really!
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Ohnhai Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
LOL...  Sounds like our girl need to have a stern and pouty word with us good viewers, chiding us for not believing her   :P  
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mikeharrisdesign Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Adam, thanks for your excellent work on this sexy, smart series! Have you every written for a tv show? It would be like a subversive Aaron Sorkin. Keep it up!
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Skytower Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
Just had a thought, do the Superhomey's have an officially sponsored comic book and action figures?  If they do comercials for soft drinks I wondered how far they'd go with the merchandizing.
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finex666 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
dear god she is not tied up! call the press!
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Speedslide Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
Nice try, Mr. Warren. :thumbsup:
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blindfaith311 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Professional General Artist
This is a great announcement, given that I just finished updating reviews for Volumes 1-9 and Unchained on Goodreads this morning!
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BearTherGrudge Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
This is very suspiciously different from all other Empowered covers, which have no words on the cover like this. I sense a trick.
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
Oh no, it's like Game of Thrones or The Walking Dead. A glimmer of happiness and then BLAM! poor Emp.
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
**Giggles!**

Forgive me for being suspicious ... but I sense an April Fools joke.  :)
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bound-nicole-babe78 Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016
It could be but Adam Warren can be quite cruel to Emp. Finally give her what she always wanted and then...I don't even want to imagine.
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MitchellTF Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2017
It reminds me of a thing from Dresden Files. "Dresden can't die...because then he would stop suffering!"
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2016  Hobbyist Filmographer
**Giggles!**

Oh, I got that from the first issue of Empowered ... I often feel so bad for her, I have to take a break from reading the volumes for a bit.  :)
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