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EMPOWERED 5 duct tapery japery by AdamWarren EMPOWERED 5 duct tapery japery by AdamWarren
Here's another chapter-break/ title-page illo from EMPOWERED vol. 5, the latest installment of my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" published by Dark Horse Comics, now on sale at a retailer near you!

This time, here’s a page from the story “The Powaaaah of the Duct Side*”, wherein our heroine Empowered’s innocent appearance on a webcast talk show hosted by the rather-less-than-trustworthy “Ocelotina” goes very, very wrong indeed. For the uninitiated, Ocelotina [link] is a faux “cape” who has blatantly ripped off long-suffering Emp's dire reputation as a "sexy, bondage-prone superheroine" and leveraged it into a spectacularly crass moneymaking venture, complete with suspiciously titillating videos supposedly warning superheroines of the dangers of various bondage media... In this case, duct tape.

Admittedly, stumbling into this situation may make Emp seem naïve at best and a trifle dense at worst, but the idea here is, “good girl” that she happens to be, our heroine is ill-prepared to cope with someone as narcissistic, self-absorbed and wholly ignorant of the concepts of “common decency” or “ personal boundaries” as Ocelotina. Later on in the story, we even see that Ocelotina genuinely likes and (kinda/ sorta) respects Emp, to the point that she sings the praises of Emp’s tragically unpublicized heroism from vol. 4, and even tries to enlists her in some profitable activities...

Anyhoo, just thought I’d post this page to reassure the oft-worried DiD aficionados out there that, yes, Emp does still wind up in some “damsel in distress” situations in EMPOWERED vol. 5.** In truth, she winds up in some EXTREMELY distressing situations by the end of the book as hell breaks loose, but that’s all about disaster and death and mayhem and emotional outbursts rather than anything involving DiD imagery (uh, for the most part). Near the end of the volume, though, I do make an wild, flailing attempt to justify this story’s tape-related shenanigans by having duct tape’s well-known utility turn out to be a minor plot point.

Note that, in future volumes, it's gonna get more and more problematic for our increasingly competent heroine to wind up in situations like this***... which, in fact, is why I added Ocelotina to the book in the first case. If necessary, you might see an Ocelotina "comic within the comic" to deliver the (distressed) goods for whatever portion of the readership that DiD fans still comprise. (Plus, this would add a whole 'nother level of "meta" to the book, which amuses me to no end.)

You can see a wee preview of EMPOWERED 5 here: [link] ...and more pages from the same story accompany an interview I just did for Comic Book Resources: [link]

You can order EMPOWERED 5 online at Dark Horse's retail website at: [link] or at [link] Keep in mind, though, that while Dark Horse's site has the book in stock, bookstores--including Amazon-- may not get it in stock for some time yet. (Comics retailers, including online sites like TFAW, often get EMPOWERED volumes well before the bookstores do.)

Note that both sites have links for ordering previous EMPOWERED volumes, as well; or, you can quite possibly find these volumes on the shelves of of your friendly neighborhood comics retailer or bookstore, though not at MY local Barnes & Noble, annoyingly enough... And if they don't carry the books, just ask said retailer to order 'em for you; believe me, they'd be happy to take your money.

*This title should be pronounced as if delivered by James Earl Jones, as you might guess.

**Oddly enough, I just discovered this vaguely DiD-relevant phrase while browsing through DeviantART’s Help menus: “Don't forget, restraints can bring out the creativity in you!”

***Then again, Wonder Woman's been winding up in situations like this for over seven frickin' decades, now...
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6206 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
What´s the next?
RuukotoPresents Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
XD Bwahaha! 
starmetalknight Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Come over to the duct side.
Silkenvixen Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013
But her suit isn't ripped! Shouldn't she be able, I"m going to assume ripping her costume is next :)
BondoFox Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
God bless Empowered and duct tape!
TooOooney Featured By Owner May 21, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
the best part of the volume for sure^^ i love this comic, and this sequence is fucking awesome with two wonderfull character
andyh0027 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2012
This is my favorite single page from an Empowered volume, I think, and I have them all. I love the look on her face when the tape goes over her mouth! So cute! And you're absolutely right about Wonder Woman--so tape Emp up for me sometime. You do truly *genius* work.
Where can i read this? Does she get fully tied?
zombiedead11 Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2018  Student Writer
Yes and hogtied
AngryMC Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I really like your style, keep on going!
Thoralmir Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
Didn't she once ty to, ahem, "get better aquained" with a hogtied and completly naked Emp in the trunk of her parent's car?
dullpanic Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Duct tape can do anything if you have enough, myth busters has proven this.
Lyingbastard Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
It'd work on Wonder Woman, and that's all the benchmark you need.
NamelessManic Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2009
You can never have to much of it!
Ghrolath4 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
I would give up a kidney to see an alternate end to this scene, with emp being mummified!
jwyatt Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2009
As long as there is bondage in it, I will buy Empowered. No bondage, no sale. That's just how I roll.
J3V1L Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I always liked tha ARR pirates. any chance we'll see them in later volumes as well?
katakagirl1 Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
haha you're right Adam, her head band kitty DOES look like an owl cause of the eyes that's classic XD
rcanheta Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
does Ocelotina really fullly mummifies Empowered in this one?!
I must see that!
caocaothedeciever Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2009
I think I broke a rib from laughter...
daneiki Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
As someone who once unthinkingly duct-taped her bottom lip (it eventually healed), I wince whole-heartedly at this entire set of images. Emp must not have much facial skin or hair left after getting all this stuff off...
Mauser712 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
You know, it strikes me that while Emp can't get any residuals from Superhomey's merchandise, that doesn't me they couldn't still put some out. They could put out an Emp figure and she wouldn't get a penny!

I can picture two versions. A standard figure with a really fragile costume, that you'd have to buy replacements for (ka-ching!).

Or, they could do it with that water color change stuff, so dip her in cold water, and half of her costume disappears. Dip her in hot water and different parts of her costume disappear. (Dried out and at room temperature she's intact).

And just imagine the accessories the figure would come with....

And again, she gets nothing. That would be pretty humiliating. Especially if it were a top seller.
EricMor Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Professional Filmographer
I love how Adam dismissed ink finalization on Empowered!
Ink was only a necessity when old presses couldn't understand light tones... and ink has become a type of 'standard' in comics, and STANDARDS means: 'always the same crap'.
With pencils only, the art is better, and is faster to draw too...
I hadn't timed how much time Adam takes to create each volume of Empowered, but is definitly faster than inking the damn thing later.
mononokekime Featured By Owner Jun 26, 2009
whoa... I never thought that you'll be creating another DiD scene for your comics...I missed those parts. Anyways, will you be wrapping the victim though?
AdamWarren Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2009  Professional General Artist
Given that EMPOWERED is, in fact, derived from a bunch of DiD commissions, I have to say that you've missed quite a bit... As for wrapping, that IS addressed by Ocelotina in the story, when she dismisses full-on mummification as "gilding the bondage lily"... Oh, well.
Mauser712 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Actually, that's not strictly true. Since the tape doesn't stretch, someone completely wrapped in 3-4 or more layers becomes really stiff, like being in a fiberglass body cast. Well, not quite THAT stiff, but they lose a lot of flexibility. More like say, a corset.

That effect can really be enhanced by doing a layer "the long way".

If nothing else, it makes the victim a lot more "Portable"

Don't ask me how I know this.
Allysinnia Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
But, but...

In her hair, too?!

That's just cruel. And unusual.
nolanb123 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Amaniwolf Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
got my copy yesterday and loved this scene!
royalboiler Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
I stayed up all night to get this from the store the day it came out. Such a fun series.
TatsujinEdge Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
Poor emp ya really feel for her sometimes and yet her shenanigans and blunders are awesome lol makes her who she is :D
EchidnaJoe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Freakin' foine
malcolmxx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
One additional point, take a look at page views, favorites and other metrics, along with any market research dark horse has done as to what elements are moving the book.

From giving a quick look over your DA stats, its pretty clear what pictures fans are enjoying the most. Don't underestimate this demographic of your fan base, simply because many of these other young pervs are a bit embarrassed and thus not vocal in why exactly they like emp so much.
malcolmxx Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
I am one of the many fans that buys the book primarily for the DiD content. You are a great artist, and these types of imaginative scenes you come up with for Emp are what make this a must have comic for plenty of your readership. The fact that just about every interview, or short promotional piece you to do publicize the book hints at these elements is testament to the fact that you know this is one of the book's great selling points.

This type of content has steadily decreased in your book, and I think it is behind a lot of the charm in Empowered. Don't cut these out, increase them and if anything mix things up by having other heroines be targeted, as well (although emp is the most adorable and makes the best character in distress).

......and how about a real ball gag already :)
Tohomito Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
man i really just cannot stand the way you draw noses, everything else seems to cohere to a consistent style and I guess acceptable style but your noses are like some sort of "poor artistic style" beacon that draws me to them every time
Mauser712 Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
That doesn't bug me so much as the way women's chins nearly disappear in profile.
Inkmo Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
Man, if I had hair like hers I think duct tape probably WOULD be the most terrifying sound...

Awesome stuff like always.
Paruser Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
At least Thugboy kind of likes the residual adhesive...
Yuffie1972 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I can't wait get this next volume!!!
MrPlaid81 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Anglerfish is great. he's so Cthonic looking. Nice to see her put all that bondage experience to good use. I'll have to pick up the book.
jessasketch Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Kick her ass, Emp! ;)
padawanbabe Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
*gasp* Adam Warren....! *bows down in worship*
Cuchulin Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
Nice to see that at least one "cape" respects EMP, even if Miss powers might be better off if she had never meet Ocelotina. That said i think it'd be great if Ocelotina did have/get some powers from a Cat Deity but they were mostly useless joke powers, like perportionate abilities of a big cat or a large Ocelot or the ability to talk to house cats (which have no interest in talking to humans).
Mauser712 Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
The ability to sleep 16 hours a day.
Cuchulin Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2009
Yeah, that'd fit. Along with always landing on her feet and the flexibility to lick her own thighs from top to bottom.
niekitty Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009   Traditional Artist
and can never go wrong with duct tape!
LGraf Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Never mind the hair, the EYES! OW!!
Lecktmich Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
LOL the picture in the lower left corner made me laugh. What a perv she is. xD
faviocorona66 Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
lol that sucks its going to be a bitch to get that duck tape off
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