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EMPOWERED DELUXE EDITION vol.3 cover artwork by AdamWarren EMPOWERED DELUXE EDITION vol.3 cover artwork by AdamWarren
Behold, the cover art from Empowered Deluxe Edition vol.3, which collects regular Empowered volumes 7-9 in a ginormous, 704-page, (potentially) bullet-stopping hardcover, along with a generous section of exclusive bonus material—including a deleted Thugboy/ Emp bedroom roleplay scene that was "too hot" for vol.9! (Well, that's not entirely true, as I mainly left that story section out for pagecount purposes; still, I thought it was a tad too distracting from the main storyline of the book.)

Note that this is a one-time printing, so I'd advise snagging a copy from your local comics retailer or bookstore before the hefty tome is gone for good.

Anyhoo, the cover illo features line art by me, and luxurious colors by the great (and long-suffering) Joe Weltjens of Guru eFX, who once again did a yeoman's job of dealing with the "Where's Waldo"-esque panoply of goofy-ass background characters.

More info (including ordering options) here: www.darkhorse.com/Books/3001-1…
 
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dusty-abell Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017   Filmographer
Awesome piece Adam, love me the huge group shots!!!!!!
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HaiSociety Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Well I got mine at NYCC and toted it around like a happy but weighty albatross all day in my satchel. Of course, the Dark Horse dealer gave me a look like "Why's this gal buying THIS? Can't she see the big Lumberjanes poster in the next mega booth over?" 
 
Nope. I love my Emp. And here's why...

I completely forgot Volume 7 contains that section between Ninjette and The Caged Demonwolf that always makes me cry. Nothing like tearing up in a rando hotel room drunk on cosmos and cosplay. And I know I'll cry again at the end of Volume 9 (which I just reread for 10), but at least I'll be home for that and can tap my own Mr. Monkey magic. 

I love Empowered for those perfect strawberries atop the cheesecake. Those strawberries are bittersweet, but ripe with storytelling. 

But I also enjoy the cheesecake ;)

I think that bathtub scene sums up Empowered for me. Panel flashes of boobs, buns, and toes - if so inclined - while Demonwolf spins his words. Words most lovely if you jackanapes were wondering. 

Ninjette and The Caged One are off guard in that moment and so am I.

I don't know how many times you have caught me off guard Mr. Warren and I thank ye for it. 
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darsh97 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2017
Already pre-ordered a long time ago!
I was wondering though if those deluxe volumes are (or will be) including other material that can be found on amazon such as
Empowered One-Shot, Empowered Unchained, Ten Questions for the Maidman Comic and so on...
Should I purchase those separately?
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017  Professional General Artist
For now, the Deluxe volumes collect only the regular numbered volumes drawn entirely by me. Down the road, if we wind up with 700-odd pages of Emp material drawn by other artists, we might do a hardcover compilation just for those, but that won't be happening for years and years.

The Empowered Unchained collection compiled the first bunch of one-shots, including Maidman. Since then, we've done the "floppy" comics Empowered: Pew Pew Pew! and the miniseries Empowered and the Soldier of Love, which are still uncollected.
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darsh97 Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2017
Sir,

Thank you for your reply, that's much appreciated. I will therefore purchase the "unchained" collection and wait. And probably wait some more. ;p
I've been following you since BGC and back in those days it was quite a challenge to source your comics in France. Much easier nowadays.
I'm even now the proud owner of one of your original works purchased from someone reselling some of his commissions.

Thanks for all the good work!
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BearTherGrudge Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2017
Oh good, we've got the true hero of Empowered - Country Strong - up there.
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
Yay, lots of people! :happybounce:
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JiveGuru Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Already got it! Very cool!
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Multiomniversal124 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2017
Awsome!
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vonVile Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2017  Hobbyist General Artist
I still begging for a Who's Who Of the Empowered Universe.

PS - You should get Xa-Xa-Xa to do a mini-series. His art is awesome and would fit Empowered perfectly. He's had a few pin-ups printed in Udon Capcom Swimsuit issues and has an account here.
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Lumdrop Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Oh dude, I just recently started reading your comic recently and I am loving it so far! The dialogue is so great and I love the traditional, black and white, indie aesthetic. It's really great so far.
(Not sure if you switch to digital at some point haha)

The characters look super cool in full color though and this group shot is absolutely amazing! So many characters aghh.
Looking forward to the day that I'm eventually caught up and I can come back and put names to all the faces haha.

Judging from volumes 7~9 having 704 pages though, that might be a while haha. Well I committed to One Piece, I can commit to this too ~lel
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kaze26 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2017
Sweet
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tehwatcher Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
1st awesoe,

2nd this is so cool
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MadMosquito Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
I think it probably depends on caliber and range?
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MickLee99 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
Great work!!!  I already bought my copy!
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curtsibling Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
Simply kickass artwork!
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BalloonPrincess Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Hobbyist Filmographer
Magnificent work!  :heart:
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NRGComics Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Writer
AWESOME! Does it have the "Love Villain" three part issue??
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AdamWarren Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2017  Professional General Artist
Nope, alas. This book contains only regular volumes 7 through 9, plus bonus material. Empowered and the Soldier of Love will be collected in its own trade next year.
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MihoshiK Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017
Thanks for the heads-up, I ordered mine immediately.
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Buddha-Cat Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2017  Professional Digital Artist
It's always interesting to see characters in colour after only seeing them in black and white and then seeing just how far off the mark my assumptions were.
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