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EMPOWERED webcomic serialization promo illo! by AdamWarren EMPOWERED webcomic serialization promo illo! by AdamWarren
Behold, a promotional illustration pieced together to announce the newly launched webcomic serialization of Empowered, my ongoing "sexy superhero comedy" series published (in print form) by Dark Horse Comics.

The Empowered online serialization, hosted by the fine folks at the creator-owned webcomic digital studio and publisher Hiveworks, can be found here: www.empoweredcomic.com/

The series kicks off with an at-launch archive of the first 108 pages or so of Empowered vol. 1, which takes us up through the introduction of the "Big Four" main characters—Empowered herself, her ex-Witless-Minion boyfriend Thugboy, her hard-drinking BFF Ninjette, and the inimitable Caged Demonwolf.

Note that every page of Empowered online features commentary on said page by yours truly, in an effort to give current readers of the series' print version an incentive to check out the webcomic version. Hope you enjoy that part, longtime readers! That is, I really hope you get something outta that, as I've spent many an hour cranking out said commentary. (That said, I'm promising to do commentary for all of vol. 1's pages, at least; I'll have to reevaluate the viability of the commentary process we get into vol. 2.) 

I should also note that, as part of my deal with Hiveworks, we will be doing some form of Empowered merchandise at some point, as in prints or T-shirts or the like. (In fact, I might try reformatting this very promo illo into an merchandisable image!)  

Finally, credits on the piece: Line art by me, color art by the great :iconryankinnaird:.
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:icongrunin98:
grunin98 Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2017
IMHO, this damaged costume looks pretty cool! Too bad she can't keep it that way.
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hondobrode Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2016
Love it !
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:iconironbrony1981:
IronBrony1981 Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I love it!!!:iconhrtplz:
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:iconsuffocatingromano:
SuffocatingRomano Featured By Owner May 1, 2016  Student General Artist
HYPE
HYYYYYYYPE
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Implicit-Bookcarrier Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
*trys to click weblink on image* ...arrgghh!!! its not working... must.... clicky...
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claytonrios Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Adam It's nice to see you. I love the Empowered series so much that I've actually written stories about my very own Superheroine. Her name is Samantha Cruz aka The Cruising Crusader!
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:iconclaytonrios:
claytonrios Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2016
Adam It's nice to see you. I love the Empowered series so much that I've actually written stories about my very own Superheroine. Her name is Samantha Cruz aka The Cruising Crusader!
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:iconbookdriver:
bookdriver Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2015
Heidi MacDonald of Publishers Weekly gave a plug to the online serialization in her Comics Beat website and her comixace twitter. She wrote:

Empowered isn’t for everyone…but it is for a LOT of people. Adam Warren’s pastiche on manga is billed as a “sexy superhero comedy” and that it is, but it’s also a long running story with a lot of heart and characterization that propel it far beyond mere cheesecake comics. And with nine volumes (!) in print from Dark Horse, Warren is looking to get a new audience by starting to serialize the first few books online for free, along with commnetary

www.comicsbeat.com/webcomics-t…

twitter.com/Comixace

Best,

Steven
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:iconinkthinker:
Inkthinker Featured By Owner Edited Dec 21, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
I'm loving the shit out of the commentary, it's got me coming by every day. :D
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Anemusdreamer Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2015
Great job! I have read Emp on paper and it's very good! I find this move very nice!
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:iconelyandarin:
Elyandarin Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I approve of this further blurring-of-lines between comic-books I have on my shelf, and those whose specific pages I can link to and comment on online.

(When a webcomic I like sells dead-tree editions, I go: "See, they made it! I knew I had good taste in comics!". Conversely, when an RL-comic I like goes online, I go: "See, they joined us! I knew the web was the place to be!". These positions kinda contradict each-other, and I don't care.)

I've been reading Empowered for years (it features prominently in my instance of the Influence Map meme), and it's definitely in my loosely-defined top-5 fave comic-series. The way you do scene transitions - inserting flashbacks, etc, without warning - and they just... WORK... is both mind-boggling and inspiring. 

Anyway. glad to have you online, and I hope this move brings you lots of business :) 
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Drakeo83 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome!!!!!!!!!!
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:iconnorthwarden:
Northwarden Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
Very cool! :D

BVV
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:iconsatyriasist:
Satyriasist Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015
 STOKED!
 Count me in.
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:iconvonvile:
vonVile Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm still hoping for an Adult Swim Empowered animated TV series. All you have to do is get the company that did The Boondocks to do the animation.
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:iconslayerjesse:
SlayerJesse Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2015
i'd watch the shit out of that.
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:iconbookdriver:
bookdriver Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
It will be worthwhile to read online for your commentary even though I have all the paperbacks and hardcovers. This model of online and in print seems to work for Faith Erin Hicks.
Best
Steven
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Hellstroem Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
You're spoiling us rotten. Thanks.
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:iconhellstroem:
Hellstroem Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
P.S. I do have them all on paper, and I'm getting #9 soonish.
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Gwennafran Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BTW, considering you might actually see this:
I really like your comic, and you probably get this a lot, but as a female reader, i actually like how it acknowledges all the sexism other superhero comics kinda pretends don't exist (yet, it seems every time a nicely covered super heroine gets popular, she just *has* to get a bikini costume redesign,cause you know... POPULAR! Must. Be. Slutty. If. Popular!)

Anyway, I love how Empowered and Thugboy is in a dedicated relationship, and I really like how you can tell that his support is *important* to her, and help her get through the day (I really worry for the hinted soon to come dark storyline with Thugboy). And I want more of Sista Spooky and her "less perfect" new self.
Even my two lest fave major character Ninjette and the Caged Demonwolf, have this "will they be a couple" storyline that's really growing on me.

That said, any chance to see Captain Havok getting a little more depth? I get that he's a douche-cape and pretty narcissistic. And have horrible views about women in general, and by now *needs* Empowered to fail and be the one responsible for all his bad decisions. Thing is... I'd kinda like to see him actually suffer the way I'm pretty sure he must be suffering by now (unless he's a genuine psychopath). I mean, he must be dragging around some pretty massive trauma by now, even if he tries blaming it all on someone else. And his constant defense of dWARf does imply that he will stand up for his (male) friends. 
Seeing Empowered potentially raise in SuperHomey status in issue 10, it would be nice to see chips of his confidence fall off. I'm not saying "make him a decent person", just... Maybe show a bit of the depth you so brilliantly gave Sista Spooky. And well... let him suffer (mua ha  ha ha). 
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:iconhentaikid:
Hentaikid Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Sweet, iirc you told me you were going to do this years ago, nice to finally see EMP as a webcomic!
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:iconkaze26:
kaze26 Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Sweet
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night09ninja Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2015
Sweet :)
I like your comics dude, thugboy for life!
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:iconaidenke:
aidenke Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
A fantastic development here's hoping it can bring in an even wider readership, and even more income to make the series even more viable in the future! :D
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:iconbunnychan:
bunnychan Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohwow, now I can really poke people to read the series (and then buy it!). I'll certainly be one of the first in line for some merch as well.
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TheLastChaosLord Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Oh heck yes. Still gonna buy the books, cause i freaking love this series, but this will be great! 

Thanks so much for all your hard work, and I can't wait to see what you got in store next. Volume 9 was freaking boss.
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GrungeWerX-TV Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Pretty awesome of you, Adam! I'll definitely be checking this out for the commentary, love reading your thoughts on stuff. Great comic series by the way. I've been a fan since the Dirty Pair days (will we ever get a new DP mini-series?)
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tommerch Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
FREAKIN'! AWESOME!

"I'm a happy miser!"

Thos. Merchant
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LGraf Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
YAY!  I have nearly everything of Emp printed.  This will be fun!  Thank you for doing this!  
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:iconlpsalsaman:
Lpsalsaman Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow this looks awesome, will be checking it out!
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:iconfeist:
Feist Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Bookmarked and shared the link.
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:iconalphazion:
alphazion Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Awesome!  I love Emp and all her adventures :love:
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:iconhelblind:
Helblind Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Did Emp get... thick?
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:icongrungewerx-tv:
GrungeWerX-TV Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2015
HA! I was thinking the same thing. I'd say YES.
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:iconstarwarsmaniac:
StarWarsmaniac Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
SHHHHH!!! You know she's sensitve about that! (Even though she's hot) 
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:iconeuel:
Euel Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
What more can I say but :squee:!
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:iconalexi-c:
Alexi-C Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional Filmographer
Very cool! I will check it out
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:iconkais86:
Kais86 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Hot damn!
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:iconajthe90skid:
AJthe90skid Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Professional General Artist
will she ever do something right and not get humiliated?  just ONE episode? please?
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:iconkais86:
Kais86 Featured By Owner Edited Dec 4, 2015
Read the later books.
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:icondevasthedeath:
devasthedeath Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
OMG YES.

This is something I didn't know I needed
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rudeboy308 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Sounds like a fun time there, and as for t-shirts, I'll take a 3XL or 4XL.
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Gwennafran Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Bookmarked! (although, I read a lot of HiveWorks series, so maybe it's not even necessary with their link system)

I got the digital books, but looking forward to read the commentaries on this. :)
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kyrtuck Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh so much coolness!  I wish I wasn't stuck on library and work computers.  Well maybe it will still work on my home Internet, I'll have to see :/
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finex666 Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
cant wait to see it ^____
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MiniGendo Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2015
Keen, I look forward to reading your commentary.
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