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palettetunes815 asked: Hey mr. warren. I'm a really big fan of your art style and series Empowered, and currently have the first 6 volumes. Should I wait to buy issues 7-8 (i really don't want to), but if you'e gonna release another deluxe edition with extra stuff then I'll wait.

Wellp, while it’s very likely that a third EMPOWERED DELUXE hardcover collection will someday be released, that won’t be happening until some point in 2016 (at the very earliest), well after EMP v.9’s 2015 release.

In my undoubtedly biased opinion, I (of course) recommend picking up EMP7 and 8 now-ishly! (Plus, IMHO, vols. 7 and 8 are the best EMP installments so far, so why wait?)

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awkward-turtle-comic asked: Huge fan, but I have to wonder, how did you come to the conclusion that Emp has C- Cups? She looks like a solid D to me. (Source: I'm a busty woman)

Well, at one time I was photoreferencing some Emp drawings from a model who was a (self-declared) C-cup, hence the assumption. Certainly can’t claim that Emp’s bust size has remained invariably consistent through the series, though. (And of late I’m skewing Emp a bit, well, softer and “fleshier,” in a belated attempt to differentiate her physique from Ninjette’s.)

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rixbach asked: Hello Mr. Warren- I run a geeky little book club and our current book is Empowered vol 1. We meet this week to drink beer and discuss your awesome work. I suck at coming up with discussion topics. Any you'd like to suggest? Thanks! Rix PS I really dug the book.

Did this already happen? If not, mebbe I can query folks on twitter for their ideas on EMP discussion topics. (Believe me, I’m much, much worse at discussing Big Issues regarding the series, to the point that I rarely discuss such matters publicly.)

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cherryblossomstory asked: Mr. Warren, can I just say, your art is amazing and your story is one of my favorites. I do wonder though, and sorry if someone's already asked, but is Empowered going to end, and do you already have it planned?

While I do have an ending in mind for EMPOWERED, I’m hoping to not reach that ending for quite a few years yet. (Possibly MANY years, if the market allows.)

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smnkennedy asked: Is EMP9 going to be the last volume? I really don't want the series to end, it's so great that it's permeated into my very thought-process, and how I think about action scenes. Also, bonus question: where did you learn to art? Thanks!

Never fear, EMP9 isn’t the last volume by any means. If anything, it’s arguably a decent (ahem) “jumping-on-point” for the series, as the volume’s story serves as a bit of a “mission (re)statement” for the franchise. (Well, sorta.)

Thanks for the kind words! Always happy to get folks thinking about action storytelling, of course.

Bonus answer: I went to the Kubert School backintheday, but most of my, uh, “art-learning” came from sheer, grinding repetition and plowing through hundreds (if not thousands) of godawful comics pages.

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mclarencomics asked: Stuart, first of all thanks for all the work you do, it's a constant inspiration. I have a few questions, no need to answer them all: Have you, in your professional career, tired to quit but felt drawn back to comics for whatever reason? What is something that pops up often in scripts that you don't like drawing? What areas of your work do you feel you want to improve in? Is there some advice, moto or story that inspires you to keep working when you don't think you can?

maisonimmonen:

Hello and thanks for the kind words.

1) I’ve never considered quitting per se, but I have periodically gotten very very tired, sometimes mentally, sometimes physically. I try to take more weekends off now, to get regular exercise and have recently cut way, way back on personal appearances.

About eight or ten years ago, K and I redoubled our commitment to create (or finish) the stories we’ve always talked about doing, and I have found that. despite the added workload of webcomics (Never As Bad As You Think) or OGNs (Moving Pictures, Russian Olive to Red King), the effort is worth it on its own merits as well as having a rejuvenating effect on work to which I am already committed. A change is as good as a rest, you know.

Also, money.

2) Oh, every page has some frustration, but I expect that’s due to my own limits, perceived or real. I find sci-fi environs in general very challenging and feel my efforts often come up short. Hair is hard. Explosions. Trees. Babies. Hats.

3) See above. Every new day, every new page is an opportunity to improve. Knowing there are people waiting for work to get turned in means sometimes letting less-than-perfect drawings go out the door. Tomorrow there will be better drawings. And free beer.

4) I could make something up, or you could take your pick of inspirational aphorisms by which to live, but I honestly don’t give the subject too much thought. My job is telling stories with pictures. That’s what I’ve committed to do, so I don’t waste a lot of time brooding about whether or not the muse is with me on a given day. I wake up and get to work. It was good enough for Kirby.

-Stuart

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Work stages from an EMPOWERED vol.9 panel, featuring a Sistah Spooky scene that serves as a coda of sorts to EMP vol.8’s emotionally charged finale.

Note that, to save wear and tear on my poor drawing hand, I render most of Theresa’s hair with Sharpie markers, rather than the 6B pencil leads I use for the rest of the panel. Sure beats having to draw, say, Ninjette’s hair, which grinds the heck outta my hand with a bajillion pencil-rendered highlights…

Note also the tracing paper at the top of pic #3, which is masking off the panel above to prevent smudging. I used see-through tracing paper so I can still reference from that panel’s art. (I usually do this in the wan hope of preventing artwork continuity errors; can’t say the approach is 100% reliable, unfortunately.)

Filed under Empowered Adam Warren Sistah Spooky comics pencils

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raiderdrjones asked: Speaking of Empowered costumes, kind of a related question: do you know of a typeface that at all resembles the lettering on Thugboy and company's D&D-nerd vigilante shirts?

queensimia:

adamwarrencomics:

Tough to say, as the “STR: 18(00)” lettering on Thugboy’s T-shirt (for example) wasn’t based on any particular font. Garamond bold, maybe?

If any EMPOWERED readers out there happen to be serious font aficionados and have an informed opinion about this matter, feel free to sing out.

If it’s the lettering I’m thinking of, you definitely want a fat, sturdy sans-serif font. Off the top of my head, you could use Kabel Bold (the 1 doesn’t quite match, though), Gill Sans Bold (right 1, wrong 8), Futura Heavy or Bold, Humanist 521 Bold (closest match to the majority of the numerals)…

The letters themselves pretty closely resemble some parts of Lithos, especially the S and C, but I think your best bet is going to be Humanist 521, short of hand-redrawing each T-shirt’s lettering.

Nice! Thanks for the fontastic (ughh) heads-up.

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Leafing through the Adam Hughes art book Cover Run t’other day, I belatedly remembered that, a decade or so ago, I inked a random sketch of Dirty Pair's Yuri referenced from one of his fine Wonder Woman covers (#157, as I recall). Just as randomly, my buddy Ryan Kinnaird decided to color those inks, resulting in the illo above. Much as I love high-contrast artwork, I had a difficult time pulling off Hughes-style, Nowlan-influenced shadow patterns, as you can see. Plus, the combo of AH!-style broad shoulders, Bruce-Timm-influenced “waspwaistedness,” and my own default preference for broader hips made for a frankly wonky look for poor Yuri. (My art as a whole was in a “frankly wonky” phase during this timeframe, to be honest.) 

Leafing through the Adam Hughes art book Cover Run t’other day, I belatedly remembered that, a decade or so ago, I inked a random sketch of Dirty Pair's Yuri referenced from one of his fine Wonder Woman covers (#157, as I recall). Just as randomly, my buddy Ryan Kinnaird decided to color those inks, resulting in the illo above. Much as I love high-contrast artwork, I had a difficult time pulling off Hughes-style, Nowlan-influenced shadow patterns, as you can see. Plus, the combo of AH!-style broad shoulders, Bruce-Timm-influenced “waspwaistedness,” and my own default preference for broader hips made for a frankly wonky look for poor Yuri. (My art as a whole was in a “frankly wonky” phase during this timeframe, to be honest.) 

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raiderdrjones asked: Speaking of Empowered costumes, kind of a related question: do you know of a typeface that at all resembles the lettering on Thugboy and company's D&D-nerd vigilante shirts?

Tough to say, as the “STR: 18(00)” lettering on Thugboy’s T-shirt (for example) wasn’t based on any particular font. Garamond bold, maybe?

If any EMPOWERED readers out there happen to be serious font aficionados and have an informed opinion about this matter, feel free to sing out.