To be honest, I hadn’t fully considered what type of underpants someone with Emp’s body-image issues might wear. The only rule I had in mind for her underwear choices, derived from the strong opinions of a friend who’s helpfully inspired certain aspects of Emp’s personality, was this: no g-d thongs. (Sisqo, GTFO.)
Behold, it’s Emp’s beloved sock monkey “Mellow Mr. Monkey,” who previously appeared in a story near the end of Empowered vol. 2.
Amusingly enough, Thugboy’s sunglasses are so frequently—if not invariably—part of his character design that I’ve run into problems when I leave ’em off. In a story from the upcoming Empowered vol. 10, I had to draw multiple correction patches as I mangled mirrorshade-free Thugboy’s eye placement repeatedly. Oops!