Volume 8 Page 105
Posted June 15, 2021 at 12:01 am

Panel 2: Only now occurs to me that this isn't the first time that Emp was buttkicked by Glue-Gun Gil, given that we saw a similar aftermath way back in Empowered vol. 1.

Panel 4: Not sure if I've mentioned this before, but the alien-language symbols on the portal and its "dialog boxes" were originally based somewhat loosely on a snippet of symbols representing the Culture's language that appeared at the end of Iain M. Bain's SF novel The Player of Games. Well, that was the case at least when the Lotus Node portals first appeared back in Empowered vol. 5; since then, the portal symbols have evolved into a recurring visual riff all their own, sans reference to the Banks bit. (Note also that, back then, the Lotus Nodes looked a lot more "lotus-like" than they do now, which is a bit of a shame.)

Today’s Patreon Update: As I did last month, I'm taking off the third week of June from putting up new Patreon content, as I just can't keep up an every-weekday posting schedule while struggling to make progress on Empowered vol.12. However, my vast archive of years of Patreon posts—extensive Empowered previews, vintage con sketches, work stages on covers, "damsel in distress" commissions, life drawings & much, much more—remains available for Patrons' perusal.

-Adam Warren

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