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Now that Ben and Wayne have their scripts (and all of their photo references) for Heroineburgh Comics #3, we can start occasionally
posting some great updates for the issue which will come out later this year.

But the first art that's shaping up to be included in the book isn't from our interior artists.
It's from a new addition to the pinup lineup - Pittsburgh's own "Admiral Jamie Apgar".
He is friends with our actress Serra, who plays high-tech heroine X-Machina in the series, and he had previously drawn some
portraits of her in civilian attire. So I asked him to do a pinup for Issue #3, and so far he has come through with aplomb,
"making science sexy again." We'll have to see what his coloring style looks like when he's done but here are the preliminaries:

A sketch of Serra herself in the X-Machina costume.
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Then, inking her figure and placing her over a science laboratory background..also adding her heroine logo.
She is looking hot!
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Hopefully I'll have some of the first art from Wayne and Ben soon, so stay tuned for more Issue # news.
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Wayne comes up first with some preliminary art. This is the splash art for Page 9 - the first page of Wayne's story.
Devorra the Queen Bee meets with Drake and Vaporia (of the Black Faction) at their secret warehouse location to plan an attack that will discredit the superheroines.

I love the cool logo that Wayne came up with for Devorra!

Of course he will add a few more details, such as the 'veining' in Devorra's wings, and a sound effect (probably 'Bzzz') to indicate that she's hovering in the air.
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Ben's finally got some of Page 1 to show. Very promising stuff!

He talked with me about stepping up his art game, and I've also stepped up the level of peril situations in the Issue 3 script a bit,
so between all of that, I think we're going to have a good product on our hands when it's done, with some nice SHIP elements.

Just in this splash page, we've got
- an impressive display of evil powers by Chlorina, shooting out her gas toxins in a wide, beautiful arc
- Panthyra being choked by the toxins while her costume is visibly ripped from her battle with sister Savanna
- Savanna helpless on the ground, knocked out, with the curves of her tight costume on full display

And that's just the first page of the first story! I'll top the thread when we have more from Ben and Wayne.
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Yeah, I know this is just a background, but Ben is very good at them.
I'll add Ben's next contribution to this same post, probably.

He's now working on page 2 of Issue #3, and here is Chlorina's secret warehouse hideout.
He'll be filling those shelves with scientific instruments, but for now, we've got a nice catwalk view from above.
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And yes, those are two St. Andrew's crosses - Chlorina will be holding two of the heroines, drugged and woozy, in metal bondage clamps, in order to take samples from their blood to create her own mindless superpowered clones whom she can control.
At least, that's her theory - she might not get any further than that with her plan!

So when this is done, we'll have at least one whole page of bondage peril in a PG-13 comic, just like we used to read in the
good old Bronze Age! How' bout them apples.
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Wide shot view of the warehouse, with Savanna held in bondage on the St Andrew Cross while Chlorina looks on and gloats.
Panthyra is on the other cross, and will be shown in the following panel in her periled position.
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First drawing ever by Ben of Frija and Fianna! The Germanic Frija looks great (basically a sexy and muscular female Thor) but I suggested to Ben that the Irish Fianna not look quite as rail-thin. The actress Emily who plays her in the episodes is thin, but since we'll have a new Fianna actress eventually, there's no point in pigeonholing her. Other additions will be a 'fancier' hammer for Frija than the one in the videos (hey, it's comics, we can do that!) and a Celtic 'triskeles' on Fianna's belt as part of her costume.
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For a while, Ben was working on his Tarot card deck, where his art attempted to approximate Renaissance paintings with frozen
tableaux. In other words, the art was very static.

So he wanted to practice a bit to get back into the swing of creating lively and kinetic superheroine action poses a la the style of Western comics. He created this lovely group shot of some of the heroines in the course of practicing. Hope you enjoy it!

(Left to right: Zinnia, Frija, Fianna, Spectrina, Savanna and Cybrina)
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Starting to get glimpses of the bondage scene on page 2 of Issue 3, where Chlorina holds Savanna and Panthyra captive for her experiments.

Savanna, held with clamps and despairing.
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Chlorina, plotting her evil plan to clone the heroines, regarding them with scorn.
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Panthyra, straining her massive Amazonian muscles, trying to escape Chlorina's containment.
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Wider angle view of Savanna in Chlorina's restraining clamps. She also struggles to free herself!
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Ben ties it all together with this panel on Heroineburgh Comics #3, page 2.
First, there are the individual feline sisters (Savanna and Panthyra) fully colored in, and fully captured.
Then he adds the evil Chlorina gloating in front, with her toxic gas power emanating from her hands.
Add some handles on those 'science cabinets' and all that's left to do is put the word balloon captions up top.
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While still working on page 2, Ben is beginning to move on to page 3 pencils and sketches - here are the first inklings.

By the end of page 2, Panthyra has broken free of her restraints, using the adrenalin from the pain of Chlorina's needle shot
to boost her stregnth. Here, she threatens Chlorina with imminent destruction as the toxic villainess says, "No! Stay back, amazon!"
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As page 3 progresses, two superheroines burst through the wall like Kool-Aid Man to answer Savanna's secret distress signal to the Heroine League from her amulet. Here are the first raw sketches of that action.

Fianna does a high kick smashing through the warehouse wall. This will be an upskirt panel. And since we never did an upskirt with the Fianna character actress in live-action, we don't have any canon for what her lovely panties look like. We've decided on green!
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Meanwhile, Frija also smashes through the wall using her strength and her trusty hammer. Hoping to convey the power of her awesome muscular body here.
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Chlorina's "Stay back!" against Panthyra, colored. With the addition of the colors, it's easier to see Chlorina's sexy submissive pose in this shot. Trying to increase the peril quotient all around.
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Page 2 is done! (except for adding two commas and an exclamation point, which Ben knows about)
Here's what it's pretty much going to look like. It'll be a nice story with peril and combat action.
The evil Chlorina has Savanna and Panthyra caught in her clamps and clutches.
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More progress by Ben on page 3. This involves the panel where Fianna and Frija bust through the warehouse wall ("like Kool-Aid Man", were my exact instructions) to rescue Savanna who is shackled on the St Andrews cross by Chlorina. Of course, they don't realize that Panthyra is also there, so look forward to a punching fest taking up parts of pages 3 and 4 as the heroines sort that out.

Meanwhile here are Ben's individual renderings of lovely Fianna, the Celtic banshee warrior...
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And Frija, the powerful and muscular German uberfrau....
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Then combining them, as they both burst through the brick wall....
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Ben also turned the graphic into a sticker. I'll be posting that version on the Comicon thread since Ben will be at Steel City Con this Friday.

Wayne Brown also got back in touch with me today and it looks like he has some progress on sketched pages for his half of the issue, so hopefully I'll be posting those next.
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Some updates by Ben from pages 1, 3 and 4 of issue 3.

Ben's rendition of Chlorina was a bit rudimentary on the page 1 splash, so he wanted to define her body better.
Be aware that she'll be seen from far away in the panel.

Here's the detail:
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And then here's the nearly finished page 1 splash - lettering and all. We just need to tighten up that one word bubble in the middle so there's no white space in it, and we're golden!
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Meanwhile, Ben finished coloring and composing panels 1 and 2 on page 3, as Fianna and Frija bust thru the wall and make
their superhero landings. (no lettering yet)
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And a preview of more action on page 4: Panthyra in motion, as she attacks Fianna and then attempts to make her escape.
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Ben's work on Page 4 of Heroineburgh Comics #3 continues apace. Here you can see some of his process.

Here are some pencils. Frija is snapping Savanna's chains to free her, and Panthyra is running towards her to start a confrontation.
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Panthyra punches the hell out of Frija. What will the sound effect be?
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Ben decided to make Frija's costume as shiny and "gold metallic" as in the live-action. Here's a sample he showed me before he began the coloring. A really good choice - you can't go wrong with shiny spandex on a muscular feminine body.
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Savanna triggers the sound-activated Heroine League signal inside her amulet, while she is still chained to the St. Andrew's cross.
That's the action which calls Frija and Fianna to the scene.
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This panel is pretty much done except for the lettering, for which we've left plenty of room.
You can see which sound effect we chose for the impact. Frija looks great - very muscular in her Thor-esque outfit.
Savanna in her slinky leopard-style costume looks on in amazement as her evil sister goes toe to toe with the German goddess.
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While Ben and Wayne are still working on the issue's interior, we've got some front cover and back cover pinup work in progress
for Heroineburgh Comics Issue #3.

Here's the initial layout by Jason Wright. This cover is the first one to feature the "bad girls": four of the main supervillainesses
who are featured in the story inside. In the foreground, Panthyra snarls as Chlorina attacks her with poison gas. Up in the sky of the right, Devorra the Queen Bee is buzzing into action, while Fenneca the Silver Fox crouches atop a building in the moonlight, her ample cleavage on display (Black Cat style).
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Jason will be fleshing out this cover over the course of the next month, so stay tuned for updates.

Meanwhile, we have our first completed back cover pinup (there will be at least three). This is the work of local artist Jamie Apgar,
who has finished his portrayal of the "sexy scientist" X-Machina. In addition to her tight and shiny costume, he's got quite a background of the esoteric machines in her laboratory. Jamie says he was influenced a bit by HR Giger and Heavy Metal magazine in this piece. It looks awesome!
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Just in time for Heroineburgh Episode 20 to come out, we got some more great features and reviews!

I'm putting these in the Superheroine Comics thread because these sites and channels mostly deal with comic books.

Most recently, we just had a nice article come out in Bleeding Fool, which is Chris Braly's conservative / libertarian / classical-liberal
answer to the more famous Bleeding Cool. They get some pretty good traffic on their site.

Chris (who has published a couple of comic books himself, including the popular crowdfunded 'Thin Blue Line' by Nexus/Badger creator Mike Baron) interviewed me, and also did a good job of linking to all of our various live-action influences, including Sisterhood of Superheroine, Nightveil Media, SuperFemmes, and Super Knocked Up. Not only did he do his due diligence, but he also created a photo collage of 1970s TV shows (Wonder Woman, EW&DG, Isis and Bionic Woman) to go along with the piece. It really helps to give readers a feel for what we're about. Super cool!

Link to the article:
https://bleedingfool.com/movies-tv-film ... y-romance/
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On Youtube, our new friend Cooper (Telepathic Bunny) did a spotlight on the comic. "An interesting way to world-build!"



And meanwhile, another new supporter, John Bua from Long Island, featured Heroineburgh Comics #2 on his Youtube channel
"John's Longbox" as well. Awesome!

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Oh look, this thread is seven months old with 15 entries and I'm the very first person to comment. Hmmm.

I had a look at the Bleeding Fool website you are so pleased to be featured in. There's a fascinating piece there by Avi Green attacking the author of "Maus" and the media for bringing attention to a Tennessee schoolboard's 10-0 vote to ban Maus from the curriculum. The piece is a masterful example of pretzel logic and projection, and it neatly encapsulates the general tenor of the site. So Shevek - did Bleeding Fool become aware of your comic independently and approach you for the interview, or did you approach them?
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Join us in the chat tomorrow Wed 2/10 at 10 pm EST on the Youtube channel of Parody Press creator Don Chin (creator of Adolescent Radioactive Blackbelt Hamsters, X-Farce, and Beardzzerker) as we celebrate the launch of the 90s bad-girl superheroine legend Nira X Reborn campaign by BillMausArt and Committed Comics....and give away a copy of Heroineburgh Comics #2 to a lucky viewer.

Heroine fans assemble!

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Wayne Brown checked in today with some progress on pages 6, 7, and 8 of his story for Heroineburgh Comics #3!

Things are starting to hum along, as we're getting the panel layouts in order.

On Page 6 of Wayne Brown's story (page 16 of the comic)...Devorra tries to escape by hijacking a cab when she realizes her power is too depleted to fly away..but Poderosa spots her fleeing, and lifts the cab up into the air, dumping Devorra out and knocking her cold. Then Poderosa revels in her victory alongside Devana and Gardenia (who fought Devorra's hypnotized drone army in the previous pages) while the cabbie thanks them for the assist.
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On Page 7 of Wayne Brown's story (page 17 of the comic)....X-Machina and Cybrina check out an alarm which was tripped at Cybertech (the company where Cybrina's alter ego, Sabrina Walters, is the HR director). They are ambused by Drake and Vaporia!
Cybrina manages to escape into the Internet, but X-Machina is bombarded by nanobots fired from Drake's evil device!
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The nanobots overwhelm X-Machina, transforming her into an unfeeling, coldly logical supervillainess - she is now under the influence of the evil Black Faction, and she has become....Ultra-Machina!
(yep, kind of a cross between Ultron and Jocasta) Dunt-dunt-dah!

[Wayne did a great job with Ultra-Machina's sleek and shiny costume, which is also hopefully going to debut in Episode 21.]
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Some updates from our comics contingent, showing a bit of the art assembly process.

Ben is working right now on the climactic battle of his section of the comic.
Here's the layout he's designing for the fight between the toxic Chlorina and the heroic Celtic warrior goddess Fianna.
Gorgeous women blasting each other in all-out action scenes..what's not to like?

You can see how Ben's working on it in layers.

Chlorina launches her noxious gas clouds from the left. So deadly in her leotard and tights!
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Fianna emits her force beams from the right, with her beautiful curly strawberry-blonde tresses flying everywhere. So powerful
in her leather boots and mini-skirt!
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Then he puts them together in the panel with a placeholder background (don't worry, that won't be what the final background
looks like.)
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Also, on a different page (Page 3) Ben is working through the sequence of events which allow the sisters Savanna and Panthyra to break free of the bondage devices (literally two St. Andrew's crosses) that Chlorina has them captive in. A burst of adrenalin allows Panthyra to snap her wrist shackle. Great muscular definition in Ben's work.
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In the meantime, we've been promoting the comics and the videos on more fabulous Youtuber channels.
Here's a comics commentator from California named Yang Yan Zhao. He really gets everything we're trying to do.
"Is Heroineburgh the best way to show strong women in comics?" Watch and find out what he thinks.



Also, our friend Brett from Apex Comix in Lubbock, TX and his co-host Rex talk with both me and Marvin (of The Edge). In the middle, we get some inkling of shared influences between us and the Apex crew (Brett and Rex are both big fans of FemForce,
and Brett is working on a new comic called "Femm-Bat" which may launch a campaign soon).

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Mr. X wrote: 6 months ago Nice pod cast
Thanks, Mr. X! We've got another great livestream tonight (Tue 3/22) at 8 PM EST..as the "Comicsburgh" collective solidifies (five local creators so far), Marvin and I will appear on the Youtube channel "Murph and Dirk Duke It Out" which features a lot of independent comic book creators. Murph and Drink sound like fun guys (I modded chat on a couple channels for their own book, "Ballad of the Celestials," a Conan-style adventure funding now on IGG) so it should be a good one.

Tune in tonight, and post in the chat...or catch it later on the flip and drop in a comment.



And check this out: Ben churned out one more panel tonight for Issue #3. Here is the evil Chlorina, running her genetic analysis on the superhuman physiques of Panthyra and Savanna (Ben came up with the scientific parameters on his own...my favorite is "Alpha-Keratin", which represents Savanna's ultra-sharp catlike claws) while preparing a syringe which will allow her to extract their DNA for her purposes of diabolical cloning. I really like the green glow of the screen reflected on Chlorina's costume.
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Ben pulls into the lead with more great panel work.
He is doing a great job of making the characters look sexy and powerful in every panel - that's the goal!
("good girl art" with a touch of "bad girl" panache) And it's a good example of the kind of action we'll provide in the issue.

Page 3 Panel 3 - Chlorina is about to inject Panthyra to extract her DNA sample.
Chlorina gloats, as Panthyra screams in rage, trying to boost her adrenalin enough to break free.
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Full colored panel of Chlorina and Fianna in battle: toxic gas bursts vs. force blasts.
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Fianna unleashes her Celtic banshee scream against Chlorina!
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Chlorina can't take the battering by Fianna's powerful sound waves. She recoils in agony!
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And...on to another part of the first story, where we have Cybrina and Indarra battling Fenneca the Silver Fox during a robbery.

Yes, we did it! A Milo Manara homage! Fenneca looks super-hot here (she's basically Black Cat meets Silver Sable).
Hopefully we can also do this pose in live-action in Season 3 once we cast a new Fenneca.
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So, if you've recovered sufficiently from the shock of Fenneca's Spider-Butt, we can give you a few more glimpses into Ben working on page 4 and page 5 panels in Heroineburgh Comics issue #3.

Frija rubbing her chin after getting slammed across the room by the mighty Panthyra. "Ach du lieber! Somebody get the number of that lorry!"...is something she would probably say. Except the wimple (her version of a tiara) is missing. So, either Ben has to add it, or he has to draw it on the floor nearby (where it was knocked off by Panthyra). Continuity is important!
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Chlorina passed out on the floor. She can dish it out, but she can't take it!
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Fianna gloating over her defeat of Chlorina. "She shall not escape confinement this time!" is something the banshee goddess would say.
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Savanna, stretching and posing in her tight costume, while giving Frija some much-needed information about how to track down her evil sister Panthyra in the near future. (She's got a list of the local drug dens).
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Frija, impatient to get going after Panthyra, urges the heroines to depart with a "Genial! What are we waiting for? Let's go!".
Her muscles, of course, also rippling inside her tight and shiny costume.
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Well, we have an amazing announcement - here's the finished cover by Jason Wright for Issue #3. All we need to add are the story
titles at the bottom (they'll go over Chlorina's legs, so as to not obscure any of the great costumes). [Note: this is a low-res version
of the file. The real one is 28 MB.]

I hope you'll agree that Jason has a really good grasp of how to properly depict the tight spandex costumes we use in our series, whether it be the heroines or (in this case) the four lovely villainesses: Fenneca, Devorra, Panthyra and Chlorina. Can't wait for
this issue to be done, so we can display another incredible Jason Wright cover to the world!
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In the meantime, Ben continues to bust through with more great work for his eight pages. His section ends with a mini-story about Fenneca fighting Cybrina and Indarra during a burglary, and here are some of the preliminary pencils for that!

Fenneca works at the safe to open the combination lock. She's got skills!
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Indarra and Cybrina catch Fenneca red-handed. Here, they are in their initial power stances before springing into action.
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Fenneca pounces on them! Mrrrow!
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Cybrina and Indarra attack with their electricity and force blasts! (compare to Black Lightning and Fire)
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Meanwhile, from the main story, Ben has Fianna gloating in victory over Chlorina's knockout.
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While we're out here in West Virginia at a smaller but extremely lively Comicon, Ben is getting some great work done on his story for Issue 3, pounding out panel after panel.

Here's the background for the panel where Fenneca scales the wall of the fitness gym to drop through the roof vent and break into the safe. It's the gym owned by millionaire superheroine Frija (who is busy elsewhere helping Fianna save Savanna from the evil clutches
of Chlorina's experiments). And Fenneca thinks she'll be able to take advantage of the distraction. How wrong she is!
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This is Ben's sketch of Fenneca the Silver Fox climbing the wall of the gym, using her super strength and diamond-sharp claws. It will be overlaid on top of the background above!
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Proud to say that Ben is really getting the hang of how to draw a sexy superheroine comic that can still appeal to a wide audience of comic book readers. Here we've got the results of Fenecca slashing Cybrina's costume at the beginning of the battle: Cybrina is bleeding from her torso with her chest nearly exposed, but she will be releasing pixellated "nanites" (which Ben is working on creating separately) that will quickly heal her body and her torn costume. One of the benefits of being an advanced cybernetic superheroine!
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While Cybrina heals, it's a lovely catfight between Indarra and Fenneca. First, Indarra grabs Fenneca from the side, hoping to slow her down with her super strength.
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However, Fenneca retaliates with a massive blow to Indarra's midsection. Who will prevail in this battle of tightly-clad titanesses?
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We also have a great new pinup for Issue 3 on the way from one of the staunchest Pittsburgh indie legends - the creator of Megaton Man and the Bizarre Heroes universe! (and also Ms. Megaton Man). You can see his signature in the lower right corner.

Here are the initial pencils for his half-page pinup of Devana the Serbian Huntress.It will be inked and colored within the next couple of weeks.
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Ben is killing it with his latest panels for Heroineburgh Comics issue #3, still working on the Cybrina & Indarra vs Fenneca encounter.

Here's the interior of Black Forest Fitness, the gym owned by Frija where the action takes place. This will be the background to a splash panel.
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The coloring is moving apace on the panel where Indarra and Cybrina burst into the room to confront Fenneca.
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Fenneca climbing up the outside wall of the gym with her super strength and powerful fox claws.
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Fully colored panel of Fenneca cracking the safe in the gym. Ben is making her look very hot in every panel.
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One of the wall photos in the gym office will have this bodybuilder poster on it. Nice crisp detail in the scene!
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Here's a combined panel of Indarra and Cybrina attacking with their powers (Ben added some nice 'Kirby crackle' to Indarra's green force blasts)...while Fenneca dodges the beam with her super-agility and attacks Cybrina with her claws...what's the fox equivalent to "Mrrrow!" :)
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More great panel work by Ben for Heroineburgh Comics #3.

Below is Page 5, Panel 4 - the last panel of the headline story (Chlorina & Panthyra vs Frija, Fianna and Savanna).
In this panel, the story is wrapped up as the three heroines apprehend the unconscious Chlorina, and plan their next move
to track down Savanna's evil sister.

Ben created two different versions of this panel - one with Savanna further in the background, and one with Savanna in the foreground. We decided to go with the one with Savanna in the foreground. See if you agree with the choice!
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Ben also continues to work on his second story, which is a mini-action tale that takes up just three pages: Fenneca vs Cybrina
and Indarra (you've been seeing work from this in the above posts).

In this panel, Fenneca has been knocked on her ass by the pummeling attack of super-strong Indarra, and she's cowering on the floor. But Fenneca is very sneaky and resourceful. She reaches for a syringe in her "fox pouch" which will give her a momentary burst of extra speed and strength to help her to escape the heroines. Ben continues to keep the situation sexy and perilous!
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Our friend Don has now finished inking his Devana the Huntress back cover half-page pinup! All that's left is the coloring, so we'll see how that goes. Don is the consummate professional.
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Ben added two more panels today! This is the finished and colored version of the sketch you see above.
Fenneca is sprawled out in a sexy perilous position with Indarra towering over her, about to finish her off, but then she grabs
the adrenalin shot. Will she able to use it in time?
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Another finished and colored panel. Chlorina taunts her captive Panthyra, as she is about to withdraw her genetic material.
Panthyra strains in rage against her shackles, her massive leg and arm muscles flexing with power. Can she escape Chlorina's clutches in time?
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Yet more fantastic work by Ben on Heroineburgh Comics issue 3.

In this panel, Frija rubs her face where Panthyra punched her (she's not immune to pain if the impact is hard enough)
while Panthyra leaps up on the wall and escapes through the hole, bidding the heroines a less than fond farewell.
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Ben's completed art for the Milo Manara tribute panel. Fenneca tears off the roof grate, crouching in the same position
as the legendary Spider-Woman. Fox butt in full effect! :)
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Sketch by Ben of Fenneca leaping upwards towards the roof, evading the grasp of Cybrina and Indarra. He'll flesh it out soon.
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Page 8, the very last panel. While Cybrina's back is turned, Indarra goes on the take! She grabs some cash for the safe
to support her Basque nationalist cause. Of course, she stuffs it in the sexiest possible location (ain't no Liefeldian pouches in most of our costumes). Will her duplicity be discovered by the heroines?
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Page 3 of the issue is nearly done, except for one small spelling error (so, this needs to be fixed)...can you find it?
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Are you ready for some sexy layouts? Here they come! (by Benjamin Zeus Barnett for Heroineburgh Comics #3)

Page 5 is done, graphics-wise, but there are some typos which need to be edited.
And that speech balloon in panel 2 is too far above Fianna - it looks like the St Andrew's cross is doing the talking! :)
Here's the unedited version, though. Don't worry, I won't let any mistakes get through!
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Page 6 is done and edited. Great work by Ben, nice editing by me!
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Page 7 new panel from the battle of Cybrina and Indarra vs Fenneca. Here's Fenneca uses her diamond-sharp claws to brutally
slash Cybrina in her chest - costume destruction!
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Page 8 panel 2 sketch. While Cybrina is on the phone giving her report to Angela (Frija), Indarra sneaks back into the room with
the safe to snatch some of that sweet cash.
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Page 7 "panel 3.5" where Indarra grabs Fenneca from behind. This action wasn't in the script originally, but they look cute,
so we're putting an extra line in the dialogue and including it in the Page 7 layout.
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A couple of editing fixes need to be done to this Page 4 layout and it's ready!
(I think the Germans on the board will note that it's more idiomatic to say "Was ist hier los" instead of "Was ist los hier")
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News on the Heroineburgh Comics front:

- All of Ben's eight pages are completely done and edited. They are in my computer files for the issue, ready to be laid out.

- Wayne had a very traumatic family tragedy happen a couple of weeks ago. But I met with him today, and it looks like he will be back on track soon to get his half of the book done. I'll give him as much time as he needs to process things on his end, though.

- Don completed his back cover pinup for the issue. It's in my files, and ready to go. Here it is below.
We also have Jamie's X-Machina pinup and Jason's front cover of the four villainesses.

Now we just need Wayne and Marcel's contributions (Marcel is working on a Lunessa pinup), and we can go to print. Fingers crossed!
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Finally, after a long time, we're nearing the finish line for the release of Heroineburgh Comics issue #3.
Marcel is still working on his pinup, but Wayne is almost done with the inking, and will proceed towards coloring this week.
We have an appointment to do lettering and editing on Tuesday, so hopefully that will happen as planned.

Here are three more pages by Wayne with the inking:

Page 14 - Three plots happening:
- Captain Peggy brings a captured Devorra in for processing to return her to jail. She encounters the Mayor who isn't too happy
with all the destruction the supervillains are causing. Peggy takes the tongue-lashing but thinks to herself what a blowhard the Mayor really is.
- Olivia Queen and Crainiac are meeting about how to cause more havoc to disrupt and discredit the Heroine League.
- Drake and Vaporia invade Cybertech Systems in their plan to set a trap for the high-tech heroines X-Machina and Cybrina.
Vaporia knocks out the security guard with her smoke.
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When the heroines arrive to check out the security alert, Drake attacks X-Machina with Crainiac's nano-particle gun, while Vaporia
assaults Cybrina with her asphyxiating smoke. Unfortunately, Cybrina is able to make physical contact with a computer terminal
and disappear into the Internet with a crackle and a pop, but X-Machina is ensnared by the nano-machine stream and begins a
forced transformation before Drake's very eyes.
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X-Machina's transformation is complete. She is no longer human - she is now a perfect melding of flesh and machine: the next evolution of humankind, and completely under the control of Drake's Black Faction group. Hovering in the air and brimming with
immense power, she has become the evil entity known as....ULTRA-MACHINA!

(Wayne is doing some really nice 'Kirby crackle')
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