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And so it begins! It was stated at the beginning of the Heroineburgh Comics #1 update thread that there would be THREE stories in Heroineburgh Comics #1 but that of course was a little bit too ambitious for the length of time involved. Now that we've settled on two 8-page stories per issue (plus a couple pages of photos and character descriptions) we're sure what the two stories for Issue #2 are going to be, and work has begun on the issue, so I'm starting this new thread for Heroineburgh Comics #2.

The stories are:

- Superheroine Savanna interacting with her dad, fighting criminals in her neighborhood of Homewood, and then encountering her evil older sister Stacy, who has transformed, She-Hulk style, into muscular amazon Panthyra, and is under the thrall of a controlling drug dealer,

- A great aerial battle story where Olivia the Quingpin and Crainiac Master of Machines team-up to wreak havoc on the city with an army of destructive flying robots. Our two flying superheroines, Poderosa the Latina superwoman and Jinniyya the Lebanese mistress of the wind come to the rescue among downtown Pittsburgh's skyscrapers, assisted at headquarters by Italian martial artist Vendetta.

Here are Ben's first drawings for the Savanna story. They'll be touched up accordingly (obviously the proportions on Savanna have to be
carefully altered) but this is a good start for the panel art on the first couple of pages. Follow along with us as we post updates on
Heroineburgh Comics #2, hopefully coming out in late spring/early summer!

Splash page of Anna (aka Savanna the Feline Fury) posing sexily on page 1. Yes, Ben made the head too big - he'll fix it, don't worry!
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The comic books and action figure shelves of Anna's dad, Daniel Sauvage. We're putting in a few reference to pioneering black comics creators, see if you can spot them.
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Anna's dad Daniel at home. He'll be giving his daughter some important advice.
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Anna's family album, including a childhood photo of her and her older sister. Her mom was already portrayed by actress Tracey in Episode 9.
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This is one of several character pinups that will appear in Issue #2 drawn by Pittsburgh artist Anne Strongman. A powerful superhero landing for our heroine Savanna.
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After a brief hiatus - including a search for a new job due to coronavirus shutdowns, which was successful - our valiant artist Ben is back on the case with Heroineburgh Comics #2's first story (the Savanna saga) and has a couple of panel updates. We'll be bringing you more of his developments in the upcoming month, as he'll have a lot more free time to draw and we'll also have considerable free time to edit.

Here is Savanna using her feline agility to leap from the rooftops and down to the street level....
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...where she confronts a hooded thug who is firing off shots in her neighborhood. We'll soon find out why he's doing that!
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Ben is starting to really rev up. Here's an image that originally was just going to appear on a TV screen in one of the panels of the Savanna story, but it looked so cool and detailed that it's going to be blown to at least 1/4 page and maybe even 1/2 page splash, once the background of the county jail is drawn in. It's the prison break (as depicted in the live-action Episode 14) with two more super-criminals added, for a total of six fugitives from justice: [top row] Canis, Mesmera and Dyna and [bottom row] Devorra, Chlorina and Serpenta. Our own version of the Sinister Six? The Superior Foes of Heroineburgh? You get to see the raw image first!
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The first page of the second issue is starting to come together. It begins with Savanna in her living room, putting on her costume
and having a conversation with her Dad, when of course, suddenly they are interrupted by crime! Ben is still working on completing the background but this is what he has so far.
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A bit of detail fleshing out the character of Daniel Sauvage, Savanna's dad, who is a comic book geek (the character honors the real father of actress Janeka, who is a comic book artist who also became an inker for Marvel).

Sitting on the couch in the living room talking to Savanna.
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Savanna throatlifting the thug. Coloring all the jaguar spots on the costume is kind of a pain for Ben, but he does it so well that it looks great. And she has some very nice booty!
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After a short lull we have some ongoing developments on Heroineburgh Comics issue #2. Wayne Brown has now started work on his 8-page story, so we'll see the work from both Ben and Wayne that you can compare and contrast.

Ben's coloring, up first.
Savanna on page 1 - the splash page. She poses in her costume, admiring herself while talking to her dad.
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Savanna's acrobatic flip onto the street in chase of the thug.
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Prison break of the supervillains.
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Savanna throatlifts the thug.
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Wayne's first page - the beginnings of the Sintilla splash page. Here, Sintilla whacks a bank security guard with her rubber paddles.
Wayne's still working on this but he should catch up to Ben soon!
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More work by Ben and Wayne.

Ben's new Savanna logo. He forgot that it's not spelled with an "H" at the end but we'll change it. I love the font and the way it evokes the spirit of a Jungle Girl type of comic!
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Full page splash of Savanna admiring herself in her costume and showing it off to her dad. We added some great details like the house outside the window, her dad's comic books, action figures and records, an African medallion, and her little baby's crib, plus the heavy metal band from the comic strip on TV. At first, Ben drew Savanna with her eyes closed, but I thought it would look a bit more alluring if her eyes were open and gazing downwards.
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Here, Savanna is distracted from dispatching the street criminal, as he points at something behind her which is a bigger threat. What does she see?
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Preliminary sketch by Wayne of basically an entire comics page. Here we have the villains plotting against the heroines in the
corporate office: Olivia Queen the Quingpin, her superstrong henchwoman Dyna, and Crainiac the master of machines, along with
his new flying destructo-bots.
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Wayne has pulled ahead of Ben in the page count! He's really churning them out now - and it looks fantastic.
Here are our first-ever comic book appearances of Vendetta, the Italian ninja fighter.

Here, Vendetta gets on the microphone to alert the heroines to the trouble downtown (and, no it doesn't involve Antifa kids smashing restaurant windows, which happened last night here). Wayne will flesh out the headquarters scenario, and there'll be a video screen showing live coverage of Crainiac's destructo-bots.
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Here's the entire page of the combat between Vendetta and the sneaky superthief, Sintilla.
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Ben's making progress. Two more finished panels (all they need is lettering).

Savanna throttles the gangster.
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Savanna talks to the gangster on the ground, as she is about to be attacked from behind!
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Corrected Savanna logo!
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Some really good progress this week on Issue 2 from Ben and also from our new artist Howard Bender (who has a history with DC Comics going back to the 80s, drawing Supergirl!!).

Ben finished coloring another panel - the one where Savanna and the criminal she is apprehending are about to be interrupted by an unexpected nemesis!
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Ben also began work on the character of Cor'Von the drug lord (who will be played in Episode 18 by our great friend, Marvin).
Cor'Von will be the catalyst who creates Savanna's most powerful enemy...you'll have to wait and see a bit!
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And finally we've unleashed the talent of DC Comics legend Howard Bender, another proud native of Pittsburgh PA (these days, he makes a living as an active caricaturist at all kinds of events). Here is Howard's finished pinup of Italian superheroine Vendetta, standing at the ready to defend her neighborhood of Bloomfield ("Pittsburgh's Little Italy"). As soon as he colors it, the pinup will be ready for inclusion in Issue #2!

(We seriously had to resist asking Howard to put "CHA" on the moon!)
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More fantastic work from the artists of Heroineburgh Comics #2. Besides what you see here, we also got the finished, colored version of Howard Bender's Vendetta pinup. We won't be showing it here, but once the comic comes out, you'll be able to see it.

Meanwhile, Ben has been working steadily on the Savanna story. Here's some more progress.

Finished panel where Savanna rushes out the door of her father's house, after hearing shots down the street.
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Almost finished colored panel of Cor'Von the drug lord, introducing him to the series (in Episode 18, he will debut in live action portrayed by our friend Marvin). We wanted to put a poster of a prominent Pittsburgh rapper on Cor'Von's wall, so the Wiz Khalifa sign is a place holder while Ben draws up a good likeness of Wiz. I went to the same high school as Wiz Khalifa so we thought that reference made sense.
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Sketch of Stacy Sauvage (Savanna's ne'er-do-well big sister) as she begs Cor'Von for another hit of his drugs. In this story, she'll be transforming from a dependent, submissive girlfriend of the drug lord into a powerful supervillainess, so this scene is the first step of her journey into becoming Panthyra. More art from Ben soon on that sequence.
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Finally, Jason Wright has thrown his hat back into the ring after creating the latest "Anti-Heroineburgh" sticker for us a month back (which featured Serpenta, Stellara, Panthyra and Chlorina).

Here is his preliminary sketch for the cover of Heroineburgh Comics #2! The only alteration we're going to make is to ensure that the flight angles of Poderosa and Jinniyya (the flying heroines at the top) are changed enough so that we can clearly see parts of their beautiful legs and boots. That way, they look more like powerful heroines and less like disembodied torsos. :) I also wanted Jinniyya to have one of her fists outstretched in front (the one with the Arabic bracelet) on it so she would look more determined and powerful.

The figures in the background above the downtown buildings are Crainiac's flying destructo-bots which will be featured inside in the story starring Poderosa and Jinniyya.

Otherwise than changing the flight angles, I really like what Jason did, and we're going to run with this layout. The pussycat on Savanna's shoulder is an especially cute touch!
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In a burst of manic energy, our amazing first-story artist Ben has churned out the entire Panthyra transformation sequence overnight.

Here are the preliminary sketches, which will encompass an entire page. Attention to anyone interested in muscle growth and Hulk-outs: this sequence will appear (in slightly different variations) both in Heroineburgh Comics #2 *and* upcoming Episode 18.

Both are "canon"!

The sequence actually begins with the panel from the previous post where "Stacy begs for drugs" from her dealer boyfriend Cor'Von.
He gives her the meteor pill which she swallows whole and then her "shripping" transformation into Panthyra runs its course!
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More progress on Ben's Savanna story for Issue 2.

Panthyra's last transformation panel, where she is so hulked-out that she's both ripped *and* stripped.
Ben actually made 7 panels for a six-panel transformation, so we're going to be dropping one of those 7 panels. Not sure which one yet.
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Cor'Von brings Panthyra her costume - he says it's his mom's "old disco outfit" from the 70s.
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Savanna closeup from one of the panels.
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Savanna crouching as she lands after leap.
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Savanna in the living room, with her dad. A shot rings out! (sound effect to be added)
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A possible layout for Page 2. One of the panels isn't finished yet so things might be moved around slightly.
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Wayne has been falling a bit behind this week (I'll be checking in with him), but Ben has been barrelling on ahead with the Savanna story. He hasn't gotten to the part yet where Panthyra (aka Stacy Sauvage) is in costume, but he's been doing some great work putting together the panels for the first three pages, and even got the first page's lettering done. Here is some further progress!

Page 1 complete!
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Page 3 in progress. Panel layout looks fine.
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Stacy on Cor'Von's bed. Cor'Von is her drug dealer boyfriend.
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Cor'Von shows Stacy the glowing meteorite.
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Stacy swallows the meteorite pill. (No background added yet)
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More progress from both Ben and Wayne on Issue 2.

Ben has finished coloring the entire Panthyra transformation sequence which encompasses page 5.
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Now he's working on page 6 which is a splash page reveal of Panthyra's tight new costume and powerfully muscular body.
Here's the work in progress. One more element (a belt) will be added to her costume for the fight with Savanna on pages 7 and 8.
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Meanwhile, Wayne is doing quite well with the second story, working on Page 13 - here shown in progress.
Crainiac's evil destructo-bots are terrorizing Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh...then the battle is joined with Serbian warrior goddess Devana and Afghani sound-mistress Darbouka destroyed several of the robots the best way they can...while a young girl and her mother look on in amazement.
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Wayne and Ben both hard at work on the second issue! Wayne filled out the rest of the details on page 13's pencils,
while Ben laid out pages 2 through 5. (Page 1 was already shown - the splash page introducing Savanna)

Much more to come.

Wayne's Page 13 - Devana and Darbouka battle the robots in the downtown market square
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Ben's Pages 2 through 5 - Savanna and Panthyra
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So this week Ben and I have been concentrating on perfecting Page 2 and I think we've succeeded.
Here's a little lesson on how to edit a comic book page.

First, Ben put in this lettering job with the balloons. As you can see, this font size (which we used for Heroineburgh Comics #1) is simply too big. The balloons are obtrusive, and they take up too much of the page, obscuring the images. It also just 'looks' too dialogue-heavy, even though it isn't. You can also notice lots of spelling and punctuation errors.
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So then we reduced the font down to 10 point, which is still readable, and everything looked great. Errors fixed as well.
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Ben then added the TV station logo to panel 2 (the TV screen) to retain continuity from when we used it in Issue #1 (X-Machina story).
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And finally, since Panel 3 was a bird's eye view of the room which included the bassinet, and Savanna is making direct reference to her baby, I wanted to make sure that the baby was actually in the crib. Here's a closeup of the widdle snookums.
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And here's the completed Page 2 with the baby included. Success!
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Ben also began coloring the second splash page (Page 5) which is Panthyra's costume reveal. He made her look powerful. A formidable foe for Savanna, indeed!
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Lots of great output this week from both Ben and Wayne for Issue 2!

First...Ben's work on the Savanna story. Here's a completed splash page of Panthyra fully transformed with Cor'Von looking on in awe..ready for the lettering!
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Now, Ben's sketching out the brutal action scene on Page 7 and 8 where Savanna and Panthyra punch, kick and slash their way through an alley-cat fight. Tne final panel in this post is a close-up of Savanna in serious peril, as Panthyra prepares to snap her like a a twig after knocking her out. Ben does a good job of rendering Savanna's shapely unconscious body..notice he made a note for "no nipples", but we might have to change that. :)

Savanna crouches, surprised by the appearance of her sister who is now a powerful amazonian supervillainess!
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Panthyra strikes swiftly and without mercy!
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Savanna retaliates with a ferocious cat-claw slash to Panthyra's abdomen!
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Panthyra delivers a knockout body blow to her big sister, who is now the smaller Savanna!
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Savanna sprawled out unconscious, about to be snapped in two by her little sister.
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A spurt of great progress from Wayne as well!

Here are six of the 8 pages he's working on for the story, all in various stages of excellent progress!

Page 9 starts out with the sneaky Sintilla smacking a bank guard silly with her rubber paddles as she flees the scene with the loot.
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Page 10 features the full fight between Sintilla and Vendetta in the alley....Vendetta recovers the stolen loot, but Sintilla disappears in a flash! (one of her powers)
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Page 11 where Olivia Queen (Quingpin), her musclebound henchwoman Dyna, and the mechanical genius Crainiac discuss the plans for unleashing destructive flying robots in the Downtown area to test the mettle of the superheroines.
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Page 12 where the robots depart their secret roost in the top of the Quexxon Building, Vendetta calls out the League alarm from her monitor stations, and the flying superheroines Poderosa and Jinniyya suddenly find themselves in the middle of the aerial carnage.
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Page 14 where the aerial combat between the heroines and the destructo-bots takes a turn for the better, as Jinniyya uses her wind powers and Poderosa deploys her super speed to save the day.
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Page 16 featuring three panels in the aftermath of the fight: 1) Poderosa brings the remains of one of the robots back to the Heroine League lab for X-Machina and Cybrina to analyze. 2) Captain Peggy is called to the mayor's office to account for the damage that the heroines did to the Downtown buildings during the melee. and 3) Drake and Crainiac talk about their next moves against the League, while Vaporia waits patiently for them, smoking her signature vapes.
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More exciting adventures to come from our artists as the book begins to be lettered!
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And...here is the colored cover for Heroineburgh Comics #2 by Jason! (He told me he was inspired a bit by Adam Hughes)

This is not quite the final version. We are making at least the following adjustments:

1) Rounding out the left side of Jinniyya's face and cheek so it looks a bit more natural and shapely. And adding portions of her left arm, since we are showing both of Poderosa's arms.

2) Jason forgot to put the black "V" logo on Vendetta's left breast, so we are adding that.

3) A bit of electrical ductwork or graffiti on the wall behind Vendetta to make the scene look more gritty.

Once these changes are made, the cover will be finalized, and I'll get a copy of it in high-resolution form.

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Hi everyone! I know a good number of you watch Youtube, so here's a heads up for tonight!

Tonight Wed Aug 26 at 8:30 pm Eastern Standard Time...Dave Murdoch of the estimable comic book store Inner Circle Comics and Games (Idaho Falls, ID) will be interviewing the "Comicsburgh" team on his livestream.

The Pittsburgh-based comic book creators will include:
- myself, creator of Heroineburgh Comics and the Heroineburgh video series.
- Marvin Wynn, creator of The Edge Comics (now working on their 10th issue, and a re-mastered #1) and the actor who will debut as
drug-dealing villain "Cor'Von" in Episode 18 this fall.

You can watch it in realtime and participate in the chat. The discussion will be mostly about comics, but you are also welcome to ask any questions about the Heroineburgh video series, as I'm sure that Dave will bring that topic up quite a bit. After all, we are a live-action comic book!

Here's the link for Inner Circle Comics and Games channel. Hope to see you there! (or watch it later on the flipside)

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPIpcJ ... t2hi2nvIWw


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Ben continues to work on the Savanna / Panthyra battle on page 7 and 8.
Here's the evolution of another battle panel. Savanna's body is too small so he's going to make her larger,
but here is the slashing action which dominates the scene. And then he starts to color her complicated costume, as usual.
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Meanwhile, Wayne is very close to finishing page 9. He just needs to consolidate the lettering in a couple of the word balloons
and it's ready.
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Just a bit more progress this week on the comic but it's a doozy.

This is Ben's final splash page for the climactic scene in the first story (Savanna vs Panthyra) of Issue #2.

You can see he's not quite finished yet with the costume details, but you can definitely get the idea.
This is comic book peril at its finest, with the vengeful Panthyra using her incredible strength (a feat we could not pull off in the live videos!) to lift the unconscious Savanna into the air, ready to smash her sister on the pavement.

What will happen next - oh my! (said in George Takei voice)
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And now, we also have a nice bonus: something only members of this forum are going to get to see. We had a very nice art submission (an action portrait of Arogya in front of her hospital) that is going to appear in the Issue #2 letter column..concept
by Aru (from NYC) and drawn by Zanfadar (whom some may remember from the Super Heroine Central art pages).

We're not going to show that piece here (that's reserved for comic buyers only) but we can show the much sexier depictions of Arogya that were too racy to appear in the comic. Having watched our videos with both actresses who play Arogya - Nupur and Shani - Aru has pitted them against each other as the Battle of the Arogyas, fighting for supremacy in the costume. A battle which Nupur (the current Arogya) eventually wins. Here is the Heroineburgh fan art by Aru and Zanfadar - enjoy!

The power of Arogya is transferred (somehow...not sure how that works!) to Nupur.
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Nupur and Shani, both posing in the Arogya costume.
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Nupur knocks out Shani in a fierce punching match!
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Nupur cradle carries Shani from the scene of the battle, becoming the one and only remaining Arogya the Healer.
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Remember, this fan art won't appear in the comic - you only see it here!
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Two more panels in progress by Ben!
He's been doing some great backgrounds, too. I just told him to put a bit of detail on the trashcans because they stand out
as voids in the scene.

Savanna crouches in anticipation of a frontal attack by Panthyra!
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Savanna slashes at Panthyra, opening wounds in her abdomen and causing her face to bleed!
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Ben sent me all 8 of his finished pages, but Wayne is still working on his 8 pages.

It's interesting to see the process. This is page 12 - don't take it as final gospel, obviously, since there are a ton of spelling
errors that I need to correct, plus Poderosa's costume color scheme is still wrong (she has blue gloves and a white mask)
but overall, this does capture the feel of how Wayne's pages will look when they are finished.
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More of Wayne's pages which are close to being done but not lettered yet.
There are some minor things (like Poderosa's costume color scheme) which need to be changed.
As well as a whole bunch of details on the final page that haven't been added yet, but were indicated in the script.
Wayne's getting there, though, and should be done soon. Can't wait to put this together in a few weeks!

Quingpin, Dyna and Crainiac plan their attack on the city center using the flying destructo-bots.
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The destructo-bots invade Market Square Downtown! Darbouka and Devana are on the scene to begin the heroines' defense.
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The aerial assault is in full swing as Poderosa and Jinniyya battle the flying robots in the skies.
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The heroines win the battle both in the air and on the ground, and survey the damage in the square. Darbouka signs an autograph.
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In the aftermath of the battle, the heroines analyze the robot parts in their lab at headquarters. Mayor Paduno and Police Captain
Peggy confer about the heroines' damage at City Hall. And Vaporia waits patiently on guard as Drake & Crainiac plot their next move
against the heroines.
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Very pleased to announce there is serious progress with the lettering for Wayne's pages, most of which I showed above in the previous post. Yesterday, Wayne and I got together in person to letter about half the pages, and the other half we are going to complete this Tue or Wed. With almost all coloring done (just a few white spaces to be filled in here and there), that hopefully means I should have his eight pages by the end of next week!

In the meantime, the final piece of the puzzle is being solved: Marcel's long-awaited back cover pinup of Poderosa. This morning he sent me the pencils. He decided to draw her twice so that her character would be more emphasized, since the pinup is going to be printed in a slightly smaller version than his previous one with Jinniyya. So we see Poderosa in two poses, instead of a background of "downtown Pittsburgh". No complaints there.

Here's my assessment: Poderosa's in-flight figure is excellent. Well-proportioned and very sexy. The only thing I want to change is to give her the bigger "80s rocker hair" (think Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders) that she has in the episodes, rather than the tighter "helmet" hairdo he gave her. Otherwise than that, it's complete.

The closeup he drew is perfect as it is. I'm not worried about how the hair looks in that, because her face is gorgeous and really captures the beautiful smile of the actress, Christina. I also love how he placed her gloved fist right next to her smile. Not sure if that was intentional, but the symbolism (to me, at least) indicates that she has a sunny and upbeat personality but can be powerful and forceful whenever it's called for. To me, that's the perfect way a heroine should be depicted, especially one which draws influences from Bronze Age and 1980s comic books, and so it's highly commendable.

What do you think?
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We are so close - oh so close - to completing all the art for Heroineburgh Comics #2, and thus being able to start laying it out.
I only need *one* more completed art page from Wayne, we have everything from Ben, we have 18 comic strips from Wayne and Ben, we have four pinups from Howard, Anne, Ben and Marcel, and now that the FX cut for Episode 18 is approved (we only need one more final editing pass this week) we also have a couple of fully effected photo stills as well. We even have a fan letter complete with a piece of great fan art of the heroine Arogya. All told, it's still going to be able to squeeze easily into 24 very packed pages!

For now, here's one totally completed page from Ben, one *almost* completed page from Wayne, and an inked version of Marcel's pinup, just to show the quality and variety of what's in store for the second issue. Can't wait!!

A two-page literal catfight between Savanna the Feline Fury and her evil sister, the powerful Panthyra in their home neighborhood of Homewood (in Pittsburgh's East End area). This is page 9 of H-Burgh #2 by Ben!
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The wrap-up of a three-page between four members of the Heroine League and a swarm of destructive flying robots, built by Crainiac
and unleashed by the Quingpin (oil baroness Olivia Queen). It's missing *one* dialogue balloon in the first panel where Devana is supposed to be talking while smashing the robot with her bo staff. But otherwise than that, it's complete page 17 of H-Burgh #2 by Wayne....all happening in and around Market Square in downtown Pittsburgh, PA!
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Marcel's inked version of his Poderosa pinup. Because it will be a smaller size, he decided to go with both a full-body shot and a closeup profile of Christina's gorgeous smiling face. It'll be fully colored soon, and will really pop out on the back cover!
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Holy moly, Batman! Marcel's fully colored and complete back cover.
We now have everything we need to do layout. This will happen in about a week and a half after the two upcoming Episode 19 shoots.
In the meantime, Heroineburgh Comics #1 is now up to 94 stores!
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First test copies of Heroineburgh Comics #2 rolled out from the printer!
Getting the first large batch printed within a week..first for local stores, and then across the country to over 90 stores, as we did with Issue 1.

Here's a photo of the front cover by Jason, and the back cover pinups by Marcel, Howard, Anne & Ben.

If you would like to be one of the very first to have a copy of Issue #2, simply Paypal $10 to info@heroineburgh with your mailing
address and we'll mail one out (PO Boxes are fine).

And if you'd like to get a copy of Issue #1 as well to catch up, Paypal $15 for a special deal on the two issues combined. Sorry, we don't do digital.

For overseas orders, you'll have to add $5 more to the total - it's pretty expensive these days to mail out of the country, but we're not going to make you break the bank, either.

Very excited about this new issue which is now 24 pages!
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