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Licensed Heroes

Licensed Heroes

Join Tempest, newly licensed hero, as he delves deep into the reeking bowels of the dungeons of unemployment, crosses the scorching desert of menial labor and infiltrates the dreaded towers of bureaucracy. Updates Wednesdays and Saturdays.
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Licensed Heroes

Join Tempest, newly licensed hero, as he delves deep into the reeking bowels of the dungeons of unemployment, crosses the scorching desert of menial labor and infiltrates the dreaded towers of bureaucracy. Updates Wednesdays and Saturdays.

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Oh yes.This.So much #relatableaf
@SSJMihoshi: Sara, thank you so much! That was the story I wanted to tell when I first pitched the idea to Ben all those years back, and I'm so glad it resonated ^_^
I hope you'll stick with our new stories, and even if they're not LH, still enjoy them ^_^

Thank you so much for sticking with us until the end! ^_^
Thank You
(Cross-posted from Patreon, for your reference.)

One of my favorite webcomics ended this week. It took me by surprise, though it really shouldn't have. Looking back, it had been tying up loose ends for a while, with big changes for the main cast. I think it just didn't feel like that because in essence, the whole comic was about big changes.
Let me back up a bit. Licensed Heroes is a webcomic about jumping into the wider world and trying to land your first job after graduating hero academy in a market that's swamped with heroes. Essentially it's the millennial experience in an inoffensive fantasy coating. I related to it a lot. As a wannabe artist with a physics degree I was overqualified for a lot of jobs. I've worked as a temp, I've had food stamps, I've tried to sell bodily fluids. Watching these heroes struggle through the same things made all that easier. Watching them succeed made me look forward to my own success one day.

I should also mention that I attended college with the comic's artist, Elaine Tipping. She and Licensed Heroes' writer Ben Hsu made several comics over the years, and I guess without them I wouldn't be here today. Before knowing them I had no idea this was a career one could even do. It put the seed into my brain which slowly grew from hobby to back-up career to full-time career. The employment theme of Licensed Heroes even helped inspire my own comic, How We Stay Sane @ Work.

The final post hit me hard, so I felt compelled to make this. It's crazy how all these thoughts cemented themselves as I did. And for the first time in a while I felt myself sucked into an art piece, wanting to render these precious characters on paper and pixels not because I had to, but because I had an emotional connection to them. I didn't want to see them go, but I know they'll live on in my mind forever. (Which means there WILL be a fan-canon at some point. Don't try to stop it.)

Thank you, Ben and Elaine. And best of luck in your future ventures. If you put even half of who you are into these guys, I know you'll be fine.

Thank-you art available to all at:
@AlpegioThe Sorcerer: Thank you! I'm so glad you enjoyed it ^_^ I know the wanting to enjoy something light, and I hope to start a comic like that at some point soon (it's based on if we hit the patreon goal) so I hope to see you around enjoying our works in the future! ^_^
Thank you both so much for making this awesome comic! I have been following it for a while and I have really enjoyed the nice little slice of life adventure stuff. I'm a little sad that it is ending and so I will definitely have to check out your other works. Honestly I really love finding comics like this where there doesn't have to be some huge dramatic plot and instead I can just enjoy following the lives of some awesome characters. Hope to keep seeing works by both of you. You both rock!
So Long And Thanks for All the Likes
So, this is the end of Licensed Heroes. Thank you all for reading and I hope you enjoyed the misadventures of Tempest, Princess Sarah, and Eagle (and Octavia, can't forget Octavia). Elaine and I truly enjoyed created this comic, but well, the above comic explains it all.

Now, I promised you some links so, here we go:
If you want to download our archive for personal viewing go ahead and go here:
If you want to support the talented illustrator Elaine Tipping, check out her patreon here:
If you want to read more of Ben Hsu's work, check out their writer's website here:

Personally, I suggest doing all three, but whatever you do, have fun, and follow your dreams.
At least they have a healthy attitude about the whole thing.

If you liked this comic, please consider reading my non comic work at (coded but not designed)
This Happens All The Time
It's like lying to my girlfriend. I can't do it, my face is a dead give away.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't working on something else. Here's my writer's website (coded, but still being designed):
Yeah Tempest!
Way to make random baseless assumption!

I assume you'd be interested in my new writer's website. Check it out!

Also, don't forget to support us on Patreon!
News Everyone!
Okay, so not your usual comment, but I'd thought I'd mention that I'm branching out a bit and have started my own writer's website. It's a work in progress and I promise it will start looking nicer, but go please go ahead and take a look at my non-comic work.

As always, supporting us on Patreon is always appreciated!
Celebrations abound! Maybe too many celebrations...

Celebrate supporting us on Patreon!
Decisions decisions. What will they choose?

You should choose to support us on Patreon!
You know what they say
The more things change the more they stay the same. Alternative: And then there was no actual progress on anything.

Help us change and support us on Patreon!
Teamwork makes the dream work!
Sure. They've worked together. Yup. That's a reasonable excuse.

So, what's your excuse for not supporting us on Patreon?
When did they become wrecking balls?
It's not cheating!
It's using spontaneous visual aids to search for answers on the fly.

Help us search for answers to our bills, support us on Patreon!
They tried
Though given Octavia, I think it'd be outright cheating if they had her helping on the written test.

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Party Composition
Is clearly over rated. Just min/max the hell out of yourself.

Help us min/max our bills by supporting us on Patreon!
@Tiny Blue Dragon: Yeah I read the last question comic, I even have a comment on there, but forgive me if I take what Tiren said with a grain of salt.