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  Now I have less ink pieces to never get toAug 31, 2017 12:33 AM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Well I am getting awful at managing to set aside the time on Wednesdays to rescan and rephotograph one of the remaining original A* ink pages for a special weekly sale on eBay. In a belated recognition of that, I did however manage to take a minute or two to whittle down the remaining trove of select ink pieces to oh I think five or six, from double that number or whatever it was. So this handful(+) left is the creme de la creme, and um some day I may manage to start putting them back up in what used to be weekly sales. : P (After those though we can go back to more contemporary, watercolor pieces, which don't need rescanning or reshooting. : D)
 
 
 
 
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  Different windows thoughAug 29, 2017 9:57 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:It's sorta like how the Duke boys got into cars, I guess.
 
 
 
 
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  It's embedded in some dried white inkAug 28, 2017 10:02 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:This one got a little wild. One of Selenis' hairs is actually a hair from one of my brushes. : P
 
 
 
 
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  Yes it's a sketch!Aug 25, 2017 11:23 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign :LDD ! :
 
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You can support A* for as little as $1 a month through Patreon—every bit is a huge help to me! At higher support levels you can even get yourself A*-riffic rewards sent right from me to you, like e-books ($3 a month), and actual A* sketches on paper like the one above ^)_^, arriving in your real-life mailbox every month (just $10 a month! : o).
 
A* *is* my only source of income, it's a full-time job, so I really appreciate everyone who's helping me keep it going! I know stuff like Patreon, or buying my original A* page art, costs money, but there's stuff you can do for free, too, like retweeting the comic, or just telling your friends who might like it. That's a big deal! And let's not forget reading the comic, that helps too! So—thank you! : D
 
 
 
 
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  Boeing and SpaceX go for skinny space suitsAug 25, 2017 1:20 AM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:The Washington Post has an article about the space suits being developed by SpaceX and Boeing for use on their commercial space vehicles, which may start ferrying passengers to the International Space Station as early as 2019—if they can get a bit better at making their deadlines, maybe. Anyway, both companies have come up with a fairly slender, form-fitting design, with a narrower helmet than the classic NASA dome; they're basically just to protect passengers from depressurization: "this gear is specifically not intended for spacewalks, so it doesn’t need to provide the same bulky protection from dust and debris, or temperature fluctuation."
 
 
 
 
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  HairyAug 23, 2017 10:56 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Didn't get a new sale auction of an ink piece from the A* original art archives posted today—spent too long painting this new fellow in all his hirsute glory. (And these ink ones take extra long to set up 'cause I gotta re-scan and re-photograph 'em. : P)
 
 
 
 
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  How many eclipses can you handle at once?Aug 22, 2017 11:02 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Still running kinda late. Let's see, space news... Well, I was driving to the dentist during a partial eclipse yesterday, which was kind of fun. You know, Jupiter, which is nice and wide, and has a small axial tilt, has five moons that nearly always cast a shadow on it at some point in each of their orbits. That's the place to be for eclipses!
 
 
 
 
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  Don't do any of this stuffAug 21, 2017 11:37 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:There may be a dearth of role models in this episode. : P
 
 
 
 
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  Here is a sketch I sent to someoneAug 19, 2017 4:18 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader as their monthly reward for supporting the comic through the A* Patreon campaign : ) :
 
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Thank you very much to everyone helping me out through Patreon! It's a huge help! : D
 
 
 
 
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  A* forum: now simpler, and less spammy! : DAug 18, 2017 2:32 AM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:If you ever tried to sign up for the A* forum and it just didn't seem to want to let you, well, I've simplified the process and I hope you'll try again. The new process is simply to email me (smbhax@gmail.com) with your desired forum user name. : )
 
 
 
 
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  Maybe the inkiest A* page--up for sale!Aug 17, 2017 1:10 AM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:This week's special original art sale from the inky A* archives is the 16" x 6.75" black ink illustration I made for episode 18, page 69, where Selenis and the Major are approaching a certain mysterious asteroid inside the Voort Cloud (a charged particle field). I used a whole lotta really dark black ink on this one, it just feels different to pick up, almost rubbery. : ) And for the next week you can lay down your bid for it, starting at a special low, low price right here on eBay.
 
The auction listing has high-res images; here are some tiny previews:
 
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Thanks for checkin' it out! (And you'll find my other A* original art sales there too—the latest week's worth of new watercolor pages, for instance, all under my eBay profile.)
 
Only got about 11 ink sale pages left to spring on you. : D
 
 
 
 
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  Ep. 31 e-book is out! (Also, 3000 A* pages?!)Aug 15, 2017 9:54 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:If you like your comics in downloadable form, the episode 31 e-book is now available for purchase on the episodes & e-books page! Those super folks supporting the comic at the $3 and higher level on Patreon will get hooked up with their complementary copy of the e-book at the beginning of next month. : D And the A* Super Express Pack of all completed e-books—also available on that page—has been updated with the new e-book as well, bringing it to a whopping 3,075 pages—all the A* comics I've got, yours in one fell swoop for just $20.
 
(I had intended to make some kind of blog remarks when we hit the 3,000th page—but I guess I got so preoccupied in just making the pages last episode that I forgot to keep count of them! : P So woo, 3000 pages! : DDD)
 
 
 
 
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  O the excitement!Aug 14, 2017 9:26 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Gotta go wrap up getting last episode's files in order, all part of the fun of embarking on a new episode! : o
 
 
 
 
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  Episode 32! And a sketch of episode 33?Aug 12, 2017 8:00 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 2 new A* pages:New episode begins! : D And it's thanks in large part to the readers supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ); here's a sketch I got to send to one of them as a reward for their support in a recent month:
 
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Thank you very much! : D
 
 
 
 
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  End of ep 31! Farewell, Pearl! 32 tomorrow!Aug 10, 2017 10:33 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:And that's the end of episode 31, and jeez four straight episodes of frolics in that many-layered themed, pearlescent planetoid! Whither next? Come back tomorrow for the beginning of episode 32 and see!
 
 
 
 
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  Save Paxton & Caines in this original ink artAug 09, 2017 10:43 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:This week's special auction of original art mined deep from the inky A* page archives is the lunar vista in which our heroine covertly observes star-crossed Earth's Revival members Paxton and Caines as they make their way back to their secret base on Nena's moon. Whew, that's a lot! In other words, it's the original 17" x 7.5" (bigger than I make 'em now—I used to leave out more in the margins : P) ink wash illustration I made for A* episode 17, page 83, and for the next week only you have a chance to pick this unique piece of A* art up at a special low, low sale price right here on eBay!
 
The auction listing there has high resolution images; here are tiny ones to wet your appetite:
 
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Thanks for checking it out! I've got just about 12 ink pieces left to put up in these special sales after this; to keep an eye out for those, and to check out all the other A* art I've got up at similarly fantastic sale prices—like the last week's worth of new watercolor page paintings! : )—you can utilize my eBay profile.
 
 
 
 
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  EyyyyAug 08, 2017 9:52 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Readers are helping me make this comic by kicking in as little (but it's big to me! : ) as $1 a month via the A* Patreon campaign. At giddy higher levels of support you can even get yourself monthly A* rewards directly from me, for instance here's a sketch I sent to a reader for a month of support:
 
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Your support makes a huge difference in my ability to make this comic! Thank you very much! : )
 
 
 
 
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  Also, envelopesAug 07, 2017 8:22 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Gonna go get some sketch rewards for Patreon supporters all stamped up and ready to go out in the mail tomorrow. : )
 
 
 
 
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  How to sit on a couch like a bossAug 05, 2017 6:15 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:I'm able to bring you this comic day in and day out thanks to the support I get from readers through the A* Patreon campaign! : D Even $1 a month makes a big difference for me. : ) And you can even get nifty, super-A* rewards for helping me out there; for instance, those chipping in at the heady $10 level get themselves a brand new pencil sketch by me, mailed straight to their door each month—like this one I sent to a reader for their support:
 
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Thank you very much! Your support makes A* possible! : D
 
 
 
 
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  Float up on this A* original ink art dealAug 03, 2017 9:42 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Didn't get to it yesterday so we're doing the (usually) weekly Wednesday A* archive art sale today! The piece of original A* art I'm offering starting at a special low price for just one week is the 16" x 6.75" ink illustration I made for episode 18, page 31, where the Major and Selenis are floating as fast as they can through a space station gangway in microgravity to steal a space ship! The auction for it is now live—for one week—on eBay right here.
 
The auction listing has high-res images; here are tiny ones to get you started:
 
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Thanks for checking it out! I've got about 13 ink pieces picked out after this one for these special sales, and that will be that for the ink ones! Of course, you can pick up any remaining ink piece you like any time on my web site for a still pretty reasonable $50. But if the super sale prices are your thing, you can check my eBay profile to see the other A* art on sale too—the latest watercolor pages are there!
 
 
 
 
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  Stay in skool?Aug 02, 2017 11:44 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:Spent so long fingerpainting over today's page that I didn't get anything else done! Maybe this is what I get for skipping kindergarten.
 
 
 
 
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  Well maybe it's pinballAug 01, 2017 9:09 PM PDT | url | discuss | + share
 
Added 1 new A* page:The A* Patreon campaign is a great way to support the comic, and even get yourself cool A* rewards in the process! Here's an ink sketch I sent to a reader for their support:
 
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Thank you very much! Your support makes a huge difference! = )
 
 
 
 
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