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  RC Cola vs sharksNov 14, 2018 9:11 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I have a Gmail folder containing almost 1200 emails that I mailed to myself, each with a screenshot of a different kooky old comic page attached—from funny stuff I come across as I'm reading my way through old comics, either ones that have fallen into the public domain and are now free, or ones I've been reading through chronologically on Marvel Unlimited—or those from the various digital DC compilations of their old stuff I've been picking up when they go on sale dirt cheap.
 
I'm currently on Justice League of America comics from the early '60s, but such is my backlog that what we have here is an elaborate and just plain crazy full page RC Cola ad from 1945, from a public domain Whiz Comics issue somewhere between #61 and #67 (my notes failed me : P). Normally I would just isolate a single panel from a page, but *every* panel in this ad is nuts:
 
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Advertising is a heck of a business. =o (The Wheaties ad I had screenshotted from right before this RC one was...not PC enough to show.)
 
As usual for ads—and even for comics from the period—the work is uncredited, but the art might be by the illustrator involved in the creation of the recurring "R.C. and Quickie" duo: Creig Flessel.
 
 
 
 
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  Raise emoticon/text ratioNov 13, 2018 9:53 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Trying to stay loose ^_^ \m/
 
 
 
 
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  Salute to Stan LeeNov 12, 2018 9:49 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Stan Lee passed away today at the age of 95. Among his many accomplishments in the comics field, Lee scripted and edited nearly every Marvel comic of the early '60s, when the "Marvel Universe" of popular super heroes took flight.
 
With a love of hyperbole and alliterative nicknames, a Lee script can be kooky, but mostly just plain fun, with personality and pathos that made Marvel distinct from other superhero publishers of the time.
 
 
 
 
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  Triangles in spaceNov 09, 2018 8:51 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:A* is brought to you thanks in large part to the readers who contribute through the A* Patreon campaign. : ) You can help me work on this comic by pitching in as little as $1 a month—it may not sound like much but it means a lot to me!
 
Contributing at even higher levels gets you special A* rewards sent from me to you each and every month; for instance, here's a sketch I mailed to a reader at the $10 level for a recent month's contribution:
 
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Thanks everyone! I'm really happy to be able to keep making A*! = D
 
 
 
 
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  I cleaned the bathroom!Nov 08, 2018 8:34 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:I was scrubbing away in one of my twice-weekly cleanings of the bathroom today, wishing I was already done with it and at my drawing table working on today's page instead, but then it occurred to me: working at home for myself on A* as I am, among other roles—writer, artist, marketer, tax "expert," webmaster, etc—I'm also the cleaning crew!
 
Back at my old office job for The Man, working late, I was used to having the company's hired, efficient cleaning team doing their best to clean around me as I hunched at my darkened desk (there wasn't much chat: the woman who generally handled my cubicle section soon got herself a headset for her phone, and chatted away freely with her friends on that—in a language she probably assumed anyone still at work in the office would not understand—in my case, this was absolutely the case—while cleaning ; ). They were good. : o And now, it's my job, too! I wouldn't have to clean my place nearly as much if I spent my days in someone else's building.
 
But I like working for myself! : ) So now I won't feel so bad about having to take time out to do some cleaning during the week. ^_^
 
 
 
 
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  Art strategeryNov 07, 2018 10:01 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Busted out a new tiny brush today, to go along with my super-skinny, nearly bristle-less tiny brush—so now one can do medium to thin lines, and the other can do thinnish to super-thin lines. : D
 
Also wanted to try some big brush, line-less fills, with a little extra liquid in them so they could move and mix a bit. Pretty fun to play with the paint that way, has a bonus of being fairly fast compared to doing lots of lines around the edges, too!
 
 
 
 
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  There aren't many democracies in A*Nov 06, 2018 8:30 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Have been super-distracted by democracy the past few days. It was super-important, but it will be a relief to have a couple more brain cells back on target toward A*, and comfortably fictional world problems. : o
 
Speaking of that, I read some local dystopian science fiction today! A friend of my father's, whom I met at his memorial service, lives in town here; we got together for lunch and he gave me a hard copy of a sci-fi anthology published by a writing club he's in at a local college—he has a story of his own in there. Pretty cool! (It also reminded me how nice it is to do comics, where I don't have to use words to describe everything, and somehow try to do it in a natural-seeming way. Uh there was a word for that but see now I've forgotten it. Man! That's the tough stuff.)
 
 
 
 
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  Gradient, my gradientNov 05, 2018 9:23 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Have some time to experiment with painting approaches on this space flight. This one was tricky! I'll try something different tomorrow. ; )
 
 
 
 
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  Hey pencils can do grayscale huhNov 02, 2018 8:18 PM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : D :
 
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If you enjoy your daily A* and want to help me keep it going, Patreon is a really good way to do that. You can pitch in as little as $1 a month! Yep that makes a big difference to me. : D At higher levels you can even get me sending you A* rewards each month, like e-books and sketches—a pencil sketch like the one above shows up in your real world mailbox each month if you kick in $10 a month to help me keep this thing going. : )
 
 
 
 
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  Bristle at the thoughtNov 02, 2018 1:31 AM PDT | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:My size zero brush with just a tiny bunch of bristles left lost another bristle as I used it for the skinny lines on this page. How many pages does it have left?? = o
 
 
 
 
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