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  André Kuipers' super-big ISS tour!Jan 12, 2013 5:22 AM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Yesterday I linked a tour of the International Space Station by Sunita Williams, and said it was the most in-depth tour of the ISS I'd seen. It was not, of course, the most in-depth my readers had seen, as became clear when one helpful reader sent me this link to a tour of the ISS by Dutch astronaut André Kuipers, which is, indeed, over twice as long, and shows even more details of the station; not only does he show two bathrooms, for instance, but he even pulls off a wall/floor panel to show the water recycling equipment nearby. At 13:00 he pulls back a wall covering to reveal the hiding place of that golden robotic doom, the "seventh crew member," Robonaut 2! Another nifty feature is a schematic view of the station with a moving dot showing his position as he moves through the modules, so you get a much better idea of the actual layout, which can be hard to figure out when you're just watching someone twisting and turning in all directions through the narrow corridors, like eh whatever that early 3D PC space shooter was where you flew your little ship in all directions around 3D mazelike stages. Dang the name is on the tip of my tongue. :PP
 
(Update: Reader Rompah has a better memory than me and came up with the game's name: Descent!)
 
Today's A* page took the most Photoshop manipulation I've done for these hand-drawn pages, because when I was all done, or thought I was, I realized the dramatic perspective I'd thought I was doing had sort of fallen apart, and she was way out of scale with the Major, like so:
 
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So I had to shrink her down with the magic of Photoshop. I thought about just whiting out the Major's boot, so it would look like he was just sitting on a bench or something some distance behind her pod, but that would have lost the particular message carried by that boot. So, Photoshop it is. When I have to present a different image than is strictly in the original art, I mark the original as not for sale to avoid someone buying something they don't quite want--a photo of the original is always shown on the "buy original" page, but the difference from the comic page could be missed. If you really do want to buy this one though, feel free to send me an email.
 
Here's a rotated view of the pencil stage of Selenis' face:
 
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