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A* Episode 32 
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Readers are supporting this comic for as little as $1 a month through the A* Patreon campaign! : ) And at the $3 or higher level you can even get yourself some cool A* rewards, for instance here's a sketch I mailed off to a reader as the monthly reward for their support:

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Thank you very much! Your support makes a huge difference to this comic! : D


Fri Sep 08, 2017 10:21 pm
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Big and brushy is kinda fun ya know : )


Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:58 pm
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Page done! Page done! It's done! Ohhh yeahhh


Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:58 pm
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Wednesday special original art auction! This week it's the original 16" x 6.75" ink illustration I made for episode 18, page 100, in which Selenis, now alone on a remote asteroid, has resigned herself to being zapped by a giant, insect-like robot laser cannon. : o It's one of those Zen moments! On sale for one week at a special low starting price right here on eBay!

The listing has the high-res images showing all the gritty, hand-made detail, but here are some tiny views to tempt you over there:

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So black and white! Less than a handful of special ink auctions left now, I think. Also, the last week's worth of new A* watercolor page paintings are on eBay at similarly affordable prices, check 'em out through my eBay profile. : )


Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:53 pm
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I follow an artist named Cate Parr on Instagram and today she posted a really striking watercolor and pencil fashion portrait that is worth a look if you're into such things. : )

It made me wonder if I should be erasing my A* pencil lines--you can see what they look like before I erase them, on my own Instagram--and sent me flipping back to the A* pages where I *did* used to leave the pencil in--around episode 23, for instance. But that was largely because at that time I didn't yet have a grasp of how to replace the pencil lines with watercolor without losing the details of the image, and now that I look back on them, the pencil there seems more messy to me than anything. So I guess if I had really pretty pencil lines maybe I would keep more of them. : o Or maybe not? This is the kind of stuff that keeps me up nights. : P


Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:37 pm
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If you enjoy A* you may like the A* Patreon campaign! It's an easy way to support the comic, plus you can get yourself super-A*-y rewards, like this sketch I mailed off to a reader for their support:

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Thanks everyone for your support, it means a lot to this little comic! : )


Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:07 am
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Starting today there's a huuuuge price hike of $2 on the starting bid for the original A* artwork I put up for sale each day on eBay--the starting bid price was $16.99, and starting with today's page it's $18.99. I guess I won't make it to my declared goal of inching up to a starting price of $25 ($24.99, I guess) by the end of the year, at this rate, but oh well we'll get there sooner or later. I don't like charging more for my art--I'd just like more people to have some of it : D--but A* *is* my only source of income, so I gotta actually have some income to live on. : ) Well I hope those who like my artwork can still afford to get a page to call their very own every once in a while, and I'll keep trying to make them better! (Emphasis on *trying* : ooo : )

The original pages I put up for auction last week still have their old $16.99 starting prices, so you've still got a chance to get in on the old price by grabbing one of those before they run out by the end of this week!


Mon Sep 18, 2017 9:52 pm
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On Friday, the Cassini probe took its planned swan dive into the planet Saturn, ending its 20-year mission to the ringed planet. I've mentioned Cassini in 28 previous A* blog posts, so it's safe to say the probe's adventures, readings and discoveries have had a profound impact on this webcomic! I can't possibly list all of Cassini's scientific achievements in this one blog entry but, among other things, it discovered seven new moons of Saturn, dropped the Huygens lander on the moon Titan, getting us ground photos from Titan's surface, and it discovered water ice jets shooting out of the moon Enceladus, revealing a vast subsurface ocean.

You can see images Cassini took in its final, exploratory plunges over here, including an infrared view of what would become its own impact site in the colossal banks of clouds. My own favorite photos from Cassini have always been its views of Enceladus; here's a fittingly solitary, distant one it took of Enceladus and the famous ice jets in April of this year:

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image by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute (source)


Tue Sep 19, 2017 9:22 pm
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Wednesday A* original art archive sale! I'm only putting up *three* more ink illustration for sale here; keep an eye out in these next few weeks if you want a chance to grab the original illustration behind one of A*'s classic ink pages for well below its usual $50 price tag.

So, this week is the first of the final three, and it is the 17" x 7.5" ink wash illustration I made for A* episode 17, page 65--a powerful rocket just beginning to lift off from the pad, huge clouds of exhaust billowing all around as it strains against gravity's grip! And for one week, it is up for auction at just an $18.99 starting bid price, right here on eBay.

The auction listing has high-resolution images, but let's at least squeeze in some tiny previews here:

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This was in the brief period when I was free-handing the ink work--no preliminary pencil drawing underneath! : o--which was tricky and didn't always work out, but was capable of great energy, especially for dynamic, large scale scenes like this.

Thanks for checking out the auction! Along with that piece, on my eBay profile you'll also find sales for the original watercolor illustrations behind the latest week's worth of new A* pages.

Just two more ink piece sales after this one!


Wed Sep 20, 2017 9:54 pm
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Page done, whew!


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