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A* Episode 26 
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This is where discussion of episode 26 will go!


Sat Jun 06, 2015 6:11 am
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The space station just visible in the upper middle distance of today's page (the ship referred to in its caption is not visible in the shot; in A*, for security and safety reasons, foreign ships, especially large ones, are not typically allowed within a great distance of most stations, and have to park in a holding orbit some ways off, with their passengers catching an approved shuttle ship to get to the station itself) is one we've seen before! Ten episodes ago, in fact: episode 16, page 30. You can probably guess from that who is talking in this latest page. : )

And speaking of pages from years of A* past, they're on sale! That's right, the Big A* Original Art Sale is *still* going on (hey, people keep buying stuff! : ), which means that the pieces of original A* artwork available through this site can be purchased for just $10 each! (Most of them usually go for $50.) Just look for the gold "original art" link at the lower left corner of the A* comic images, for instance, and if you see it there, that means the actual watercolor painting, ink illustration, or whatever that that comic page was made from is still available for you to buy; click that gold "original art" link to go to the product page for the piece of art, which will show you a large photo of the actual physical piece, as well as more details on it, and its big shiny gold "buy" button, which will let you buy it right then and there with your credit card or Pay Pal. (If you're buying multiple pieces, click each one's "buy" button to add them to your cart, *then* complete the check-out procedure on the pages that come up, so you can buy them all in one swoop AND only have to pay one shipping fee for the lot.)

Here are a few examples, starting with that first view of this space station from ten episodes ago; both of these ink illustrations are 17" wide, and, at the time of this writing, still available for you to buy and have all to yourself for your very own; click these thumbnails to go to their info pages:

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^ That second one is from a time around episode 17 when I was just drawing the pages with a big inky brush straight off, without any preliminary pencil drawing or anything; it was risky, but sometimes paid off with nifty surprises, like those zingy eyes there that somehow came out so nicely formed from a single Zorro-like brush stroke each. : o


Sat Jun 06, 2015 7:31 am
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I'm beginning to suspect that there are inherent dangers in late night chocolate ice cream. More research may be needed, however.


Mon Jun 08, 2015 1:40 pm
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The brand new episode 25 e-book is here! That is, if you're a supporter of the comic through the A* Patreon campaign, I already mailed you a free download link to the new e-book over the weekend, and if you're not one of those folks, you can pop over to the episodes & e-books page and pick up your own copy. And then you can like read the episode offline or whatever on anything that can read .pdf files.

E-books! What'll they think of next?


Tue Jun 09, 2015 11:14 pm
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Been using a kind of super paint-y style this week. Easy to overdo, I guess, but sometimes it looks okay. Also it's just fun to smear white ink all over the place!


Thu Jun 11, 2015 4:12 am
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Too much drawing and procrastinating, not enough blogging! Oh well, did you know that smaller eyes look more "realistic" than bigger eyes? O_o Not so much ears, though; that was more of an oversight--no pun intended : p


Fri Jun 12, 2015 8:03 am
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I'm having a sale of A* original art that you might be interested in cashing in on before it's too late! During this current Big A* Original Art Sale, all pieces of A* original art available for sale directly through this site are just $10 each; normally they're $50, so yes this would be a good time to pick up any of your favorite hand-drawn A* paintings or illustrations that haven't sold yet! Just look for the gold "original art" link at the lower-left corner of the comic images as you're reading along: if you see it down there, it means that page is still for sale, and clicking it will take you to that piece of art's info page where you can click a big shiny gold "Buy" button to go on and purchase it instantly with credit card or PayPal; the info pages also have a photo of the piece and specific info about its size and composition.

For instance, here are a couple 16" x 6.75" watercolor pieces still available from back in episode 22; clicking these thumbnails will take you to their info pages if you want to check them out : ) :

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Sat Jun 13, 2015 10:24 am
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The ESA's tiny Philae probe, mankind's first cometary lander, lost somewhere in a dark ditch on the surface of Comet 67P after it took a hard bounce during its historic landing seven months ago, has come back to life! The comet is nearing perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun, and even at the bottom of its steep ditch, the lander's solar panels are now getting three hours of extra-intense sunlight each day, which has been enough for it to wake up and beam short messages to its orbiting mothership. Scientists hope to get the lander to work on sampling the gasses sizzling off the comet--indeed, the increased heating of the comet means Philae now has much richer conditions for conducting its experiments on the comet's composition than it would have had if it had started its work on schedule back in November. Can it recover sufficiently to perform its tests? Can it--and the comet--survive their pass by the Sun? Things are heating up!


Tue Jun 16, 2015 2:35 am
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One of the trickiest things about using unpressurized, skin-tight space suits, or space activity suits, such as Selenis' is getting the darn thing on and off, apparently.

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I'm probably going to regret putting a bracing system around the ships here. This took a while to paint! : o


Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:55 am
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Fun fact: normal breathing--you know, with the lungs and diaphragm and all that--while wearing a skin-tight space activity suit similar to Selenis' in vacuum requires that the tightness of the suit is producing pressure of at least "17.3 kilopascals (130 mmHg; 2.5 psi)" across the wearer's torso. I guess this is because otherwise, without the help of Earth's atmospheric pressure, it's too much work to exhale!


Thu Jun 18, 2015 6:35 am
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