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A* Episode 31 
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In my quest for global conquest, I already put A* comics up on I four mirror sites...so what's one more? A reader on Patreon suggested I put it on Line Webtoon, and I'd considered that site before, and their vertical scrolling scheme (very similar to Tapas', which is one of my other mirrors...) isn't ideal for A*, but what the heck--I'm nothing if not suggestible. So if you needed another place to subscribe to A*, you can now do it on Line Webtoon.


Tue Jun 20, 2017 7:16 pm
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It's Wednesday and that means I put an especially nifty page of original art from the A* archives up for sale at a special low price! This week's piece is the 17" x 7.5" ink wash illustration behind episode 16, page 5--that's right, it's the page right after last week's sale piece! ="]--and I think the bestest close-up I have left of Selenis in her short, black hair and leather jacket disguise. It's on sale at auction for the next week right here on eBay!

The auction listing has hi-res images, but here are some tiny previews:

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It is signed rather elaborately with a snazzy metallic pen because this is one we used to show off in a fancy frame at art shows here in Seattle. : )

Also listed under my eBay profile you'll find the latest week's worth of new watercolor A* pages similarly on sale. : ] Please buy my stuff! I mean, thanks for checking 'em out! : D


Wed Jun 21, 2017 9:54 pm
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The page 62 I posted yesterday was actually my second attempt; the first version had come out in a more cartoony style:

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The cartoonishness ended up annoying me so much that I just had to start over from scratch, even though it was pretty late in the day by that time--so I had to hurry, but fortunately the layout I wanted to go with--which had actually been my initial idea--was fairly simple (cheating on one eye helped :"P).

In my attempts at realistic artwork, less is usually more, so hopefully this will serve as a lesson to me to put in the up-front time of figuring out how to boil a scene down to its essential elements, rather than indulging my drawing hand in its love of easy loops, exaggerated lines, and frivolous, often downright silly details! ; )

(And having thought about it later, maybe part of what annoyed me about it was that the original version was quite similar to an encounter Selenis had with a large individual back in episode 16; also, there a few pages later I managed a more realistic look which, at the time, I was sort of at a loss for how to return to. But I think it tends to come down to having a strong profile and sense of directional lighting; I definitely struggle more in scenes where I haven't quite figured out the lighting.)


Thu Jun 22, 2017 8:56 pm
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Thank you to all the readers who are helping keep me at work on this comic by supporting it through my Patreon campaign! = D Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for their support:

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Thank you very much! I couldn't do this without you!


Sat Jun 24, 2017 12:00 am
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NASA is making raw image data from its Juno Jupiter probe available to the public, and the public is responding by piecing the data together into some really spectacular images, including a big enhanced-color view of Jupiter's light and dark bands of clouds in this article on NASA's site. The exquisitely detailed tendrils of twisting and churning storms across the giant planet's cloud tops almost look like fractal imagery. Spectacular!


Mon Jun 26, 2017 9:19 pm
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Must never again write episode having scenes featuring five simultaneous characters : oo


Tue Jun 27, 2017 11:07 pm
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It's Wednesday and that means one of my favorite pieces of original art from the A* archives goes up for sale! This week I went through *all* my remaining ink pages and found 18 I thought were really peppy--so that's how many of these ink artwork sales are left. It may sound like a lot now, but once we're done with them, that's it for the special ink sales!

Okay so with just 18 to go, we have for sale the 16" x 6.75" ink illustration I made for A* episode 18, page 54, in which the Major approaches Selenis all Terminator-like in his armored exoskeleton on the surface of a fatal planetoid, in the middle of a pocket of space crackling with charged particles. It's all there in sharp black and white--in particular, the cross-hatching on the Major's armor may be my most successful cross-hatching ever. And that's what's up for sale at a special low opening bid price, for just one week only, right here on eBay.

The auction listing has hi-res images, but here are some tiny ones to get you going:

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That's it! Just one week! : )


Wed Jun 28, 2017 11:07 pm
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You can buy this page! (Like all my pages!) It would really help me out. : )


Thu Jun 29, 2017 10:31 pm
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Readers keep A* coming to you each day by supporting the comic for as little as a buck a month through Patreon! : D It makes a huge difference! And those daring even higher levels of support can get themselves unique A* rewards; here's a sketch I sent to one of those intrepid souls for their support:

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Thank you very much! : D Your support helps make this comic possible!


Sat Jul 01, 2017 10:22 pm
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I'm off for the July 4th holiday tomorrow--back to work on a new page on the 5th, though! Whatever you'll be doing, have a nice Tuesday. : )


Mon Jul 03, 2017 10:14 pm
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