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A* Episode 32 
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The Washington Post has an article about the space suits being developed by SpaceX and Boeing for use on their commercial space vehicles, which may start ferrying passengers to the International Space Station as early as 2019--if they can get a bit better at making their deadlines, maybe. Anyway, both companies have come up with a fairly slender, form-fitting design, with a narrower helmet than the classic NASA dome; they're basically just to protect passengers from depressurization: "this gear is specifically not intended for spacewalks, so it doesn’t need to provide the same bulky protection from dust and debris, or temperature fluctuation."


Fri Aug 25, 2017 1:19 am
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Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign :LDD ! :

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You can support A* for as little as $1 a month through Patreon--every bit is a huge help to me! At higher support levels you can even get yourself A*-riffic rewards sent right from me to you, like e-books ($3 a month), and actual A* sketches on paper like the one above ^)_^, arriving in your real-life mailbox every month (just $10 a month! : o).

A* *is* my only source of income, it's a full-time job, so I really appreciate everyone who's helping me keep it going! I know stuff like Patreon, or buying my original A* page art, costs money, but there's stuff you can do for free, too, like retweeting the comic, or just telling your friends who might like it. That's a big deal! And let's not forget reading the comic, that helps too! So--thank you! : D


Fri Aug 25, 2017 11:18 pm
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This one got a little wild. One of Selenis' hairs is actually a hair from one of my brushes. : P


Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:59 pm
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It's sorta like how the Duke boys got into cars, I guess.


Tue Aug 29, 2017 9:57 pm
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Well I am getting awful at managing to set aside the time on Wednesdays to rescan and rephotograph one of the remaining original A* ink pages for a special weekly sale on eBay. In a belated recognition of that, I did however manage to take a minute or two to whittle down the remaining trove of select ink pieces to oh I think five or six, from double that number or whatever it was. So this handful(+) left is the creme de la creme, and um some day I may manage to start putting them back up in what used to be weekly sales. : P (After those though we can go back to more contemporary, watercolor pieces, which don't need rescanning or reshooting. : D)


Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:32 am
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Finished painting! : ) Bed time~~!


Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:47 am
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[Forgot to Mention Dept. 7/3] I'll be taking advantage of the holiday on Monday! Back to work on a new page on Tuesday! : )

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Readers help me keep this comic going through the A* Patreon campaign! ^_^ And I even get to mail out rewards for it, for instance here's an ink sketch I shipped off to a reader for their support:

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I really appreciate everyone who's helping me keep making this comic! Thank you!!


Sat Sep 02, 2017 7:48 pm
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Think I'd better to try to work ahead a little tonight on getting ready for an actual weekly Wednesday art auction tomorrow, since I've been missing getting those done lately : o


Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:04 pm
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Let's do a Wednesday special A* original art archive auction! Just gonna do about five or so more of these ink ones, so keep an eye out. : ) This week's is a dramatic, 17" x 7.5" (that's bigger'n the 16" x 6.75" watercolor pages I do these days) space scene with a small, boxy transport ship, a huge, shiny and undulating Coke-bottle-style rocket ship, a sweeping nebula, and a whole lotta stars, and for the next week it is up for auction at a special low price right here on eBay.

Oh by the way it's the original art for A* episode 16, page 71. The auction listing has high-res images, but here are some tiny ones to entice you over there:

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I always did like how I managed to get the ink wash shading on the transport ship to come out, it's more specific and directional than I usually do. Hm, I should remember that!


Wed Sep 06, 2017 9:13 pm
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G'night! : D


Thu Sep 07, 2017 10:08 pm
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