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A* Episode 32 
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Many many thanks to everyone who's helping me out by supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign! If you enjoy A* and want to help ensure that I can keep bringing it to you day after day, pledging even just $1 a month through Patreon is pretty much the best way to do that. It makes a huge difference! You'll receive my undying thanks, and those who support in even higher amounts can get themselves unique monthly A* rewards, like this sketch I mailed off to one supporter:

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Ding, dong! = o : D Thanks again! ^_^


Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:21 pm
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Damn.. that's one big-ass shuriken... almost a freaking Star Knife from Pathfinder...jeeze!


Mon Dec 11, 2017 5:30 am
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Damn.. that's one big-ass shuriken... almost a freaking Star Knife from Pathfinder...jeeze!

Heehee yeah it's a bit on the supermassive side I guess. ; )

Also yay the post went through all on its own, whew. : )


Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:00 am
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Maybe I should give up my weird obsession with people holding swords in this sci-fi webcomic, 'cause it took me like 3 hours just to work out the central figure's pose today. ... Nah I can't do it, swords are just too cool! In stories, anyway. (In real life I'm scared of kitchen knives. : o)


Tue Dec 12, 2017 1:03 am
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Update 12/13: Patreon have decided not to roll out the fee change due Monday after all, after they received a lot of negative feedback from creators and patrons on the proposed change. So, no new fees for patrons! Yay! : D

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If you're helping support A* through Patreon, first of all, thank you a whole bunch! : ) Anyway I wanted to make sure you all knew that Patreon's fee structure is changing on December 18th--that's this coming Monday.

Their description of it is here--and they probably emailed you about it, too. I just want to point out that if you are supporting a bunch of folks, particularly with pledges at the lower end, like $1 or so, you may find yourself paying more than you'd bargained for, because now a "$1" pledge is actually $1 + 2.9% + a flat $0.35 per-pledge fee--so basically each separate $1 pledge will now be costing you $1.38.

If you have fewer, larger pledges, your cost won't go up as steeply. The fees, which are credit card fees, pretty much, used to be a smaller, single fee taken from the creator's monthly total, rather than up-front from the patrons, so this change will let creators keep more of their patron's pledged money--but on the other hand, the patrons will be the ones having to cover the fees. So take a minute to have a look and figure out what you'll be charged under the new structure.

The change will also change *when* you are charged: up to this point, patrons were charged at the beginning of each month, for the most part; in the new system, you'll be charged on the same day of each month corresponding to the day of the month in which you made the initial pledge, which could be kind of complicated to remember if you're used to filling up your charge account just before the pledge date. As for me, unless they change the pledge tracking system in some way that makes it impractical, I'll still be working on rewards--e-book reward emails, in particular--starting on the first of each month, I guess except for the first month in which you make a pledge, if it's after the first, since then I'll need to get you your e-book right away. Gee this did already get a little complicated.

In any case, thank you to everyone who supports this comic in whatever way, including reading it. : D You're the best! ^_^


Tue Dec 12, 2017 11:53 pm
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I posted yesterday about fees Patreon had announced they were moving from creators to patrons this coming Monday--but today they decided not to roll out the fee change after all. So no new fees for patrons, yay! ^_^

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No time to set up a Wednesday bonus art sale item today--maybe I'll do better tomorrow. Gotta stop obsessively scanning national headlines multiple times a day. ; {


Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:18 am
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Well I got one eye painted. The other didn't want to cooperate. I should probably try doing something like David Downton does, painting one eye in very lightly, so if it doesn't quite line up with the other, you don't really notice. : D

Say have I mentioned yet this week that the 16" x 6.75" watercolor paintings I make and scan in for the comic each day have been going up on sale on eBay starting at a new, lower price of $16.99? Yeah! And that price is gonna stick around for the foreseeable future.

And if I ever fix my schedule so I have time to do real blog articles mid-week, we can even get back to extra pages from A*'s past going on sale at that figure, too. ... Didn't manage it this week. : P


Fri Dec 15, 2017 1:41 am
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Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through the A* Patreon campaign : ) :

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Thank you very much! = D


Sat Dec 16, 2017 8:19 pm
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If you are used to accessing this site through a certain domain name that is considerably more verbose than "smbhax.com," well, you'll want to switch over to just plain smbhax.com some time in the next three years, after which point that other, longer domain name's registration will expire. : P

See, back when I first registered smbhax.com, I thought I should also have a longer version of the URL that would be more self explanatory, because what is a "smbhax" and how do you even pronounce it, anyway? And I put that longer version in A* gallery images and stuff that I made, so that in case they got reposted somewhere else, someone seeing them would see that long URL, read it like a title, and maybe get an idea from that of what the site was about and whether they might want to visit.

So that's great and all, but some time between then and the last time I paid to renew the registrations--I guess probably two years ago--domain names got considerably more expensive to keep around. = o It's kind of silly to pay all those buckaroos for a long domain name that I never use anymore anyway, and I'm gonna drop it, and just keep smbhax.com. I've gone through and wiped the other one out from all the images and blog posts and everywhere else I can find it on this site, and eh hopefully Google will forget about it soon, too. = p


Mon Dec 18, 2017 11:22 pm
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Christmas is this coming Monday! I'll be continuing to churn out new pages every weekday this week, but next week I'll be festivating Monday through Wednesday (the 25th through the 27th)--so no new A* pages for those three days--and back at work on a new A* page that Thursday (the 28th).

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(And thanks to the reader who wrote regarding yesterday's blog about the increased prices I've been seeing for domain name renewals--they pointed out that prices *haven't* actually increased across the board; turns out that it's mostly just *my* domain name registrar, Network Solutions, that is now charging more than twice as much as most everyone else. : P I have a non-A* domain coming up for renewal soon, so I think I'll try transferring that one to another registrar--Namecheap?--as a trial run. The smbhax.com domain is paid up for 3 more years already with Network Solutions, so I've got a little time before I have to decide whether to transfer it to a different registrar.)


Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:38 pm
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