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A* Episode 33 
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British astrophysicist Stephen Hawking passed away today. Hawking was pretty much the man when it came to describing the theoretical workings of black holes; for instance, his work provided the mathematical and theoretical underpinnings for asserting that black holes, rather than sucking everything in, emit their own very slight radiation, and could, if left without any new material to consume for nearly untold eons, actually evaporate; that radiation is known as Hawking radiation.

I read his book A Brief History of Time in my younger days; I was particularly interested in reading it because I'd heard that it talked about how black holes worked. And you know, now that I think about it, maybe that helped get me hooked; maybe without having had that book to give me more information, I wouldn't have subsequently become so fascinated when I learned about the supermassive black hole at the radiation source known as Sagittarius A* at the center of our galaxy, and have been inspired to make a webcomic set there.

So, thank you, Stephen Hawking. I have little doubt that black holes will be emitting your radiation until this universe is very, very old indeed.


Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:19 pm
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Let's do our Wednesday special A* archive original art sale...today! This is where I pick an unsold page of A* original art and put it up for sale at a special price! I only have two pages left in the archive to try to sell to you at this steep a discount for the time being--before June at least, I guess! So anyway here's the second-to-last one, it's the 16" x 6.75" watercolor illustration I painted for A* episode 32, page 80, where Selenis is pulling herself out of a pool after escaping a sudden flood in an aquatically themed nightclub: on sale for one week on eBay.

That auction listing has high resolution images, way more detailed than these tiny teasers:

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I don't end up doing many pages with sort of selective, up-close cropping like that, and I think in this case it worked out pretty well! It was also fun to play with water effects all over the place. ^_^ Thanks for checking it out!


Thu Mar 15, 2018 10:19 pm
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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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You get a sketch each month for contributing at the $10 level, but even $1 a month makes a big difference to me! Thanks everyone for your support, I couldn't do this comic without you. : ))


Fri Mar 16, 2018 11:50 pm
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Each weekend I take the live-streamed A* art-making videos I make during the week on my Twitch channel and compress them into sped-up time-lapse videos on my YouTube channel so you can watch A* artwork bloom from blank pages right before your eyes (also so I can look back and see how the heck I did something : p). Except this past weekend, which was more hob-nobby than usual, and I only got halfway through that process (videos sped up but not tagged and published)--so I'm off to go finish that up now!


Mon Mar 19, 2018 8:46 pm
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I got this page done! : P


Tue Mar 20, 2018 11:25 pm
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Sorted through a bunch of old electronic stuff (and why did I have four decks of playing cards, one mini deck, and one *marked* deck? : o I don't even play cards : P) and looked into a mat for stretching and exercises--these are the kinds of things I find myself getting distracted by each day as I'm thinking about the upcoming move!


Wed Mar 21, 2018 11:10 pm
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I sorted through a lot of old video games today. : P


Thu Mar 22, 2018 11:20 pm
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Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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You get a pencil sketch each month if you contribute at the $10 level, but you can also contribute for as little as $1 a month; it may not sound like much but it makes a big difference to me and A*! Thanks everyone who's helping me keep the comic going. : ))


Sat Mar 24, 2018 8:15 pm
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Today was emptying and washing ancient spice jars for recycling! = P (Boy, cinnamon really gets everywhere if you er aren't careful : o)


Mon Mar 26, 2018 10:05 pm
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Finally emptied out my art supply cupboard of shame--where I'd hidden all the art supplies I tried out for A* over the years. : o The ones that didn't make the cut (which was most of them of course!) and were still in presentable packaging I put out in my apartment building lobby today with a little Post-It note saying "FREE" and they were all gone by the time I got back two hours later. : D

This current episode is a relatively short one, and hm hopefully it'll run right up through and end perfectly in early May, when I'll have to take time off A* to work on getting ready for my June 1st move for real. But uh yeah hopefully it just magically works out that this episode wraps up then so I at least don't leave things hanging like right at the climactic scene or something. : o Uh but I guess that's actually more likely than anything. : P


Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:40 pm
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