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  A* holiday! Thanks & see you next year! : )Dec 20, 2019 9:59 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign:
 

 
I'm hitting the road tomorrow to join the family for the holidays, so this will be the last A* page for 2019. Thank you all for making this year of A* happen! : D If you're having holidays, I hope they're happy ones. : )
 
See you back here at A* after what we can hope will be a reasonably Happy New Year for all. ^-^
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page--as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com--is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  Who doesn't like a glamorous detective?Dec 19, 2019 10:34 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:
 
Artist Lee Elias' first published page in the series, from "Who is the Black Cat?" in Black Cat #2, August-September 1946. Pencils and inks by Elias.
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page—as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com—is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  Helmet on at all timesDec 18, 2019 9:40 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:A monthly reward sketch mailed to a reader for supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :
 

 
Thank you very much to all of A*'s supporters! : D And thanks for reading!
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page--as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com--is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  For truth's sake?Dec 17, 2019 10:04 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:
 
From "Deep in the Mountains" in Unusual Tales #11, March 1958. Script possibly by Joe Gill; art by Steve Ditko, letters by Jon D'Agostino.
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page--as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com--is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  Five years before Rick JonesDec 16, 2019 9:05 PM PST | url
 
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From "The Man Who Could See Tomorrow" in Unusual Tales #7, May 1957. Script possibly by Joe Gill; art by Steve Ditko, letters by Jon D'Agostino.
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page--as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com--is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  More sketchy caves or rocks or somethingDec 13, 2019 10:20 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Want to help me make A*? You can do that through my Patreon campaign! Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for their support through Patreon:
 

 
Thanks to everyone supporting the comic! And thanks to everyone reading the comic! : D
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page--as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com--is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  A Midsummer Night's SaucerDec 12, 2019 9:27 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:
 
From "Specimen" in Strange Suspense Stories #38, September 1958. Pencils by Bill Molno, inks by Vince Alascia.
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page—as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com—is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  Is it caving or spelunking?Dec 11, 2019 8:33 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :
 

 
Thank you!!! ^)^
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page--as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com--is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  A* episode 38 e-book now available!Dec 10, 2019 10:33 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:The just-completed A* episode 38
 

 
is now available for purchase in downloadable e-book form from the episodes & e-books page!
 
By the way, if you're into getting A* as e-books, you may be interested to know that you can in effect subscribe to A* in e-book format, being assured of always getting a download link for the latest A* e-books sent right from me to you through the friendly medium of e-mail, by supporting my Patreon campaign at the e-book level or higher. : )
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page—as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com—is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  A* original art holiday sale! 50% off! : )Dec 09, 2019 10:03 PM PST | url
 
Added 2 new A* pages:Holiday art sale!
 
I have two weeks left before I'll be heading back to the ol' home town for family holiday festivities, and I'll be continuing to holiday through New Year's, which means I won't be around to mail off any A* artwork people purchase during that time, which means I can't put the new page artwork I do each day up on eBay, as I usually do, because eBay wants you to mail it within 3 days of the auction ending.
 
So starting with today's—which incidentally is the kick-off of episode 39! : D—the new A* pages for the rest of 2019 will be going up for immediate and direct sale through smbhax.com...and I figured I might as well go ahead and make them half-off while I'm at it. : ) In fact, *all* the A* watercolor pages I have left, which are normally $50 each, are just $25 each now, and will stay at that price through New Year's.
 
The link to the original art for each day's new painted page will be in the blog post here—down at the bottom; and on smbhax.com, when browsing the comic with the Menu toggled on, links to the other pages that are still available will show in gold "original art" text under the lower left corner of their comic image.
 
The half-off price lasts only through New Year's! Holiday art sale, woo!
 
(You can add multiple pages currently in inventory to your cart, and their shipping charge will combine automatically on check-out.
 
If you think you may want to snap up multiple *new* pages as they'll be coming out, and combine their shipping, just shoot me an email (smbhax@gmail.com) after you make your first purchase, letting me know that, and I'll refund subsequent shipping charges, and hold off on shipping until you tell me you're all done, or the sale ends. : )
 
(Also, I won't be processing shipping stuff from the 20th through the 28th, due to going out of town.)
 
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The A* original art holiday sale is on now! The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page—as well as the watercolor art for any previous pages still available through smbhax.com—is up for immediate sale at half price, just $25! Sale ends after New Year's!
 
 
 
 
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  End of ep. 38! 39 probably starts Monday!Dec 06, 2019 11:15 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:And that's the end of episode 38! If all goes according to plan, I'll get my episode 38 files all tidied up over the weekend, and the episode 38 e-book made and emailed out to those lovely folks supporting my Patreon campaign at the e-book level and up, and mm get enough of my plan for the next episode squared away that episode 39 can start on Monday! Hopefully. ^_^
 
38 was about as domestic an affair as we're likely to get in A*. In 39 we'll take a little trip outside the city.
 
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  Don't forget your radar netDec 05, 2019 9:00 PM PST | url
 
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From "The Thing in Outer Space!" in Space Adventures #13, October-November 1954. Pencils possibly by Bill Molno, inks possibly by Ray Osrin; letters by Charlotte Jetter.
 
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The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page is up for auction on eBay. : )
 
 
 
 
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  Parker's new picture of the dust-free SunDec 04, 2019 8:57 PM PST | url
 
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^ "Parker's cameras, which look out the side of the spacecraft into the solar wind, have provided some of the first evidence confirming a nearly century-old theory: the presence of a dust-free zone near the Sun."
 
That's the word in a tweet by NASA, vividly pictured in the included photo, describing one of the surprising findings in initial investigations by their Parker Solar Probe. So far—according to NPR—Parker has flown within 15 million miles of the Sun three times; in 2025, it is scheduled to fly within 4 million miles or "about one-tenth the orbital distance of Mercury."
 
NASA's main article on their initial findings is here; along with the dust-free zone, it includes big picture items like the solar wind near the Sun rotating faster than predicted, "quick reversals in the magnetic field and sudden, faster-moving jets of material" in the solar wind near the Sun, and "many more tiny energetic particle events [or "particle bursts"] than we ever thought."
 
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The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page is up for auction on eBay. : )
 
 
 
 
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  How to break the ice at a tough meetingDec 03, 2019 9:57 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:
 
From "The Man Who Stole the Moon" in Outer Space #25, December 1959. Pencils and inks by Rocco Mastroserio.
 
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The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page is up for auction on eBay. : )
 
 
 
 
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  They say the truth will outDec 02, 2019 8:34 PM PST | url
 
Added 1 new A* page:
 
From "A Visit to Venus" in Outer Space #22, May 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill; pencils by Bill Molno, inks by Sal Trapani.
 
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