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Supermassive Black Hole A*

Supermassive Black Hole A*

by smbhax
Stories of a human civilization at the center of the Milky Way galaxy: an area of space dominated by a gigantic black hole, where energy is abundant and life is cheap.

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Supermassive Black Hole A*

Stories of a human civilization at the center of the Milky Way galaxy: an area of space dominated by a gigantic black hole, where energy is abundant and life is cheap.

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I've got a special sale auction going on now for an A* space scene! It's a 16" x 6.75" watercolor painting of Selenis' ship approaching a mysterious coreward space station in episode 35, and it's up for auction on eBay through next Wednesday, starting at just $16.99. : )

<img src="http://smbhax.com/ep/0035/o/0032.jpg">

It's one of my favorite remaining A* paintings and hopefully I'll be able to find it a home. : D

Speaking of A* original art, okay *now* I think I've got the kinks worked out of the thing I tried to add to the news script yesterday to automatically append a little blurb with a link to the *latest* day's A* page art auction. Hopefully it'll magically appear right below this.....

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The original 16" x 6.75" watercolor art for today's new A* page is up for auction on eBay. : )
smbhax
November 15th, 2019
Spent way too long trying to draw today's page. : P

The other thing I got done was fiddling around with my news script thingy to make it automatically add a note to the end of these blog articles, with the link to the new page's original art auction—because everyone loves it when I spam my art sales at them. : PPP

Um so hopefully it appears right below here! vvv

EDIT: Drat, it didn't. Hm...

Okay, *next* time it should work : P Anyway the original watercolor art for today's A* page is up for auction on eBay. : )
smbhax
November 13th, 2019
The original, 16" x 6.75" watercolor paintings behind the latest week's worth of new A* comic pages are always up for auction on my eBay listings, starting at the sale price of $16.99—for one week only! After that, they're for immediate sale strictly through smbhax.com, for $50. (You can see and access the sale status of the original art for a page of the comic by browsing with the site's menu toggled on—the art link/status will be just below the left side of the comic.)

However, once in a blue Wednesday I'll pluck one out of the archives and put it back up on eBay for one week at that low $16.99 starting bid price—and today is one of those blue days! The lucky page for sale this time for one week on eBay is the art for A* comic episode 35, page 32, with Selenis' long-range cruiser approaching the self-proclaimed lord of the galaxy's forbidding space fortress:

<img src="http://smbhax.com/ep/0035/d/0032.jpg">

I had a lot of fun with the paint around the geometric shapes in this one, and I think it came out pretty zippy. : D

Thanks for checking it out, and remember, if this original art stuff interests you, click my auctioneer name over there ("vzzzvzzz" : P) to see the other (new!) A* art I have up for sale. : ) I don't have too many more of these older pages I'm going to put back on sale in the near future, but there will always be the newest pages there, at least!
smbhax
November 12th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191111_worlds_finest_comics_303_green_snow.jpg&qu ot;>

^ The cover of the Comixology version of World's Finest Comics #303, May 1984. Cover pencils by Ed Hannigan, inks by Klaus Jansen, letters by Gaspar Saladino.

This was me indulging myself in a bit of comics nostalgia: World's Finest 303 is the first superhero comic I can remember possessing. My dad had been bringing my brother and I the occasional Richie Rich or other similarly cartoony comic now and then, but then there came the day when he plopped down before us this gleaming, kryptonite-green expanse of poisonous snow, weird skeletons, mass casualties, a stricken, desperate Superman, and Batman in a crazy environment helmet thingy. We weren't in Harveyville anymore! : o

I may be biased, but I still think this is a pretty great cover. : D

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Going even deeper down the '80s comic rabbit hole: the cover of the issue before this one is another Hannigan/Jansen piece, this time featuring Batman punching the snot out of Superman with kryptonite-green gloves. Going back a bit further, issue 285's cover is a sort of generic Batman/Superman pose by Frank Miller (inked by Dick Giordano).

Why am I singling these out? Well, it seems likely to me, given their involvement with the series in this period, that Jansen and Miller would have recalled that Batman-socking-Superman-with-kryptonite cover two years later when they were doing their story of an out-of-retirement, gauntlet-clad Batman socking the stuffing out of a kryptonite-poisoned Superman in the climactic issue of their epoch-making "Batman: The Dark Knight" mini-series.

Or at any rate, it's an interesting coincidence. ^_-
smbhax
November 9th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191108_tunnel.jpg">

I'll be off Monday for the Veterans Day holiday. Back to the drawing board on Tuesday! : )
smbhax
November 7th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191107_out_of_this_world_11_thor.jpg">

From "The Hammer of Thor" in Out of This World #11, Charlton Comics, January 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill; pencils and inks by Steve Ditko.
smbhax
November 6th, 2019
You can support the comic through my Patreon campaign, and get yourself uniquely A* rewards in the process, sent directly from me to you : )—like this sketch I got to mail to a reader for a recent month of their support:

<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191106_patreon_sketch.jpg">

I'll be sending out the latest monthly batch of rewards this weekend! A hu-uge thanks to everyone supporting the comic—you make Selenis' adventures possible! : D
smbhax
November 5th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191105_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_15_adult.jp g">

From "The Boy From Beyond" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #15, October 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill; pencils possibly by Bill Molno; inks possibly by Dick Giordano.
smbhax
November 4th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191104_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_15_stalks.j pg">

From "A Planet So Primitive" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #15, October 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill; pencils by Bill Molno; inks possibly by Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio.
smbhax
November 1st, 2019
You can support the comic through my Patreon campaign—and even get nifty A* rewards sent from me to you for it, like this sketch I got to send to a reader for their support in a recent-ish month:

<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191101_patreon_sketch.jpg">

Thanks to everyone helping me out through Patreon, and thank you for reading the comic! : D
smbhax
October 31st, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191031_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_14_andor.jp g">

From "The Nobody" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #14, August 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill; pencils by Bill Molno, inks by Vince Alascia.
smbhax
October 30th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191030_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_14_ruined.j pg">

From "No. 9 Swanson St." in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #14, August 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill; pencils by Matt Baker, inks by Vince Colletta.
smbhax
October 29th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191029_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_14_husky.jp g">

From "No. 9 Swanson St." in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #14, August 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill; pencils by Matt Baker, inks by Vince Colletta.
smbhax
October 29th, 2019
Here's a pretty cool map of the night sky compiled from various surveys, where you can zoom in on part of the sky to see all the galaxies we've been able to see so far in it.

What's really amazing is when you zoom OUT, and turn on the constellation display overlay, to see what a tiny bit of the sky you were looking at with all those galaxies in it!

I got the link from a BBC article about DESI, a telescope that will conduct a detailed measurement of the distance to 35 million galaxies, using its 5000 robot-controlled optical fibers to take simultaneous spectrographic readings of many objects in the sky at once.

Primordial oscillation very early in the life of the universe, when the hot plasma that made up everything after the Big Bang began to cool, finally allowing light to travel freely, can still be seen today as a slight perturbation in the distribution of ancient (high redshift) galaxies; according to the DESI site, there is "a slight tendency for pairs of galaxies to be separated by the distance the waves traveled, which owing to the expanding Universe is about 500 million light-years today," and "with that, we can infer the distance to the galaxies. [...] DESI will [...] measure the relationship of distance to redshift over a wide range of redshifts with subpercent precision. This in turn allows us to infer the expansion history and the evolution of dark energy."

"Dark energy" is the name for whatever the heck is causing the observed acceleration of the expansion of the universe, which scientists don't yet know how to account for; the hope is that the DESI project will start to provide some new insights.
smbhax
October 25th, 2019
You can help keep A* rolling along by supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign, and even get yourself unique A* rewards in the process! For instance, here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for their support in a recent month:

<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191025_patreon_sketch.jpg">

Thanks very much to all the supporters! And thank you for reading the comic. : ))
smbhax
October 24th, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191024_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_14_shampoo. jpg">

From "An Air of Honesty" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #14, August 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill. Pencils by Charles Nicholas, inks by Sal Trapani.
smbhax
October 23rd, 2019
If you enjoy A* and would like to help me bring the comic to life, consider pitching in through my Patreon campaign, where you can support the comic and get uniquely A* rewards in the process, sent right from me to you. For instance, here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for a recent-ish month of support : ) :

<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191023_patreon_sketch.jpg">

Thanks everyone who's helping me bring this comic out, and thanks to everyone for reading! ^)^
smbhax
October 22nd, 2019
<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191022_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_13_1993.jpg ">

From "Strong Boy" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #13, June 1959. Possibly by Joe Gill (script), Bill Fraccio (pencils), and Tony Tallarico (inks).
smbhax
October 22nd, 2019
And we're back! Let's get back in the swing of things~~ Off with you, rust!
smbhax
October 16th, 2019
I'm being visited here in my little town by a family member for the next few days, so I'll be away from the drawing board. Back to making new pages on Monday!

<img src="http://smbhax.com/stuff/191016_mysteries_of_unexplored_worlds_10_plausibl e.jpg">

From "One Way Trip" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #10, November 1958. Story possibly by Joe Gill; pencils and inks by Steve Ditko.