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    Ben Chamberlain
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Thanks to everyone helping me make the comic with your support through my Patreon campaign! : D Here's a sketch I got to mail to a reader for their support:

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Your support makes a huge difference! Thanks again! : D
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Ad from Whiz Comics #131, March 1951.
Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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Thank you very much! Your support helps make this comic possible! : D
<div align="center"><div align="left" class="quotethin">"I do a lot of erasing." - Will Eisner</div></div>
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From “Swap Your Partner” in Whiz Comics #124, August 1950. Art by Frank Bolle, script by Frank Little.
Thanks to all the wonderful readers making this comic possible with their support, starting at $1 a month, through my Patreon campaign. : )

Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for their support:

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Thank you! And thanks to everyone for reading this little comic. ^_^
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From “Rockets to the Moon” in Whiz Comics #120, April 1950. Art by Kurt Schaffenberger.
Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : D :

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Thank you very much for your support! ^_^
NASA just linked a poetically titled Chandra article, X-rays Spot Spinning Black Holes Across Cosmic Sea, talking about conclusions researchers have been able to reach by studying active, distant supermassive black holes, whose X-ray emissions they've been able to see—multiplied several times, kaleidoscope-like—thanks to gravitational lensing.

<div align="center"><div align="left" class="quotethin">"The researchers then used the property that a spinning black hole is dragging space around with it and allows matter to orbit closer to the black hole than is possible for a non-spinning black hole. Therefore, a smaller emitting region corresponding to a tight orbit generally implies a more rapidly spinning black hole."</div></div>
The X-rays from one of the black holes they observed had such a small cross section that the researchers calculated that the hole's event horizon is spinning at or very near the maximum speed: the speed of light.

<div align="center"><div align="left" class="quotethin">"The researchers think that these supermassive black holes likely grew by accumulating most of their material over billions of years from an accretion disk spinning with a similar orientation and direction of spin, rather than from random directions. Like a merry-go-round that keeps getting pushed in the same direction, the black holes kept picking up speed."</div></div>
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Ad from Whiz Comics #103, Nov 1948
If you enjoy A* and would like to help support the comic, one dandy way to do that is through the A* Patreon campaign. Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for their support:

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Thank you! : D Let's do more A* next week!
I'm out for Independence Day tomorrow; back Friday! I leave you with the following inspiring message from our affiliate:

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Panel from a full page Tootsie Fudge ad, “Captain Tootsie Tames a Tornado,” in Whiz Comics #99, July 1948
Here's an ink sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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Thanks everyone for your support! : D
The font I'm using for the robo-bird is Euphorigenic by @typodermic; it's free for personal and most commercial uses.

It's got a lot of personality, hopefully also while still being pretty legible. : )

I've added a section on the comic's now four main fonts, in the grey box about two-thirds of the way down the about page.
Reader support starting at $1 a month through my Patreon campaign makes it possible for me to bring you new A* pages each weekday! Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader recently as their monthly reward at the $10/month level:

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Thanks to everyone supporting the comic, and thank you for reading A*!
Space news roundup!

- 50 astronauts, in their own words (Washington Post) Astronauts dish about life in space, including that in microgravity, your sinuses are always blocked up

- Apollo in 50 numbers: Medicine and health (BBC) Colds, gas, and other horrors of space travel

- Nasa puts up deep-space atomic clock (BBC) Scientists hope a new toaster-sized atomic clock will prove much more accurate than current ground-based, refrigerator-sized atomic clocks, enabling spacecraft to measure their own position precisely based on course and their time elapsed, rather than having to radio back to Earth—in other words, this would make deep space navigation possible
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From Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom #1, October 1962
art by Bob Fujitani
We're down to the final day for the new 10" x 12" Selenis portrait I have up for auction on eBay. : )

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I'm selling a new portrait-orientation watercolor painting of Selenis on eBay right now. The sale ends Wednesday, and the 10" x 12" painting looks like this:

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I don't manage to do a whole lot of A* watercolor artwork aside from the daily pages, so check this one out—in the next few days!—if you're interested in something a little different. : )
(Forgot to upload yesterday's page yesterday, so this is the 2nd of 2 pages I uploaded today!)

A* is made possible in large part by the generosity of readers supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign, which you can do for as little as $1 a month! Here's a sketch I got to send to one reader for their support in a recent-ish month:

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Thanks folks for your wonderful support! And thanks to everyone reading the comic. =)