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Turns out today, Monday, Columbus Day, is a federal holiday. : o This one kind of snuck up on me, partly because I've got a family member coming for a visit on Thursday and Friday of this week, and had been planning to announce in today's blog that I'd be taking those days off.

After figuring out this morning that today is a holiday, I considered working anyway since I'll have to be off Thursday and Friday--but then I realized that's silly. : P So, happy Columbus Day! \o/ I'll be back tomorrow for my big two day work week! =o


Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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You can support the comic through Patreon for as little as $1 a month, and it's a huge help—Patreon really makes this comic possible! Thanks to everyone who's doing that—and thank you for reading the comic. : )
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From "Under the Lens" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #1, August 1956. Script possibly by Joe Gill, pencils by Charles Nicholas, inks by Vince Alascia, letters by Jon D'Agostino.
Ink sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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A* keeps going thanks to reader support! = D And thank you for reading. : )
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From a full-page Popsicle comic ad in Master Comics #104, June 1949, starring Popsicle Pete—probably by his creators, Woody Gelman and Ben Solomon.
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From "Torpedo 1936," written by Enrique Sánchez Abulí, art by Alex Toth. First publication Creepy (Spain) #32, February 1982. First English publication Vampirella #108, September 1982.


On Friday I finished going through that digital stack of graphic novels I'd wanted to read through in my free trial month of Comixology Unlimited—ended up skimming a lot of them just for the art, or skipping entirely after seeing the first few pages. : P Two stood out:

- "Black Magic" by Masamune Shirow: one of his early works and just a lot of silly, semi-fantasy sci-fi fun with killer robots and stuff.

- The first, Alex Toth-drawn "Torpedo 1936" story in the collected "Torpedo Vol. 1," written by Enrique Sánchez Abulí; Toth drew the first two short stories, although it looks like he rushed the second one. But his clearly delineated black and white art in the first story (there is some slight nudity) is breathtaking, and a clear inspiration for Frank Miller's style in his "Sin City" crime comics from the '90s, as you may be able to see in that panel I posted above. "Torpedo 1936" probably also inspired Miller's writing and, unfortunately, depiction of women in that series.
Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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Big thanks to everyone helping out the comic! And thanks for reading! More comics next weeeeeeeeek~~
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Panel from a half-page Cracker Jack ad, "Quiz-Whiz: That's Me," in Master Comics #103, May 1949.

(The dog's head appears in the middle of the ad's title in the first panel, which might lead you to think that "Quiz-Whiz," which is otherwise unexplained in the ad, could be the dog's name; but the dog also has the same spot-over-the-eye markings as the traditional Cracker Jack canine mascot, Bingo, who also talked in at least one ad, from a different period—but is also clearly a different breed of dog than the one portrayed by Bingo in his named appearances. The ad also appeared in an issue of "Whiz Comics," among others, by the same publisher.)
Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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It's support from readers like ~you~ that keeps A* going. Thanks for reading! : D
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From "The Anonymous Crook" starring Captain Marvel Jr. in Master Comics #103, May 1949. Art by Kurt Schaffenberger.
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First resolved photo of a black hole, or a dried well on my watercolor palette?
Ink sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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Thanks to everyone reading the comic, and to everyone supporting the comic in other ways! A* happens thanks to you! : D
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Panel from a full-page ad for Wildroot Cream-Oil Hair Tonic, starring Sam Spade and Effie Perine, in Master Comics #99, January 1949.
Sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

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Thanks to everyone supporting the comic! ^_^_^
Just one day left on the special A* art archive sale of the watercolor painting behind A* episode 35, page 2—the auction is right here on eBay, starting at just $16.99.

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Ah, the ol' lunar base! And while you're there, if you're interested in more A* original art, you'll find the latest week's worth of new A* page art also on sale under my eBay profile.

Thanks for taking a look!
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Cover of Night Nurse #3, March 1973. Art by Win Mortimer.
I've got a special sale auction going through next Wednesday for the watercolor illustration made for A* episode 35, page 2:

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Thanks for checking it out! And I've got more A* art items on sale there—the paintings behind this week's new pages, in fact!—which you'll find under my eBay profile. : )
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From "The Mystery of Mercury" in Mysteries of Unexplored Worlds #13, June 1959. Script possibly by Joe Gill, pencils by Bill Molno, inks by Rocco "Rocke" Mastroserio.
I still have just a few choice pages left from A* episodes past that I think people might be particularly interested in picking up, so let's do a Wednesday A* art archive sale!

This week-long special auction is for the 16" x 6.75" watercolor painting I made for A* episode 35, page 2: following the episode title page, it's the episode's first art page, setting the scene on Selenis' lunar base with a shot of sunlight shining down on the base from the ring of the planet that moon orbits:

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I got to use a rough style to render the cratered lunar surface and the shadows of the base going across it, and that's fun to paint! This page is also a reminder to me that isolating individual colors can create a certain bold, graphic look.

So! This one-of-a-kind A* watercolor painting is on sale on eBay for one week, starting today, starting at just $16.99, instead of the $50 past pages normally sell for on

(If you check my eBay seller profile while you're there, you'll also find sale auctions for the latest week's worth of brand new A* comic pages, as is my custom. : )

Thanks for checking it out!
(Revised Selenis' face in yesterday's page a bit.)

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Isolated panel from Night Nurse #1, November 1972. Writing by Jean Thomas, art by Win Mortimer.
Reader Honza Prchal linked me to this Newsweek article about scientists finding that the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy, designated radio source Sgr A*, flared three times this past spring, getting up to 75 times brighter—at locations just outside its event horizon—very briefly. They think this is due to it sucking in material, but flares of this extent have not previously been detected "in the 24 years we have studied the supermassive black hole."


Gonna see how many of these 27 graphic novels I can get through in my month-long free trial of Comixology Unlimited : ) :

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