Webcomic profile: Supermassive Black Hole A*
Supermassive Black Hole A*
The hard sci-fi webcomic.
Last update: Yesterday, 5:59 PM
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Stories from the center of our galaxy, where energy is abundant and life is cheap.

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smbhax
smbhax
Just a dude makin' comics.

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Re: yesterday's sad tale of a burst of seasonal humidity clogging up my salt shaker and leading silly me to a bout with dehydration, it turns out that dry grains of uncooked long grain white rice in the shaker—up to 1/3rd of its contents, maybe—will absorb the excess moisture (mine seemed to take about 5-6 hours), and then the salt will flow when shaken again. : )

Apparently this is pretty well known in areas with regular high humidity; I lived most of my life in Seattle and don't recall ever having my non-riced salt shakers going on the fritz there—Seattle doesn't actually get all that humid, generally. I *think* I recall finding rice grains in a salt shaker at a restaurant once, but I thought someone had just been messing with it. : P

Anyway, science! : D

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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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smbhax
This is the page that took me two days to get posted, and it was just because I'm a goofball.

The end of our little spring rainy season here and outbreak of the first almost summer-y weather two days ago produced a sudden surge of relatively high humidity: wooden doors stuck in their frames, my watercolor paper stayed limp, and salt clumped up trying to come out of the shaker.

I cook all my own meals from scratch, clumsily (I'm no cook—it's mostly oatmeal, chicken sandwiches, apples, and frozen veggies :d), and salt from that shaker is pretty much my only significant source of sodium. Not being able to dispense it normally, I tried sprinkling it from a spoon but, after having rendered a few meals a bit on the salty side in a few damp days previously, tried to go easier...and apparently severely underestimated how much I needed to add.

The body needs sodium to retain water; without enough of it, water goes right through you, carrying any remaining sodium away that much faster. I woke up with a slight headache, and, figuring it was dehydration, started drinking more water—which made things worse. :P By the time it came to sitting down to draw yesterday, the headache was pretty bad, and I guess I was kind of out of it, because it took me two hours just to pencil out something that looked like something. By that time, the headache was raging and I could barely think straight.

Finally I realized I was really dehydrated, must be low on sodium, and started drinking salt dissolved in water (eventually followed by regular water, after I felt salted enough—ie, after the salt-infused water started tasting disgusting instead of curative). That was the cure, and after a while of that and a bit of a lie-down I was together enough to paint the page. By the time that was done it was nearing bed time, and I still wasn't sharp enough to sit down and work in front of the computer. So, the rest of preparing and posting the page had to wait until today. Also I repainted her nose three times. :-D

And now I'm erring on the salty side of things until a bit more summery weather gets our humidity back to normal. : P (I guess if it keeps up long enough I'll just get decent at spooning on salt, and then I'll never need a salt shaker again! /thrifty)

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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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smbhax
Got a page done and that's about it. : D

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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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smbhax


^ Inked sketch for a reader supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign. : )

Thanks everyone for your support and/or reading the comic! : D

I will be playing hooky on Monday for the Memorial Day holiday. Back at it on Tuesday!

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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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smbhax


^ From "The Coming of...Sub-Mariner!" in The Fantastic Four #4, Marvel Comics, May 1962. Script by Stan Lee, pencils by Jack Kirby, inks by Sol Brodsky, colors by Stan Goldberg, letters by Artie Simek.

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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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