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Supermassive Black Hole A*
The hard sci-fi webcomic.
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Language: English
Genre: Science-fiction
Activity status: Active
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Last update: Yesterday, 5:48 AM
Number of comics: 2776
Number of subscribers: 182
Visitors: 97785 visitors (988224 pages viewed)
Rating: 4.99 (3267 votes)

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Stories from the center of our galaxy, where energy is abundant and life is cheap.


Just a dude makin' comics.

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I've been trying to do the traditional watercolor painting methodology of painting "light to dark"—which means, you start the painting with light colors, and gradually work up to the darker colors, or something. You can get some neat layering and color interaction and stuff, and maybe a more subtle sense of atmosphere and lighting. On the other hand, it takes patience. : P
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2 days ago
Two more pages left in this episode. : o Then I'll have to kick off episode 36 on Friday! Oh man!
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3 days ago
Got a page done, I guess that does it!
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6 days ago
Here's an ink (and wash) sketch I got to send to a reader for their support of the comic through my Patreon campaign! : )

Thanks everyone for your support! You make this comic possible! : D

I'm not sure what inspired me to give Selenis a canina companion there, but did you know that Sirius, 8.6 light years from Earth, is also known as the "Dog Star"? The nickname comes from its membership in the constellation Canis Major ("Greater Dog").

Sirius is the brightest star in the night sky, and its proper name means "glowing" or "scorching" in Greek. You could be forgiven for not noticing Sirius is actually a *binary* star, because its companion, Sirius B, while one of the most massive white dwarf stars known—twice as massive as most, and about the same mass as our Sun, packed into a sphere about the same size as Earth—has only about 5% of our Sun's solar luminosity, while Sirius A, the main star, is 25 times as bright as the Sun! Here they both are (B is below and to the left of A) in a 2003 Hubble image:

image by NASA, ESA, H. Bond (STScI), and M. Barstow (University of Leicester) (source)

(If part of this about Sirius' A and B sounds familiar it's because I covered some of it in a long post I made about our local area of space back in 2011!)
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One week ago
In October, Google announced they were going to shut down their Google+ social media platform this coming August, after a security snafu came to light (one got the impression they're just tired of the whole business).

In December, they reported (here's the BBC article) that they'd found another security flaw in G+; now they've moved the shut-down date up to April. : P
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