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Supermassive Black Hole A*
The hard sci-fi webcomic.
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Comic language: English
Genre: Science-fiction
Activity status: Active
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Last update: 2 days ago, 3:45 AM
Number of comics: 2708
Number of subscribers: 181
Visitors: 92931 visitors (930908 pages viewed)
Rating: 4.99 (3265 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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2 days ago
Just two pages left in episode 34, but they'll have to wait until mid-week next week; I'm leaving tomorrow to attend my dad's memorial service in Seattle. Back next Tuesday night, and should be back to work on A* by next Wed or Thursday—the 26th or 27th.

Any important status updates while I'm on the road will get posted on my Twitter.

While I'm in Seattle I'll be taking down the last A* art show—one my dad arranged (it's at the Fresh Flours bakery in South Lake Union, Seattle—basically across the street from Amazon's front door) and my mom put up, after I had already moved out of town! So you've got just a day or two left to catch that one.

My dad, in fact, arranged all but I think one (my sister-in-law tipped me off to that one) of the many shows of A* art in the Seattle area over the years—it was him going around to coffee shops and other places that put up local art, door to door, talking to owners and managers, showing them print-outs of my work, and getting them to agree to allow my art on their walls for their customers to see. And he bought the frames, framed and matted everything (!), brought the hammers and nails and fishing wire and printed up the little signs to stick up next to each piece—basically did nearly everything, I just chipped in with a bit of the grunt work. It was his way of helping me get my art out there. : ) He was super-duper supportive! Thanks, dad. : )

And thanks to my mom, who helped put up a lot of the shows, and even provided catering! Thanks also to my brother, and sister-in-law, and other friends who came out to so many of the opening shindigs to support me!
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5 days ago
Here's a sketch I got to send to a reader for supporting the comic through my Patreon campaign : ) :

Thank you very much! And thanks to everyone supporting the comic through Patreon, you're helping me keep the story going! : )
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6 days ago
I got a page done, just about. : o
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One week ago
Looks like I may be heading out of the studio and back to the family homestead some time early next week, probably to stay about a week.

So I won't have any new pages to put up while I'm there, and away from the drawing board. I think we'll be really close, like within a day or so, of finishing this episode by then actually. I've been putting off looking at my notes for the next episode, hopefully they're still here somewhere, haha. ... They're probably still here somewhere. ]_]
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8 days ago
Thanks to everyone who wrote to me with kind words after yesterday's blog about my father's passing. I don't know if it will ever stop being amazing to me how people can reach out over this crazy internet, and the little things I write and draw on it, and share their lives and time and feelings. How does that happen? What's the math on that? Well, whatever it is, it's pretty great. Thanks, everyone. : ) And I'm really glad you all gave me a chance to share something about him.

It looks like the memorial service will be the weekend of the 21st, back in Seattle, so I expect I will be missing a day or three of comic updates around that time. And I'm setting the next three or so auctions of the daily comic page's original art as 10 day auctions, rather than the usual 7 day auctions, so I can get back in time to ship them to any winning bidder.

One more thing I feel oddly compelled to add about my dad: he was about 2/3rds of the way through a special medical trial of a new immunotherapy treatment; he was too weak to keep doing chemotherapy, so, basically he had exhausted the usual treatment options for this cancer, meaning the game was going to definitely be up, but finally his oncologist was able to call in a personal favor and get him into this trial on late notice. And while he didn't make it to the end of the trial, initial signs are it was nonetheless having some positive effect; in any case, with all the tests they were able to run on him, I have to think they at least got a few useful data points to help their research.

So, my dad was helping science. : ) And sure okay it's maybe silly optimism—or more likely, fearful hoping—but I still can't help thinking that in another...20?...30? years, at least some of these immunotherapies or gene therapies or whatever else is being developed now will have got us to a place where we—okay we will need advances in public health care administration in certain countries, too!—don't have to live in fear of cancer.

At any rate, I think that day *will* come some day. And what a day it will be!
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