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Ep. 21, Page 98
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Comic 1603 - Ep. 21, Page 98

19th Apr 2014, 4:34 AM in Episode 21 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (3 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 19th Apr 2014, 4:34 AM edit delete
I'm a little late on this but did you know A* is five years old? Yep, the first episode—in its original, silent, animated form—went online on March 18th, 2009 (so I'm about a month late in remembering this ; ). Five years! That's a pretty long time! All I can say is thank you everyone for reading this little story, it definitely wouldn't still be puttering along without its loyal readers. Hugs all around!!! : DD

Speaking of thanking people, here's a reward sketch that went out in the mail a week or so ago to a reader who's supporting A* through Patreon:



It's TMI Friday! Man did I have an interesting day:

- I got a phishing phone call! My phone showed a weird incoming number ("1 (03"—which is maybe part of an international calling code or something?), and when I answered, a computerized voice instantly kicked in, saying they were sorry (no mention who they were) but my card (no mention which card) had just been suspended, dial "1" to connect to their call center or something to rectify it. Well this sounded like a hoot, so I hit "1" and pretty much the same voice came back and said to hit "1" (again : P) to get the card reinstated, or "2" to hang up. Sweet menu system, guys. So I hit "1" again. THEN we got to the meat of it: "Please enter your 16-digit account number." Uh-huh, suuuuure. : P Anyway I'd never gotten one of those so that was fun.

- I got yet another temporary member card and membership application in the mail from the AARP! They've been after me to join up for oh at least five years now. Is this normal? I'm 1.2 billion seconds old, which is to say, midway through age 39. : P It would be pretty sweet to get AARP discounts at like restaurants and stuff but I think I might get strange looks. : PP

- I tweaked a back muscle of some sort earlier in the day as I tried to pose for Selenis' picture in today's page. Feeling better now, but I guess I'm not quite in shape for swimsuit season yet. I'd better get on that, time is running out! : o


cattservant 19th Apr 2014, 6:18 AM edit delete reply
She's a vigilante after all.
smbhax 21st Apr 2014, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
gary cramer 19th Apr 2014, 7:25 AM edit delete reply
gary cramer
Wow, Ben , this is really sharp in it's execution. The line between the characters at eye level is perfect. Great fade out on the man into the right side of page, this is really good stuff.
smbhax 21st Apr 2014, 7:29 PM edit delete reply
Thanks! That fade kinda happened because I didn't like how I'd drawn his arm over there, but I guess it worked out. : )
moizmad 19th Apr 2014, 11:07 AM edit delete reply
Ben, take it from me, you have mastered water-colours. This is a MASTERPIECE!
smbhax 21st Apr 2014, 7:31 PM edit delete reply
Aw, shucks! : ) Although keep in mind that the color is heavily digitally processed with "Hue" manipulation in Photoshop to bring out other colors--I painted it with just my usual two blue and red watercolors; the original looks like this:

moizmad 22nd Apr 2014, 12:27 PM edit delete reply
OK, I take what I said back Ben, you cheated!!! Heck, maybe I should try cheating!?