It’s time for another BOTW! This time it’s week 44 (27th October to 2nd November) and it’ll work just like the other times! I will randomly choose a blog sunday evening (26th) who has reblogged this and is following me! I don’t choose blog after followers/popularity, everyone has a fair shot!

What you have to do: 

Mbf me
Must have reblogged this

What you’ll get: 

unlimited promos
selfpromo on about 50% of my queue
a friend
help with whatever I can help you with (polls, html…)

That’s it! Start reblogging!! xx

Thanks to kyotomagic for the edit!!


SPX Guest Ron Wimberly’s Signing Schedule at the OOSA Booth (W44-46)

That’s right folks, our friend Ron Wimberly will be available for you to meet and greet at the OOSA booth both days of SPX! You can find him at our tables the following times:

Saturday 4:00-5:00
Sunday 2:30-3:30

Bring your books for him to sign or buy something from him at the show. (I suggest bringing copies of the variant covers he did for Dead Letters since OOSA artist Chris Visions will be there to sign it as well.)

We may also have a special limited edition something-or-other just for the occasion, too. 

And be sure to check Ron out on the following panels during the weekend:

Black Art Matters
2:00-3:00PM White Oak Room (Saturday)
Black Art Matters. Join SPX for an hour of listening to black creators Darryl Ayo(Press (A) To Talk), Ron Wimberly (Lighten Up), C. Spike Trotman (Iron Circus Comics), and Whit Taylor (The Fabric of Appropriation) discuss their experiences as comics creators and what it means to make art that speaks about the black experience in American comics. Moderated by Keith Knight.

Royalboiler Redux
4:00-5:00PM White Oak Room (Sunday)
Brandon Graham returns to SPX for Royalboiler Redux. Get ready for a conversation on the state of indie comics with Farel Dalrymple (The Wrenchies), Liz Suburbia (Sacred Heart), and Ron Wimberly (Prince of Cats). Moderated by the Royal Boiler himself.


Team succeeded in precisely measuring expansion velocity of shockwave of supernova remnant W44

A research team led by Tomoro Sashida and Tomoharu Oka (Keio University) has succeeded in precisely measuring the expansion velocity of a shockwave of the supernova remnant W44. The remnant is located in the constellation of Aquila, approximately 10,000 light-years away from our solar system. The team observed the high-temperature and high-density molecular gas in the millimeter/submillimeter wave ranges. The analysis shows that the expansion velocity of the W44 shockwave is 12.9±0.2 km/sec. In addition, it became clear that the supernova explosion released kinetic energy of (1-3)×1050 erg into the interstellar medium. The energy emitted from the Sun is approximately 3.6 × 1033 ergs/sec. Can you image how enormous amount of energy is released from the supernova explosion? Furthermore, other molecular gas with an extremely high velocity of higher than 100 km/sec was also detected. The origin of this super-high-velocity molecular gas remains unclear at the present time.

A star with a mass of more than eight times of the Sun releases tremendous energy when it is dying and undergoes a supernova explosion. The shockwave caused by the supernova explosion expands, having a strong impact on the composition and physical state of surrounding interstellar materials. It also emits kinetic energy into interstellar space. “Galactic winds” blasting out a large amount of gas are often observed in galaxies where explosively active star formations take place. The energy source of such galactic wind is also thought to be many supernova explosions.

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A Spectacular 20,000-Year-Old Supernova Remnant

Thought to be about 20,000 years old — middle-aged for a such a structure — the W44 supernova remnant is located 9,800 light-years away in the constellation Aquila. The Fermi  Large Area Telescope (LAT) not only detected W44, it actually revealed super-energetic gamma-rays coming from places where the remnant’s expanding shock wave is known to be interacting with cold, dense gas clouds, providing clues to the origin of cosmic rays, the particles, primarily protons, that move through space at nearly the speed of light. Magnetic fields deflect the particles as they race across the galaxy, and this interaction scrambles their path and masks their origins.

Scientists can’t say for sure where the highest-energy cosmic rays come from, but they regard supernova remnants as perhaps their likliest origin.

In 1949, the Fermi telescope’s namesake, physicist Enrico Fermi, suggested that the highest-energy cosmic rays were accelerated in the magnetic fields of gas clouds. In the decades that followed, astronomers showed that the magnetic fields in the expanding shock wave of a supernova remnant are just about the best location for this process to work.

So far, LAT observations of W44 and several other remnants strongly suggest that the gamma-ray emission arises from accelerated protons as they collide with gas atoms.

(via The Daily Galaxy)

SPX Update: Bad News, Good News, and Other News

Bad News: Because of printing issues, I’ll only have less than 10 copies of Infinity Block. If you’re able to snag one, email me at richie@richiepope.com (on the back of the zine) and you’ll get an early gift related to an upcoming printing of the book! Located at table W78 (Chris Kindred’s table)

Good News: Prints of The Helm on Madison Ave. will belocated at tables W44-45 (Out of Step Art’s table)! It’s an 11x17 Giclee print on Arches textured 240 gsm 100% cotton rag paper. 

Other News: I’m so excited for the show that my face started doing weird things this morning…