Support Science! CosmoQuest Hangoutathon This Weekend

I’m participating as a guest on the CosmoQuest Hangoutathon this weekend.

4pm E / 3pm C / 1pm Saturday 12/22

The more we explore our solar system, the more places we find water and the potential (just maybe) for life. Let's give that possible life a face, and maybe also some wings or tentacles. Watch as artists Natalie Metzger & Nutty Nuchtchas give science personality.

As the description states, I’ll live drawing wacky extraterrestrial life. Come watch, join in the creature building, and help support science.

What is CosmoQuest? Here’s the full description of the project and event.

Do you think astronomy and space science need better funding? Here is your chance to do something to make that a reality. The CosmoQuest project was a NASA-funded citizen science facility. They make it possible for you to help professional researchers explore our solar system and find the safe places to land a space craft and scientifically interesting places to explore. They teach people everything they need to know to fill the research roles normally filled by students. Essentially - you can be the student who learns and does the science! 

A few months ago they were warned that James Webb Space Telescope cost over runs and policy changes might cause their funding to be cut... and those cuts happened. They are now seeking private donations and sponsorships to help them keep the science going. On December 22-23 they are going to live stream science and science-related content for 40 hours as they try and raise the funds they need to keep the lights and servers on. 

Tune in at, and please consider making a donation. CosmoQuest is part of the Planetary Science Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to solar system exploration. Your donations are tax-deductible where allowed by law. We think they are doing good work, and hope that together, we can keep on exploring our solar system and beyond. Learn more at donate at

Vi Hart's Twelve Tones

If anyone could give the question to the answer to life, the universe and everything, it's Vi. In intertube standards this video is long at 30 minutes, but I assure you it's well worth the time. This is a thing of beauty and intelligence. Also, "the harsh vacuum of space punctuated with giant balls of nuclear explosion times."

23 in '13: To Glory

Here's my third 23 in '13 Challenge piece inspired by John Anealio's instrumental song "7 Rounds" (available for free download on his site). It took me longer to finish this piece than the previous two for various boring reasons which I will spare you. I was debating making the background all vector art, but once I started playing with the plain inked version, the imperfections grew on me.

I spent a lot of time playing around with the colors for this piece. I'm still not sure I'm 100% happy with the results, but I do see improvements in my coloring techniques... so huzzah, I guess.



Video of the inking process: