The Almanac is a bit short this week because Diane, Steph, Julie, and I are busy working on the Volume 2 Kickstarter for Snow by Night. We’re hoping to have it launch in early March. Wait, that’s next week? Eek! I need to work faster!
Antoine shows Vivienne and Jassart the archives on Chapter 10, Page 16. There are upsides and downsides to having a great spirit who is the patron of arts and sciences. On one hand the savants write down a lot of things; on the other hand, they write down a lot of things. To see what lies in store for Jassart and Vivienne on the next page, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.
Antoine is easily distracted by potatoes on Chapter 10, Page 15. Vivienne probably should be more interested in potatoes. If the French had adopted that tuber, the nobility (of which Vivienne is a part) may have prevented the French Revolution, as the failed wheat harvests played a large role in formenting discontent. Yes, it’s related to nightshade, and yes its fruit, leaves, and stems are toxic. But really, isn’t a little poison worth the French fries?
On a side note, Germany adopted the potato during the 18th century because of marauding foragers for the armies of all the wars in the 1700s. They could empty barns and burn crops, but digging up all the potatoes was too much work and you can’t really set fire to a potato field like you can with a wheat field. So that’s why Germany and eastern Europe became famous for their potato dishes while France did not. Potatoes fried in the French manner did not happen until near the end of the century.
When we were thumbnailing out this page, Julie, Diane, and I had a long conversation about whether Antoine would be waxing poetic over potatoes or corn. We eventually settled on potatoes because (1) potatoes are funnier than corn, and (2) people in Québéc at this time would be aware of maize while potatoes are much more exotic. Julie captured the struggle of potato versus corn in today’s vote incentive on Top Web Comics.
It’s pretty cold here tonight. Around -14 Celsius as this “Polar Vortex” passes overhead. This got me thinking about the arctic so that’s our Almanac entry tonight – the Arctic Zone!
This page in the Almanac has only had the Torrid Zone on it for a while. We need some cold balance. So come learn about the wonders of the frigid north of Ultima Thule, where the plants are tiny, the bears are hungry, and explorers look mighty tasty. If you reach the North Pole, you can achieve immortality by staying there all year. I suppose you could chance it and leave one night a year if you had an extremely important obligation.
Jassart’s presence does not go unnoticed by Antoine on Chapter 10, Page 14. His previous interactions with Jassart were not exactly the best. That’s okay. Vivienne has a solution that mollifies the old sage.
Julie gave me a beautiful panel on the next page that looks like a cut scene. I couldn’t resist. To see for yourself, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.
I’m planning out the Kickstarter campaign for Volume 2. A lot of the prep work is done. I’m typing up the description for the campaign page as well as all the rewards. I’m hoping to have it start around the end of the month or early March.
Vivienne and Jassart pay a visit to the Museum of Sherbourg on Chapter 10, Page 13. They recruit the services of Antoine Dupuis to help them. To see how that goes, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.