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October 9th, 2017

The Lake Page 13

Snow-by-Night defeats her memories, not by fighting them but by embracing them. She shows empathy for the first time and expresses regret. And this time (unlike Chapter 3), her hand catches his.

This concludes The Lake! I’d like to give a huge thanks to Amanda Gomes for illustrating it. She did a fantastic job. She’s the one who came up with the monochromatic theme, the physical design for all the characters, and the creepy environment of Snow’s memories. If you like this, then I highly recommend her webcomic Riven Seal!

Chapter 16 “Consuming Fire” begins on Wednesday. Vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics to see the line drawing of the cover!

Today is Columbus Day. Or Indigenous People’s Day. This day is… very problematic to me. I completely understand the issues with Columbus. He was a cruel and hateful man to the point where the Spanish grew to despise him. He got removed from power, his titles revoked, and sent off on one last desperate mission where he ended up shipwrecked and marooned. His actions led to a genocide that swept across two continents and spanned centuries. I get why indigenous people loath him and this holiday.

I also know a lot of Italian-Americans who consider Columbus Day a day when they can celebrate being Italian. They probably wouldn’t have picked Columbus as their champion if they had the choice but he was the one that the whites at the time the holiday was created were comfortable with. Some of them see efforts to remove their holiday as an affront to their heritage. Also, would this country even exist without the voyage of Columbus or some one like him? There would have been no Great American Experiment. Both good and evil came out of 1492.

I think there are some ideals in Columbus Day that are worth saving: exploration, bravery, and venturing into the unknown. In three little ships (and the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria were not very big), the crews dared the terrors of an unmapped sea. It was a strong likelihood that they weren’t coming back. Taking risks should be encouraged. The bravery and competence of those sailors should be celebrated.

So instead of Columbus Day, I would propose Discovery Day. It’s the day when the world became twice as large for everyone. Asia, Africa, and Europe learned of North and South America. And North and South America learned of them. It is a day of expanding horizons, of daring the unknown, and taking risks and chances that make the world a larger place. The Italian-Americans could continue to celebrate their daring and greatness that made that voyage possible. We could also address some of the bad consequences that come as part of discovery, such as the genocide.

I’m a strong supporter of the ideals behind Indigenous People’s Day (For example, I’m sponsoring Indigenous Comic Con.), and I’d like to see it flourish in a way that doesn’t diminish the Italian-Americans. I think we’d get more awareness putting it on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving or even Thanksgiving Day itself. The Thanksgiving holiday already has a strong Native American connection in the mind of the average American. It would be a short step to make the holiday a celebration of our elder brothers of the land.


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October 4th, 2017

The Lake Page 12

Snow-by-Night confronts the haunt with the truths that she has learned. This time, the braziers catch fire. Vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics to see a peek at the final page of this vignette!

Our trip to Fort Ticonderoga continues! We were met by a surprise visit with my friends Nic and Elo from Québec. I don’t see them nearly enough. And we’re going to spend the day exploring a fort and doing all the things there!


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October 2nd, 2017

The Lake Page 11

Snow has buried memories that she finds unpleasant, but they’ve left their mark. To see what Snow does with this knowledge, vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics!

Today, Steph and I are heading north to tour Fort Ticonderoga in upstate New York!  We’re going to be posting a pictures on the Snow by Night Facebook page and to my twitter feed. We’ll also be making videos for our Patreon fans!

Speaking of which, please support our Patreon! Your contributions help make Snow by Night possible. My thanks to all the patrons who have joined so far. You inspire us!


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September 27th, 2017

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Paws-Tread-Lightly is true to his nature. Even in a dream that is more than a dream. On the next page, Snow seeks more wisdom from an unexpected source. See for yourself when you vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics!

A huge thanks to our patrons who are making this possible! If you like Snow by Night, please consider backing our Patreon! If we get enough pledges, I’m making the jump to 3 updates a week.

Mythmakers (my indie publishing house for Snow by Night) is sponsoring Indigenous Comic Con in November! It’s going to be a fantastic show. Come get your Indigenerd on!


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September 25th, 2017

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Snow meets another old friend. This one is a bit friendlier, and Snow reveals some of the worries that she carries. To see a peek at the next page, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.

October is going to be a very busy month! First, I’m planning a research trip to Fort Ticonderoga in Upstate New York. I’ve got a major scene there, and I want to go explore the fort. ROAD TRIP! Second, I’m going to be launching a Kickstarter campaign for Volume 3: Separation. The files are all set up and ready to go including an entire new vignette by Tangent Artists! Look for more updates on that shortly!

Finally, Mythmakers (my studio that publishes Snow by Night) is a sponsor of Indigenous Comic Con 2! I couldn’t be prouder. Lee Francis has done a superb job putting together a show for Indigenous pop culture. I highly recommend you attend if you can. You can follow ICC on Twitter and Facebook for all the latest information!

My thanks to all my patreon supporters for helping make this possible! If you’re not already, please consider supporting us!


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September 20th, 2017

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Snow flees from the tormenting haunt in the lake and finds herself… somewhere else. There she meets another old acquaintance. Vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics and see who it is.

My thanks to all of you who have backed my Patreon! Let me entice the rest of you. New pages are coming in and you get advance viewing when you’re a patron!

An exciting week here. The electric service line from the pole to my house is underground and has become frayed. The power started puttering out on Monday. Fortunately, Dominion Power came right out and fixed it. They have these neat sensors that can detect electrical leakage through 5 feet of earth. That proved handy! It’s all fixed now so we’re back up and running!

Baltimore Comic Con is this weekend! I’ll be there with Snow by Night and Final Arcanum books at Table A235-236.


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September 18th, 2017

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The trapper has a lot of opinions for a dead guy. He looms over snow like a great, dark metaphor. Snow does the sensible thing when you vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics!

Please consider supporting us on Patreon! I like paying my artists a fair wage of their hard work. Any contributions help me do that. Plus, I’m offering all sorts of behind the scenes rewards!

Baltimore ComicCon is this weekend. I’ll be there as part of Square City Comics! Come find us at table A235-236!


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September 13th, 2017

The Lake Page 6

Looks like the trapper is secretly a Greyjoy, “What is dead may never die.” It just gets worse on the next page. Vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics to see!

Sketches and lines for Chapter 16 are taking shape! You can get access to it all on our Patreon! We’d love the support!