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Holiday Sketches #4

December 31st, 2012

Our next installment of our holiday sketches is Snow-by-Night with Silver Bells. Pages resume January 7. Happy New Year, everyone!

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Holiday Sketches #3

December 27th, 2012

We continue our holiday sketches with Jassart as Rudolph. Pages resume January 7. Happy Holidays to all!

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Holiday Sketches #2

December 25th, 2012

We continue our holiday sketches with Mathilde under the mistletoe. Pages resume January 7. Happy Holidays to all!

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Holiday Sketches

December 23rd, 2012

We begin our holiday sketches with a sketch of Blaise who has absconded with Santa’s cookies. Pages resume January 7. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everyone!

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Almanac – Gunpowder

December 21st, 2012

This week’s Almanac is gunpowder. Alchemical gunpowder, that is. Salt (charcoal), sulfur (sulfur), and mercury (saltpeter) in unison to create a highly flammable compound. Interesting factoid. Europe (like Japethe) had a shortage of naturally occurring saltpeter so chemists developed the “French Method” of making it. What is the French Method? It’s a polite way of saying that they use dung and urine to make saltpeter. Oh euphemisms.

Snow by Night’s holiday break begins next week. We’ll be posting holiday sketches for the next two weeks. Stop by and get some holiday cheer. Pages resume on January 7!

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Chapter 5 Page 23

December 18th, 2012

So what happens when you shoot a manitou? You make her really angry. See it unfold on Chapter 5 Page 23. To see Brittany’s sketch for this page, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.

This is our last page before our holiday break. There is an almanac entry this Friday (I’m thinking about discussing gunpowder). Starting next week, we will have holiday sketches up on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So stop by and see what Naty, Brittany, and Sunny have put together. It’s delightfully festive. Pages resume on January 7!

One last thing, we got a review from Comic Booked.com as part of their Webcomics Wednesday. They called us high class!

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Chapter 5 Page 22

December 17th, 2012

Almanac Reference: Pistols

Laurent loses all patience on Chapter 5 Page 22.  To see the pencils for this page, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.

Riddle Week was a lot of fun for us. I enjoy making up these brain teasers and it gives an outlet for my poetic streak. In case you didn’t see the answers on Top Web Comic, here they are. The answer to Monday’s riddle is a caterpillar but we would accept a butterfly. The answer to Tuesday’ s riddle is a ring. The answer to Wednesday’s riddle is a frog. This one stumped a lot of people because of the line “I die every night.” To which I answer, frogs croak in the evening. Ha! puns! The answer to Thursday’s riddle was a ball. And finally, the answer to Friday’s riddle is skin. Thanks for playing with us!

We  have some sales on the Snow by Night Store. Buy three portraits, get the fourth for free. Also, get a Bag o’ Colonial Slang Buttons for $8. And just a quick reminder, Snow by Night is going on holiday from Dec. 24 through Jan. 4. We’ll be posting some holiday-themed sketches during the break, but this is our last week of pages until Jan. 7.

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Almanac – Gloire

December 14th, 2012

Reputation, pride, status, glory. All these words are wrapped up in the ideology of Gloire, which is discussed in today’s Almanac entry. We’ve seen gloire raise its head a couple times in this comic. Jassart felt that Snow-by-Night was making him look bad (she was) which hurt his gloire among the other rooks. We saw gloire in all its ugliness in Losing by Winning which drove Vivienne into conflict with Marguerite and cost her family dearly. Gloire is the driving force of many of the great figures of Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries. It still lives on today when presidents talk about leaving a legacy.

A bit of news. Snow by Night will be taking a brief break over the holidays. We will not be posting pages or Almanac entries from December 24 to January 6 (so we still have all of next week when we are posting). This unintentionally works out to be the 12 Days of Christmas. During this time, we will be posting holiday-themed illustrations. So check back with us during the break to see some merry whimsy. Happy holidays everyone!

And now, our last riddle for the week. I saved one of my favorites for last.

A march to hold back the foreign seas

Yet leaks a thousand salty streams.

Its soil ranges from rich, dark loam

To palest sand by the white sea foam.

Smooth as silk, rough as leather,

Wrinkled as time, soft as heather,

Thin and thick, you can split it in twain;

The ground can mend but the mark remains.

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