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Fan Art – Will Friday

March 31st, 2013

No page update today as we were all busy with the Easter holiday. Instead, we have this lovely piece of fan art created by Will Friday. Will missed our deadline for the Art Contest, and based on the quality of the art, the other competitors should consider themselves lucky. Check out Will’s amazing portfolio.

Our Art Contest enters its final week. Our thanks to Shawna and Cristina. Your art was amazing and you gave our two finalists a solid challenge. And congratulations to Laura Hollingsworth and Amasugiru. They are our finalists. You can vote daily from now until Saturday night. The winner of this round is our victor of the entire art contest!

My apologies. I was supposed to get in touch with the contestants who placed in the earlier rounds last week, but life got away from me. I’ll be in touch this week. Hold tight. I haven’t forgotten about you.

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Almanac – Claude Amaury

March 28th, 2013

Today’s Almanac update is Claude Amaury, Bertrande’s journeyman. He can now be found under Merchants in the Almanac and in the Cast directory. Also, as you can see, we now have a fancy graphic for when we upload a new almanac entry. If you click on it, it will take you to the permanent home of the entry in the Almanac.

Only two more days to vote in the semi-finals of the Art Contest. I’m so impressed with all four entries. Vote today for your favorite.

Lastly, this Monday is Easter Monday, which is a holiday for me. We won’t be uploading a new page on Monday. Instead, I have a beautiful piece of fan art done by Will Friday as a way to kick off the final round of the Art Contest.

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Chapter 6 Page 13

March 26th, 2013

Almanac Reference: d’Accord

Oh, the pink. It hurts the eyes. Snow-by-Night dresses in the latest Saronnan fashions in Chapter 6 Page 13. To see what Blaise brings to the party, vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comic!

Our Art Contest is rolling along. The support for our four finalists has been amazing. And they certainly deserve it. They are four talented artists. For those who have dropped out of the competition, fret not! They are not gone forever. We’ll be creating an 2013 Art Contest section on our Extras page. We’ll be placing all the art there, along with the artist’s names and links to their portfolios.

Oh, our Zenkaikon convention report is up. It’s in the form of a photo album on our Facebook page.

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Chapter 6 Page 12

March 24th, 2013

Almanac References: Snowfall, Zenosday

Diane and I just got back from Zenkaikon. It was a fun little convention in Pennsylvania. I’ll get a con report up by Wednesday.

Mathilde helps Snow-by-Night pick a dress to wear for the opera on Chapter 6 Page 12. What do you wear for a night on the town when you’re a manitou? See a sneak peek by voting for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.

So many votes in our Art Contest. The competition was really fierce and all the contenders are incredibly talented. I want to thank Minuiko, Rein Eire, Melissa Teo, and Jesse Bechtold for entering. I’ll be in touch later this week about your prizes. And congratulations to Laura Hollingsworth, Cristina Marin, Amasugiru, and Shawna Alkira! They are now in our Final Four. Vote for your favorite daily to get them into the championship next round.

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Fan Art – Ben Thornton

March 21st, 2013

This week’s Almanac entry was supposed to be the character description for Claude, Bertrande’s assistant. Unfortunately, time got away from me, and I didn’t get a chance to get it written. A big contributor to that was trying to get a program layout for a theatre production in under four hours. Good times, but we got it done.

To the rescue comes Ben Thornton. He was working on a submission for our Art Contest but wasn’t done in time. So instead, he submitted it as fan art. Go check it out and then take a look at his portfolio. Thank you, Ben!

Speaking of our the Art Contest, there’s still two days left in the voting. Some of the contests are really close. So remember to vote for your favorites. Although how do you choose? They’re all excellently done.

Diane and I are heading to Zenkaikon tomorrow morning. Come and see us in the Artist Alley if you’re going.

 

 

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Chapter 6 Page 11

March 19th, 2013

Almanac References: AetherCoureur des bois, Father WinterManitou

Bertrande offers Jassart a solution to all of his problems in Chapter 6 Page 11. A solution so horrible that even he shies away from it. And for our vote incentive on Top Web Comic — clothing!

Our Art Contest continues. Eight contestants; four match ups. Vote today (and everyday) to help pick the winners. Also, Diane and I will be at Zenkaikon this weekend. Come by and see us if you’re attending.

We went live with our site redesign over this past weekend. While most of the changes were welcomed, several readers brought up their love of the landing page. This page gave a preview of the latest page and contained link icons to Page 1 and the Table of Contents. I liked both of the link icons, so the icons will be returning as soon as the art is finished for them.

So what is your preference? Should we post the latest page of the comic on the index page of the site? Or should we post a preview that takes you to the latest page of the comic? Let us know. We want this to be an enjoyable reading experience.

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Chapter 6 Page 10

March 17th, 2013

Almanac Reference: Currency, Guilds, Manitou

Jassart is wandering the town randomly annoying people in Chapter 6 Page 10. Or does he have pressing business with the alchemist? Hard to tell with Jassart. To see a peek at Wednesday’s page, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.

So much news to go through today. First off, the Art Contest. The victors of Round 1 (the Sweet 16) are Minuiko, Laura Hollingsworth, Cristina Marin, Rein Eire, Melissa Teo, Amasugiru, Jesse Bechtold, and Shawna Alkira. Congratulations! I also want to thank Li Mei Ren, Delphina, Jennifer Zyren Smith, Pchoberry, NausicaaHime, Jose Ortiz, Manou Azumi, and Jennifer Middleton. Your art was splendid. Thank you so much for entering our contest.

We have four new contests to decide. Voting is now open. Good luck to all of you!

This weekend is Zenkaikon. We’ll be there with Chapters 1-4, as well as prints, and buttons. Our newest button is “I’m Fluent in Metaphor”. These words by Mathilde were very popular at Katsucon where we sold out of them.

Our last big piece of news is the site redesign. For that, I’m turning the journal over to Diane.

H, Diane here! You may have noticed a dramatic change in how things look around here. Our conversion over to PHP is finally here, with continual tweaks to be added as we go. One big improvement is the added Journal entries beneath each Story page – now you can feel free to comment on your favorite pages in the Story archive as you read through! Each Story page has been enlarged to a width of 750px in the new layout, too. We also have updated Share/Follow buttons on our sidebar so you can help spread the word of Snow by Night. If you have any suggestions, or notice any issues with the new site (I’m only human!) please let us know so we can continue to improve!

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Aether Extraction (commonly called Tapping) is the subject of this week’s Almanac entry. The term tapping comes from how the process resembles tapping maple trees for their syrup. An underground economy has sprung up around this process as it’s a quick way to make a lot of money. You just have to be willing to give away a little piece of your vitality.

The Art Contest is in full swing. Remember to vote daily for your favorite piece of art. We are all impressed by every piece submitted so you voters have a challenge on your hands to pick the best.

Alas, Snow by Night fell out of ComixMix’s webcomic tournament. We lost to a fine webcomic called the Abominable Charles Christopher. Our thanks to all of our fans who voted for us, and we wish all the remaining contestants best of luck.

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