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.