The consensus was for artwork. So behold the four ads designed by Julie. She went with a painterly style and matched a catch-phrase that summed up that character. Blaise is my favorite. I love his hopeful expression. Snow’s determined look is very appealing to me as well. Which one is your favorite?
If we expand the ads to include Vivienne, I was going to make her catchphrase “I aim to win, and I never miss.”
Snow-by-Night makes her triumphant return on Chapter 9, Page 28, appearing before Blaise and the Liranequois. What happens next? We’ll find out in Chapter 10 Chasing Embers. Until then, we will begin the Chapter 9 vignette Engagement on Vineyard Hill next Monday. The vignette features Vivienne and Jacqueline and is illustrated by Natalie Baakalini, our colorist for Snow by Night. To see a sneak peek of Vivienne in her upcoming short, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.
So I’d like to get your opinion. What should I post this coming Wednesday? I can either go with an additional almanac entry or I can upload some of the beautiful art Julie did for our online advertisements. Let me know and I’ll decide based on what you all recommend.
Today’s Almanac entry is Taliesin, the absent great spirit of travel, exploration, and curiosity. He vanished across the western sea several hundred years ago, triggering the Age of Discovery. He has not been seen since.
Next month is Nekocon. I’ll be attending along with Diane. Julie will be down the aisle with Ianua. I’ll be participating in several panels with other webcomic artists, including Alternative Magics in Fiction, Making Imaginary Worlds, and, my favorite, Strong Female Characters: More Than Just a Big Sword.
The Liranequois hunters discover Snow-by-Night’s gems on Chapter 9 Page 27. Blaise musters his last reserves of strength to defend the manitou that means so much to him. To see what a hint of what happens next, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Webcomics.
Only one more page to go in Chapter 9. Naty’s hard at work making flags and other incredible military details for our Vivienne-focused vignette. Behold some of her handiwork.
A hard-earned morning comes for Blaise on Chapter 9 Page 26 as do some other travelers in the woods. This group has been waiting backstage for 9 chapters now and it is time for them to come onto the center stage of our tale of colonial fantasy. To see what the Liranequois do next, please vote for Snow by Night on Top Web Comics.
We’re almost to the ned of this chapter. The coming vignette is illustrated by our gloriously talented colorist Naty Baaklini. She will be helping me tell a story about Vivienne and Jacqueline and their recent adventures on the contested border between Morante and Saronne. Oh, it’s going to be fun.
I’m on a roll talking about mythic things like manitou and malignant spirits. I thought I’d give some more information about another Great Spirit. Knorre (KNOR-eh. the k is pronounced) is the great spirit of crafting and artifice. He’s also the patron spirit of Kleef. Kleef is the mother country of Meerpelt, where Blaise was headed. What could this possibly mean for our story?
In other news, I was re-lettered A Life So Free. I was never entirely happy with the font I used for Peyre’s letter. It was difficult to read and that’s not good for a webcomic. I changed it to Quahog from Blambot which is what I’m using as the caption font for Chapter 9. It has a good weight to it and its easier to read. Enjoy!