Digger
March 16th, 2010

Digger

My apologies for the delay on this–apparently the file got borked and it wound up not uploading. Fixed now!

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Discussion (28)¬

  1. Ponyhome says:

    “I thought YOU brought the torches!”

  2. Caelan says:

    I love it — a statue of Ganesh, paraphrasing bits of the Humanist Manifesto.

  3. Hello, hello? Am I the first. Well in case I am…It’s my duty to lay down the vote..thingy. http://topwebcomics.com/gpages/default.aspx?id=10180

  4. I’m not so concerned with Ed’s comment as to who will answering out of the dark.

  5. Rowan says:

    I love how the first panels are all serious-glorious-destiny-ee-type stuff, and then there’s Ed’s plaintive comment in the dark :) I loved the change in tone!

    @Duck Whisperer I wasn’t worried about who would answer until I saw your comment. I wonder if we’ll get a visit from those patch-work skin creatures (the names of which I am completely forgetting at the moment).

    Oh, and Urusla, I saw the Dragonbreath books in the bookstore the other day and totally freaked a teenager out when I squealed in excitement. Your publisher did a nice job :)

  6. JewelWolf says:

    Oh thank GOD! I was begining to worry.

  7. inlaid says:

    That’s ok Ursula, you’re forgived as you keep coming up with such good dialogue recently.

  8. DensityD. says:

    Sometimes no visible facial expressions are the greatest facial expressions. The fact that I can see the facepalm Digger is likely doing so clearly in my mind right now just shows that, Ursula, you have developed some really spectacular and memorable characters!

    On a different note, by my count the situation is: Digger and Ed going down tunnel to He-is/SGV, Grim Eyes going to Boneclaw Mother, Surka going to rally Hyena tribe, Shadowchild who knows where, and Murai defending the temple entrance.
    If I could have my way, things would begin to play out like the end half of many Star Wars movies, with the action constantly switching between X-wings at the Deathstar, Ewoks on the forest moon of Endor, the Droid battle on Naboo, the clone army on the Wookie homeworld, Lando in Cloud City, and some epic lightsaber duel somewhere,ect…
    Although Ursula seems to like focusing solely on Digger, perhaps we’ll cut to a scene far away where Helix or a certain oracular slug will “sense a disturbance in the force.” ;)

  9. Tindi says:

    @Rowan, I think we were just calling them “the skins” or “skin lizards” but I’m too ill to concentrate well on a trawl through the archives, so someone else may have to confirm. I just remember thinking they were cute.
    <3 Ed!

  10. LaCot says:

    Ditto everyone else: The contrast between the hero/destiny stuff and Ed’s “Couldn’t the big damn heroes get a little light down here?” is brilliant! (OK, so Ed said it better!)

    And I absolutely love the “We have been given a task to which gods are unequal, and so it is left for mortals to see to the end”! That needs to be on a T-shirt, or poster, or…something… Sometimes I wish John Crichton and Digger could sit down for a chat. Maybe with some of Ed’s warrior herb tea :)

  11. Digger is at 46 now. Something called Housepets is 45. Not bad graphics, and I think someone may have just gotten tossed into a volcano. Danny Dragonbreath and Wendell faced a volcano. This is old hat for Ursula, who not only knows how to draw volcanos she can also draw ninja frogs as well. Then there of course is Digger who trumps all. Strictly speaking, and coming from one who can’t draw stick figures to save his life, but who is extremely bias concerning this particular webcomic keep voting. Digger deserves more than 46th.

  12. Mark Antony says:

    Man, I knew they should have brought a torch. I hope Digger still has some glow sticks left.

  13. JewelWolf says:

    Tindi is right. Those are refered to as “skins.”

  14. Anton P. Nym says:

    DIGGER:> You are with Ed. It is dark. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

    (Oh, c’mon, *someone* had to say it.)

    — Steve

  15. CaptainJack says:

    It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a Grue…

  16. John the Wysard says:

    Ursula, your art just keeps getting better and better. Ganesh-Statue’s eyes in the first panel quite literally made me back away from the monitor… and Ed’s plaint in the darkness made me shiver.

    Thank you.

  17. DensityD. says:

    Sometimes no facial expression is the best facial expression. The fact that I can see the facepalm Digger is likely doing right now so clearly in my head just shows that, Ursula, you have developed some really spectacular and memorable characters!

  18. DensityD. says:

    my apologies for the repeat post. if possible, just send it and this to the delete pile. thanks

  19. Digger moves up to 45. Right above her is something called Emergency Exit. There was a large talking cat with blonde hair, a chicken, two college age roommates, a guy with a hook hand, a mysterious portal inside an apartment, and a dark shadowy Villain. It’s got kind of a 80’s arcade game look to it. Not bad. Digger, on the other hand, has the amazing attention to detail on everything from buildings, to backgrounds, to main characters, as well as any number of random characters that happen to be in frame. John the Wysard pointed out that a mere glance from Ganesh and you suddenly understand how much is at stake. Digger has amazing art and a well crafted story going for it. Of course we all know it’s got complete heart. Keep voting.

  20. Miranda Whitehead says:

    ….has anyone noticed there’s a bit of a face next to Statue’s eyes…? Or am I the only one…? It’s cute, either way. :)

    And I like the sudden change in tone, too. *Grin/giggle*

  21. Hawk says:

    I think the “face” is actually his earring…hat…thing. Part of his head-dress anyway.

    I also like the change in tone, but honestly that was a Tolkein-esque moment: “a task to which gods are unequal”…AWESOME.

    Happy to say I’m voting every day for Digger. Hope it continues to slowly rise, it deserves more recognition!

  22. Jassius says:

    They can only pray up here. Well, at least now Ed can pry for them all down there ;)

    Digger in position 45 now. Next to the emergency exit (?)

  23. TekServer says:

    > They can only pray up here. Well, at least now Ed can pry for them all down there
    *groan!* That was awesome;)

    Excellent work on the voting, everyone; keep it up!

    :mrgreen:

  24. Woden says:

    It is pitch black. You are likely to be eaten by a grue.

  25. BunnyRock says:

    a FrobozzCo International book is nearby.
    >examine book.
    Which book do you mean?
    > read book.
    “Wow! A Zork reference! Nice one Woden, glad to see i’m not the only zork loving Ageless, Faceless, Gender-Neutral, Culturally Ambiguous Adventure Person out there.”

  26. Hamor says:

    Woden’s comment was precisely what I was thinking when I read the last pane. At least right after then “oh, Ed” thought :)

  27. Bramble says:

    So, I know this is late and reletively few people will ever see this – but I find the Statue’s wording interesting – “We have been given a task to which gods are unequal, and so it is left to mortals to see it to the end.”

    “We”? I can’t decide whether the Statue is counting himself among the “mortals,” being only half-a-god and therefore not bound by all of the same limitations of the truly divine, or whether he’s effectively saying “well I’d love to help more, but it’s out of my hands now.” Maybe it’s a little of both.

  28. Estel says:

    Statue, in the second panel: “We have been given a task to which gods are unequal, and so it is left for mortals to see to the end.”

    That reminds me of The Lord of the Rings, especially this quote from Elrond:
    “The road must be trod, but it will be very hard. And neither strength nor wisdom will carry us far upon it. This quest may be attempted by the weak with as much hope as the strong. Yet such is oft the course of deeds that move the wheels of the world: small hands do them because they must, while the eyes of the great are elsewhere.”

    In this case, the eyes of the great aren’t particularly elsewhere; still, it aligns in my mind.

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