February 21st, 2007


The thing that constantly astonishes me about doing Digger is how things I thought of two seconds before drawing the comic develop such a life of their own. Five hundred pages later, Ed is far and away the most beloved character in Digger, his culture’s been fleshed out in bizarre and intricate ways, but at the time I drew him, he was just some drooling hyena monster that I decided to throw at Digger because I couldn’t get the muzzle right when I tried to draw a bear.

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Discussion (14)¬

  1. WuseMajor says:

    It is weird how things like that take on a life of their own. It is also pretty awesome. After all, if the act of creation didn’t contain any surprises, no-one would do it.

    ….And I, for one, am still wondering just what happened to Greataunt Ruby.

  2. Snuffle says:

    So… what DID happen to Greataunt Ruby?

  3. Lica says:

    Maybe in another five hundred pages more, Greataunt Ruby anecdote would be the key to the story, who knows.

  4. BunnyRock says:

    The theory i put forwards on ye-oldie-site-i-have-yet-to-shut-up-about-because-i-have-trouble-coping-with-change was Arsenic poisoning- old paint frequently used heavy metals or its colouring, and although i have never heard of its use in cave painting and given, (slight spoiler here), that Ed used to be a skin painter we would hope all the pigments he knows are non-toxic, it seems unlikely, but several dozen people a year are hospitalized from inhaling old paint, especially arsenic green.

  5. Beacon80 says:

    I know the feeling. Back when I wrote fanfiction, I had a scene where a character got lost and had to ask for directions. The boy he asked existed solely to point him in the right direction, but by the end of the scene, he was now a girl (although the other character still mistook her for a boy), the daughter of another minor character, and went on to establish herself as a fairly important secondary character.

  6. Michael says:

    You think that’s a story? In my (as yet still unpublished) novel Gamelin, there was a scene where the hero, after spending a night in the open, went in search of a farmhouse to beg for breakfast. The girl he encountered ended up being so interesting that the novel turned into an outline for a 13-volume series (though at the moment I’m rethinking whether that outline really is what I want to write).

  7. GenTech4 says:

    The image in the last panel is one of the most terifying things i’ve ever seen.

  8. Marilyse says:

    I’m betting it’s probably more along the lines of the cave painting tipping over and falling on Great Aunt Ruby… although it’d be great to know the whole story.

  9. saphroneth says:

    Ed is being more important that planned!

  10. Allie Lewis says:

    I have to wonder what would have changed if Ursula DID get the muzzle right.

  11. TekServer says:

    @Allie: He-Is-Fuzzier, the dead bear god …


  12. BunnyRock says:

    @TekServer Shardik?

  13. TekServer says:


    (No, I still haven’t read it. But I have read several of the DiscWorld books now.)