March 31st, 2009


Seriously, that’s a tough sound-effect to render.

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Discussion (49)¬

  1. CE Murphy says:

    *laughs right out loud* Subtle. I like it. 🙂

  2. pflorian says:

    That would be either “onomatopoeia” or “omnomnomopeia”, depending on whether you were being serious or silly.

  3. Oscelot says:

    *snerk* No kidding!

  4. Carina says:

    BWAHAHAHAH. Diggers face makes this page.

    “Oh. Great.”

    Yup, exactly Digger.

  5. Argent says:

    I’m sure there’s something in Monty Python… or Queen… Britain in the ’70s was in some kind of a renaissance of classic sound effects.

  6. Rhan says:

    Aaaand we range from the sublime to the suspicious to the seriously nonplussed. Any sound that requires the use of “ethereal” in type is just begging trouble.

    I hope your boyfriend is feeling better by now. Having pointy crystals dragged through well-enervated soft tissues ain’t fun.

  7. aixwiz says:

    “Sounds of distant ethereal chanting”

    Hey, at least they weren’t Rick-rolled.

  8. Liiga says:

    Haha that’s awesome! Exactly the reaction I expected Digger to have. (By the way, isn’t it “onomatopoeia”?)

  9. Wayne says:

    The word is spelled “onomatopoeia”.

  10. Kelci says:

    It looks like very exciting ethereal chanting, but I guess anything like that isn’t exactly a good thing in a spooky, rundown monastery. I predict ghosts.

  11. larksilver says:

    Oh for cripe’s sake, stop correcting the spelling. The comic, it is awesome, as always. Love Digger’s expression there.

  12. Stoffe says:

    Would it be possible to get the comic directly in the RSS feed? I prefer to read my comics directly there. Thanks!

  13. Ursula says:

    Sorry, Stoffe, but if you don’t visit the comic, the advertisers don’t pay my host. Such is the price of switching from the subscription to the ad model…

  14. The J.A.M. says:

    I once tried to write the onomatopœia to the sound effect of a flushing toilet, and that Looney Toons effect they used for someone falling down the stairs.
    Of course, I was 7 years old at the time, and I wrote it in Spanish, so I don’t think I got it TOTALLY right.
    Ethereal chanting? Have you heard that album from those monks and a woman singing in French? That was released around 1990, I think.

  15. Siege says:

    Pie Iesu domine, dona eis requiem. … *whack!*

  16. Pseudo says:

    What advertisers? (that’s why I wanted to donate…)

  17. WuseMajor says:

    I think you can do chanting as a sound effect, but I agree that there probably isn’t really a way to imply that it is both distant and etherial. Besides, this way was funnier.

  18. Tuima says:

    Thank you, Ursula. You have totally made my day.
    And considering I have a huge statistics final this afternoon, that is quite a feat.
    I love Digger!

  19. Schadenfreude says:


    ominous latin chorus
    ominous latin chorus

  20. Tindi says:

    Siege, you beat me to it. I’m getting the distinct feeling that something is about to get thwacked with the pickaxe just because Digger’s had a long enough day already.

  21. Treesong says:

    Oh, Tindi, you are lamentably under-Pythoned and should watch *Monty Python and the Holy Grail* as soon as possible. It is joy. Meanwhile here is its scene of not-quite-flagellant monks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRB45Jv6lW8&feature=related

    Always carry a grapefruit, Treesong

  22. Bo Lindbergh says:

    ëëëëë ëëëëë ëëëëë ëëëëë ëëëëë ëëëëë

  23. whatwith says:

    If you look at Digger the wrong way in the last panel, she has this gigantic creepy grin. Do you see it?

  24. Rey Fox says:

    I guess there really are limitations to the comics medium.

  25. The only thing missing in the final part is a face palm, a poor idea with potential pokers for the eyes in hand.

  26. Vinnie D. says:

    Whew. Finally finished the archive. Great stuff here, and what a cliffhanger to end on. Congrats you have a new reader/addict. I’ll throw a link back here off my own webcomic since I’m loving this one so much.

  27. Marrock says:

    Final panel + t-shirt = Awesome³

  28. Generalitary says:

    Way to give up the ghost on the sound effect… er, so to speak.

  29. RikaCMO says:

    I love Grim Eyes’ face.


  30. Stoffe says:

    Oh. Erm. You know… here’s the thing… I didn’t know you were ad supported. Most of us on the internet block those pesky things. You can’t really expect people to watch ads on TV, nor on the internet. It’s a broken business model. Sorry.

    Though, if you want to try using ads, you can put ads in the RSS feed exactly the same as you put them on the site. Several of the sites I follow do that. I don’t see those ads either, but those who don’t block everything will.

    Personally though, I thought the whole idea was that people like me will buy the book(s) when they come out? Right now the “Shop” link is an empty page and “Buy Volume One” is not a link, but I expect that to change in the future?

  31. Larksilver says:

    Shop link works fine for me. And the ads? It’s nice, if you like a comic or other ad-supported site, to click on ’em once in a while – even if you don’t buy anything. Or is that just me?

  32. Andrew says:

    I must concur with Stoffe’s April 2nd comment. I deeply admire that you’ve made this available for free, because I think it really deserves to be appreciated by a wide audience. And while the advertising model is a good basis for this, I would also recommend that you keep a “Donate” button available for us severely addicted fans who happen to block advertisements, yet desire to contribute to your ongoing creative efforts. Because, Ursula, you rock!!! Thanks, and keep it coming!

  33. Gilrandir says:


    Or perhaps “OM NOM NOM NOM OM NOM NOM NOM”?

  34. Rista-liehna says:

    And Digger and Murai are back to their proper sizes!

    When I get home, I will disable my adblock for this site, because I’d hate to think this wonderful, wonderful comic and its brilliant authoress might suffer for my general dislike of the things.

  35. ShadoCat says:

    Stoffe: Your add blocker (NoScript?) is set too broad. If you enable her site and Amazon (at least, I’m also seeing QuantServe), you’ll see bot h the donate and the Amazon link for her book.

  36. magenta says:

    I was thinking the same thing Marrock. That last panel of Digger on a T-shirt would be great.

  37. Hamor says:

    I’ve always used adblock plus, which has very rarely blocked things I actually wanted to see (or at least not those that I knew should be there and couldn’t see), but I didn’t know that blocking them actually affected anything from the business model side of things… I personally never click on an ad unless I’m about 150% confident that I can trust it (ads are the #1 source for keyloggers and other such fun viruses) and it’s not some retarded “come get your free iPod!” nonsense. Needless to say, I’ve only ever clicked on like 5 ads in my lifetime. Donate buttons FTW!

  38. Worgen says:

    I like that digger is about as atheistic as you can get in a world where you have gods bugging you constantly

  39. Eugene says:


  40. TekServer says:

    Digger is NOT an atheist – she believes in gods, she just doesn’t worship or care much for them.

  41. fishboy says:

    I think that was Worgen’s point – Digger’s atheistic in the sense that she’d prefer gods didn’t exist. But unfortunately she can’t deny the existence of gods (they keep bugging her) she would just prefer that they kept out of her business.

  42. Rundikin says:

    Hoo boy, I now at this late date have enabled ads to be shown for this site only. If there are no T-shirts to buy, and my budget is slim, I can at least have it set to show ads from here on in.
    I am likely to read the whole thing again at some point, which would benefit by a bunch of clicks.

  43. Hunter says:

    Prosay solis hosanna, protego santus casa, padre illuminata gloria en enus diem…

  44. BunnyRock says:

    @Siege…. brilliant.

  45. Octane says:


  46. Hunter: Globus, eh? What is it with fantasy deities and the ominous latin, anyway?

  47. jaynee says:

    @pflorian – “omnomnomopeia” – snicker snicker snicker.

  48. JET73L says:

    The distant, etherealty of it is kind of undermined by the explosive font and shattermark emphasis lines.

  49. AngelicDirt says:

    Octane: That’ll do it. XD