September 1st, 2009


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Discussion (48)¬

  1. Zamael says:


    Grim-Eyes isn’t used to be a comforting figure, I’m sure.

  2. Sarkany says:

    I don’t think Grim Eyes has ever looked more Digger-like than in the last panel here. And Digger looks different from how she normally does — it’s an interesting overlap.

    Also: Aaaawwwwwww.

  3. Sparky Lurkdragon says:

    Ah, the joys of cousinhood.

  4. Veritas says:

    I’m sure the suddenness of this doesn’t help. Grim Eyes and Murai have no way of knowing anything’s wrong.

    Poor Digger. Most mothers have years to watch their children growing up and getting ready to leave the nest, most mentors have a lengthy time watching their students learn and knowing the end of their time together will come; Shadowchild did it overnight, and Digger wasn’t even watching. Less time to get attached, but a LOT less time to get used to the notion of it moving on.

  5. Quilsnap says:

    I’m going to remember that looks on Grim’s face forever

  6. Shadow21 says:


    Rofl’d so hard.

  7. AlpineBob says:

    Um, Quilsnap, is that a bumblebadger, or a badgerbee?

  8. literatehyaena says:

    Poor Grim Eyes.

    I might actually officially feel worse for her than for Digger.

  9. Vera says:

    Whichever it is (bumblebadger or badgerbee) it is *too* cute!!!


  10. Bwee says:

    I should feel sorry for Digger–honestly, I should, but I’m going to go with Quilsnap. That face needs to be an LJ icon. XD

  11. Joel says:

    rofl! God, I just love Grim Eyes! Comedy, thy name is social awkwardness.

  12. JewelWolf says:

    Poor Digger… Don’t be sad digger. It makes me cry.

  13. Wombat32 says:

    looks like Grim Eyes got whacked with a 2X4 on the back of the head, then flashed by her brother…

  14. inlaid says:

    They’re both managing to be ridicuously cute.

  15. Lanthir says:

    Oh gods, I feel horrible for laughing at this, because I cried too, and Digger is totally entitled to get a bit emotional about Shadow Child leaving.
    But Grim Eyes is just so *awkward*! This is hilarious, and kind of adorable.

  16. Marrock says:

    There’s only so much a wombat can take…

    Even well buttressed stone walls crumble eventually.

  17. abb3w says:

    Ordinarily there’s time to do preventive maintenance to avoid crumbling.

  18. theysabet says:

    Poor Digger, but oh what a great expression on Grim Eyes’ face: “Oh gods, why am I being hugged…??” I’m going to miss Shadowchild so much, though.

  19. Kaigen says:

    I like how much Grim Eyes resembles Ed in the last panel.

  20. Hawk says:

    Hurray for a touch of comic relief! I don’t blame Digger for weeping. But yeah, that’s the funniest thing I’ve seen all morning!

  21. Mark Antony says:

    Wow, I think this is the first time we’ve seen Digger actually cry. I mean, she’s teared up a little before, but this is the first time we’ve seen her actually break up and sob, which is impressive considering all she’s been put through. What a tough little wombat.

  22. Mazz says:

    Has Grim-Eyes ever looked more like Ed?

  23. TekServer says:

    > Ordinarily there’s time to do preventive maintenance to avoid crumbling.

    True, but even the strongest load-bearing wall has a load limit. Once you exceed that limit, the collapse may be sudden and catastrophic.

    Of course, the better metaphor here would probably be part of the foundation being washed out. In this case, the load-bearing element will do a bit of shifting and settling, which can be quite dramatic, but it will soon resettle on fresh bedrock and be just as stable as ever, with a bit of shoring and leveling.

    Of course, trying to fit Grim Eyes hilarious (and totally understandable) reaction into that metaphor is chancy at best …


  24. Hactar says:

    Also, remember that this is like one of the most macho guys you know having his best friend suddenly turn up, hug him and cry. Don’t forget how chauvinist Grim Eyes is.

    However, I think this is good for her. And Digger really needs it at the moment.

  25. dkkauwe says:

    🙁 so sad

  26. Oscelot says:

    awww… poor Digger… think this is the first time I’ve ever seen her fall apart.

  27. Austin says:

    TekServer: Obviously, Grim Eyes is the makeshift, emergency brace holding the load-bearing element in place until the shifting subsides.

  28. Psuke says:

    I just love the look on Grim Eyes’ face look when Digger lets loose on her…A more perfect “Ack!” face I don’t think I’ve ever seen.

    Poor Digger.

  29. Psuke says:

    ps – Is it just me, or does Digger look a little like Snoppy around the eyes in that last panel?

  30. Mad Luc says:

    Ah, the joys of family…

  31. meteorfire says:

    Oh, poor Digger. I just love the look on Grim Eyes’ face in the second panel, and her absolute awkwardness with the situation.

    It was rather hard not to laugh. I am a bad, bad, bad person.

  32. mouse says:

    oh dear….of all the possible horrible outcomes Grim Eyes must have envisioned when Boneclaw Mother proposed adopting Digger, I’m sure she never expected anything _this_ bad…..but you have to give her points for stepping up.

  33. KNO3 says:

    There, there, and… uh… eat less fiber?

  34. Tindi says:

    At least it wasn’t Murai Digger collapsed on. Who knows what would have happened?

  35. Freki says:

    “That must’ve been some crap.”

  36. ghghghgh says:


    Ooh, I love this comic.

  37. Madam Atom says:

    Hactar: Yes, exactly. “Dude, what’s up? What’re you … oh, duuuuude.”

    If Digger were male, Grim Eyes would probably be handling this just fine, and that “There, there”–whether heartfelt or patronizing–would be much more confident.

  38. John the Wysard says:

    In which it is proven again how ASTONISHINGLY good an artist you are. Grim Eyes’ facial expressions in the last three panels convey more than pages of dialog possibly could. Bravo!

  39. Kevinbunny says:

    It is a good comic that can make you ‘Awwww… ‘ and ‘Hee hee’ at the same time…

  40. Coyoty says:

    I don’t think Grim Eyes could ever conceive of Digger crying. If Digger is crying, then something is *really* bad.

  41. Mark Antony says:

    > Of course, trying to fit Grim Eyes hilarious (and totally understandable) reaction into that metaphor is chancy at best …

    Grim Eyes would probably be the the guy on the roof inspecting the buttresses. “Hmm, everything is still stable it seem–ohcrapwhatthehell!”

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  43. Rundikin says:

    Finishing the archive is such sweet sorrow.

  44. ItinerentWombat says:

    I’m male and have been in pretty much the same situation.

    I walked into a friend’s dorm room and there was this strange (to me) woman in there balling her eyes out.

    Do you walk in and engage or do you back out and leave her to privacy?

    I engaged, but looked a LOT like GrimEyes… (What the heck have I gotten myself into…)

  45. BunnyRock says:

    @Wombat32….. just…… really? and Freki and Potassium Nitrate. I was drinking a cup of tea. I had taken the precaution to put it down when the actual comic came up because Boneclaw Mother left me wiping tea of my monitor far too often, and now you made me spray nocturnal tea all over it. kudos.

    also I know how Grim Eyes feels. having people hysterically weeping and hurling themselves at me saying something about how they lost all the tibiotarsus bones from their bronze age seabird osteoarchaeological analysis or that someone has stolen all the books on prehistoric tattooing or someone has just published something making their project-outline irrelevant so they need to take a new angle and, and this is always the common factor, it’s only a week till their deadline or something is quite common in July-September-October as that’s when all the postgrad archaeologist students traditionally have their mental breakdown. Make tea! Tea fixes everything! Tea and vague soothing noises and keep asking “and then?” they don’t want to talk to you, or at least they don’t want you to talk much, they just need someone to be there to cry at whilst they get their head right!

  46. Lord the 22nd says:

    I agree with Wombat32.

  47. Dare says:

    ‘grim eyes ’bout popped out of her head!

  48. BunnyRock says:

    @AlpineBob: That’s not a badgerbee (although the idea is awesome beyond all reckoning)! It’s a Tit! Tit’s! Great Tits!


    Which leads us to the old twitcher joke bout what you should put on you’re bird-feeder to attract great-tits, coal-tits and blue-tits, than answered is of course…

    “Tit’s Like Coconuts!”