Digger
November 12th, 2009

Digger

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  1. Linda says:

    Ah ha! Not a slug at all! Never would have guessed it. 🙂

    I <3 Surka. Hope we get to see the trolls again too!

  2. AnonyGirl says:

    … And the “Shrews” have it! This strip seems to have appeared in the few minutes since I first loaded the previous page tonight. Good morning, Ursula, and thanks again for the gift of these strips!

    Now. Anyone want to explain that “Chtulu Ftagan” thing from the last page’s commentary yet? 🙂

  3. Kevinbunny says:

    Surka! Yay! Warrior shrew!

    Hmm… And if *Surka* thinks it’s a ‘mess of trouble’…

  4. Kevinbunny says:

    ‘Cthulhu Fthagn’ is part of an incantation from H.P.Lovecraft’s ‘Cthulhu Mythos’ books, which tend to be about hideously powerful ancient beings against which humans are but tasty meat snacks at best.

    Most of the books are in public domain, so you should be able to view them online easily enough. ‘At the Mountains of Madness’ is the one that deals with Great Cthulhu, a gigantic monstrosity..

    You know.. here’s the short (and cute) version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOHJUrcVdJk

  5. aurickandrien says:

    Last time: The Foreshadowing of the Shrew
    This time: The Foreshadowing of Trouble!
    Next time: … Trouble???

  6. Ryusui says:

    Actually, it’s the original “The Call of Cthulhu” that, of course, deals with Cthulhu. “At The Mountains of Madness” has nothing to do with Cthulhu, but it has everything to do with the Elder Things, alien beings that established civilization long before humankind, and their misbegotten creations, the horrifying Shoggoth.

    You can find these and more here:

    http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary/lovecraft/index.html

    Just be warned: Lovecraft could spin a good tale, but he had some strange views on race that sometimes crept into his writing.

    On topic: Surka’s back! ^_^

  7. Ketira says:

    *facefaults*

    I completely forgot about her! Well done, Ursula!

  8. Xyon says:

    Shrew!

    Did the trolls really say that, or is she paraphrasing “Grawk”?

  9. JewelWolf says:

    I did NOT see that coming! Well DONE!!! Now that I’ve said that…
    SURKA!!! I LOOOOOOOVE YOUUUU!!!!!!!!!

  10. Niall says:

    HAH! Called it! 🙂 But whether it was the shrew of the slug, trouble was not far behind.

  11. Jon says:

    Eh. Mountains of Madness deal with the Shoggoth! Not with Great Chtulhu!

    Check the wiki for the good stories if you are planning to read Lovecraft. I can’t remember the name of the Ctulhu story, but I found the ending hilarious.

    (Thanks for the webcomic 🙂 I’ve loved it this far!)

  12. magista says:

    Actually, Kevinbunny, “At the Mountains of Madness” deals with the Elder Things and their city in Antarctica, and the history of how the shoggoths were created. The one with Cthulhu is “The Call of Cthulhu”, and the phrase “Cthulhu fthagn” is just two words of the phrase that means “in his house at R’lyeh, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming”.

    I know this because both of those stories are part of my bedtime mp3’s, as recorded by the HP Lovecraft Historical Society. 😀

    See here for more: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cthulhu_Mythos

  13. Baf says:

    Actually, I think “trouble is not far behind” is kind of a constant in this story.

  14. Tindi says:

    So do we get to see trolls again? I loves the trolls. 🙂

  15. Rowanmdm says:

    I second the loving of the trolls and heartily wish to see them again.

  16. nosesquid says:

    Does anyone else see Digger getting plucked up a pair of giant white fingers in the first panel?

  17. 12Many says:

    How did the trolls know where they were headed?

  18. Errick says:

    Drat, I predicted Oracular Slugs, not Warrior shrews. Off by thiiiiiiis much.

  19. JewelWolf says:

    I third wanting the trolls again. They are the cutest trolls ever drawn. Ever.

  20. nzPhreadde says:

    Am I the only one who “hears” Surka with a cockney accent?

  21. Ulrike says:

    SURKA!!! *squee*

  22. WorkingVolition says:

    I’ve been meaning to buy the book, Nurk, but I forget. Thanks for the reminder, Surka.

  23. Stryde says:

    Doesn’t that seems to be the case no matter -which- way they travel?

  24. Scott Malcomson says:

    SHREW WARS!

  25. Mark Antony says:

    Better listen to her, Digger. When a professional troll tells you there’s trouble, you know she bloody well means it.

  26. jassius says:

    Problem being going back to the mountain is not an option either.

    So it is going into trouble head first or avoiding it and losing more time in the travel. That if the trouble is not be IN the village.

    And I mean loosing time for Digger’s travel back home. Cause I *suspect* the story will not go boring nor uneventful even if they decided the best was to sit under a tree and wait 🙂

  27. HelpingHam says:

    Anybody else catch the huge “teeth” effect getting ready to bite in the first panel?

  28. Phyrbyrd says:

    Ah, dammit, I was thinking slug. But YAY, it’s SURKA!!! We love the warrior shrew!

  29. Anke says:

    YAY, SURKA!

    *cough*

  30. Lucius Appaloosius says:

    Thank heaven for Warrior Shrews…….

    At least Digger can get some practical, non-cryptic info here….. 7@=e

  31. Lica says:

    Oh-ho Trouble? did something happened while our wombat heroine was away?

  32. Siege says:

    Ah-hahahahaa! Beautiful!

  33. Lupus says:

    I got to this page and suddenly realised I’d caught up to the current comic. Now I have to wait for the next one.

  34. aG says:

    Hey, whatever happened to Capt. Whozamiface? The one who had it out for “Honored Digger?”

  35. Persephone_Kore says:

    On losing time for Digger’s travel back home: As I recall it, the journey to the mountain and back alone, under ideal circumstances, was expected to take long enough for her to miss her potential guide home. On the other hand, the trouble could involve him, and/or the alternate route back could have saved some time….

  36. TekServer says:

    Perhaps something caused the bandersnatch to become frumious, and it (they?) got loose and is (are?) running amok (because it can’t help itselves at that point).

    😉

  37. Nevergreen says:

    Not all forums like trolls as sinsearly as this one.

    @ TekServer; That seems very probable, and fun to watch.
    And it would be in character of the bandersnatch, and thus in line with Ursula’s fabulous habit and skill to keep her characters so utterly in character. (Which is one of the plentiful reasons i I love her, them, her storytelling.)

    @ Ursula; I’ve been lurking fore ages but must praise your work.
    Your graphic style is one of a kind, and it’s littered whit treats – such as graffiti snails, small lizards, winged snails, mm., and it really contribute to tell the story, which is important to me in a comic, and you even alter your style to enhance a story arc as for example in Ed’s story.

    Your characters are amazing, and chiseled in such scrutinizing detail – Herne at the track back leaving a space betwen the party and himself in utter buck manner, wombat sayings as obvious as if known for generations yet clearly distinguishable betwen Helix and Digger.

    Your environments and concepts intriguing and wondrous – Shadow Child/Shadolescent/Shadult will never leave my heart, and the flying librarian mice will infest my mind.

    I hope you live a long and rewarding creative life, and will stay thankfull of every bit you choose to share.

  38. Nevergreen says:

    Not all forums like trolls as sinsearly as this one.

    @ TekServer; That seems very probable, and fun to watch.
    And it would be in character of the bandersnatch, and thus in line with Ursula’s fabulous habit and skill to keep her characters so utterly in character. (Which is one of the plentiful reasons i I love her, them, her storytelling.)

    @ Ursula; I’ve been lurking fore ages but must praise your work.
    Your graphic style is one of a kind, and it’s littered whit treats – such as graffiti snails, small lizards, winged snails, mm., and it really contribute to tell the story, which is important to me in a comic, and you even alter your style to enhance a story arc as for example in Ed’s story.

    Your characters are amazing, and chiseled in such scrutinizing detail – Herne at the track back leaving a space betwen the party and himself in utter buck manner, wombat sayings as obvious as if known for generations yet clearly distinguishable betwen Helix and Digger.

    Your environments and concepts intriguing and wondrous – Shadow Child/Shadolescent/Shadult will never leave my heart, and the flying librarian mice will infest my mind.

    I hope you live a long and rewarding creative life, and i will stay thankfull of every bit you choose to share.

  39. BunnyRock says:

    @ nzPhreadde No, no did did not hear Surka with a cockney accent, but now you’ve said that i will never be able NOT to ever again.

    Unless…. unless i always hear her with the cockney accent but never realized until you brought it up…

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