January 14th, 2010


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Discussion (41)¬

  1. Edhelith says:

    I already loved the Statue, but I love him even more now.

  2. Coyoty says:

    It takes art to know art.

  3. Cheri says:

    I wonder when Digger is gonna settle down and start a burrow of her own with a nice wombat man. She’s definitely the mommy-type.

  4. Sabreur says:

    Huh. I think we accidentally created a religious wombat. Isn’t that one of the signs of the apocalypse?

  5. BarGamer says:

    Not too proud, dignified, or down-to-earth to say “Thank you.” I love Digger so much more, now.

  6. Kobrag says:

    Digger is owing something now to statue hmmm?

  7. Orjan says:

    1. The statue already owes Digger a huge debt, for taking Murai on two expeditions.
    2. The statue is an aspect of Ganesh the compassionate – it cannot not welcome Ed.

    (But Digger probably feels indebted anyway, yes. Good people have a tendency to value the kind deeds of others highly, and dismiss their own as insignificant. Not out of false modesty, but because “That’s what any decent person would do”, and “I could have done more”, the first of which is too rarely true, and the second one of which is almost always true, but doesn’t say anything meaningful.)

  8. Cerulean says:

    Kobrag: Digger did miss her ride home to trek all the way into the mountains just because he said please. It’s probably a little late to be keeping score.

  9. Mark Antony says:

    That last panel is pretty much exactly what I was thinking when I saw Ed alive and unhurt at the temple.

  10. CJ says:

    Awww! I love Ed being appreciated as an artist! Once this whole mess is cleaned up, Ed won’t need to be so lonely!

  11. Brenna says:

    I’m with CJ. If Ed makes it out okay (and god knows I’d cry for days if he died), I think he’s found a new home.

  12. Mani says:

    “Small warrior.” “Such an artist.” I really do love the way the Statue speaks.

    I played a reformed-into-a-Buddhist demon in a pnp with some friends once, and I was always borrowing cues from the Statue in this comic whenever he was speaking. (Yes, I know Ganesh is not a Buddhist deity.)

    What else is funny: Ed would have been welcome at the temple at any time, exile or not – that’s Ganesh’s schtick. But Ed only thought to go because Snoutgod was the friend of a creature that normally loathes gods.

  13. Tom says:

    Well, I don’t know if we accidentally created a religious wombat — notice she thanks the staute, not Ganesh himself.

  14. Pete says:

    Not to mention Ganesha is a patron god of Arts and Artists :). Ed would definitely be welcome regardless of situation.

  15. TekServer says:

    ^^ What they said; I can’t say it any better … 😉

    Don’t forget to VOTE! http://topwebcomics.com/vote/10180/default.aspx
    Digger has been climbing the rankings rapidly, and I fully expect her to make it into the top 100 within the next couple of weeks!


  16. Niall says:

    …oh crap, I just had a thought.

    Murai, Ed, Digger, Jhalm and Grim Eyes are all converging. The first three all have a moral code and want to Do Well; the latter two have a more… basic code of conduct in certain, adversarial matters. And at teh centre of it all: the cold servants.

    Murai’s Destiny may well conflict with Ed’s feelings of self-negation, especially if the latter sees his child, the one he protected and which cost him his name, be in mortal danger. Ed’s woobiness has not finished growing, I fear.

  17. Madam Atom says:

    @Mani: Heh! Some time after I read through the old GraphicSmash partial archive, I played an African shamaness in a fantasy game set in 1600s Europe. Some time after the campaign ended, DiggerComic.com opened and I read though the complete archive. Only then did I realize that I’d been using Ed’s speech patterns for Mbina. “Is hardly ever being good, dead things walking.” She was fun!

  18. Wilde says:

    a heartfelt thank you, — for Ed’s sake, thank you statue

  19. JewelWolf says:

    Is anyone else imagining what the temple will look like after Ed’s been there for a while? Paintings everywhere…

  20. Chip Uni says:

    Ed will be a welcome addition to the temple.

    And Ed just plain rawks.

  21. Luna says:

    Did I ever mention how much I worship you, Ursula?

  22. Tindi says:

    Clearly Ed is being treated very well (not that I’d think he wouldn’t). His body language (especially his ears; Ursula, I love how you do all their ears!) is that he is happy there. 🙂

  23. Leela says:

    Ursula now holds within her hands the power to make a lot of grown people cry. If Ed dies, I will be heart-broken. That aside, I’m glad to see him again and the amount of love and gratitude evident in that last panel choked me up.

  24. Sebastian says:

    Careful Digger, you are almost praying.

  25. Apparition says:

    This whole page gave me warm fuzzies.

  26. Mark Antony says:

    Actually, the way Digger thanks the statue is in a weird way I think the most atheistic thing I’ve ever seen her do. I mean, look at what she does: she puts her paw on the statue and thanks it, like you would to a friend when that friend has done you a good turn. When you think about it, how atheistic do you have to be, to behave that way towards the avatar of a god? I imagine even the most hardheaded atheist would be a little formal at least in such a situation, but Digger is utterly unperturbed. Now, I know it’s because she really is good friends with the statue, but that’s just the point. A god that you treat just like any other living entity is not a god to you, it’s just an ordinary eternal, omniscient, super-intelligent being.

  27. larksilver says:

    Mark Antony:

    I disagree. Strikes me, Digger would just more likely be Herne’s (the god, not the comic book character) drinking buddy than his a member of his secret society of worshipers. She’s far too practical to be anything other than herself, even in the face of Grand Destiny. The statue is her friend, but still a holy thing; touching it is in fact a rather profound gesture of how deep her gratitude lies. Otherwise, she wouldn’t touch something that … ethereal… for anything.

  28. Kevinbunny says:

    Well, bear in mind also: It’s NOT an avatar of Ganesh (except on rare occasions). It is simply a *statue* of Ganesh, that is Ganesh-ish in its outlook, and it has a certain amount of divine mojo.

    “It is both less and more.” – Statue.

    He’s less the temple’s god, and more the temple’s spiritual superintendant.

  29. Sparrow says:


    “touching it is in fact a rather profound gesture of how deep her gratitude lies. Otherwise, she wouldn’t touch something that … ethereal… for anything.”

    Hasn’t she been in physical contact with the statue several times, though? Granted I just read through the archives in the space of a day, so I may be mixing things up.

  30. Unclean one says:

    Drama sences tingling…..
    Something big is on the horizon I can feel it .
    Here’s hoping the main characters make it out in one peice.

    But all I keep seeing is a human/hyena war brought on by the cold ones and ed crossing paths with bloodmare or grim eyes. War is the bane of all main characters not all will make it out unscathed and that keeps me glued to this comic because even if I’m wrong about all of this something is gonna go down soon and it will be big.
    Good luck ursula

    P.S. If anyone is going to die tell no one and for you own good change your email and warn the host

  31. Unclean one says:

    I apologize if my comments lack proper grammer I tend to right in stream of conciusness mode

  32. Jassius says:

    @JewelWolf YES! I also had a sudden image of a temple full of cave paintings explaining an strange story involving a strange creature that once came in through a *magic* hole to change the whole world.

  33. Kari says:

    He’s less the temple’s god, and more the temple’s spiritual superintendant.

    -this sums it up very nicely 🙂

  34. Blob says:

    I read Digger’s posture as simple relief. She’d tensed up, hearing Ed was in danger. The sudden realization that the statue had provided him sanctuary must have been an immense weight off her shoulders (figuratively speaking).

  35. TekServer says:

    > Otherwise, she wouldn’t touch something that … ethereal… for anything.
    Previous history doesn’t bear that out. She has touched the statue on many occasions, including shortly after she first climbed out of the hole. And does anyone else remember her climbing on top of another god’s shackle to read some wombatish writing?


  36. JewelWolf says:

    I don’t recall that, but I do remember her eating some of the food offerings.

  37. Scott Malcomson says:

    Talking hyena seeks sanctuary in “pagan church”…Pope has hissy fit…film at 11. -:>

  38. -jr says:

    I’ve created a Digger banner for use over at topwebcomic.com. I’ve sent it to Ursula, and hopefully, she’ll post it at this address: https://diggercomic.com/wp-content/themes/comicpress-3c/digger_banner.gif . Digger is only about 100 votes away from getting into the top 100.

  39. ysabet says:

    Ed is such an innocent; that’s rare; I’m glad he’s alright. And by innocent I don’t mean ignorant or any of that ‘noble savage’ crap– he retains compassion and in that keeps his innocence. Yes, I have a soft spot for him. ^__^

  40. TekServer says:

    > @TekServer: I don’t recall that […]

    OCD activated (dammit) …

    Found it! https://diggercomic.com/?p=232

    OCD compulsion satisfied …

  41. Mark Antony says:

    @ysabet: EVERYONE has a soft spot for Ed. These comments basically erupted with hating on Jhalm at the merest suggestion that he might have hurt Ed.