April 1st, 2010


If I wasn’t sick as a dog right now, I would have done a nice April Fool’s update, perhaps with Digger as a private detective in some film noir world. Unfortunately, my sinus cavities are packed in concrete and I am just about able to get this page done, and will then be going back to bed.

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Discussion (37)¬

  1. fixman88 says:

    I’m sorry you don’t feel well *offers NyQuil (the liquid, not the liqui-caps; they don’t work as well anymore*

  2. Otookee says:

    Since Digger wears a vest, does that make it “Shirts and Skins”?? 😛

  3. Otookee says:

    Or on the film noir angle, Skin City.
    Digger’s already in stark black-and-white, already more than halfway there to the Frank Miller visual style…

  4. Arcaton says:

    Get well soon – I’ve suffered too, and s’not funny….

  5. Vinnie D. says:

    As awesome as Digger Noir would have been, you can take pride in being the nonconformist who makes a legitimate update on April 1st.

  6. DocN says:

    I would kill and help hide the bodies for a “Digger: Hard Boiled” after this current storyline ends.

  7. Arabela says:

    Is it just me, or dit Ed get lost or got in trubble.
    I have a Bad feeling.

  8. Dav says:

    “My claws started itching the moment he walked in the door. I knew he was trouble, but I wasn’t in a position to be picky about my cases; tracking down the occasional vampire squash barely pays enough to make rent, and Ed was starting to get insistent about me paying my tab…”

    Hm, maybe not. But I can totally see Ed as a bartender. He’s got the hard part down; he’d just need to start offering booze instead of warrior herbs.

  9. amy says:

    Nooooooooooo. I’ve finally caught up. Why, why did I insist on reading this so fast. Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy????

    Because it’s very, very good.

    But stiiiiiiiiilllll. urg.

  10. Ketira says:

    Actually, *anything* with a decongestant (and get the 12-hour or 24-hour version, if your bod isn’t allergic to the stuff) and *keep those sinuses drained*. It’s the best way to keep whatever-got-you from getting any WORSE. Also, if you’re not allergic to Ragweed, get some Echinacea as well. The herb will jump-start your immune system –so quit taking it when you get better.

    I know – I got the first piece of advice from a doc who didn’t want to keep seeing me come down with Bronchitis Since then, I’ve not gotten a single episode of *that* –although the Flu has hit me mildly a few times. That, plenty of liquids and Vitamin C….. you know the routine. ^.~ I’d rather you get better than see something that doesn’t look like Digger come up on the screen.

  11. Barry says:


    Vote for the best Webcomic ever.

    Agreed on the decongestant. Get the old Sudafed rather than the new Sudafed PE. (You may have to sign for it at the pharmacy counter, since that’s what they use to make crystal meth out of.) If you can get your head drained, all the other good stuff will follow…

  12. Wombat32 says:

    I didn’t realize that the Webcomics voting thing was updated as of today, and Digger is currently in 50th place with 14 votes. Now 15, including mine.

  13. quiltcat says:

    sorry you’re feeling poorly, Ursula! my recommendation is for Mucinex, which will help get your sinuses cleared without the dryness that some antihistamines like Sudafed can produce. Plus of course hot tea with honey and lemon added. Meanwhile, back at the coal face…Digger seems to be inviting trouble!

  14. Hunter says:

    It would have been cool for that private detective thing. And yay! The skin lizards are coming back! Hope you feel better, Ursula.

  15. Gramina says:

    Barry – thanks for putting that link up every time! Digger’s at #35 as of 6:08 Pacific this morning 🙂

  16. the unclean one says:

    What kind of detective would Digger be like?… maybe she would take ed’s case and try to restore his good name (in a Noir like setting that would be awesome)

    in closing thx for everything so far and more to come
    Hope You Feel Better

  17. TekServer says:

    For some reason, I find Digger calling out to the Skin Lizards hilarious, I guess because she was so nonplussed by them when they first met.

    Vote early, vote often! We’re off to a good start this month … 😉

    Hope you get to feeling better, Ursula. I won’t offer any advice because (a) you probably won’t need it by the time you read this, (2) a buncha people have given you all the standard advice already, and (iii) if you’re anything like me, you’re going to politely accept all the advice you get, then ignore it all and handle things your own way anyway.


  18. rylen says:

    I hope you feel better.

    This would have been a perfect spot for “Rocks fall. Everyone dies.”

  19. JewelWolf says:

    Did anyone think it’s weird how Digger’s changed? She’s barely a wombat anymore. She was terrified of the skins in the begining, and now she’s looking to them for help.

  20. Nivm says:

    Although I don’t think being sick is the right reason, it’s wonderful to have someone who didn’t fool their comic or art for the sake of April 1st. Of course, being sick could be the trick…Never can trust things on this horrible day.

    @JewelWolf: She doesn’t have much choice. The tingling says there isn’t much time, and the skins should know the place well enough.

  21. felis_sidus says:

    Digger’s 21 as of 13:35 Eastern!

    Maybe it’s a good sign for Digger-mousie and Ed?

    Feel better soon, Ursula.

  22. Sylphish says:

    LOL, I did something like that with a set of my characters… Rob Thebian, Hard-Boiled Sphinx detective, helps lovely widowed chimaera! I even have bloopers planned out…
    Brilliant as usual Ursula.

  23. Wizard says:


    I love your strip. Your sense of humor is warped (grins). You might want to build yourself a buffer for when these things happen. Get well soon.

  24. Chicken Soup. I don’t know why it works, but it does. Get better soon. Thanks so much for being willing to get up long enough to send us our story. It really does mean alot to us Digger junkies.

  25. Awesome you guys. Digger is up to 24. She really does deserve to be up there you know.

  26. Hawk says:

    Get better Ursula!

  27. Mark Antony says:

    And Digger is at 23!
    Poor Ursula. 🙁 Hope you feel better.
    Also, seeing Digger shout “Skins! Hey, Skins!” at the top of her lungs is just ridiculously funny.

  28. Tindi says:

    Damn. We really are legion. Still hovering in the 25ish range. Let’s keep it in the top half at least all month! Get well soon, Ursula!

    …and I said it was magic!

  29. Lucius Appaloosius says:

    Black elderberry. Great antiviral…..

    That, echinacea, decongestants & chicken soup (especially if you add chili peppers to it)………. 7@=e

  30. Quizt says:

    Digger was still at 25-ish twenty minutes ago, and I for one am counting the minutes till I can vote again.

  31. felis_sidus says:

    I’m posting this as the only way I know to communicate with you, Ursula. Must I subscribe to Digger in
    order to post comments? If so, it would be helpful to include this information somewhere on the comments page. I’ve tried several times to submit inoffensive comments. They are always removed during moderation, and I have no idea why. I always provide my valid email address, and as far as I can tell, nothing else is required. Would you let me know what I’m doing wrong? Thanks.

  32. The Occupant says:

    Well, thank you from the bottom of my heart what you have given us. Hope all turns out well for Digger and you, Author.

  33. Digger was it the late 20’s she’s now dropped to 33. It’s still farther along then she was last week, but keep voting.

  34. You should add your comic to ComicHovel.com so I can add them to my faves. =]

  35. Karyl says:

    Oregano oil caps help me tremendously with breathing in general, but don’t bite them unless you’re prepared for how hot and peppery it can be. On the other hand, that means it will have a faster impact!

  36. CyberCorn Entropic says:

    Try breathing (or attempting to breathe at first) the vapors of eucalyptus oil daubed on a handkerchief. Come allergies or cold, it’ll open up your nose. Don’t be shy when daubing it on the handkerchief. You don’t have to worry about side effects from ingesting the stuff. Your local health food store should have some.

  37. BunnyRock says:

    Well, you’re almost certainly better by now but still, I have to offer up some advice because everyone else has and I don’t want to feel left out. Conc. ammonia at slightly above room temperature. None of this one or two mole nonsense, the real stuff. That will open the sinuses, but as the human body was unfortunately not deigned to breathe the fumes from an oven vial of ammonia, at least not for long, it may be better, once open thusly, to keep them open by some more conventional and less extreme means. Menthol or some such. Plus, as Digger told the Hag, bedrest and plenty of fluids!

    Oh, and if at any point your nose feels clean but you suddenly STOP smelling the ammonia that’s a good sign to stopper the vial and get in the fresh air post-haste. Even if it’s raining. Even if it’s raining snakes. As with many folk remedies, sensory apparatus shutting down completely is generally a sign you’ve had enough.