August 17th, 2010


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Discussion (48)¬

  1. Robin Bobcat says:

    *cues the ‘DUN DUN DUN!’ orchestra sting*

    *slow fade to black*

    ‘To Be Continued’

    Just gonna guess this is the end of the current Book?

  2. Rags says:

    “So it is down to me, and it is down to you.”

  3. sorinesti says:

    This is why we should respect our elders. They have been on our journeys, and held our beliefs and picked at the cracks in those beliefs until the unshakable became flexible, and dedication gave way to insight. Fear the power of the elder who carries no weapon. Perhaps they can no longer lift a blade, perhaps also- they no longer need one.

  4. dragon mith says:

    damn, i wasnt first
    anywho, that is epic!

  5. Refugee says:

    Oh, gods, this is going to hurt, isn’t it?

  6. inlaid says:

    She did the Thing!

  7. Helriz The Kitsune says:

    Aaannndddd SCENE CHANGE!
    If I didn’t just call it I’ll be like O_e

  8. Barry says:

    As much as it drives me BATTY that this pace isn’t revealing any endings, the GOOD news is, the longer Ursula strings us out like this, the longer the strip lasts. Yay, Ursula!

    Vote, everybody!

  9. Lindale says:

    This is now one of my favourite pages <3

  10. Ben says:

    I wonder if Jhalm’s attitude would be different if he knew that the god he was attempting to “save” was a god of the hyenas.

  11. Ketira says:

    Can we have a wallpaper of this –with expanded background for wide screens like mine…. please?

  12. JewelWolf says:

    Choose (verb), Definition: the most epic f***ing thing to ever have been said.

  13. Karyl says:

    Boneclaw Mother cuts no slack!

  14. Marie says:

    The drums rattle, and fall silent. The wind drops. The entire earth holds its breath, waiting…

  15. TekServer says:

    … and Jhalm says, ” … I choose ‘great taste. No! Wait! I mean ‘less filling’!”


  16. TekServer says:

    (The infinite cosmos appears to have swallowed up the single quote that I’m sure was present after the word “taste”.)


  17. Glenn (a different one) says:

    How much sharper than a serpent’s tooth is one well-chosen word?

    Heck of a thing, putting Jhalm’s -personal- loyalty to one of “his” people up against his duty as he sees it. Rock and a hard place indeed. Usually whatever’s in the middle is what comes out worst of all…strawberry Jhalm on toast? Sorry, I’m rambling.

  18. JewelWolf says:

    @Glenn- I love that quote about the serpent’s tooth. What’s it from

  19. Gramina says:

    JewelWolf – I think it’s a personal-to-Glenn alteration of the biblical (?) quote about “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth is an ungrateful child.” –I much prefer Glenn’s version πŸ˜‰

  20. Cally says:

    Glen is deliberately mis-quoting Shakespeare. “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless [ungrateful] child.” King Lear, act 1, scene 4.

  21. babydyke says:

    Actually, that quote would be from King Lear.

  22. Terry says:


  23. Gramina says:

    BTW, yay on the voting (see above)! Digger’s sitting at 25 right now πŸ˜€

  24. motub says:

    …and that, ladies and gentlepersons of all persuasions, would be a tribal elder, working her work.

    ….also, the reason you really would rather not be the work she’s working.

    I would imagine that Jhalim feels about as big as a flea right now (and rightly so).

    By the way, sign me up for the wallpaper (widescreen) too, if it’s going. That is a heck of a panel. Heck, a poster would do me nicely as well. It’s definitely worth comtemplating.

  25. Ms_Inked says:


    It’s King Lear (Act I, Scene IV), spoken by Lear to Goneril:
    “Turn all her mother’s pains and benefits
    To laughter and contempt; that she may feel
    How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is
    To have a thankless child! Away, away!”

  26. mouse says:

    Man, I really really hope, for Jhalm’s sake, he chooses Murai. Because if he does kill her – how is he going to feel when he finds out the god he killed her to save actually _wanted_ to die?

    I’m also wondering how close to the rest of the Veiled Boneclaw Mother walked him back….because they may have their own opinions re: gods and children.

  27. Alondro says:

    … but choose wisely, for though the true wombat will bring you life, the false wombat shall take it from you. :B

  28. Ajac says:

    Gramina: Close, but no cigar. It’s Shakespeare, not the Holy Writ. King Lear, to be precise.

  29. ronin1337 says:

    He can choose his destiny,but I guarantee that it isn’t going to be a flawless victory(for him at least).

  30. Hawk says:

    I love this panel too – a poster would be most awesome!

    I love how the hatching looks like claw marks, in every shadow…it’s a wonderful effect and kind of a subtext that points up the tensions in the scene.

  31. Margot says:

    Not biblical, Shakespeare. It’s from Lear.

  32. ottertee says:

    For crying out loud!

    “How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is to have a thankless child” is from King Lear.

  33. Shadw21 says:

    Should we take bets on Shadowchild jumping out from somewhere next, especially if Jhalm chooses to attacks Murai?

  34. Gramina says:

    Ottertee, thank you! I should have googled it, I know I have no memory for titles πŸ˜‰

  35. The Daemon says:

    Jhalm still has the option to take the middle road and attempt to disarm Murai unarmed, trusting in his greater skill, her probable unwillingness to cut him apart and the girl only having one functional arm. This is certainly greater personal risk, but it seems to be the one course of action which would lead to him not losing face here.

  36. SilentStep says:

    Oh please, Jhalm, let my liking for you be justified…!

  37. WafflesToo says:

    Of course she did the “Thing” =)
    The purpose behind having him take her for a walk is clear now, she needed a few minutes to feel him out and divine what she could (if I’m not mistaken).

  38. sandra says:

    Come on guys. The serpent’s tooth ref is Shakespeare. It’s King Lear complaining about his (of course good) daughter.

  39. Kayru says:

    Did anyone else’s stomach just fall out of the atmosphere?

  40. Barry says:

    @Alondro: Silly Alondro, there’s no such thing as a false Wombat!

  41. Stand back for our is a forbidden wombat.

  42. So around 11:30, on Monday night, I went on the Digger site to do my civic duty. I found a brand new Digger page, this one. I thought. “Wow! No one’s here yet. I can, you know, turn on the lights, maybe leave the 1st comment, or maybe put down the vote thingy.” I was very excited. I hit send and then there was an error. I can record my vote just fine, and I can comment from work, but I can’t from home. If I try to leave a comment from my home computer I get some weird error message. Anyone got a theory?

  43. Alaenor says:

    I LOOOOVE this webcomic. And I love Mrs. Boneclaw. I cannot wait for whatever happens next. πŸ˜€

  44. jaynee says:

    That the error message might tell you what’s wrong? What did it say, DW?

  45. Just Here says:

    @Duck Whisperer: did you leave your first Digger comment from work? If so would the Digger site remember, and single mindedly think that you could only post from that IP?

  46. Azure says:

    “Choose! Choose the form of Gozher!”

  47. BunnyRock says:


    Thank you. if you didn’t I would have to, and given That I still haven’t forgiven myself for butchering the Agincourt speech from Henry VI for comedy, I feel rather resultant to correct other people when it comes to the Bard.

  48. werepixi says:

    She did her thing! She did her thing!