December 9th, 2010


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Discussion (63)¬

  1. tanz says:

    No need to be modest, Boneclaw Mother.

  2. Zjonni says:


    We all KNEW BCM could obliterate Jhalm by doing the Thing, but darnit, I’m sure some of us wanted to watch…

    “Freaky adopted daughter!” 😀

  3. Bwee says:

    Man, Grim Eyes is so GLEEFUL. Do hyenas wag their tails?

    Digger is going to need substances stronger than coffee pretty soon.

  4. Rissa says:

    Boneclaw Mother: BA enough to be modest. Poor Digger… she looks awful.

  5. smjjames says:

    I don’t completely get what The Thing is. Its like a psychological tactic I think?

  6. Twitching says:

    I think The Thing is where she tells you the truth about yourself that you don’t want to hear but secretly unconsciously suspect.

  7. Robin Bobcat says:

    ‘Freaky Adopted Daughter’… hee hee hee.

  8. Sparky Lurkdragon says:

    Boneclaw Mother snaggletooth! 😀

  9. Shadw21 says:

    Love Diggers hair in the second panel and Freaky Adopted Daughter for the win!

  10. Atre says:

    Digger in the top ten?

    And yes, Boneclaw mother is so, so badass

  11. DanielCoffey says:

    I love how BCM is “looking” at her claws even though she can’t see them…

  12. CatsbyMoo says:

    I keep looking at Grim Eyes in panel 4, and I keep seeing her wearing big sunglasses. I can’t see anything else!

  13. JewelWolf says:

    There’s this one quote from another webcomic that I think Digger want to try using right about now.
    “I need to got SOOO drunk.”

  14. fixman88 says:

    Freaky adopted daughter LOL! Exhausted Digger is Exhausted…. I figured Boneclaw Mother would do ‘The Thing’!

  15. Madam Atom says:

    @Zjonni: You know what? I think we did see it.

    Start here and go through p. 857:

    We didn’t get to see his reaction, which is a shame (necessary for the pacing, though, I think), but I’m pretty sure that was the Thing right there.

  16. Raigne says:

    In the third panel, it looks like boneclaw mother is looking at her right hand. If that’s the case, heer thumb should be on the outside of her hand when it’s palm up, not the inside.

  17. Hawk says:


    Also, Digger’s at #18 as of my post here. Yay!

  18. CJ says:

    Freaky adopted daughter! After all poor Digger’s been through, Grim Eyes’ delight at Boneclaw Mother’s doing the Thing to Jhalm has to be heartening. Also the fact that Murai is there and with no new injuries.

  19. Korlee says:

    Hehe. Freaky adopted daughter and the thing. :3

  20. perfesserbear says:

    Sorry I’m late; I tripped over Captain Jhalm outside the door. He was crumpled into a fetal position, sucking his thumb and whimpering.

    Boneclaw Mother is the Mistress of Mind-Fu…

    Yes, Hyenas do wag their tails — they’re in the Canid family (but they aren’t Canines), and they’ve been around way longer than Wolves.


  21. Skydancer says:

    Depends who you talk to. Hyenas are classed with the Canidae by some, and by others in the separate Hyenaidae. I believe the latest gene-testing puts them closer to felines than canids, in spite of the physical similarities.

    Either way, Boneclaw Mother is teh awwwwwsome!

  22. TekServer says:

    I think Madam Atom hit the nail on the head: we did see BoneClaw Mother do the Thing to Jhalm. He was busily constructing his rationalization for killing Murai in the safe, dark depths of his subconscious mind, and she had the poor (or good, depending on your perspective) grace to poke holes in his burgeoning rationalization structure and drag it into the full sunlight of consciousness, where it collapsed under its own weight and Jhalm was left with the simple decision of whether to kill a favored near-daughter for the dubious purpose of saving a god who didn’t want to be saved anyway.

    Though we didn’t see it, Jhalm clearly made the correct and obvious choice.

    (Hmm, that seems to have evolve from a simple agreement into something else … )


  23. Glenn (a different one) says:

    Actually, it seems to me what Jhalm needed all this time was The Thing, all along. He is a deeply logical and, well, law-abiding sort…just little too convinced of the rightness of his path. The Thing might have been a perfect kick in the pants, in which case he’ll end up being a pretty decent human being.

  24. Jason says:

    You also hear how the statue isn’t afraid of the thing- it would welcome her insights. “That’s how you stop someone from doing the Thing!”

    Did she do the Thing to Grim Eye’s aunt? (can’t remember her name right now)

  25. rueyeet says:

    Mmmm, I dunno; I’d have liked to have SEEN Jhalm having to swallow his zealotry and pride, and shuffling off.

    Freaky adopted daughter, heh. But…dang, Digger looks really rough there. The Hag’s gonna have a fit.

  26. Caitydid says:

    I LOVE the look on their faces in the last panel, especially Grim Eyes! Also I love “Freaky adopted daughter”.

    But poor Digger. She needs some hugs or something.

  27. Rowan says:

    “Freaky adopted daughter” totally made my day 🙂

    I’m really curious to see how the hyenas react to Ed’s sacrifice next week.

  28. @Madam Atom & TekServer I think we did see The Thing in action. Do you think that was the whole thing though, or do you think we missed out some pretty cool B.C. banter? I don’t know if we saw all of it or not but Grim Eyes response to B.C. made me cheer.

  29. Niall says:

    URRG. Funny, yes, but remember the pacing – next page is when Digger announced Ed’s death. The page after THAT is going to be…. rough. We figured Ed is Grim Eye’s dad. Has it been conclusively put he was Boneclaw Mother’s son too? How will they react? The rug is about to be tugged, and tugged hard.

    Stock up on hankies for next week.

  30. Niall says:

    (also: hi Zjonni!)

  31. Kineko says:

    Three pages ago, I was choking a sob…
    and now I’m giggling… You are a wonderful story teller Miss Vernon…
    (snerk, freaky adoptive daughter..; and Grim eyes seem so proud of her elder!)

  32. mouse says:

    huh – Jhalm chose…..wisely.

    Who woulda guessed?

    and I don’t think it was ever stated who Ed’s parents were; we know Owl Caller is his uncle, and that Owl Caller and Boneclaw Mother are close – but I don’t think there was any info on blood ties.

    I think Boneclaw Mother tried to prevent Ed from being tossed out simply because she thought it was wrong, and that, in a sense, the entire tribe was at fault for what happened. I don’t think it mattered to her who he was.

  33. Alondro says:

    Is ‘The Thing” similar to the Wooshi Finger Hold? If so… who’s gonna clean up afterward? ;D

  34. Ketira says:

    @Atre – you copied the wrong link for the voting. It should be http://topwebcomics.com/vote/10180/default.aspx . What you had was the link for after one votes, not before. (Just in case anyone was wondering. At the time of this writing, it’s #18 in the List.)

  35. Ketira says:

    @Alondro – I wonder what “The Thing” is too…. and I love your reference. I’m glad I’m not the only one who saw that movie! 😉

  36. slywlf says:

    Digger is at 18 and I am torn between giggling madly at ‘freaky adopted daughter’ and whimpering in sympathy for poor Digger.

  37. MercuryInRetrograde says:

    I’d be surprised if Digger doesn’t get angry with both BoneClaw Mother and GrimEyes. She’s just watched her friend sacrifice his life to save the hyena tribe that banished him and I don’t know how well she’d take GrimEyes rejecting her father’s sacrifice because he’s one of the Eaten. And if BoneClaw Mother doesn’t explain everything to GrimEyes, end the secrecy and dishonesty, and honor Ed’s memory with the tribe… Digger may have to do ‘the thing’ on her.

  38. Hunter says:

    I wonder how they’re going to react when she tells them about Ed…

  39. Strangething says:

    Grim eyes explains “the thing” here:


  40. perfesserbear says:


    The Hag, right. Maybe Boneclaw Mother could deliver Digger for ‘repairs’, and the two would meet…


  41. WafflesToo says:

    I don’t know that Digger is all the worse for wear physically so I don’t think there’s much the Hag could do for her.

    …mentally she’s exhausted. I would prescribe tequila and a week asleep at this point.

  42. Bramble says:

    @WafflesToo – I’d say that the Hag is probably one of the few in the comic who would recognize that, though. She’s certainly shown the ability to keep Digger off her feet and resting, and to make other people shut up and go away and leave her patients in peace, by sheer force of personality.

  43. TekServer says:

    Ooooo …

    Okay: Hag vs. BoneClaw Mother.

    Thoughts? Go.


  44. Lurkerlynne says:

    Scarier thought! The Hag AND Boneclaw Mother vs. Some Poor Sod.

  45. CatsbyMoo says:

    You know who would have been absolutely great as Boneclaw Mother in a Digger movie? Gloria Foster, aka The Oracle from the first Matrix movie. Equally ready to bake you cookies, box your ears, or twist her way into your mind with a shrewd look on her face.

  46. Tindi says:

    I think Lurkerlynne has it. They’d be on the same side. 😛

  47. CJ says:

    Oh, the Hag and Boneclaw Mother would immediately recognize each other as colleagues. I’d pity the poor sap who crossed them, but I’m sure said poor sap would deserve everything he got.

    And I realized yesterday that Boneclaw Mother has just edged out Granny Weatherwax in my favorite characters of all time list. Also the list of who I want to be as an old woman.

  48. Hebi R. says:

    Boneclaw Mother’s face is remarkable expressive, considering the lack of eyes and the degree to which it is covered. I suppose she is simply that awesome. And Grim Eyes is so adorably PROUD. And BM said she couldn’t just do it to Jhalm.

    Ursula, love that first panel so very much.

    Btw, got to see a pair of striped hyena’s at the zoo a few days ago…so cute and funny. Every so often, one wold get up as if it were about to do something, only to flop down and keep napping, as if the very act of getting up was enough excersize for the time being.

  49. Hebi R. says:

    Er, how do Boneclaw Mother’s eyes move like that (see last two panels)?