Sunday, 27 January 2013

This week... a webcomic!

Greetings, fellow story addicts!

Tonight, unlike most other days, I'm going to suggest a webcomic.

Some people have heard me talk about this, but I thought I'd actually try and write down something that makes this particular piece of work justice.

So, without further ado, let's start with...

What is Digger?

It's a webcomic by fantastic artist and storyteller Ursula Vernon.

What is it about?

This fine specimen, known as Digger-of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels, or Digger for short, is a VERY practical wombat. Not one to leave anything to chance if she can help it, and always trying to have a plan. The story follows her and her (mis)adventures as she gets involved with bad cave gas and magic tunneling, which is, according to her own words, "Bloody irresponsible".

The magic tunnel leads her away from her homeland, and into a place wombats aren't even heard of.  There she meets a talking statue of Ganesh, an exiled hyena and many other interesting characters.

Will she be able to make it back home?

Drawn in a beautifully stylized black and white, it deals with many topics, and has many cultural shout-outs to many places, ranging from the slums of coastal US to folk tales of India. Very well researched and thought out, you will walk out from the story knowing a little bit more about the world. (Pictured: the Statue of Ganesh and Digger, burrowing out of an accidentally magical hole)

 But not only is its source material vast and interesting, the characters are appealing, deep and motivated. You find that the wisest ones are the ones you least expect to be! (Pictured: Boneclaw Mother, resident elderly badass)

It's a finished (and published!) story, so no fear of having to wait for the next update, or of it not finishing at all. Well worth the read for its story, its art and its messages. If you've got some time to kill, give this story a try. You will not be disappointed!

That's it for this week. Hopefully you'll enjoy Digger as much as I do!

Have a nice story!

And remember tunnel seventeen!

All images used today are property of Ursula Vernon.

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