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Digger, Vol. 1 Paperback – July 21, 2005

4.5 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
Book 1 of 6 in the Digger Series

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"Digger is...a unique entity, blessed with stunning black-and-white art, a wry sense of humor, and one of the most engaging protagonists in webcomics." --Webcomics Examiner's Best Webcomics of 2004

"Digger is sort of what you'd get if you forced a mating between Bone and Cerebus and then had the offspring's godfather be Terry Prachett." --Barb Lien-Cooper creator of Gun Street Girl

"...unlike most 'unlikely heroines,' you honestly get the sense that when Digger makes it home, she's going to go to bed, get up the next morning, apply for an Engineer's job and get on with a proper sort of life, thank you anyway." --Eric Burns of the commentary blog Websnark
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Sofawolf Press, Inc. (July 21, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976921227
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976921226
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 7.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,012,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By M. Franzmeier on February 18, 2007
Format: Paperback
Oracular slugs, orphaned daemon babies in the form of shadows, blood-sucking fruit, talking statues, and a heroine in the form of a wombat who maybe accidentally stumbles into (or rather climbs into) a world that reluctantly needs her help--Digger is a story for everyone (well, young adults and older)! Ursula Vernon is not your garden variety genius. Her artwork is usually accompanied by witticisms that will make you laugh, her blog is hilarious, and her comic, Digger, brilliantly fun and addictive. Perhaps it is the way she plays with stereotypical perceptions of characters--slugs are wise; daemons, innocent; fruit, dangerous; wombats, sarcastic (well, maybe they really are sarcastic--I don't know). My favorite character is shadow child! Whenever she/he/it pops up in the story, her questions and comments make me laugh and remind me of a two or three year old human child's fantastic insight. If you want to check out some of the story (before making the purchase) go to Graphic Smash where you can view pages from Digger. I also recommend her book It Made Sense at the Time.
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I like Digger as a role model for my daughter. There are some dark topics akin to a PG to PG13 movie. My daughter is a very picky reader and Ursula's books have kept her interested. She does prefer Dragonbreath more and Dragonbreath is a more typical 2nd to 5th grade chapter book.
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A spectacular story, centering on these strange circumstance: a stolid wombat strays significantly far from the familiar, into a world wrought with wonders, worries, and weirdness. Possessed of persistently practical perceptions, our poor hero is harassed by heteroclite horrors, and it is hilarious.

An engaging and excellent adventure.
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Digger is a fantastic comic all 'round. The artwork is fantastic. The humor is spot-on. The characters feel so very real, even when the character in question is an oracular slug. The footnotes are reminiscent of Terry Pratchett, and even the sound effects will make you smile. And the plot, oh the plot! I have never heard of anything quite like it.

See, Ursula Vernon is smart. Really, really smart. She draws on mythologies ranging from Balkan folklore and the story of an obscure Chinese fainting god to stories created by street children in Miami to try and explain how a world with God in it can have much suffering.

As you might guess from that last example, the humor is accompanied by some very serious topics. Digger's new world has things as silly as vampiric vegetables, but there are also sights so horrific they can break a young woman's sanity to pieces, and as in this world, children find out that growing up hurts. Add in some pretty amazing explorations of the nature of morality (and how you teach children to be "good") and you will find yourself thinking about this comic long after you put the book down.

And trust me, even when you do put the book down, you will be picking it up again soon after.
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The Digger webcomic is interesting, entertaining, and a darn good story. Reading the hardcopy turned out to give a much better "flow" to the story than sitting in front of the computer and waiting on the refreshes. If you like Digger, give the book a try.

Just don't order it from Amazon if you can help it, as they've been spamming me ever since I made the order.
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By Brian Day on November 26, 2012
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This is the way fantasy stories should be done. Not with magic as an easy solution and no world-changing dynamics. Just great characters trying to make a difference and do what they think is right.
All the characters in the story are fantastic (even the ones that only appear once or twice). They feel real and relatable and by the end of the story it feels like you're following along with old friends.
The art is amazing, but I'm not really qualified to say anything else about it.
I can't recommend this book enough.
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