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As I worked through my Hugo Voter Packet, I eventually reached the file labelled "Digger_Optimized.pdf" and opened it. My heart sank as I realised that it is 830 pages in length - I think only A Dance With Dragons is longer, of this year's book nominees - and then my eyebrows rose as I realised that the first edition of the first volume was published as long ago as 2005.

But I needn't have worried. The sixth and final volume of Digger was published last year, making the whole thing eligible for this year's Hugos, and it turns out to be a cracking good read: the tale of a witty wombat who finds herself emerging from the floor of a temple far from home and becoming embroiled in the local struggles of veiled warriors, hyena-people, a shrew pretending to be a troll, an oracular slug, a talking statue of an elephant god, and much else. It is brilliant, with humour, drama, pathos, and well-drawn characters in every sense. Tthose of you who haven't dug that far into your Chicon downloads are strongly recommended to go look for it. (I might add that the combined cost of the six volumes is more than twice the price of a Chicon supporting membership which would get you the whole set of nominees.)

I have been a bit uncomfortable with the way the Hugo Awards' inevitable focus on annual output doesn't really fit the creative pace of comics writers, but the problem seems solved here. I think my first preference vote is decided.

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bellinghman
Jun. 28th, 2012 02:35 pm (UTC)
I love ursulav's stuff. She's got a lovely quirky whimsical weirdness to her which I adore. She could be twee, what with talking animals and all, but she's not.

One of these days I'm going to raid the piggy bank and buy a whole bunch of prints from her, including the 'My Little Piggy' that eventuated from a thread on dduane's LJ, and the picture of the Hawaii'an Warrior Princess who suffers under the shortcoming that when it came to an animal familiar, the only available sizeable mammal on those islands is the pig.

We have, somewhere, at least the first volume of Digger.
sofawolf
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
It's always interesting to hear about how readers first discover Ursula Vernon and Digger. Thanks for posting about yours! We're very excited to have Digger among this year's Hugo Awards nominees.

For your non-Hugo-voting readers, I'd like to point out that Digger started out as a webcomic, and the whole thing is available for free at diggercomic.com. (The site has been a little wonky lately, but appears to be up now.)

And as publishers, we'd be remiss to not point out that the entire 6 volumes can be purchased for the price of 5 right now on our website. :) The printed books include extra materials not found in the webcomic (but do appear in the Hugo packet): Follow the links from the comic, because apparently adding multiple links in comments here gets you flagged as spam.
rebelsheart
Jun. 29th, 2012 01:00 pm (UTC)
Joining notaspammer (Yes, I know exactly how that sounds - especially given that the community's two entries are in Russian.), may get you around the erroneous spam flagging.
Kathryn Sullivan
Aug. 1st, 2012 05:07 am (UTC)
I've been enjoying her Dragonbreath series (and making sure the local public libraries get them). I was delighted to find Digger in my packet and, yes, made sure two local public libraries got the paper edition. Great series!

Kathy Sullivan
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