One great thing about the comic industry is that it is no longer limited to the printed page. The internet has created the phenomenon known as the webcomic. In many ways, I get the sense that people feel that these comics are somehow less valuable than their printed cousins simply because they haven’t been published. They haven’t been verified by an outside source as being “quality material”. And I think that that is really unfortunate. There are so many great webcomics out there that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve for their excellent story-telling.
Digger, by Ursula Vernon, is an exception. I don’t even need to tell you guys how great this comic is because The New York Times and the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story already did. But I’m going to anyway, because seriously you guys, you should probably read this comic.
Digger is a fantasy story that revolves around the unfortunate mishaps of a female wombat named Digger. Whisked away from home, she becomes entangled in problems of this new and foreign land as she tries to find a way out of the magic drenched landscape she is dumped into. Efficient, structured, and often curt, Digger stands out from her new superstitious and emotional companions. Not that she doesn’t get them. She does, it’s just not the way wombat’s are.
As with most webcomics, the artwork evolves and improves as the story progresses, but the quality of the story itself outshines these blemishes. The characters are lovely, confusing, clashing, and harmonizing throughout the story but Digger herself and the Hyena tribe have always stood out the most to me. Of all the sequences in the entire comic those depicting the past of the hyenas and their mythology are some of the most beautiful and memorable sequences I know.
I will post a lot of published comics on this site, but I also know that everyone should be suporting independent artists and keeping storytelling alive. These artists are just starting the journey that published artists have already been through. And sometimes being along for the ride, seeing the experimentation and creativity as it happens is worth waiting for that weekly update.