Awesome Web Discovery 3 – Digger

Digger by Ursula Vernon is an amazing fantasy webcomic about (in her words) “A wombat. A dead god. A very peculiar epic.”

It’s a compelling story, appealing characters, great black and white art, and now it’s free to read (it just moved from a subscription-based server to a free one at Graphic Smash).

It’s also a feminist story. Not overtly, but the main character, Digger-Of-Unnecessarily-Convoluted-Tunnels (“Digger” for short) is a female wombat. No, the main character being female is not enough to make the story feminist (Looking at you, Disney’s Sleeping Beauty), but the handling of it is. She’s not made to be “feminine” with visible breasts or exaggerated eyelashes or lips, the story isn’t about her love life, she’s just an anthropomorphicized wombat who happens to be a girl. It’s not about her being female, it’s about her.

Many other main castmembers are also female, including the Hag (a village healer) Murai (a follower of Ganesh) and most of the important members of a local hyena tribe, which, much like actual hyenas, is matriarchal.

Treating females like they’re people and make up roughly half the population? Wow!

Go read it.


1 Response to “Awesome Web Discovery 3 – Digger”

  1. 1 docjay
    16 April 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Thanks for sharing Digger.

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