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Well, it's getting close enough that I can finally make the announcement--Graphic Smash is spinning Digger off and giving it its own site! They think that Digger was pretty much the breakout hit of the site, and they've wanted to do this for awhile, but there was some buying out and corporate stuff, so everything was on hold for awhile. But now it's back on track! We'll have our own site! Woot!

(Yaaay! Much rejoicing! )

On the downside, this means that I have spent the past three hours manually re-naming files and uploading them in batches. I have to do this for the ENTIRE ARCHIVE.

(sobbing, tearing of hair, rending of garments)

However, once it goes live--and I'll have links hopefully soon, we don't have the site designed yet or anything, so it'll be a little bit--it will hopefully be very cool!

It will also be going off subscription, and over to advertising--Graphic Smash is pretty much abandoning the subscription model. I'm pleased that we'll get more traffic as a result, and that people will finally get to read the whole archives for free, but I also find myself wanting to do something nice for all my faithful subscribers, who quite literally paid my rent a couple of times--without them, Digger would have been abandoned long ago, and I owe them big time for having sustained me and my comic so wonderfully and well.

So if anybody has any suggestions--downloadable wallpaper or whatever hardly seems like ENOUGH, but while I'd love to offer a limited edition print free to past subscribers, I learned my lesson mailing the Taxman prints--I can't afford another thousand dollar mail bill! If anybody's got any thoughts, please feel free to post below...

Also, Kevin just called me down to see a big-ass possum sitting on the fence looking grumpy. (He had a right to be grumpy, Brandon had been trying to herd him, and possums are not good herd animals.) He didn't move when we got close and shined the flashlight on him, possibly hoping we'd go away. His tail had dark bands of pigment at the base, and a few dark spots, and he had a twitchy little pink nose. So that was cool.

FREE DIGGER. Thank you. You have just made my week.

(You could offer the prints for free if people cover the shipping? Some free wallpapers for everyone, prints for people who will cover shipping costs?)

I too am excited about free Digger!

And second, errmm, third by now, the idea of prints that are free except for shipping.

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You could offer limited ed. prints for just the cost of shipping, maybe?

Yay for Digger! So when does she get her own site? Will they stop charging at that point, or should I go unsubscribe? 'Cause Digger is all I actually read over there.

Also possums have a lot of sharp teeth, therefore I give them space. They look very cool and prehistoric, though.

I suspect you'll have to unsubscribe, but I'm not sure of the exact details of how it's going to work, so don't quote me, or do anything rash yet...*grin*

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do possums have an expression other than grumpy? if they do, I've never seen it, despite the fact that they share turned-up mouths with dolphins....

I've seen photos of happy-looking possums.

If you can give me an expected change-over date, I can try to ensure that your entry on the Belfry Listings is changed over to the new URL when that happens.


I will be able to drag friends to the Very Beginning to hook them! *starts her alphabetical list of Friends Who Haven't Read Digger Yet*

May I suggest a cheap and brilliant utility called Total Commander for renaming and uploading (plus a zillion other things)?

or a free little perl script

I've never used Total Commander, but if your sysadmin is a Perl afficianado, they might be able to use something like this to do a bulk rename:


Actually, I want to order a print of Molt, anyway. I obviously would not be sad if you tucked another print in there, but wallpaper is good, too.

Eeee! We subscribed... once? or twice? But then lapsed, and I lived in terror of missing an update if I was away from the internet! Free Digger! We love you, Urs.

This. Free Digger archives? Now I can introduce more friends to Digger!

I echo the sentiment of "Yay! Free Digger!" I caught up on the archives once, a while ago (when they were temporarily open the first time, I think) and then went on vacation and missed a bunch of updates, and gave up. -_- Someday, when I am not a poor college student, I will buy the rest of the books... but until then, yay for webcomics!

I went on vacation, missed some updates, and ended up paying for a subscription just so I could catch up. :X It is a moot point now, because I haven't missed one in forever, but I figured it was worth a small fee every month to support one of my favourite artists.

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You know, that could be a great book, just for the illustrations. Start with some of the standard ones, and then make up some obscure and amusing ones.

woooooo! Right when I got all this pesky free time I don't know what to do with. Excellent!

Reward us with official Digger merchandise! (that we can buy I mean, not freebies obviously.) Plushies? Tshirts? Onesies for my yet-to-be-born son?

The time I was subscribed to Graphic Smash was solely for Digger archives. I finally let it lapse a while back when I made sure my family knows whenever a new one goes into print it should be given to me as a present for the next birthday/christmas/whatever.

I would totally get Digger onesies for my baby. If I had one...

Does this mean we're going to get more Digger after the current storyline is complete?

She's still got to get home, right? As Twoflower put it (somewhat paraphrased here), "Adventures are all nice, but it's not until you're home again and have put your photos in an album you feel like they're over".

I have no idea whether this is the kind of thing that's workable, or how hard it would hammer bandwidth, but what if you made a print-quality image available over the net that people could download and then print on their own home printer, or burn to disc and take to a print shop? People get the coolness of something they can put on their wall, but you don't have to ship anything. I've been distributing free do-it-yourself minicomics this way.

i was wondering this too - wasn't sure if the quality of print-it-yourself artwork would do the art justice, though.
i'm another one who subscribes to graphic smash just for digger (i keep meaning to check out some of the other strips, but that would mean catching up on the archives, and somehow i just don't seem to have that kind of time). i hope both of you prosper with a subscription-free business plan!