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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.

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!

Go you! Go Digger! In other news, I just checked out Digger Vol. three from my library (which got the Diggers because I asked them! Gosh I love librarians!) and it is absolutely beautiful! Glee!

And yea, was the squee-ing of the masses mighty and triumphant in their glory. Amen.

Random drawing for 5 reader cameos? Or however many you feel comfortable sneaking into the remainder of the story.

Limited-edition print AT COST to subscribers? (paper/ink/S&H, no more)

Special shirt with the new t-shirt shop thing I hear the GS people are starting up, only ever available to current subscribers.

Well, this is nice timing. I'm sorry to say that I haven't supported you as much as I'd like. I came across Digger a few years ago while visiting a friend in Seattle who owned the three (I think?) print volumes which I pretty much spent my entire downtime during that visit absorbing at top speed, and I came home intending to pick up my own copies, then... promptly lost my job. Things happened, I got sidetracked, then someone mentioned Digger and I remembered. I subscribed to Graphic Smash... in January. So I got caught up, and figured that I'd keep the subscription going just to be supportive.

Timing, apparently, is everything. *wry grin*

Anyway: Rock on, this is nifty news! I'll cheerfully follow, and support when and where I am able!

Hooray! I currently subscribe to GraphicSmash soley for Digger, because I was tired of missing comics here and there (I read comics via RSS, and GraphicSmash refuses to provide feeds for individual comics, so I was forced to remember to check on Tuesdays and Thursdays each week, or miss one) and convinced myself that $3 a month was a reasonable price to pay for Digger.

I dearly hope that the new site will have an RSS feed, but if it doesn't, that's okay, because the archives will be free to read, and I can catch up when I miss one! Hooray!

As for a free thingy for subscribers--you really don't have to--we were paying for a service and got what we payed for. However, if you really want to, I never say no to free presents. ;-) Prints for those willing to pay their own shipping sounds like a good idea, as does providing a high-DPI image for download and self-printing. Maybe you could do both and let people pick which they prefer?

Free Digger?


Also, please ignore all elements of this sentence that remind you of the work involved: I am looking forward to sending you money in exchange for more Digger books in the future, the three I have are awesome.


I've really been waiting to read Digger, because it was subscription-ified, but now I definitely will!

Well I'm glad to hear digger is going off subscription :) I love supporting the webcomic artists, I just like to do it in my own time and way. Go Digger!!

You know, I'd pay shipping on a free print that was the equivalent of $5/$10.

The wonderful, wonderful comments! Don't leave them behind. When I started on Digger and read about 300 dailies, I read all the comments. I mean, I'd still go for the whole comic without them, but they add so much.

Do you HAVE to rename them manually? There are tons of batch-renaming tools out there, and most of them are pretty easy to use. Kevin might be able to help out there.

... now I am guilty for never subscribing. But congratulations! You have made it easier for me to recommend Digger all over the place. Now to brave the local comic shop to see if they have the third volume.

AWESOME!! This will make it so much easier to make people read it. I have no useful suggestions, I'm afraid.

GraphicSmash wouldn't LET me subscribe. Was much sadness.
Now: Squeeee!