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It’s official. Ursula Vernon has stolen my heart; Kate, Rene, Otter, I’m sorry. You’ll always be special to me but you just can’t compete with this news:

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!

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. [emphasis mine]

I cannot tell you how awesome it is that when people ask me about favorite webcomics, and I include Digger on the list, that I know they’ll be able to read the entire archive and get engrossed. No more subscription wall! It’s not live yet, but the new site has a handy RSS feed that will inform you when the transition is complete. Now here’s where you get to help thank Ms Vernon for this supreme gift to us all — if you haven’t read Digger, give it a solid try. If you read Digger (and therefore love it), harrangue all and sundry into joining the rest of us on Tuesdays and Thursdays for wombatty goodness (and once they’re hooked, point them towards the books).

Oh, and if you follow the link to Vernon’s announcement, she’s soliciting for ideas on what she can do to thank her soon-to-be-former paid subscribers. If you’re one of them, be sure to chime in.

  • Speaking of new sites, one of the early adopters of webcomics blogulation has an update: Scott McCloud, our roving ambassador to the less-geeky (okay, okay, differently geeky), has gone and given hisself a makeover. Best of all, he’s promising:

    While working on the graphic novel, I’m hoping to finally return to both regular blogging and to gradually finishing up The Right Number as well as one or two more Morning Improvs. I may not be making webcomics full-time for a while, just an hour or two of web work each morning, but I’d like to at least keep a toe dipped in the water on a regular basis starting next week.

    Can I get a yay?

  • Not a new site, but some new cartoons? Via The XX-Man, JD Frasier of User Friendly in joke-stealing contretemps with the residents of MetaFilter. Warning: that last link only for those who are very patient, or emotionally invested in User Friendly. I confess, I am neither.
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