A Hugo Award
-winning American fantasy/sci-fi artist and writer. Creator of the Biting Pear of Salamanca
(pictured). She has a fairly considerable Internet following, and has created a number of webcomics, including the very notable Digger
. Her artwork can be seen here.
Once fought Neil Gaiman
to get to free nachos.
Her works include:
Tropes across her works include:
- Footnote Fever: Terry Pratchett would be proud.
- Frogs and Toads: Second only to small furry animals in favor, it seems.
- Face Palm: The propensity of her characters to do this◊ once provided the page picture.
- Funny Animal: Particularly weird ones, like wombats, hyenas, coelacanths, snails...
- Funny Background Event
- Inn Between the Worlds: She briefly wrote and illustrated stories of a brothel between the worlds called The House of Red Fireflies.
- Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Many of her works are pretty weird. And often as not, her explanation is "I don't know either" or "I just paint the things, I don't have to know what they mean".
- Mood Whiplash: She has a very humourous style, and uses it even when describing very traumatic events.
- Not Evil, Just Misunderstood
- Our Dragons Are Different: Not only that, but every kind of dragon she draws seems to have different physical and mental attributes from the others.
- Our Trolls Are Different: Unlike her dragons, Ursula's trolls are all from the same mold, though very different from most other interpretations. Distant relatives of billy goats, they look like a combination of said ungulate with a giant frog; they are playful, friendly, nocturnal, and incidentally carnivorous, though they seem to eat only goats. They have a simple language that consists of variations on the word "Graah!" and can understand, but not replicate, human speech.
- Perky Goth: The artist herself is close to being one. She is fond of her spiked black leather boots and provides the page image for Fingerless Gloves.
- Petting Zoo People
- Themed Tarot Deck: With wombats, but only a few cards were made.