Creator: Ursula Vernon
A Hugo and Nebula 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. She also has a Tumblr and Twitter.Once fought Neil Gaiman to get to free nachos.
Her works include:
- A Conspiracy of Mammals (sadly unfinished)
- Digger (sadly finished)
- Elf vs. Orc (tragically unfinished; however, see below)
- The Hidden Almanac
- Irrational Fears
- Kevin And Ursula Eat Cheap
- Little Creature
- Gearworld (Both a quasi-narrative journal and a generic setting for many paintings; tragically unfinished)
Ebooks (As T. Kingfisher):
- Nine Goblins (a sort-of prequel to Elf vs. Orc)
- Toad Words and Other Stories
- The Seventh Bride
- Bryony and Roses
Tropes across her works include:
- Author Appeal: Among other things, most of her protagonists are extremely fond of gardening.
- Footnote Fever: Terry Pratchett would be proud.
- Face Palm: Digger, especially, does this a lot◊.
- 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 Fingerless Gloves.
- It's notable that she is known in Jennie Breeden's The Devil's Panties as Happy Goth.
- Petting Zoo People
- Themed Tarot Deck: With wombats, but only a few cards were made.
- Twice Told Tale: The Seventh Bride (Bluebeard) and Bryony and Roses (Beauty and the Beast), as well as most of the stories in Toad Words.
- The Verse: There are enough references to shared characters, cultures, and historic events that several of her stories can be inferred to take place in the same world. Particularly Black Dogs, Digger, Gearworld, and The Hidden Almanac.
- What Do You Mean It's Not Heinous?: The evils of Mint (see Author Appeal above).