Creator: Ursula Vernon
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. 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)
- Black Dogs
- 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)
- Nine Goblins (As T. Kingfisher; a sort-of prequel to Elf vs. Orc; available as ebook)
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.
- 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.