Ursula Vernon's 'Digger' nominated for Hugo Award
Digger won the Web Cartoonists' Choice Award for Outstanding Black and White Art in 2005-6, and Outstanding Anthropomorphic Cartoon in 2006, and has been nominated for several other awards, including the 2005 Ursa Major Award.
As the Hugos leave a period to decline nominations, Ursula was notified three weeks prior to the official announcement.
Aside from Digger, Ursula is also a painter (dA) and the writer of several children's books (Nurk; the Dragonsbreath series) and a two-part novel (Black Dogs - review) featuring anthropomorphic animals. Among her lesser-known works are the Biting Pear of Salamanca (later a popular meme) and the poster-beast of the New Jersey Summer Reading Program. She also created the 'one-shot' webcomics Irrational Fears, Little Creature and Little Creature and the Redcap, and illustrated tabletop card game Black Sheep.