Ursula Vernon is the author and illustrator of Nurk, Digger, and a number of other projects. The daughter of an artist, she spent her youth attempting to rebel and become a scientist, but eventually succumbed to the siren song of paint. Her work has been nominated for an Eisner award--in Talent Deserving of Wider Recognition--and a number of Web Cartoonists' Choice Awards. In addition to writing and making art, Ms. Vernon is an avid birdwatcher, an occasional neophyte practitioner of the sword art of iaido, and an amateur thrower of pots. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina.