The Three Leading Ladies of Princeless - The Pirate Princess
By Rosy Higgins and Ted Brandt
Top: Princess Adrienne Ashe
Middle: Raven Xingtao
Bottom: Bedelia Smith
Hello Tumblr, above are the three leading ladies of the upcoming volume of Princeless titled “The Pirate Princess”. This will be volume three of Princeless, but as with all volumes it is a story unto itself and designed to be a book you can read on its own.
If you are not familiar with Princeless, it is a fantasy comic which is appropriate for all-ages and centers around Adrienne (Top Image) who is a princess of a far away kingdom who is locked away in a tower by her parents and rather than waiting to be saved, decides to save herself.
This particular story follows Adrienne’s rescue of another girl she finds locked away in a tower. But when that girl turns out to be the revenge bent daughter of The Pirate King, Adrienne finds that she’s gotten more than she bargained for.
Princeless is, I believe, fairly unique in the fantasy and comics world. Its lead, Adrienne, is a woman and princess of color. Her sidekick, Bedelia, is a mixed race girl from two very different worlds whose overcome a lot to be where she is. This volume’s new co-heroine, Raven, is a character of Asian descent who fights alongside (and sometimes against Adrienne) to right a wrong and reclaim her birthright.
While the characters are often distressed, there are no damsels in this story. These girls all have (or are finding) agency. They are all heroes and they are the ones doing the rescuing. They’re still girls, they still have insecurities and issues, but their lives are defined neither by those insecurities nor by the presence or lack of romance.
Princeless is an action comic about fully dressed (often in armor), capable, self-determining, ambitious, sword fighting, dragon riding, rule breaking girls. And while it’s for everybody, my hope is that those are exactly the kind of girls in will find - the kind of girl I want my daughter to know she can be.
There will be hugging, hair cutting, fairy tale reading, and occassionally even the color pink. But first and foremost there are these amazing things that there just aren’t nearly enough of in comics - GIRLS!
Please, seek it out and enjoy.