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The hitchhiker’s guide to webcomics: Princess-palooza

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Welcome to another round of webcomic recommendations! This week we’ll be talking about princesses, but don’t worry, these will not be your typical damsels in distress, your blushing maidens of yore. No, these will be ass-kickers, life-takers, strutters, and explorers.

(Side note: I’m just now realizing that my webcomic categories will likely have some overlap, so you’ll forgive me if YU+ME: dream and Curvyfeatured earlier, technically involve monarchs.)

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Princess Princess, Strangely Katie

Once upon a time there was an exiled princess locked away in a tall, tall tower… Oh, you know this story, do you? No, no you do not. When Princess Amira frees Princess Sadie from her penthouse prison cell, all bets are off. There are baby dragons and cookie-loving unicorns and love that triumphs over evil, fatphobic family members. What more do you need?

Status: Finished! It’s very short, so you have no excuse.

Read if you like: Dancing ogres, mutual rescuing, the colour pink.

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I Was Kidnapped by Lesbian Pirates from Outer Space, Megan Rose Gedris

Susan the secretary was just a normal Earth girl until Janet McSapphic and her crew of queer keelhaulers kidnap her and head for parts unknown. Will Susie ever see home again? Will they get away with their next heist? And who is the real princess of Lesbos-1? Find out in this wonderfully funny comic that lampoons everything from musicals to 1950s detective novels, all while passing the Bechdel test with flying (rainbow) colours.

Status: Finished, ran from 2006-2013. Due to copyright issues it’s no longer online, but I love it so much I’m recommending it anyway. Here’s a torrent.

Read if you like: Lady love, Barbarella, and pulp novels and The Odyssey.

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Nimona, Noelle Stevenson (a.k.a. Ginger Haze of The Broship of the Ring fame)

I may be stretching the princess theme a little here, but in my world the definition of princess includes shapeshifting, cool-hair-having, supervillain sidekicks, and it’s my blog so I do what I want. She’s basically a knight and that’s close enough, okay? Anyway, Nimona is amazing. Together with the villainous-but-not-really Lord Ballister Blackheart, she tries to uncover sinister plots and prove that sometimes the Good Guys aren’t good at all.

Status: Ongoing, updates Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Read if you like: Medieval science fiction, criminal father/daughter relationships, dragon factories.

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Erstwhile, Gina Biggs, Louisa Roy, and Elle Skinner

You’re probably familiar with the big names in Brothers Grimm fairytales, you know, your run-of-the-mill Snow White and Hansel and Gretel. But what about The Farmer’s Clever Daughter? Or The Sweet Porridge? Not so sure about those, are you? Never fear, Erstwhile is a treasure trove of little-known stories, beautifully adapted and illustrated, and is definitely worth the read.

Status: Ongoing, updates Mondays and Thursdays.

Read if you like: Dark fairytales and lots of different art styles.

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Weekend Reading List: Racebending and the Red Viper

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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Webcomics: The beginning

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Webcomics, aside from being a whole lot of fun to read, allow comic creators almost unfettered access to an audience, free from the restraints that more traditional publishing would impose. Because of this, they’ve become a platform for a diversity of experiences and stories, and offer an almost shockingly woman-friendly community for those who find mainstream comics, like the big two, a little stifling.

I’ve been reading webcomics for a good few years now, so to kick the new year off well, I thought I’d provide some recommendations to anyone who might be looking for a new series to obsess over. Without any further ado, here are the comics that started it all:

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Questionable  Content, by Jeph Jacques

Now over 10 years old, Questionable Content began as a story about a boy, Marten, his roommate, Faye, and his filthy, anthropomorphized computer, Pintsize. The comic has since expanded to feature several more characters (both human and robotic) and tell wonderful stories about how hard it sometimes is to figure life out. It’s kind of a staple.

Status: Ongoing, updates Monday-Friday

Read if you like: Indie music, foul-mouthed robots, queer love!

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Girls with Slingshots, by Danielle Corsetto

You know that friend who is your polar opposite? The one with whom you have nothing in common and there’s no way you should even be able to tolerate each other but somehow you’re inseparable? That’s Hazel and Jamie. The backbone of a huge ensemble cast, Jamie and Hazel’s friendship is truly wonderful to behold as they take on careers, relationships, and talking cacti.

Status: Ongoing, updates Monday-Friday

Read if you like: BFFs, ghost cats, and about as much relationship diversity as you could possibly ask for.

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YU+ME: dream, Megan Rose Gedris

You think you’re reading a comic about two classmates who fall in love, but then surprise! You’re actually in the middle of a daring rescue in Dream World, and things only get better from there. Full of lush art styles, YU+ME: dream is a winding trip of a love story that follows Fiona’s quest to win back Lia and, you know, maybe save the world in the process.

Status: Finished, ran from 2004-2010.

Read if you like: Epic love that spans worlds, dreams, redheads.

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xkcd, by Randall Munroe

A collection of one-shot comics, xkcd deals with everything from physics to love to sarcasm, and does it magnificently. Whether it’s a minimalistic single panel with only a talking stick figure, or a sprawling silhouetted landscape ready for exploration, there’s something for everyone. Despite the simplicity of the art, there’s a very good reason Munroe was nominated for a Hugo.

Status: Ongoing, updates Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

Read if you like: Science, infographics, stick figures.

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