Comics Alliance calls it "The story Disney should have been telling for the past 20 years," and while I believe Disney plays its part in a healthy mix of fairy tales for children, every little girl (and boy, for that matter) should read a comic like "Princeless." "Princeless," from Action Lab Entertainment, introduces us to Adrienne, a princess who is not interested in waiting around in her tower to be rescued. A prince even shows up at one point to do just that, and she turns him away, saying, "Don't let the dragon hit you on the way out." Love it.All the issues of "Princeless" (4 so far) are filled with beautiful colors and funny dialogue that, frankly, people of any age could enjoy. But I have to say "Princeless #3" is my favorite to-date. It really struck a chord with me. In her adventures, Adrienne meets a blacksmith's daughter named Bedelia, who's not too bad at smithing herself. Bedelia is thrilled to have a female customer in the shop, because she's created a special "Women Warriors" collection, with garments that look suspiciously like the scanty costumes worn by famous female warriors we've all seen many times before. Bedelia boasts: "The chain mail bra has a super industrial clasp to make sure your bosoms stay secure in the heat of battle. We call it 'the Sonya.'"
Not surprisingly, it's a little reminiscent of this:
Red Sonja getups - along with Slave Leia costumes and Catwomen costumes and Lilu costumes - are a-dime-a-dozen at conventions (Google it, if you dare), and something tells me this is not because there are a HUGE number of dedicated female Red Sonja fans out there. I mean, call me a skeptic, but if I see a tall, perfectly tanned girl with an obviously augmented figure at Comic-Con, I just have serious doubts that she grew up as a geek and, like the rest of us, was made fun of for it. Sorry. I just don't buy it.
Look, I've heard the saying, "If you've got it, flaunt it!" And that's fine. Women should be proud of their bodies, and comfortable in them, no matter what shape they happen to be. But you're flaunting it at a comic book convention. Where there are nerds. Probably many sexually frustrated nerds. And you know it.
Can I get a "P! -- A! -- N! -- D! -- E! -- R! -- I! -- N! -- G!" What's that spell?! Pandering!!!
K, got off on a tangent there... Anyways, I'm not the only geek girl out there who finds the idea of a bikini as armor a little ridiculous (I mean, if you really went through battle in that, could you maintain that perfect complexion? I think not...). It was refreshing to laugh alongside the authors and artists of "Princeless" at that very idea, and consequently, to see Adrienne acquire a way more awesome and way more practical suit of armor. :)
If you are interested in checking out "Princeless," I downloaded it from here. They have an app, too, so you can conveniently read your purchases on your phone!