tale as old as time
Hi! Sorry if I bother but may I ask what Subtle Princess is about and if you have link to version of text or summary? Cant find it anywhere. Thanks.
This story is sometimes translated as “The Discreet Princess” (which is honestly a misnomer. Her bloody and complicated revenge mission is anything but discreet!) There’s a lovely article about the tale and it’s author here!
It’s an extremely arch, extremely overwrought, extremely funny story of a princess wreaking complicated gory revenge on the hilariously evil prince who seduced and impregnated her less-than-bright sisters. There’s a pile of trap-laying, disguise-wearing and generally ridiculous plots by both parties, and a suitably silly conceit to give it a happy ending. A lot of the story is similar to King Thrushbeard type tales, but rather than one lover trying to humiliate the other into submission, it’s a straight-up power flip as Finette/Finessa deflects the wicked prince’s every ploy back at him. It’s one of the most bombastic fairy tales I’ve come across, and because we have knowledge of its original author and her place in history we can see a lot of the politics and frustrations of the time in her writing. Furthermore, since it is not from the oral tradition, but is a properly written story, we suffer less adaptation decay as it comes to us through the ages.
If you are so inclined, I found a recording of my favourite translation of the story!
Big news, friends!
From our Patreon/Tumblr debut, to our move to Tapas, and then solely to Patreon, the comic has finally found a permanent home. First in the NORROWAY series, The Black Bull of Norroway will be available in November from Image Comics!
As it turns out, it’s going to drop on Cat’s birthday–November 11th.
We are so excited to finally be able to offer NORROWAY in print. Because of the pacing, we have always felt it’s best enjoyed in one sitting. We hope you agree!
It’s currently available for preorder via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, Indiebound, and Indigo.
Beauty and The Beast is updated!
Today: Self Destructive Tendencies
“I dream of you so often. In my dreams I see you… Your face, your eyes, your lips.”
Beauty and the Beast (1978), dir. by Juraj Herz.
Now, I’d watch a movie that looked like this!