Comic Book / The Courageous Princess

The Courageous Princess is a comic series by Rod Espinosa.

Mabelrose is princess of the small kingdom of New Tinsley. Not the richest or most fashionable fairy-tale kingdom around, but she has loving parents and gets to play with other kids in her kingdom, so she's very much Spoiled Sweet.

One evening, the dragon Shalathrumnostrium plucks her up and whisks her away to his lair to be an ornament and bait for the wanna-be dragonslayers he so loves to roast. With prospects for a handsome prince coming to her rescue looking very slim, she resolves to escape, aided by her wits, courage, the kind people she meets, and a few magic items pilfered from the horde.

Thus our princess attempts to make her way home, just ahead of one very irate dragon and his monstrous armies.

This comic provides examples of:

  • Adipose Rex: Irgerat, who usurps the throne from his brother, is depicted as rather... rotund.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: When Mabelrose attends her first ball, the other princesses are uniformly nasty and insulting towards her, making fun of her less flashy clothing and supposed lack of refinement.
  • Animate Inanimate Object: The rope, which does a number of things to help Mabelrose.
  • Arbitrarily Large Bank Account:
    • Mabelrose empties a sizeable portion of the dragon's hoard into her Bag of Holding and is pretty free about spreading it around to the people that assist her.
    • When Irgerat gets hold of same, he puts his entire money vault into it. There's so much gold that Mabelrose barricades doors and buries guards with it while being pursued.
  • Author Tract: There is repeated emphasis on the characters praying (saying grace before meals, etc,) and the importance of faith. It's left unspecified exactly whom they're directing this toward, but the reader is clearly intended to fill in the blanks with a Christian denomination.
  • Big Bad: The dragon Shalathrumnostrium.
  • The Chosen One
  • Distressed Damsel: Subverted.
  • Fallen Princess
  • Full-Boar Action: Subverted; he's actually a nice guy, albeit a muddy kisser.
  • Funny Animal: The Anifolk.
  • Happily Married: King Jeryk and Queen Helena.
  • King of Beasts: King Argaile, a Funny Animal lion, is the true king Leptia.
  • Magical Flutist: Irgerat usurped the throne via a magic flute, that turns out to be able to do pretty much anything, from Mind Rape to Charm Person to redirecting dragonfire back at its breather.
  • Modest Royalty: The royal family of New Tinsley is well-dressed, but certainly not to the same extent as other royals. Made especially clear when Mabelrose attends her first ball, only to be mocked for her comparitively modest dress.
  • Non-Human Sidekick: Spiky, a talking porcupine.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: Shalathrumnostrium has an army of minions that bring him gold and kidnaps princesses for the ransom their fathers pay.
  • Ring of Power: Mabelrose steals it from her kidnapper, but never really figures out what it does. It hides the mind of the wearer, which is quite useful as Shalathrumnostrium is capable of reading minds.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: Princess Mabelrose, obviously, but also her father and King Argaile, when he gets out of his funk.
  • Running Gag: Mabelrose refusing to believe her rope is alive, despite everything else from the dragon's hoard being magical.
  • Shout-Out: A number of them to other fairy tales, often in the form of kingdom names found on the Fantasy World Map. The Slipper Kingdom, Pea Kingdom, and the Kingdom of Dancing Princesses are only the most obvious.
  • Talking Animal: Spiky the porcupine and the Boar, subject to Fantastic Racism from some of the Anifolk.
  • Treasure Is Bigger in Fiction: Every gem from the dragon's hoard seems to be fist-sized or bigger.