When songwriter Jonathan Coulton's daughter got really into her princess phase, Coulton wanted to be sure she knew she didn't have to behave like some of the princesses she was obsessed with (for example, being super dependent on other people). Coulton told BuzzFeed this was the inspiration behind his song "Princess Who Saved Herself," which was then turned into a lovely comic book.
Coulton teamed up with comics writer Greg Pak and artist Takeshi Miyazawa to make the book become a reality. Pak created a Kickstarter in March asking for $50,000 to print and ship the completed book to anyone who supported the fund. They've since raised $111,759.
"The Princess Who Saved Herself reinvents the princess myth for a new generation of proactive girls, telling the story of an awesome kid who lives with her pet snake and plays rock 'n' roll all day to the huge annoyance of the classical guitarist witch who lives down the road," the Kickstarter page explains.
Coulton and Pak told BuzzFeed they hope Gloria Cheng Epstein Takahara de la Garza Champion, the protagonist, will be a role model for everyone, not just little girls. "I also love the idea of parents reading this book to their little boys as well. Fiction is one of the best ways for people of different backgrounds to learn how to identify with and empathize with each other," Pak said.