Interview: Writer Malcolm Harris Discusses PRINCESS LUCINDA

We all know the world of Disney Princesses….sunshine, rainbows, unicorns and all that crap. Now, imagine a world that turns that on its head – the very antithesis of the Disney Princesses…and you’ve found Princess Lucinda. Writer Malcolm Harris took some time to tell Comicosity about this badass Princess and what readers will find in the new original graphic novel.

Aaron Long: Have to start at the start….how did Princess Lucinda come to be? When did development of this graphic novel series start?

Malcolm Harris: Princess Lucinda has had a long and complex history. I used to work for a comic book company called Manga Graphics. We published a comic called Witch Girls and it actually did pretty good. I was the creator and had rights to all the Witch Girls characters and after it folded I decided to take those characters and create a table top Role playing game based on the Witch Girls Universe. To separate the comic from the RPG, I wanted to introduce a new group of “Witch Girls ” to act as signature characters and to appear in comics in the game book and comics published on their own.

We we’re aiming the game at girls ages 11-16 and so we took popular girl friendly character types and witchi-fied them. Lucinda being the Princess Character. After publication of the RPG and comic Witch Girls tales, Lucinda proved to be the most popular and thus road to her graphic novel started. That road included a short lived webcomic and our first attempt at the graphic novel with a different artist that was in black in white but was never finished by the artist. The first half of part 1 was published in a limited print and digital run.

AL: These graphic novels will not be the first time Princess Lucinda has seen print. Will they include the previously released material, or is all content original in this project?

MH: The graphic novel will be all new material. Princess Lucinda Issue 0 which contains two post origin Princess Lucinda stories actually managed to make it to number one on drivethrucomics.com.

AL: What was your inspiration for telling the tale of an anti-Disney Princess?

MH: With Witch Girls I had a chance to talk to a lot of girls and women outside the “Disney” idea. They see most of the Princesses as vapid, tierd and weak willed characters suffering from everything from “idiotic optimism ” to Stockholm syndrome. With Lucinda we take fairy-tale princess concept and turn it around. Lucinda is a confident and intelligent twelve year Princess who instead of being raised by good and wronged by evil is raised by evil and wronged by good. Her parents are the evil rules of an empire spanning multiple worlds, they are very much in the vain of Post revolution french aristocracy from a world where magic rules instead of science. They are very bad people but they love their children and that’s the thing, as far as Lucinda is concerned the forces of good are the bad guys because.. well something happens to her folks and I’ll be no more spoilerey than that.

This leads Lucinda and her older Sister on a bit of an adventure. Her sister being very sweet, protective and intelligent but finally free from the responsibilities of the throne and Lucinda , who for the first time has to deal with not being a princess, and learning about friendship and loss and that other people aside her family has rights.

AL: Princess Lucinda is a Kickstarter campaign. Can you discuss the pledge levels and what rewards are up for grabs in the campaign?

MH: We have lots of Pledge levels taken from the unique point of view that by pledging you get to be part of princesses Lucinda’s court. They include;

Loyal Peasant of the Empire: Though it doesn’t have the most stunning title, it’s better than just being a peasant of some other realm, or god help you, an annoyance to her royal majesty. For your support, you gain the Perk of: A place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Servant of the Empire: To serve Her Royal Majesty is an honor and means she actually has a use for you. In serving her, you no only lower your chance of being turned into a toad, but it give you her protection from her enemies as well. For your support, you gain the Perk of: An autographed postcard of Princess Lucinda and a place of honor on the Grpahic Novels donation page.

Guard of the Empire: Her Royal Majesty has lots of enemies; but don’t worry, she can take care of her self most of the time. Your job is to become cannon fodder in the event that one of her enemies actually bests her awesome magical powers. For your support, you gain the Perk of: a PDF copy of both of the Graphic Novels and a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Knight of the Empire: As a Knight, you have proven yourself to be a trusted and loyal ally of Princess Lucinda. Sadly this generally means that you are the first to die when the really powerful badies come looking for Her Royal Majesty. For your support, you gain the Perk of: a physical copy of the first Graphic Novel, a PDF copy of both Graphic Novels, and a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Lord or Lady of the Empire: You are a person of noble birth, loyal to Princess Lucinda. Generally this means that when heads start getting chopped off for failures, yours will be the first to go. For your support, you gain the Perk of: A physical copy of both Graphic Novels, a PDF copy of both Graphic Novels, and a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Duke or Duchess of the Empire: You are a noble of some power and influence within the Court of Princess Lucinda. You are abused by her daily, but as she tells you, its for your own good. For your support, you gain the Perk of: a physical copy of both Graphic Novels, a physical copy of Graphic Novel Zero, and a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Count or Countess of the Empire: You are the most power of the nobles, second only to Her Royal Majesty, of course. You suffer daily and much sit in her court every day listening to her drone on and on about the most tedious and horrific things. For your support, you gain the Perk of: two physical copies of both Graphic Novels, and a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Courtier or Courtesan of the Empire: You are among the handful of loyal nobles…trusted lackeys that attend to the imperial family’s court events. Sadly you are the butt of many jokes and you suffer great personal abuse from Her Royal Majesty. For your support, you gain the Perk of: Your face will be immortalized in the comic as a member of the Royal Court of Princess Lucinda, you will receive a physical copy of the first Graphic Novel, and you will also have a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

War Witch or Blackhart: You are among the personal guard of the Emperor or Empress. Generally this means that you will be subject to unending torment at the hands of Princess Lucinda or members of her Royal Court. For your support, you will gain the Perk of: your face will be immortalized in the comic as a Blackhart Warrior (male), or War Witch (female) and you will receive a physical copy of the first Graphic Novel. You will also have a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Merchant of Tales: You are a seller of stories (book store owners). For your support, you will gain the Perk of: 5 physical copies of both Graphic Novels and a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Victim of the Princess: Everyone to one degree or another becomes a victim of the Evil Princess, but you really found a way to anger her and you paid the price for it. For your support, you gain the Perk of: your face immortalized in the comic of you being zapped by the Evil Princess in the second Graphic Novel, you gain a physical copy of both Graphic Novels, and a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

Keeper of the Faith: You are an imperial loyalist eagerly awaiting the return of Princess Lucinda and her older sister. For your support, you gain the Perk of: a Princess Lucinda T-Shirt and a Princess Lucinda ‘Change” Poster. You will also have a place of honor on the Graphic Novels donation page.

We also have three special limited artist commission pledge levels.

AL: Any final words for Comicositys readers regarding Princess Lucinda?

MH: Final words, It’s a different kind of story that appeals to everyone. Its dark, funny, emotional, magical with lots of adventure, epic battles and some whimsy. I call it a full color Manapunk fairy tale that’s not too adult for kids and not too kiddie for adults. And It needs your help to happen.

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