Ted Naifeh sat down with Kiel Phegley on the CBR Yacht at Comic-Con International in San Diego to talk about writing female protagonists in “Courtney Crumrin,” “Polly and the Pirates” and “Princess Ugg,” his current ongoing from Oni Press. The writer/artist also touches on his fascination with writing entertaining stories for the all-ages female reader.
Naifeh talks about the culture clash between combining the Viking barbarian, “Conan” type of masculine fantasy story and contrasting it with the Disney princess, feminist fairytale model in his exploration of adventure series focusing on young female protagonists. He also explains the decision to have Princess Ulga speak a type of Irish brogue, a dialect he picked up on while visiting Iceland, and how bullying is addressed in the series.
Touching on the colors found in the book, Naifeh praises colorist Warren Wucinich for being so experimental and driven to explore various color palettes and combinations. He wraps the interview with an exploration of his approach to writing an ongoing series and his plans for the future of “Princess Ugg.”
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