Saturday Webcomic: The Princess Planet is a land of myth, magic, and cornball puns

On a world where nearly every girl is a princess, not every princess is going to sing to birds or go off looking for her one true love. Princess Christi, the star of Brian McLachlan's The Princess Planet decides to trade in her ball gown for a spandex suit. With her snowman companion, Princess Christi travels her world to find all sorts of adventures amidst monsters, mythical creatures, sorcerers, and rogues. But she fights not with a double-edge blade than with double entendres—of the kid-friendly variety.

If I were to sum up The Princess Planet in a single sentence, I'd describe it as the all-ages answer to Oglaf (NSFW), with more eclectic fantasy tastes. In her travels across the planet, Princess Christi meets Medusa, wizards, a legendary hero named Smirkulees, a genie who loves adding a twist to her wishes, a robot, Frankenstein's monster, and plenty of other characters from the genre grab-bag. No one ever seems particular surprised to encounter even the strangest creature on the Princess Planet, least of all Princess Christi, who is just as likely to brunch with a beastie as hit it over the head.

The defining characteristic of The Princess Planet, though, is its humor. McLachlan is a master of the cheesy joke, and this comic is exclusively for lovers of puns and gags. McLachlan riffs on medieval heraldry (Christi's royal parents never can decide on a sigil for their kingdom), Medusa's hair (That snakeskin shedding? That's her dandruff.), and whether Pinocchio or Frankenstein's monster has it worse. These are the sorts of jokes where you half-expect the other characters to do a flip-take at the punchline. But even though these comics clearly fall into "dumb joke" territory, they're cleverly executed, with plenty of running gags, jokes that build upon jokes, and puns that show how thoroughly McLachlan has overthought fantasy and science fiction tropes. It's easy to binge on the comic's several hundred strip archive and never grow tired of McLachlan's G-rated goofballery.

As the comic goes on, eventually Christi and her fellow princesses engage in brief story arcs, where their challenges are solved over the course of multiple comics. But even in the course of these arcs, each strip ends with a joke and each problem is solved with a bit of fantasy logic or a brilliantly silly gag.


The top image comes from a series of images for an imagined Princess Planet game. Prints are available from Society6.

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