JP Necromancer is such a creep! But what did I say about him last time? He asserts himself whenever I try to put him into a comic. His love for the ladies continues to go unmatched. All ladies need some lovin’, but none need so much as the dead.

This comic hearkens back to a rich tradition of sleeping princesses in Folk tales, specifically Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. What I’ve crafted here is some strange amalgamation of the two, but the point stands: What’s with all these dudes looking to mack it to sleeping/presumably dead women? Where are they coming from and why are these people royalty? The people of the Middle Ages and Early Modern Period really should have expected better from these fellows.

Picking out a single, admittedly innocuous, issue with fairy tales may be a bit silly given that there is so much chauvinistic thinking hidden in them. Despite this, hey are really quite interesting and have formed a strong basis for popular culture in the modern West. The majority of people are keenly aware of stories like The Princess and the Pea, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, and Hansel and Gretel thanks to a combination of the Brothers Grimm and Walt Disney. It’s strange to consider that it took a team separated by a hundred years to bring such powerful tales into our lives today. Without them, a great many of these stories would probably have been forgotten.

While I do wish some aspects had been left behind (weak and ineffectual female characters anyone?) it is, on the whole, rather nice that we have this shared cultural knowledge. How else would we know about the sleep-rape or near-necrophilia our ancestors touted with such pride?

Without that knowledge, I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be able to wake up in the morning.

I’m sure you feel the same.