Stefa’s Heart of Stone (1976)

Sample Images (Click thru) (Click thru) Artist: Phil Townsend Writer: Alison Christie (now Fitt) Publication: 7 August 1976 to 11 December 1976 Reprint: Princess (series 2) 28 January 1984 and concluded in Tammy & Princess 2 June 1984 Summary Stefa Giles and Joy Brett have been the closest of friends since they were toddlers. Mr Giles … Continue reading Stefa’s Heart of Stone (1976)

How do you know who’s the hero (in British girls comics)?

I have been thinking about how you can tell who is the hero, or at least the main character, in British girls comics. I’m sure that as readers most of us can tell who’s the hero most of the time, but there are always some odd cases that test the boundaries. Perhaps we will learn … Continue reading How do you know who’s the hero (in British girls comics)?

Princess II, #26, 17 March 1984

The Secret Swimmer (artist Phil Gascoine) The Dream House (artist Mike White) Rusty, Remember Me (artist Eduardo Feito) Stefa’s Heart of Stone (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie) Day and Knight (artist Juliana Buch) Are You a Teacher’s Pet? (quiz) Flight from the Romanys (artist Maria Dembilio) Fun Fair – puzzles Horse from the Sea … Continue reading Princess II, #26, 17 March 1984

Princess II, #28 – final issue – 31 March 1984

The Secret Swimmer (artist Phil Gascoine) – final episode The Haunted Station (artist Julio Bosch (Martin Puigagut?)) – final episode The Dream House (artist Mike White) – final episode Day and Knight (artist Juliana Buch) Horse from the Sea… (artist Rodrigo Comos) – final episode Stefa’s Heart of Stone (artist Phil Townsend, writer Alison Christie) … Continue reading Princess II, #28 – final issue – 31 March 1984

Story theme: Redemption narratives

I recently wrote summary posts about two stories that I called ‘redemption narratives’: “The Girl Who Never Was” and “She Shall Have Music“. That’s a kind of story theme that we can all recognize as being fairly common in girls comics generally: in Jinty there are a number of other examples.  But how does this … Continue reading Story theme: Redemption narratives

Misery Loves Company, or, the sadomasochism of readers?

Attendees at talks like the Comix Creatrix event have a tendency to marvel at the prevalence of stories about misery, cruelty, and slavery in girls comics. It’s particularly the case that, if the attendee is someone who isn’t steeped in reading stories in this genre, they may well bring out loaded words or phrases referring … Continue reading Misery Loves Company, or, the sadomasochism of readers?

Last Tammy Ever Published: 23 June 1984

Bella (artist John Armstrong, writer Primrose Cumming) No Use to Anyone! (Eduardo Feito) Sadie in Waiting (artist Joe Collins) The Forbidden Garden (artist Jim Baikie) Secret Sisters – first episode (artist Maria Dembilio) A Walk in the Country – feature Pam of Pond Hill (artist Bob Harvey, writer Jay Over) Jemima and the Arabian – … Continue reading Last Tammy Ever Published: 23 June 1984

WTFometer III

If you’re a relatively recent reader of this blog you may not have seen a couple of linked posts I did back in June last year, explaining an analytical concept I came up with and named the WTFometer. The idea of this was to give a framework for looking at how bonkers (or not) a … Continue reading WTFometer III

What makes a story work pt 1 – how do we know it does work?

I wanted to write a post looking at what makes a story work, but first it seems sensible to consider how we can tell that a story has worked at all – or not, of course. It seems to me that there are some general principles we can reasonably consider when thinking about stories in … Continue reading What makes a story work pt 1 – how do we know it does work?