January 8, 2013 by phicks2012
Years ago when I was essentially hobby-less, I discovered the SCA (The Society for Creative Anachronism), and because I’d always loved the art. music, architecture (hence my house), clothing, and legends of the historic Middle Ages — King Arthur, Robin Hood, and their noble or chivalric ilk — I felt naturally drawn to re-creating that period of history with its ideals of honor and chivalry (let’s please not deal with plague, the inquisitions, and the lack of refrigeration or flush toilets) in a world where people too often seemed to be shoving those qualities aside with both hands!
When our local SCA group was founded back in 1988, I was selected as the Chronicler because I liked to write, and because I’d already been doing a humorous pseudo-tabloid newsletter anyway to entertain friends. Because of this, they (rightly, as it turned out) figured I had more experience with such things than anyone else did (it didn’t take much to achieve that pinnacle), so I took the office and set out to establish a local newsletter.
Now, in 2013, I’m still the Chronicler — which has to be some sort of world record worthy of Guinness — and have produced 283 straight monthly issues of “The Equinox”. That’s over 23 years of doing this, and I still enjoy it, but it hasn’t always been easy to get people to contribute materials for the issues. Sometimes it’s been a challenge, and back in 2002 when I had a half-page to fill I tried my hand at drawing what was supposed to be a “one-time only” comic strip based upon some of the real people in my SCA Shire.
Admittedly, I thought there was at least a chance that someone would be mortally offended at being humorously portrayed in the strip. I mean, after all, not everyone in the world has a sense of humor, let alone the ability to laugh at themselves, but somehow no one had a problem with it. In fact, people (including those portrayed) wanted me to do others, and they just kept giving me ideas, and I quickly had so many strips drawn that I was afraid the jokes would be outdated before they could be published. The answer was to print more than one comic in each issue of the newsletter — first two, then three, and finally four.
The comics continue to be archived at http://www.covingtoncastle.com/solhaven/sscom.htm
for anyone wanting to check them out, and I do allow them to be reprinted in other SCA newsletters if the local Chroniclers contact me for permission. Just sayin’….
I still don’t consider myself to be a comic artist, but I’ve now been drawing the strip for 11 years — which only goes to show that when you start out with a simple idea you never know where it’s going to take you!
Above are some selections from the First Year (2002), and I hope you enjoy them.