April 6, 2013 by phicks2012
As I’ve repeated, probably ad nauseam, I’ve been an SCA Chronicler for over 23 years, producing a monthly newsletter called The Equinox for my local SCA Shire of Sol Haven. In that time I’ve never missed an issue, and when a newsletter averages over 36 pages a Chronicler has to get creative sometimes to fill those pages. If you happen to enjoy writing poetry, churning out articles, and doing a bit of drawing, it definitely helps — and generates a real collection of such things over time, too!
In 2002 when a half-page needed filling prior to publication, and deadline was looming, I pressured a friend into supplying something — ANYTHING — to fill the space, and she drew a simple comic taking a cheerful pot-shot at a colorful local Knight. Because he had a good sense of humor and the ability to laugh at himself, he enjoyed it, and I tried to persude the Lady artist to do more, but alas! My persuasive skills were not, apparently, THAT GOOD! That left the page still empty, so I told myself “Self, if she can manage a comic, you should be able to do so!” After all, I did draw, after a fashion, so I grabbed a pencil and a pad and managed to turn out a strip which, like hers, poked fun at an entertaining local — in this case, HER. Like the previous victim, she found it funny, and suddenly other people were coming forward wanting more comics, and wanting to be in them. AMAZING!!
They gave me so many ideas that I soon had too many comics. After all, timing can be everything where humor is concerned, and jokes definitely can get old if not used in s timely fashion. I had to figure out how to address this issue, and got the answer from a friend. I could print more than one strip per issue!!! Imagine that!! So, I promptly started printing two in each issue, and after a couple of years it was up to three, and eventually to four — at which number it still stands.
I think and hope that I’ve made improvements over the years, managing to better capture the likenesses of the folk around me, and of the pop culture characters I’ve tried to portray just for grins and giggles. I hope you agree, since I’m going to continue sharing these images!
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.
I’m under no illusion that I have great and abiding artistic talent, but I do enjoy doing the strips! Above are some selections from the Fifth Year (2006), and I hope you enjoy them.