Shire! Shire! for October

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October 25, 2013 by phicks2012

If you’ve been following my BLOG you have to know by now that way back in 2002 when I needed to fill a half-page space in my monthly SCA Newsletter “The Equinox” I created a comic strip that was supposed to have been short-lived — like in only one issue. For inspiration, I used an real person (in SCA persona), and to my amazement the strip was a hit and other people also wanted to be portrayed and poked fun at. Wonders really do never cease. They gave so many ideas for things they might be doing in the comics that eventually, I wound up doing four single-panel strips a month to simply keep up with the flow of ideas. The ideas are still flowing – if from fewer sources and more slowly.

I like to believe that I’ve made a few upgrades over the years, better capturing the likenesses of the people and of the pop culture characters around me who continue to serve as inspiration. I hope you agree, since I’m going to continue sharing these images.

In previous BLOG installments, I reprinted small selections of strips from the various years, but now I’ve reached the present time, so it is now my plan to run the comics only once a month as they are published.

The comics continue to be archived at 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 know very well that it is not my destiny to be mentioned fondly along with da Vinci or Raphael, but I do enjoy the ongoing fun of doing the strips! Below, therefore, are the comics released in October of 2013, and I hope you enjoy them.


shireshire-1310a shireshire-1310b shireshire-1310c shireshire-1310d

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