Shire! Shire! for May


May 2, 2014 by phicks2012

If you’re following my BLOG, you know that in 2002 when I had a half-page to fill in my monthly SCA Newsletter “The Equinox” I created a comic strip never meant to continue. I picked a real person (in SCA persona) for inspiration, and to my eternal shock the strip was a hit and people other than my original target also wanted to be included. They gave me a virtually endless source of great ideas for things they thought they ought to be doing in the comic strips, and I kept going, and after a couple of years I wound up doing four single-panel strips a month just to simply keep up with the flood of ideas. The suggestions and inspirations, obviously, are still coming – and so, therefore, are the comics.

I’ve made improvements over the years, hopefully better capturing the likenesses of the people who’ve inspired me, the pop culture characters who continue to serve as additional incidental inspiration, and (now) of a few highly entertaining former Shirefolk who have passed on but would love knowing that they are still being included. I hope you agree with that assessment, since I’m going to continue sharing these images.

In earlier BLOG installments, I reprinted small selections of strips from the various years of their publication, but now that I’ve reached the present time, I’m running the comics only once a month, and in their entirety 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 let me know and make an attempt to send me a copy of the newsletter in which they appear.

It’s unlikely that pundits and scholars will ever praise my efforts, but I do love the on-going fun of doing the strips! Below, therefore, are the comics released in May, and I hope you enjoy them. — And YES, I know that the Roman Numeral Year is an error, but the strip was already published before I had a DUH Moment and caught it.



ShireShire-1405a-The Best Laid Plans ShireShire-1405b-Lifting Spirits ShireShire-1405c-Going Mead-ieval ShireShire-1405d-Relic-query




2 thoughts on “Shire! Shire! for May

  1. what happened before 2002 ?

    • phicks2012 says:

      Lots of interesting and colorful things happened before 2002, but I didn’t start drawing the comics until 2002, alas. If I had, you and Simon would definitely have been featured! LOL! Hey! I may yet start doing flashbacks!

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