August 4, 2014 by phicks2012
I’ve been the Chronicler for my SCA Shire (the Shire of Sol Haven) for about 26 years, which has GOT to be some sort of world record, and Way back in 2002 when I had a half-page to fill in my monthly SCA Newsletter “The Equinox” I decided to try creating a comic strip for that single issue — just to avoid having blank space. I’d already tried without luck to persuade a friend to supply one, as she’d done once before, and in good humored-retaliation I picked her (in SCA persona) to feature. To my amazement, the strip proved popular and people other than my original victim also wanted to be portrayed in it. They inundated me with suggestions for things they thought they ought to be doing in the comic strips, and I kept creating the strips, and somehow after a couple of years I wound up doing four single-panel strips a month just to keep up with all of the ideas. The suggestions and inspirations, clearly, are still coming – and so, therefore, are the comics. By the way, I also now do one called “Antelope Tracks” for my SCA Household — but that’s another story.
I’ve made slight improvements over the years, hoping to better capture 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 I feel certain would dearly 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 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 let me know and make an attempt to send me a copy of the newsletter in which they appear.
I have never imagined these to qualify as great art, but they do make some people laugh, and that’s sufficient. Below, therefore, are the comics released in August, and I hope you enjoy them.