Shire! Shire! for April


April 3, 2015 by phicks2012

In 2002 when I was finishing up the latest issue of my monthly SCA Newsletter “The Equinox”, I was almost ready to print it out when I noticed that I had a half-page still yawningly empty. I tried to solicit something to fill that void, but no one else would contribute at the time and I want to avoid, if possible, tossing in clipart. As a result, I tried my inexperienced hand at drawing a one-time-only comic strip. I had never tried that before, and never considered myself to be any sort of comic artist. I wasn’t, and still am not. I also never in my wildest dream envisioned that the lone comic panel I drew for that issue would ever spawn others. However, the strip proved somehow to be a hit even with those who served — in their SCA personas — as humorous inspiration, and somehow it’s still going all these years later. Bizarre, but true.

The characters are based on real people, albeit as their SCA personas, but, as is usually the way with such things, their traits and idiocyncracies have naturally been exaggerated for the sake of humor. A few characters are mutations of pop culture movie monsters. A precious few others represent dear friends, also in persona, who have passed away — but who have remained in our hearts and who, I absolutely believe, would LOVE the fact that they are still being featured “in spirit”.

The Comics below were those published in the April Issue of The Equinox, and I hope you enjoy them!

shireshire-1504a shireshire-1504b shireshire-1504c shireshire-1504d


One thought on “Shire! Shire! for April

  1. wynwords says:

    Are you sure Milpitas hasn’t been hit by a meteor? I spent the first 28 years of my life there…. went back 10 years ago and WOW it grew up!

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