Shire! Shire! for August

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August 28, 2015 by phicks2012

Thirteen long years ago in 2002 when time was short, deadlines were imminent, and I had an empty half-page to fill in my monthly SCA Newsletter “The Equinox”, I was basically shaking the bushes looking for someone willing to offer a short filler item or bit of artwork to fill that space. Sadly, I wasn’t all that good at bush-shaking, apparently, and nothing fell out at my feed to serve that need.

Cauht between a rock and a hard place, I decided to try drawing a one-time-only comic strip myself. I had noexperience at this, though I did draw a bit, and was in no way a comic artist, so I never imagined that the lone comic panel would ever lead to any 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. Stranger things have happened, but probably not many.

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 August Issue of The Equinox, and catch me up in posting the strips. I hope you enjoy them!


shireshire-1508a shireshire-1508b shireshire-1508c shireshire-1508d

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