Shire! Shire! for September

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September 4, 2015 by phicks2012

Thirteen very interesting years ago in 2002 when a newsletter deadline was looming and I had an empty half-page to fill in my monthly SCA Newsletter “The Equinox”, I was looking for someone willing to offer a short filler item or bit of artwork — anything, really — to fill that space. Failing that, and having no other obvious alternatives I was stuck.

As a result, I decided to try creating, despite my total lack of experience at this, a one-time-only comic strip myself. I never imagined that this lone and pretty unimpressive 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. Odd how things happen.

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


shireshire-1509a shireshire-1509b shireshire-1509c shireshire-1509d

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