Shire! Shire! for October

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October 2, 2015 by phicks2012

Thirteen years ago in 2002 when an Equinox deadline was looming and I had an empty half-page to fill in my monthly SCA Newsletter, I went searching for someone willing to offer a short filler item or piece of artwork to fill that space. Unfortunately, no one volunteered — or could be coerced — to help me out, so I had to come up with something myself.

I was used to writing poems, or putting together short articles, but there really wasn’t that much space available,so despite my total lack of experience at this I decided to create a one-time-only comic strip. I never guessed that this lone and largely mediocre 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 October Issue of The Equinox, and catch me up in posting the strips. I hope you enjoy them!


ShireShire-1510a No Expiration Date ShireShire-1510b-staying in Character ShireShire-1510c-The Devil Wears Purdah ShireShire-1510d-making No Waves


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