Shire! Shire for January

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February 9, 2016 by phicks2012

Back in 2002 when I had space to fill in my monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, I needed someone to provide me with a short filler item or piece of artwork to fill that space. Unfortunately, everyone managed to dodge that bullet very well, so I had to come up with something myself.

It wasn’t the first time this had happened. I’d had to fill space before, but this time there was only a half-page empty, so it had to be something short and sweet. Therefore, despite having no experience at it, I decided to try creating a one-time-only comic strip. I never guessed that this single comic panel — which wasn’t all that great in my opinion — 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. Amazing.

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”. I make an effort not to portray anyone lacking a sense of humor, and over time the cast of characters has changed — and will continue to change for as long as I continue producing the comics.

The Comics below were those published in the January Issue of The Equinox. They should have been included in one of last month’s BLOGS, but somehow they got missed, so I’m catching up. You’ll be getting two batches of comics this month, and I hope you enjoy them!

ShireShire-1601a-An Outlandish Notion ShireShire-1601b-Tales of Christmas Past ShireShire-1601c-Looking Sharp ShireShire-1601d-The Size of Their Toys


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