Shire! Shire! for February

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February 26, 2016 by phicks2012

Long, long ago in 2002 when I was putting together my monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, I found myself with an empty half-page at deadline, and no ideas rattling conveniently around in my head as to how it might be filled. I figured needed someone else to provide me with a short filler item or piece of artwork that would fit the space, but no one I asked seemed to want to oblige. Goobers!

Okay, so that wasn’t the first time I’d had to fill awkward space in the newsletter, but half-pages are tricky. There’s not room enough even for a short article, so unless you have a handy quiz or announcement you can just shove “anything” in there — 7 and 8 point fonts being pretty much unreadable, so it had to be something short and sweet. Therefore, I approached a friend who had recently drawn a comic for me, but she balked at doing another (thanks Aislinn) so I decided to try creating my own one-time-only comic strip. I never guessed that this single comic panel — which wasn’t going to give any professional artists sleepless nights — 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 recently in the February Issue of The Equinox. and I hope you enjoy them!

ShireShire-1602a-Lost in Translation ShireShire-1602b-Barring Some ShireShire-1602c-Goode Vibrations ShireShire-1602d-Into the Woods-shop



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