Shire! Shire! for April

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April 22, 2016 by phicks2012

In 2002 when I was trying to put the finishing touches on an issue my monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, I realized, with deadline looming, that I had a yawningly empty half-page to fill, and nothing waiting to fill it. A friend had given me a comic strip to use in the previous issue, so I asked her to think about doing another one, but she turned me down flat. Yep. Not interested.

No one else wanted to supply anything either, so finally I decided to try creating my own one-time-only comic strip to fill that vacant space, and never guessed that this single comic panel — which was nothing to write home about, I promise you — 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.

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 April Issue of The Equinox. and I hope you enjoy them!


ShireShire-1604a-Heraldic Horror Stories ShireShire-1604b-First in Flight ShireShire-1604c-That Kind of Member ShireShire-1604d-Faste Foole Foode

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