Shire! Shire! for May

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May 9, 2016 by phicks2012

Long, long ago in 2002 when finishing up an issue my monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, I realized that I had a sadly vacant half-page to fill, and nothing to fill it with. A friend had drawn a comic strip for the previous issue, but was not inclined to do another one, so, in desperation, I tried it myself.

I never thought for an instant that this single comic panel — which was only “passable” to my way of thinking — would lead to any others. However, the strip continued, and 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 upon 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 a genuine 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 strips below were those published recently in the May Issue of The Equinox, and I hope you enjoy them!

ShireShire-1605a-In the Surreal List ShireShire-1605b-The Real Dead-Heads ShireShire-1605c-Thats the Ticket ShireShire-1605d-Getting Real


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