Shire! Shire! for June

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June 20, 2016 by phicks2012

In 2002 — yes, that long ago — when finishing up an issue our monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, I noted (being perceptive that way) that I had an empty half-page to fill, and nothing at all to fill it with. A friend had drawn a quickie (but funny) comic strip for the previous issue, so I tried to guilt her into doing another one, but she was not inclined to do so. Therefore, in desperation, I tried it myself. I mean, why not?

I never thought that this single trial comic panel — no masterpiece by any means — 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 June Issue of The Equinox, and I hope you enjoy them!ShireShire-1606a-Astral Objection ShireShire-1606b-Leading by Bad Example ShireShire-1606c-Quest for Shire ShireShire-1606d-Her Name is Legion

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