Shire! Shire! for July

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July 15, 2016 by phicks2012

In 2002 (Days of Yore) when finishing up an issue of our monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, I realized that I had an empty half-page to fill, and nothing to fill it with. That was a problem, because empty pages — even empty half-pages — are really not ideal. 😉 The month before, a friend had drawn a quickie (but humorous) comic strip poking fun at a Shire member (he didn’t mind, by the way), so I tried to guilt her into doing another one, but she she turned me down flat. Nope. Not interested. As a result, and in desperation, I tried drawing one myself. After all, I figured I could draw (sort of). After all, I’d been an Art Major for a while.

I never thought that this single trial comic panel — certainly nothing spectacular — 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 idiosyncrasies 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 July Issue of The Equinox, and I hope you enjoy them!


ShireShire-1607a-Bring Out Your Undead ShireShire-1607b-Was That a Punchline ShireShire-1607c-Off the Hook ShireShire-1607d-Low Spirits

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