Shire! Shire! for August

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August 12, 2016 by phicks2012

In 2002 — back when the earth was still cooling and our SCA Shire was considerably younger than it is today — I was finishing up an issue of our monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, when I I came to th realization that I had an empty half-page to fill, and poking around through my notes and materials yielded nothing promising. The month before, when I’d had a similar problem, a friend had drawn a single-panel comic strip making fun of another Shire member (who fortunately was tolerant and thought it was funny), so I tried to persuade her to do another one. Unfortunately, she had apparently exhausted her creative artistic juices with the first one, and turned me down. In retaliation (and desperation) I tried drawing one myself (this time making fun of HER). Mwahahaha.

I never thought that a single comic panel — certainly nothing worthy of fame — would lead to any others. However, people started coming forward with ideas (often instructing me on how to poke fun at THEM), the strip continued, and it proved somehow to be a hit even (okay, ESPECIALLY) with those who served — in their SCA personas — as humorous inspiration. Somehow, against all odds, it’s still going all these many improbable (14) 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 August Issue of The Equinox, and I hope you enjoy them!


ShireShire-1608a-Great Puns in Archery #1 ShireShire-1608b-Bait and Snitch ShireShire-1608c-Its All Proportional ShireShire-1608d-Earl-y Bird

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