October 17, 2016 by phicks2012
Over a decade ago in 2002 — that’s 14-years for the mathematically fixated — I was finalizing an issue of our Shire’s monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, and getting it ready for publication when I realized that I had an empty half-page to fill, and nothing which which to fill it. The month before, when I’d had the same problem, a friend had helped me out by supplying a single-panel comic strip making fun of another Shire member (one with a sense of humor), so I tried to convince her to do another one. Unfortunately, that was apparently her lifetime comic strip quota, and she turned me down cold. In retaliation I tried drawing one myself (this time making fun of HER), and published that.
It was supposed to have been a single-time effort. I never thought that a single comic panel — not pulitzer material — 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 October Issue of The Equinox, and I hope you enjoy them!