November 14, 2016 by phicks2012
Once upon a time in 2002 — over a decade but somewhat shy of a millennium — I was finishing up issue of our Shire’s monthly SCA Newsletter, The Equinox, when I checked out the issue and noted that I had an empty half-page to fill right in the middle and no real idea of what to put there. The month before, having had the exact same problem, a friend had bailed me out by drawing a single-panel comic strip that made shameless fun of another Shire member (one fortunately equipped with a sense of humor). As a result, I tried to persuade her to do another one, but I regret to say that she truend me down flat. That one comic strip was apparently her lifetime limit, but of course I HAD to respond appropriately to her refusal. I tried drawing one myself (this time cheerfully 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 — and a first time effort — 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 unlikely (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 November Issue of The Equinox, and I hope you enjoy them!