February 19, 2019 by phicks2012
Once upon a time, nearly seventeen years ago in 2002, I had an empty half-page to fill in our local SCA Newsletter, The Equinox. When I could think of nothing to go in that space, I tried to convince others in my Shire to contribute something — ANYthing!! But to my dismay (if not to my shock), and in spite of many vigorous attempts to browbeat, shame and guilt-trip other people, I was unable to persuade a single person to contribute anything at all to fill that space. Finally, realizing that my powers of persuasion simply were not up to the task, I drew a single-panel comic strip to fill the need, never dreaming that I’d still be drawing comic strips in 2019. Strangely, because I still enjoy it, somehow I am — and because I continue to be presented with dubious inspiration — it appears that this is going to continue. I’m even doing two other comics strips — one “Antelope Tracks” for my SCA Household and another “Heraldic Proceedings” to entertain fellow SCA Heralds. I can only hope that all three will continue to earn the approval of readers and followers!
In any case, these are the Shire! Shire! strips included in the February Issue of The Equinox, and I hope some may enjoy them.
By the way, in the SCA people need to “authorize” with a bow and arrow (as well as in any form of combat) to assure that they know the safety protocols, “devices are what are commonly referred to as “Coats of Arms”, and “Pelicans” are the Service equivalents of “Knights”.