April 23, 2019 by phicks2012
In 2002, about 17 years ago now, I discovered that I had an empty half-page to fill in our local SCA Newsletter, The Equinox. There was a time crunch involved, and I had nothing to use to fill that space, so a friend quickly drew a comic panel making sport of someone else in our Shire — someone who fortunately didn’t mind. That solved the problem for the time being, but when the problem recurred the following month and I went to the former artist again she informed me that one comic was simply all she had in her. Alas!
I tried to convince others in my Shire to contribute something — ANYthing!! However, I was unable to persuade a single person to contribute anything at all to fill that space. Not a recipe. Not a drawing. Not a photo. Not even a bad limerick. Creativity was not, apparently, in full flower just then.
Finally, realizing that my powers of persuasion simply were not sufficient, I myself 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 still doing just that, and because I continue to be presented with humorous inspiration this is probably going to continue. I’ve also now doing two other comic strips over the past few years — one called “Antelope Tracks” for my SCA Household and another called “Heraldic Proceedings” to entertain fellow SCA Heralds. There is a bit of overlap in that a few comics get used in more than one strip, but since I am the “artist” I’m pretty sure I can give myself permission to do that, right??
Antelope Tracks is published to my household Facebook “Ty Gafrewig Wen” group twice a month on the 1st and 15th of every month, and quarterly in our Household Newsletter “The White Antelope” (a heraldic antelope being the primary charge on my SCA device or “coat of arms”). “Heraldic Proceedings” is published monthly to the Heraldrydiculous group (also on Facebook). In any case, I can only hope that all three will continue to earn the approval of readers and followers!
What follows are the Shire! Shire! strips included in the April Issue of The Equinox, and I hope some may enjoy them.