The town of BROKEN SPRINGS, COLORADO is based loosely on towns that grew up along the front range of the Rocky Mountains, places like Colorado Springs, Manitou, and others. If I am honest, I have to admit that the idea to do an imaginary Colorado town grew out of watching the TV show, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. Plus, having lived in Colorado for nearly 17 years, I, like many others was interested in the rich history of a state that had its own gold and silver rushes, major Indian/Army clashes, scores of narrow gauge railroads and played host to personalities such as Doc Holiday. I did not however want to get caught up in trying to accurately portray this history, so I decided an imaginary town would be best for a comic - Broken Springs (a combination of Broken Bow and Colorado Springs actually).
The town buildings were always intended for this year's show diorama, but it was hoped by myself and Gray Ghost that they would be something that we could continue to use for photo shoots and would hopefully expand upon over time. Gray Ghost did a beautiful job of translating my original sketches into wood structures, leaving me to just paint, weather and add a few details.
They turned out so much better than I had imagined. Each building has its own distinctive look and personality. I can't wait to get the reaction of people to them at the show, in particular, the general store and the blacksmith shop, both of which have a lot of exterior detail. But already, even with the show still a week away, I am already thinking about buildings that the town needs next. I'm sure that Sheriff Roy would agree with me that a Jail is essential and I am certain we are going to need a hotel for the stagecoach that we will eventually have. It has been a fantastic project and is already paying off with the comic episodes that have already been created on its stage.
For me, perhaps the most interesting thing is this mysterious Margret Maloney. Who or what is she? We find out in episode three, that Vic Castle doesn't know very much about Maloney because as Sheriff Roy puts it, "he asked about a woman". What the heck does that mean? Is Margret Maloney a person, or something else. If not a person, what? What sort of things do you name after people that interest bad guys? Well, if you ever wanted to discuss something in this blog, this is (hint, hint) the topic.