Kindling Book 1 Pages 86-87
Writer Comment: Winters in Kindling are brutal, and families throughout the San Luis Valley endure them in isolation. The weeks following the first thaw are often filled with bitter news, as people learn of the deaths of neighbors and distant loved ones. This mourning period concludes with the coming of the Spring Market.
The Spring Market Dance is sort of a collective sigh of relief breathed by the valley’s inhabitants. People eat and drink to excess and generally revel in being alive.
It’s a pretty good time.
Artist Comment: Up next, Randall does a keg stand!*
(*Deanna making shit up)
Kindling Book 1 Pages 82-83
Writer Comment: Hopefully, these pages strike a balance between a realistic depiction of martial arts and comic action. It can’t all be straight punching bears in the face.
Artist Comment: I loved drawing this sequence. Jason was great at sending me video references of the different MMA/wrestling moves for me to study.
Kindling Book 1 Pages 80-81
Writer Comment: The Garzmans (Garzmen?) may be the top of the heap among Alamosa farmboys, but scrapping with a vago is another matter entirely.
Artist Comment: I loved drawing the guillotine choke. Poor Ricky didn’t know what hit him
Kindling Book 1 Pages 78-79
Writer Comment: You can probably guess where this is headed.
Artist Comment: I just want to draw Fernando rasslin’ with his luscious hair all everywhere
Kindling Book 1 Pages 68-69
Writer Comment: The Long Winter made animals less suited to the cold go extinct. The cattle in Kindling’s Alamosa are partially derived from Highland cattle, so they endured.
Kindling Book 1 Page 67
Our heroes are back! For good this time.
As I’ve mentioned previously, Bierce trades in information. He knows the location of oldworld treasures, hazard zones, fresh water sources, and potential trading partners for isolated communities. All are incredibly valuable in the world of Kindling. He keeps this information encoded as glyphs within his journal so literate individuals cannot simply take his secrets without his consent. Among other things, the glyph beside the name “Alamosa” tells him the town’s size, its level of technology, its political makeup, and its disposition towards outsiders.
The Alamosa of Kindling is built on the remains of the town that exists in our world today. Many oldworld structures still stand in Kindling’s Alamosa. The pedestrian footbridge found in this scene can currently be found connecting the eastern part of town with Cole Park across the Rio Grande.