We have found our Maywood House Location! We drove up to Breckenridge the other day to check out several potential Victorian house museums (turns out that Breckenridge, Colorado was a hub of Victorian society, back in the day--who knew?) and we were delighted with the "William Briggle House" for Emily's home where she lives with her father.
Even under a foot of snow, you can see the "Victorian bones" of this home's structure.
And the inside was just as delightful!
In L.M. Montgomery's story, Emily describes her Maywood home as looking a bit like a "big, brown, mushroom", so when the house is drawn, we might adjust the roof slightly to have a more mushroom-like appearance, but other than that minor change, we feel confident that this Victorian home will make a perfect art reference for the first 34 pages of the graphic novel.
Of course, this is just the first of many locations that we will be scouting and utilizing for the graphic novel. Even the Maywood location will require more art reference locales. For example, even though most of the action in Maywood takes place on the interior of the home, the outer scenery of Breckenridge is a far cry from Prince Edward Island in appearance, and anyone who has read any of Montgomery's works can vouch that the outer landscape of her beloved island was incredibly important to her stories. Yet, this location discovery is a good step forward and we can move on with preliminary background sketches right away.