Oban: The First Chapter

Oban is a story of a young man in the late 1800s. The story is the creation of my close friend: BP Higgins.

The Oban character is young, quick on the draw, able with a whip, fierce with a knife…and driven. Uable to rest after the haunting, terrible massacre that befell his family on their way out West, Oban has now returned not only for revenge, but for justice.

The story is expected to run 8 to 10 chapters — and, possibly more. We’ll take the reader

About the Writer: BP’s daytime job has always been involved in the music industry, representing some vert well-known names in music. However, with the exception to the funny story he once told me about being a parking valet when he was young and something about leaving the keys in the car and locking the doors.

Anyways, BP lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife — who is an entertainment executive for one of the big film studios. They have two children. Their son holds a PhD. in Oceanography, and their daughter is a set decorator in the film industry.

BP and I worked together in the early eighties. We became good friends, and ate lunch together almost every day, talking about all sorts of ideas. Eventually, we ended up working at different companies; but we always stayed in touch, and continued looking for that one thing that would sing to us in ways a 9-to-5 job cannot.

BP’s fascination with Westerns began in childhood. His father was an actor who played the part of Nils Swenson — the blacksmith on the TV series, “The Rifleman.” During that time BP spent summer on the set with the cast and crew, and his passion for the Wild West, and its characters, location, and stories was born.

BP asked me: “Why not do a western comic book?” Why not indeed?

So, over several months, we talked about how we could make it happen. BP threw together the first script, and we talked about where it might go from there. It went from an idea to an obsession. We had to do it.

BP made every attempt to ensure everything was authentic; including towns, buildings, locations, and dialog. However, the names and story lines are all fiction.

The first chapter is now published and available of Amazon (click on this to go there). The other chapters are currently in the works. I hope you’ll check them out.

Here’s a personal fun fact: When I was growing up, my dad loved the sheriff from the Dodge commercials. The sheriff’s signature line was: “You’re in a heap of trouble, boy.”

Well, my dad used the Dodge sheriff;s signature line — “you’re in a heap of trouble, boy” — whenever he wanted to emphasize I was in trouble — like, coming home too late from school. My dad used that line long after Dodge had stopped using those ads.

The actor who played the Dodge Sheriff character was BP’s dad. It’s things like this that you realize how small the world really is, and how connected we all are. Unfortunately, my dad had passed away before I had a chance to get an autograph for him from BP’s dad. He would have loved it.