Hopeless, Maine


Being Hopeless isn’t just a state of mind.

Trapped on an island off the coast of Maine, the people of Hopeless find life a little darker and more dangerous with every day that passes. The number of orphans rises continually, but who can say what happens to their parents? Plenty of the bodies are never found. This is not the stuff of happy, careless childhoods, it is instead fertile ground for personal demons. In Hopeless, the demons are not always abstract concepts. Some of them have very real teeth, and very real horns.

The island has been isolated for a very long time. Partly because of being small and forgotten, partly because the rocks and currents do not encourage visitors, Hopeless is surrounded by fog and overrun with nightmarish creatures, from small things with tentacles to demons and vampires. It’s a peculiar place. Here, almost anything can happen, from the weird and unsettling to the darkly funny. With a cast of freaks, nutters and the odd power crazed psychopath, life in Hopeless is seldom dull.

Hopeless is also about who you choose to be. The tale is a protest against apathy, and against the small evils that everyone takes for granted. The worst monsters frequently aren’t the ones with the obvious teeth – who are merely dangerous by nature – but the apparently ordinary people who choose to do hideous things.

Bonus! Tom and Nimue Brown are proud to announce that each copy purchased from the Archaia Webstore or at the Archaia Booth will include a one-of-a-kind postcard, hand crafted and uniquely designed for you readers daring enough to delve into the depths of Hopeless. These cards are of limited quantity and are quickly fading into the shadows…

Here’s a sneak-peak of what you could get:


“Tom Brown’s artwork is truly unique . . . a strange mixture of manga, and gothic horror . . . a mixture that I would never imagine working , but it does! Hopeless, Maine is something to behold. Each week I can’t wait to be immersed in Salamandra’s story, actually feeling disappointed when I’ve reached the end of the latest page. Nimue and Tom Brown have created something special here, and I think it’s about time for the world to discover Hopeless, Maine. ”
–Thomas E. Sniegoski (The Fallen)

“It grabs your eyes with fishhook vengeance…a feast for the eyes that is carefully prepared and slow cooked all week. This is a world full of magic and fantasy with dark themes…written as if Tim Burton lived on Sesame Street. The dark and unique fantasy world created here carries a child-like innocence in every panel.”
–Chris Nitz, Comics Are Evil

“Its palette is dark and sumptuous, and its style, while taking on influences from animé and manga, truly feels unique. Personally, I can’t wait for more!”
–Kelly Melcher, Fandomania



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