Hello! As most of our blogging focus is on Hopeless, Maine this year (and that happens over here) I thought I’d spend some time over here bringing attention to some of the amazing things and creators we have found in our travels.
This time, I’d like to tell you about Meredith Debonnaire. If she does not become one of the major voices for her generation in fantasy, I will be very surprised. Seriously. Her story, The Life and Times of Angel Evans has a novel’s worth of unspeakably cool ideas in it and a VOICE. Dear gods, what a voice! In terms of density and originality of ideas, it compares favorably with China Miéville. There is also a novel’s worth of suggested story here. There is deft invocation of atmosphere and a complex believable character in an impossible situation. The emotional weight is utterly convincing (for reasons) and is offset by wild offbeat humor. Five out of five stars. Highly recommended. If you need more after finishing Angel Evans (and you will) She also has a blog in which you will find Tales from Tantamount, which is bloody genius.
Hello people! (and others)
This is going to be longish-apologies.
When we started Hopeless, Maine, more than ten years ago, we decided that if it took off (and there was much daydreaming about this. We haven’t got to the “riches” end of the spectrum, but this was definitely a “rags”time for me) We decided that there would be no mass produced tat associated with the story. (Sal would be cross) We thought maybe we could invite crafters and other makers to make things and mention where the things came from, sort of a thing. Moving ahead in time to last year, I spotted a company who was making *very* cool lovely things in limited editions around some comics I very much admire (Hellboy, BPRD, Locke and Key etc.) These are the sort of things that would be kept and treasured (and not end up in landfills) So, I sent a rather cheeky message to them on Twitter saying that I was pretty tight with the people who make Hopeless, Maine if they were at all interested. They were! (Squee) and I had to admit that it was me. Better still (if such a thing can be imagined) they are based in MAINE as it turns out. This is the start of what we hope will be a long collaboration, as they are unspeakably cool. The first strange fruits of this relationship are now real and out there in the world. Enamel pins with Drury and a Spoonwalker tentacle over a Hopeless, Maine town sign. “Yes” you say, “But do they glow in the dark?” you ask with uncanny intuition. Yes! Yes, they bloody do! (The twelve year old me is pretty much beside himself at this point)
The name of the company is Skelton Crew Studios (Perfect, yes?) and you will probably love everything they make. You might be especially interested in this pin set.