Hopeless, Maine-The Gathering


Hello people! (and others)

This is a big week for us. The new Hopeless, Maine omnibus is being released from Sloth Comics!  It will contain books one and two of the original series plus (in print for the first time) The Blind Fisherman, which is a prelude to the story (and actually pretty important)

If you have been following this blog at all, you will know that this story is a labour of love for Nimue and I and had a role in our becoming a couple and a creative team. It is (on the surface) about magic and strangeness and tentacles on an island, off the coast of Maine, which has been cut off from the rest of the world, beneath that though, it is about how people respond to the little evils. (whether by apathy, cooperation or resistance) It is the story I most want to tell. The prior version was singled out as one of the great books for teens by the American Library Association (Which was a pleasant sort of shock!)

Here are some nice things that people have said about it.

“It’s a curio, some dark gothic dream bottled and painted in shades of night.”
Mark Lawrence Author of the Broken Empire Trilogy and The Red Queen’s War series

“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. Nimue and Tom Brown have created something special here, and I think it’s about time for the world to discover Hopeless, Maine. ”

Thomas Sniegoski NY Times best selling author of The Fallen
“There is beauty between these pages. Haunting imagery incredibly depicted by Tom Brown. Words like genius are bandied about too much in the modern world, but with his brushes Brown takes images directly from a writer’s mind and breathes life into them. Who better then to draw out the maudlin grace of Nimue Brown’s world than him? Together they have created a well-named island with a nightmare landscape that travellers like me simply have to return to over and over, noticing some fresh wonder on every visit. Hopeless Maine gets under your skin. It is like an addiction. You just have to go back once more, just one more time, sure that you can handle even the most terrifying glimpse of reality it has to offer. Sometimes you are wrong. Sometimes you just can’t, but that’s okay because the Browns can. They live it so that we might savour it in the safety of our armchair. Hopeless Maine is calling to me once more. I must leave you now…”
I hope (as always) this finds you well, inspired and thriving.


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One Response to Hopeless, Maine-The Gathering

  1. Coma says:

    How wonderful Tom! Also, it was incredible to find a couple of videos of your family singing together. Mine does so often as well! Just one question: How do you get to Seth’s Neck from Hopeless, Maine? Your friend, BC.

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