Synopses & Reviews
The small island of Hopeless, off the coast of Maine, is a breeding ground for demons, freaks, vampires, and other creatures of the night. Our story follows Salamandra, a young girl with one foot in our world and one foot in the otherworld, as she navigates a life on the edge of reality.
"Although a dark fantasy, this Web comic collection is suitable for odler teens, particularly fans of such series as Courtney Crumrin. The art is similarly gothic and moody, often in murky, sepia shades, without much color variation. The images provide an air of enlightened decay, suitable to the story setting. Hopeless is an isolated island off the coast of Maine, where the orphan girl Salamandra comes to terms with her powers. She can do magic, but refuses to be called a witch, and her solitary nature marks her out from the other children at the orphanage. Her first friend turns out to be unusual in more than one way, and not particularly friendly, but Salamandra bonds with an older boy named Owen. The characters have an affected, ethereal air, and the art concentrates more on showcase panels than action. The spooky tone, with monster demons and ghosts, would be well-suited to a Halloween read. The message that those who say they're your friends may not be, friendship should be judged by actions, and to have faith in yourself will especially appeal to younger readers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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. Its 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 arent the ones with the obvious teeth—who are merely dangerous by nature—but the apparently ordinary people who choose to do hideous things.
About the Author
Thomas Brown has a love of gothic decay, poetry, wild landscapes and strange creatures. He has created book covers for Joe Pulver and others at Hippocampus. In 2009, he and his wife Nimue launched the webcomic Hopeless, Maine
. He's influenced by Robert Holdstock and Neil Gaiman, among others.
Nimue Brown has a love of gothic decay, poetry, wild landscapes and strange creatures. She writes poetry and other fiction under a pen name. In 2009, she and her husband Tom launched the webcomic Hopeless, Maine. She's influenced by the pre-Raphelites, folklore and the modern druid tradition.