About Us


Hopeless, Maine is all about community, multimedia creativity, good stories, and tentacles. People (and others) are very welcome to come and play with us. Leave a comment if you want to get involved and we’ll email you. We welcome strange, gothic, and Hopeless inspired things, in any form.

Hopeless Maine has a core team defining the project and many people who get involved with that material to expand and enrich it. The project began with Tom Brown and an intention to make graphic novels, possibly with soundtracks. Tom defined the island, its look and story and key characters. From about 2008, Nimue Brown has shaped the stories of island life and expanded the project to include performance, novels and songs. 

Other key contributors working within the existing material are many. On the blog we have Martin Pearson (Squid and Teapot) Nils Visser (Diswelcome) and many others. We’ve had musical contributions from Professor Elemental and The Army of Broken Toys, and others.  Keith Errington is a regular blog contributor, has written a novella – now published by Outland and is also writing songs for The Ominous Folk.

Meredith Debonnaire came in as a blog contributor, but her Annamarie story is so important to the project as a whole that it features in Optimists, and informs the future shape of Hopeless.

There’s a massive crew of people working on the Hopeless Maine film. They’ve got a whole page to themselves.


For the performance side, Tom and Nimue are usually joined by Susie Roberts and James Weaselgrease. Folk songs – often ominous – original material and plays.

We’re delighted that Sloth Comics have taken the bedraggled denizens of Hopeless in, and given them shelter… you can buy Hopeless Maine graphic novels from all manner of places, more on that here.  In the US, we’re published by Outland Entertainment who are releasing the graphic novels as larger, hard cover editions. They also publish the game and the prose fiction.

To contact individual blog creators, please post a comment on this page. If you want to book us as performers, exhibitors or have some other curious scheme in mind, just comment. We can pick up your email address from it and get back to you.


8 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Dear Nimue,
    as a kickstarter supporter, I thought I should introduce myself, as you likely have nothing of me except my email. At the Asylum, I present as a lady with a mechanical arm and a shoulder octopus known as Captain Featherstonehaugh.
    A backstory: finding myself needing to leave London expeditiously, I hastily booked passage by balloon. Too late I discovered that it was one of the Professor’s balloons headed for Ipswich, if you get by drift – and when they sifted through the wreckage, they found little more than my arm. Having no better materials to hand, they patched me up using parts of a lady who was killed on the ground. Human flesh isn’t up to much, but she’ll have to do until I can be properly repaired. 😉
    Please feel free to use or discard any of that.
    Best wishes,

    1. Hello Sophie! That’s splendid and I’ll give it some thought – I’m working through people I know at the moment on the grounds that they are easier to kill, but the Prof Elemental connection is full of temptations…

      1. Hi Nimue,
        Just to let you know I created a gravatar and Liked above so you can see who I am. Let me know if you have any difficulty linking this to my kickstarter, which was under the email starting rs32disp… and my non-steampunk name.

      2. I see you – you’re in the second half of the list which is why I’ve not emailed you yet, but the odds are I’ll be in touch this week! Possibly later today if I hold up for long enough…

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