Category Archives: Art of the island

The Queen of Crows

The Queen of Crows started life in the tarot set – designed by Laura Perry.

When Tom drew her, he based her on me, and he’s since made me a Queen of Crows headdress to wear to events…

It struck me that she’d make a good basis for a song, and to help me figure out how to do that, Dr Abbey also drew her…

And when the light within you dies

The crow queen comes to take your eyes.

Chapters and creatures

The theme for chapter covers in Hopeless Maine: Optimists, is creatures.

In every book we use the chapter covers and two page spreads to widen the story a bit, in one way or another. There’s usually a sort of logic to it. The aim is always to give you a broader story than the script alone can tell. These stories don’t usually relate in a direct way to what’s going on in the other pages – although that won’t be true in the final book of the series.

For some comics, fan service means up-skirt views. That’s not you. We know mostly what you want are extra spoons and more creatures. Especially creatures with tentacles, and not infrequently, creatures with tentacles and spoons. We’re very happy to oblige.

Hopeless still life

Just a regular scene from ordinary life on Hopeless, Maine.

The spoonwalker was lovingly raised in Herr Döktor’s Laboratory, is currently living its best life with Gregg NcNeill, and has aspirations of becoming a film star.

Still life arrangement and photo by Gregg McNeill – you can find more about his fabulous Dark Box photography over here – https://www.darkboximages.com/

And you can visit Herr Döktor’s Laboratory here – http://www.xn--herrdktor-47a.com/

Gothic festivities

For your delight and delectation, we bring you… the Hopeless Maine Winter Doom Festival card.

We’ve stolen this name from Merry Debonnaire as it is clearly more suitable for Hopeless than ‘Christmas’.

There is a history to our making seasonal cards, and it is a story worth telling. We started doing them to participate in the Tea and Jeopardy Advent calendars on Emma Newman’s podcast. You can find that here – http://www.teaandjeopardy.com/

Emma is a wonderful author, I love her work. She’s well worth checking out. She’s also on hiatus at the moment having had a hard time of it recently. You can find her books here – http://www.enewman.co.uk/my-books – and you should!

Dustcats

Dustcats are native to the island of Hopeless Maine. It is said that they started out as misty, insubstantial beings who became solid only after eating people’s faces. It is also said of them that they only eat the faces of people they really liked and that it is a great honour if, after your death, a dustcat decides to snack on your visage.

Dutcats are floating, playful things. Their main diet is not in fact faces, but dust, and their long tongues slurp up their food. They like libraries especially. However, you can see from the teeth that dust is not the only thing that might go into their mouths.

Probably best not to let them into your bedroom at night – we have no idea how they tell if you are dead. No one wants to wake up to find one of these chewing their nose.

Inheritance covers

First and foremost, we are massively excited to share with you the new cover art for Hopeless Maine Inheritance.

This will be the cover for the new Outland edition of this book. This may be a tad confusing, so, explanations….

When we started doing Hopeless Maine graphic novels, we were published by Archaia and two volumes came out with them – Personal Demons, and Inheritance. The covers for those editions look like this…

When we were re-published by Sloth, we and the publisher took the decision to put those two initial volumes out as a single title – The Gathering – to make it easier to crack on and get the rest of the series moving. So, if you have a book that looks like the cover below, you’ve already got Inheritance and Personal Demons. And if you are the kind of completest who needs all the versions, we’re really sorry, we did not mean to do this to you.