Where are we going?
What shall we become?
While Tom and I are working on the next volume – Optimists, Dr Abbey is revisiting the first books, and there is much plotting.
Hopeless was always manga influenced. If you’ve ever wondered what it might look like as manga, the poster above will give you a small flavour.
We’re on an adventure, and no one knows what might happen next. Especially not us.
We are indeed, plotting, and at the moment, the plotting looks a bit like this –
At the moment, Tom and I are working on Optimists – the penultimate book in the Hopeless Maine graphic novel series. Next year we will be making the final book in the series – Survivors. Our plan from this point had been to stop doing graphic novels – Tom has just had his sixtieth birthday, and comics are labour intensive the way he draws them, and the decision was to move into smaller pieces and more illustration.
Note the use of the past tense.
Right now we’re not sure what the plan is, but experiments are under way and I’ll post updates as we have them. Which is likely to be soon, because one of the implications here is that we might be able to work a lot more quickly on some things, while giving Tom time to really dig in with the more elaborate illustrations as we go.
We might be able to have the best of many worlds, with time for the kind of art Tom does, and more of a manga style for Hopeless some of the time, and enough time to tell more stories.
We’ve known for some time now that Doctor Abbey would be more involved with Hopeless Maine as we move forward. We’re still figuring out how that works, and we’re collectively excited about the possibilities.