"Hopeless, as a small, fictional island off the coast of Maine, has
been around for some time. It evolved from a peninsula, as islands are
wont to do, aided and abetted by a conversation Tom had with his
father. Tom’s father suggested that ‘Hope’ would be a good name for
I landed about eight years ago, drawn in by the brooding atmosphere
and the mysterious story. Somewhere along the way, Tom persuaded me to
try writing about it, and I’ve never really left. But that’s normal.
People very seldom get to leave Hopeless. It’s that sort of an island.
Most people, in fact, either descended from the handful of founding
families, or were shipwrecked. The rocky coast does not suggest
comfort. Things peer at you from cracks and caves. Nearby, the seaweed
is moving. Whether the plant itself is mobile, of something large
slithers about underneath, is hard to tell. The air shimmers with
glowing things. They don’t seem hostile. But on the other hand, they
aren’t doing anything too friendly.
You have no idea where you are. But that’s fine, because knowing
wouldn’t help you in the slightest.
Hopeless is the setting for our graphic novel saga, first installment
coming soon from Archaia, and already coming out electronically
Book One of the Hopeless Saga, Personal Demons, introduces Salamandra,
a small girl with a penchant for magic. Sal is a touch feral, but
that’s not entirely her fault. Growing up in an abandoned house has
not done much for her social skills. Her parents apparently did not
want her. The local witch does not want her. The orphanage is obliged
to take her in. The demons, on the other hand, have all sorts of
other, more interested attitudes."
The Hopeless, Maine website.
And on the Archaia site. (with preview!)
And on ComiXology.