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The Gathering

(Hopeless, Maine #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Paperback, 256 pages
Published November 28th 2016 by Sloth Comics
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T. Frohock
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Dark and Gothic, Hopeless, Maine is made all the more beautiful for the rich drawings that accompany the simple tales of island's inhabitants. The series is the perfect allegory of small town life, where knowing your neighbors can sometimes breed more suspicion than love.

It's called Hopeless but in spite of the title, there is an undercurrent of hope that travels through this series. Salamandra and Owen represent two young people, both of whom seem destined to bring changes to themselves and to
Mathew McCall
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Something dark and dangerous lurks in Hopeless Maine. I have always loved graphic novels and this is no disappointment. Beautifully illustrated and wonderfully plotted. I can't recommend it highly enough. ...more
Laura Perry
Jun 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Awestruck is the first word that comes to mind when describing my reaction to this graphic novel. Tom and Nimue Brown have created quite a masterpiece here, an imaginative gothic tale full of dark magic and suspense with just the right touch of dry humor. The artwork is compelling, as much a "character" in the story as the actual characters themselves; I'd love to step right through the page and onto the island of Hopeless, Maine with all its strange eyeballs and tentacles writhing and squishing ...more
Awake at Midnight
May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The chronicles of Hopeless, Maine started with a web comic and a weekly newsletter called The Hopeless Vendetta. Recently re-released in a paperback that includes all three of the original graphic novels, these books are a gem for fans of Courtney Crumrin and other Gothic fantasy. While the stories contain only mild violence, they wallow in a world of bleak and overwhelming gloom. The graphic novels read like visual poetry... (in fact, sometimes the chapter titles are the best part!)
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Most excellent!
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very HP Lovecraft!
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jaw-dropping, stunningly beautiful Gothic art. So many of the panels, especially the double page spreads, are filled with wonderful and weird creatures. The colors are dark and rich and well worth a good visual wallow. It feels a lot like a Guillermo del Toro film and could very well work as a wordless book. I do wish the story was more cohesive, however. There's a certain narrative unevenness which, I think, betrays its webcomic roots. That said, if you can learn to read each page or two as vig ...more
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Creepy and beautiful, Hopeless, Maine is a place where mysterious creatures roam and strange occurrences unfold. The graphic novel is amazingly done, the art is inspiring and very unique. The storyline is dark and captivating, and there are mysteries that pop up everywhere. What I especially love about Hopeless, Maine is how each strange event fades into the next, and the graphic novel is not without Easter eggs! The art, story, and characters have captured my heart and are full of endless surpr
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read this because Jason C. Eckhardt (a professional illustrator and coworker at my library) crated the masthead for this volume. I found the story hard to follow and the images are in a muted tones which is meant to contribute to the story but makes the images muddy and muddled when reading. Story was interesting but the point of graphics is the marry story and images and I’m not sure that that happened without a lot of work from the reader. But it was interesting enough and it will certainly ...more
Rebecca Willson
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful! The dark and oppressive world of Hopeless Maine is completely different from any other graphic novels I've encountered. Much like real life, solutions are often hard, messy and ambiguous. Even the magic of this island is visceral and dirty. When times get tough there's little chance someone is going to come to your rescue, stubbornness and wit are your weapons of choice here. Don't wear your best shoes. ...more
Apr 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars

The creature work in this series is glorious, falling somewhere between Lewis Carroll and H.P Lovecraft. When you can see it anyways: the bilious color they've used to tint *everything* does this book no favors, making the art as blank and murky as the plot.
C.M. Rosens
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved the story, the art, the atmosphere and the rich world that the Browns have created. I am slowly buying all of the volumes and hoping my goddaughters will also like them so I have an excuse to keep buying more...
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Artist for graphic novel series, Hopeless, Maine Cover artist for numerous books, magazines and albums. Frequently works with Chap Hop legend Professor Elemental. Dweller of the liminal areas between steampunk and gothic. Eater of artichokes. Creative (and life) Partner of Nimue Brown (author of Hopeless, Maine among other strange and wonderful things) Eater of articho ...more

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