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When her long lost sister returns, Mae Foretell gets pulled into her world of wonders and peril. After her sister disappeared without a trace 8 years ago, Mae was left to care for her ailing father. She went to school and continued on with life. On the fateful day that Abbie returns, she reveals fantastic tales filled with adventure. These stories are hard to believe - untWhen her long lost sister returns, Mae Foretell gets pulled into her world of wonders and peril. After her sister disappeared without a trace 8 years ago, Mae was left to care for her ailing father. She went to school and continued on with life. On the fateful day that Abbie returns, she reveals fantastic tales filled with adventure. These stories are hard to believe - until the monsters show up......

Title : Mae
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ISBN : 9780996272407
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 71 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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Mae Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-11-28 08:56

    Okay children/tween graphic novel, with very colorful art and large cats which make it look like this story is for younger audiences. The focus is on Abbie, who long ago left through a portal to fight monsters in other worlds, and is now returned to team with Mae to fight monsters. I think the story is just okay, and the characterization is just okay. And the art feels brightly lit and stylized and a little too cartoony for me, but it may really appeal to kids. There’s a quiet, sweet sensibility that informs this Kickstarter project (yay for that!), but it needed more depth and edge for me.

  • Stanley
    2018-11-19 13:02

    I first heard about this one while wandering the isles of C2E2 earlier this year. Gene Ha was Kickstarting the book and after a cursory look, I was in.The book had a pretty quick turnaround from campaign to delivery and what I recieved made me very happy. Along with the hardback GN, I got some prints and stickers.I was able to read this one front to back one afternoon in the park and was glad I did.The story is pretty simple so far, but allot of fun. There is an Alice in Wonderland / Wizard of Oz feel to it that I really enjoy and makes me think of the Charlie story in Supernatural not too long ago.In this volume, we were able to slowly wade into the story and feel it out a bit before getting an interesting new character towards the end.The best thing in the first issue was the art. The characters are distinct and look amazing. There are some iconic images right off the bat that really anchor the book. The only thing I can say against this volume was that it felt a little light. It could have done with another 20 pages of story to really give us full opening story.However, it left off at a good place, so don't feel that it cut off prematurely, I just wanted more.This was a great start and I'm really looking forward to seeing what comes next.

  • Susan Gualtier
    2018-12-03 05:00

    I was so excited to read this because I'd heard such great things following the Kickstarter campaign! I really enjoyed both the story and the artwork. It's billed as a graphic novel, but is really only the prelude to a much larger story that I hope will have the opportunity to continue.As a side note, I bought my copy directly from Gene Ha at a convention, and it was the highlight of my day. He seems like a genuinely awesome person, supportive of librarians (my chosen profession), and I have heard that he's very supportive of women. So, I'm really happy to write this review of Mae and to support additional installments going forward! :D

  • Kate
    2018-12-16 12:42

    OCD with copyrights, epic fantasy cat people, and there are some Doctor Who references too! A great premise to a fantasy comic involving portals. I loved the interactions between Mae and here friend, Dahlia. And then later how she deals with her free-spirited sister who has returned after years away. She takes a lot in stride with all the monsters coming out of the woodwork. I really wonder what will occur with Colt and Dahlia left behind, now that there the sisters have a mission on their hands. I can't wait to see where Abbie leads Mae to in their quest!

  • Kristen
    2018-12-01 06:38

    I received the hardcover as a reward for backing the Kickstarter project. I'm not familiar with Gene Ha, but the concept of Mae sounded interesting and the art looked pretty, so I took a chance on it.Mae isn't bad by any means. The writing is okay and the art is generally quite nice (although sometimes it can look a bit weird). I didn't fall in love, but I don't dislike it either. It's a decent introduction to a series that could turn out to be good in the future. Right now, I wouldn't recommend it.

  • Comics Alternative
    2018-12-04 04:40

  • Caroline
    2018-12-02 06:59

    This one ended just as it got started. It was a quick read, and I'd still be interested to read the next one, but it the story happened so fast and then was over, I'm having a hard time deciding if I really like it or not.

  • Lori
    2018-12-04 07:00

    I love this graphic novel! The artwork is beautiful, and the storyline is intriguing. I also enjoy the pop culture/geek references and banter. I highly recommend this book for YA and adults!!!

  • Laura
    2018-11-20 05:56

    The good: geeky references and jokes, strong female leads, positive relationships, pretty art, and overall I enjoyed the fantasy land/story (kinda DnD/WoW type of thing).The bad: clunky story flow, super overt plot and characters, overdramatic reactions for no reason at times (like an immature teen). Even though I had more positives, these are glaring flaws that you're constantly reminded of while reading.

  • Logan
    2018-12-06 06:59

    Mae was a book I wanted to like. As a Kickstarter backer, I was quite invested in this book. Perhaps that's why I'm a bit sour. It's hard knowing that you put money into something only for it to turn out mediocre.That's not to say there wasn't a kernel of a good idea. A young girl disappears to a magic world, then reappears to her long lost family years later. I like it, I really do. To Gene Ha's credit, the emotional turmoil of Mae comes across fairly well, even through stilted dialogue. And that's pretty much where my praise ends. There's some decent length to this book, but I found it lacking in content. The cover calls the book a graphic novel, but it feels more like the first episode of a TV series. That's not much bang for my buck. We learn precious little of the conflict, which is integral to this sort of story. To make up for this, Gene Ha could have got me more invested in his characters. Unfortunately, they lack for personality. I know what Mae looks like, but I don't know who she is as a person. I can believe that she's upset that her sister's been away so long, but I can't care.While the story isn't stellar, the art isn't any better, which is a shame because Gene Ha is primarily known for his art. Doing a Google search of his name shows some competent black and white work. However, his digital colorings are poor by comparison. This odd photorealistic lighting combined with somewhat stylized design gives me an uncanny feeling. It's especially unpleasant to look at the art up close. The book would've probably been better as pen and ink work, but it still wouldn't raise its rating.I backed this with the hope that Gene Ha would at least deliver a decent and unique read. In the future, though, I doubt I'll back any more projects of his.

  • J.
    2018-11-18 04:57

    Genre prejudices exist. I have had discussions with people who have issues with "portal fiction" as Gene Ha would label it. The most recent discussion I've had about the concept was regarding Lev Grossman's the MAGICIANS but the crux of it all is that some people find the genre in and of itself to be a bit rote and that in the hands of a lazy writer nothing inventive can come of it.Gene Ha is not a lazy writer.MAE is a book that embraces the conventions and tropes of the portal fiction genre and filters it through the lens of charters who themselves are aware of those tropes and conventions. Gene applies a carefully loving sensibility to the narrative that when paired with his unique artistic styling creates something truly special.My only qualm is in the way the volume ends because with these Kickstarter projects you never know when the next installment will come about and I am lazy and selfish.

  • Ed
    2018-12-09 06:05

    I was a Kickstarter backer, so I wanted to like this more than I actually did. Story-wise, it feels like a good first issue. I guess I was expecting more of a standalone story, but I can't really criticize it for that. In this "first issue" Ha sketches good characters and sets up a lot of ideas that will be fun to see him explore. He also has some very interesting and stylish character design.However, I just did not enjoy the art. Ha's layouts and panel-work are very good. But the digital coloring is ugly as hell and his photo-referenced, but cartoon-ified faces just aren't appealing to me.

  • Kelli
    2018-12-08 05:49

    Mae has an intriguing concept, but the portal trope can feel stale so my fingers are crossed this one doesn't end up that way. Abbie and her friend Dahlia are pretty average young women when suddenly Abbie's long-missing sister Mae returns, thrusting them all into trouble. She was apparently a queen in another world and is clearly a bit of a warrior as well. Abbie doesn't believe her until a cat thug appears. The story isn't anything super fresh, but it's interesting enough. However the art really didn't sit with me. It felt like a comic book populated with Sim characters and I found it very distracting. I'll give it a few more.

  • Alex
    2018-11-26 09:54

    While I enjoyed the story, I really wasn't a fan of the art style in this book. Though the process description at the end of the volume shows otherwise, I just couldn't shake the feeling that the characters, up close, looked like low-poly Poser models overly lit by invisible sources and then sketched around the edges for a cel-shading effect. I like Gene's art in the companion volume that came with this on Kickstarter a good deal more, though I'd still be interested to read further to see where the story goes.

  • AndyHaigh
    2018-11-24 04:58

    The result of an incredibly successful kickstarter campaign Gene Ha's Mae works pretty well as the first instalment of a potentially sprawling modern day fantasy style story. The story sets up numerous elements which could be explored at length, the main problem facing readers is not knowing when or if they will see it happen.

  • Carmelo Chimera
    2018-11-23 11:38

    Gene Ha turns out to be as talented a writer as he is an artist. "Mae" is visually stunning, and the story is fast paced and engaging. Mae features believable characters that open the door to an unbelievable world. "Mae" only begins to scratch the surface of Ha's incredible fantasy world, and it's got me hooked for the upcoming ongoing series.

  • Kelly
    2018-11-26 07:59

    I just received my Kickstarter version of this graphic novel today ( ). It's a gorgeous hardcover book, with a different cover illustration, featuring the two sisters. I love the art and use of colors and plot. This volume pretty much sets up the story, can't wait to see where it goes next :)

  • Cat Tobin
    2018-12-08 07:43

    Cracking start to the story of Mae, who's coming to terms with her runaway sister's return. Fast-pased, with luscious visuals and characters just starting to come into their own, I'm only sorry it wasn't longer.

  • Dan
    2018-11-20 06:05

    This book was amazing. And made by someone I know. I really want the next book. Its so good. I can't wait until the next book and to read it. I think that the plot is super good and the drawings were good to. I recommend this book to people that like fantasy and action. READ THIS BOOK!!!!!!!

  • Erica McGillivray
    2018-11-18 11:57

    Fun portal fiction. Story details do lack a bit, and Ha's art isn't my favorite. But adventurous with some different flares to the fantasy genre.

  • Natalie
    2018-11-20 06:53

    Fantastic blend of storytelling and art. This first volume sets up the story. Now I have to wait until the next volume to find out what happens.

  • Jesse Richards
    2018-12-08 06:51

    This was ok, but somewhat cliche. And the artwork is impressive but a bit too far in the uncanny valley for me.

  • Caroline
    2018-11-16 09:39

    Loved it. Need more!

  • Julie
    2018-11-26 11:44

    Great art, great story. Looking forward to the next one!

  • Slowest Reader Ever
    2018-12-02 09:03

    Beautiful artwork and great angle shots!

  • Greg
    2018-11-24 12:47

    Typically gorgeous art from Gene Ha, who just gets better and better, but the writing just didn't grab me like it should.

  • Joe Pontillo
    2018-11-20 04:47

    Dialogue is a little forced, but the fun premise and brisk pace make this well worth reading