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Digital Dapper Preview!

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010
It's time!

We're Digital!

Okay, this is cool.  Waiting for your copy of RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN to arrive? Want to share the experience with others? and Archaia have put out the first 23 pages plus the trailer available for digital download on your desktop! Just create a free account and check it out on your computer (next week it will be available on iTunes)

Here’s the full rundown!  Enjoy and thanks for all the awesome support!




Los Angeles, CA (November 23, 2010) – Recognizing that many people missed out on the initial offering of the critically acclaimed RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN hardcover, Archaia and its exclusive digital partner,, have made 23 pages of the book-including 10, never-before-released pages-available for free digital download right now on the desktop app while anxious readers wait for copies of the second printing to arrive in stores before the holidays. The download also includes the RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN book trailer as an added feature. The preview will also be available on the app on the Apple iPhone and iPad the week after Thanksgiving.

Created by Jim McCann and Janet Lee and published by Archaia, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN is a modern fairytale that has become the “it-book” of the holiday season because of its breathtaking art and unique yet timeless story. Already on many Holiday Gift Guides, including Publishers Weekly and The New York Times, Archaia is rushing a second printing to meet the incredible demand and ensure that RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN will be available through booksellers everywhere during this holiday season.

“The speed of sales and reception have been incredible,” says the author and co-creator, Jim McCann. “I hope this preview whets your appetite and gives a glimpse into what fans, reviewers and retailers everywhere are talking about. And remember, while the first printing is sold out at Diamond, you can still go into wherever books are sold and either reserve a copy or hopefully some stores will still have them on shelves and holiday gift tables across the country.”

To access the RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN content, readers should create a free account with at and click on “Archaia Comics” in the drop-down menu.

A visual tour de force, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (hardcover, full color, 128 pages, 9.5″ x 11″, $24.95), is the debut graphic novel from the minds of award-winning writer Jim McCann (Hawkeye & Mockingbird) and critically acclaimed gallery artist Janet Lee. A modern twist on classic fairytales, this is a story about growing up, childhood fears and examining the origins of a world and the things that inhabit it. The incredible decoupage art style combines steampunk fantasy and science fiction with Art Nouveau for a truly unique and groundbreaking book, all sharply dressed in a pinstripe suit and a dapper bowler hat. The book also features a Foreword written by the original Dapper Man, Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), and a collection of pin-ups featuring works by Adrian Alphona and Christina Strain, Joyce Chin, John Tyler Christopher, Katie Cook, Colleen Coover, David Mack, Dave Perillo, Mike Perkins, Evan Shaner, Mark Smylie, Tom Whalen and Skottie Young. RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN is available now wherever are books are sold. To order a copy, use ISBN code 978-1932386905.

About Archaia
Archaia has built an unparalleled reputation for producing meaningful content that perpetually transforms minds. Archaia is: Artesia, Awakening, Beautiful Scars, Berona’s War, Critical Millennium, Cyclops, The Dark Crystal, Dark Fall, Days Missing, The Devil’s Handshake, An Elegy for Amelia Johnson, The Engineer, Everlast, Feeding Ground, Fraggle Rock, God Machine, The Grave Doug Freshley, Gunnerkrigg Court, Hybrid Bastards!, Inanna’s Tears, Johnny Recon, The Killer, Killing Pickman, Labyrinth, The Lone and Level Sands, Lucid, Miranda Mercury, Moon Lake, Mouse Guard, Mr. Murder Is Dead, Okko, One in a Million, Primordia, Return of the Dapper Men, Robotika, Saga, The Secret History, Some New Kind of Slaughter, Starkweather: Immortal, Syndrome, A Tale of Sand, Titanium Rain, Trial By Fire, and Tumor.
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We’re a Hit! DAPPER MEN sells out, 2nd printing coming!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

We're flying off the shelves!

We're flying off the shelves!

Wow!  That was FAST!  Our baby, RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN went on sale yesterday and sold out at the distributor within 24 hours!  Don’t panic!  For the full story and how you can still get your copies, keep reading below.

Full press release after the jump


Jim’s NYCC Schedule!

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010


After 18 months, it’s BA-AAAAACK!  New York Comic Con is this weekend & there’s tons to see!  If you’re looking to see me, here ya go!  A handy dandy guide!

It's here!!

It's here!!


7-10 pm – RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Launch Party & Art Show
Where: Alice’s Tea Cup:
102 West 73rd St (73rd & Columbus)
NY, NY, 10023
(212) 799-3006


FRIDAY, Oct 8th

1:00 – 3:00, 5:00 – 7:00 pm: ARCHAIA Booth (#2031)
Selling & signing advanced copies of RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN. These are limited to NYCC so get ’em while you can!



10:00 am – 1:00 pm: ARCHAIA Booth (#2031)

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Marvel – AVENGERS Panel (Room 1A06)

4:00 – 7:00 pm: ARCHAIA Booth (#2031)

SUNDAY, Oct 10th

10:00 – 11:00 am: ARCHAIA Booth (#2031)

11:00 – 12:00 pm: WRITING COMICS Panel (Room 1A23)

12:00 – 1:00 pm: ARCHAIA – ALL AGES Panel (Room 1A17-18)

1:30 – 2:30 pm: MARVEL Booth signing (#1843)

3:00 – 5:00 pm: ARCHAIA Booth (#2031)

WSHEW! There you go!  Have fun, everyone, and be sure to come by and get your Dapper on!

DAPPER MEN Launch Party & Art Showing

Sunday, October 3rd, 2010
It's time!

It's time!

It’s here!  RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN is launching at New York Comic Con & to celebrate, we’re throwing a party!  There will be food, beverage, and fun.  Oh, and the original artwork on display and available for sale as well as advance copies of the book!!!  And YOU are invited!

Details after the jump:


The Making of RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Trailer!

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

And now for something that should speak for itself… the animated and fully scored trailer for Return of the Dapper Men. We’ve been working on this for a while.  More on that after the jump.  Enjoy!

The genesis of the trailer after the jump.


Tim Gunn Dresses Up DAPPER MEN!

Monday, September 20th, 2010
The Very Dapper TIM GUNN as drawn by Janet Lee

The Very Dapper TIM GUNN as drawn by Janet Lee

I said we’d have some more announcements as the publication for RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN gets closer, and here’s one that I am very proud and thrilled to announce: Tim Gunn has graciously agreed to contribute by writing the foreword to the book.  He was the first name that came to mind when thinking who would be the ideal person to introduce this book to the reader before they dive into the story, and he did a marvelous job of doing that very thing.  The mood his foreword sets is perfect and I couldn’t be happier.  Janet & I would like to thank Tim for his time, involvement, and amazing contribution.  Welcome to Team Dapper, the original Dapper Man!

Full info and Press Release after the jump


All-Star Artists Go Dapper!

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN cover, coming in November

RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN cover, coming in November

RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN is leaving for the printer this week, the culmination of over a year’s worth of planning, writing, and art in one beautiful package.  Publisher’s Weekly named it one of the Graphic Novels As Gifts for this holiday season– an incredible honor- and now that gift got a little bit better.  In addition to the main story, we were lucky enough to have an incredible line-up of comic book and graphic artists join in and provide a stunning bonus pin-up gallery.  There are 12 pieces in all and every one is a jaw-dropper.  Who are they?  What do their pinups look like?  Find out after the jump for a full listing!

Continued after the jump.



Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN cover, coming in November

RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN cover, coming in November

Every day, we’re getting closer to the release of RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN and over the next few weeks we have some great surprises in store!  First up- here’s the final cover for the book designed by the awesome Todd Klein!

Press release (with some incredible pre-release numbers) after the jump


Turning to one of the most well-respected designers in the comics industry to create an elaborate cover for one of 2010’s most anxiously awaited titles, Archaia revealed the final cover to RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, designed by the award-winning Todd Klein (America’s Best Comics). RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (with pre-order sales nearing 5,000 units even before official solicitation) is the highly anticipated all-ages title coming from writer Jim McCann (Hawkeye & Mockingbird) and critically acclaimed and award-winning visual artist Janet Lee.

“Having a master designer like Todd Klein on board Team Dapper is a great honor,” said Archaia Editor-in-Chief Stephen Christy. “I’ve been talking for months about how special this book is, and how much fun it is as an editor to be working on a fairy tale entirely unlike anything seen in comics before. With Todd joining creators Jim McCann and Janet Lee as we bring Dapper down the homestretch to publication, I can promise readers that this is one of those instances where the quality and artistry of this book lives up to the hype!”

The cover draws in many influences both within literature and without. “We wanted to go for a timeless feel, given both the importance that time plays in the story and the fact that this is a sort of classic fairy tale of old with some modern twists,” explained McCann. Janet Lee’s stunning découpage art is featured prominently in the cover design. “I love the look of books from the turn-of-the-century and classic children’s fiction. I love how they incorporate filigree and natural elements with illustrations that are now iconic,” said an excited Lee. “Todd was able to reference that feel and yet make it very today.”

RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN (hardcover, full color, 128 pages, 9.5” x 11”, $24.95) is a visually stunning fairy tale that combines steampunk with fantasy and science fiction with Renaissance style. Together, McCann and Lee have created a world where J. M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll and Maurice Sendak meet Jim Henson and Tim Burton—all sharply dressed in a pin-stripe suit and a dapper bowler hat!

“Seeing this whole package come together with this level of production and talent involved, along with more surprises to be announced in the coming weeks, is a dream come true,” beamed McCann. “Knowing that Archaia is behind us and recognizing their established high quality production values in their hardcovers makes RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN even more exciting as it gets closer to hitting shelves!”

A limited amount of advance copies of the RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN hardcover will be available at New York Comic Con (Oct. 8-10 at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, NY) and will go on sale in comic shops and wherever books are sold in November. To pre-order a copy, use ISBN code 978-1932386905.

What Makes a DAPPER MAN? Part 1

Sunday, June 13th, 2010
Me & Janet- Original Dappers!

Me & Janet- Original Dappers!

Most people who visit this site know me as either the former Marketing guy at Marvel (still strange to say “former”) or the writer of HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD.  Both are true, but I have another project that I have been working on for quite some time now – one that people have started to notice.  I’ve been off with one of my closest friends (and REMARKABLE artist), Janet Lee, building a world of kids, robots, and bowler hats.  I’m talking about the upcoming creator-owned original graphic novel (OGN) RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, coming out this Fall from Archaia.  Between now and the release of the book, I’ll be talking about the project, giving behind the scenes info, and talking about the process of creating an OGN – from the fantasy of worldbuilding to the practicality of the business side.

So, why start today?  Because I see our book is now on!  RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN will be available wherever books are sold and at your local comic store, but there is something crazy and mind-blowing about seeing it on a site I use for my own holiday wishlists.  We’ve been on this journey for 18 months so far, but now, as each day gets closer, these milestones drive home that it’s becoming a reality. So check back often for news (and Janet may even pop by, but you can usually catch her by following her on Twitter)  so you know who, what, and why the DAPPER MEN are and why their RETURN is so important.

Tock Tock, Time’s About To Start!


Limited Edition RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN prints still available

Friday, June 11th, 2010
Signed & Numbered Ltd Ed RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN print

Signed & Numbered Ltd Ed RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN print

For those that missed out or couldn’t make it to Heroes Con, fear not! You can order the limited signed and numbered RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN print by co-creator & artist Janet Lee by visiting her Etsy store! Go! Make with the clicky!

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