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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


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


Tim Gunn’s Golden Rules

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Tim Gunn's New Book, on sale now

Tim Gunn's New Book, on sale now

Please pardon the interruption from our usual comic book news for this, a moment to talk about someone else’s book, one without pictures, and one that should be required reading.

“In the Internet age, even the word manners seems antiquated. Life moves so rapidly these days that it’s easy to feel justified in being rude.”

That line comes from the introduction of Tim Gunn’s new book GUNN’S GOLDEN RULES: Life Little Lessons For Making It Work and if anyone knows how to make it work, it’s Tim Gunn.  He is the consummate gentleman, an incredibly thoughtful man, and someone who honors everything that has come before worth honoring.  From looks to literature to Legos (yes, Legos), he’s never forgotten what makes things work and what can break a person- in fashion, friendship, and family.  Most of all, he has never forgotten the power of simple manners and etiquette in a time when so many have.  That’s one of the reasons his new book comes at the perfect time and is essential reading.  But that is only one reason.