RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Cover released!

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

ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FAIRY TALE BY JIM MCCANN AND JANET LEE FEATURES COVER DESIGN BY EISNER AWARD-WINNING DESIGNER TODD KLEIN

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.

Back to the Presses!

August 6th, 2010
Hawkeye & Mockingbird #2 2nd Printing, avail 8/11

Hawkeye & Mockingbird #2 2nd Printing, avail 8/11

We’re two for two! HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #2 has sold out!  As response and excitement over issue #3 pours in this week, right now is the best time to spread the word and get your friends reading the book!  But how can they if the first 2 issues already sold out, you ask? Fortunately, both issues have gone back to press for 2nd printings.  Issue 1 is available now and issue 2, with an amazing David Lopez cover, comes out 8/11!  Also, for those with an iPad/iPhone, you can download the first issue on the Marvel app!

Thank you again to all the fans for making this happen and for the incredible support you’ve given the book!

Keep Reading!
Jim

Interview & Sneak Peek at HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #4

August 5th, 2010
HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #4

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #4

Issue 3 of HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD just hit the stands and you wonderful readers seem to be loving it so much that I’m thinking you deserve a special treat.  How about some hints at what’s to come and some of David Lopez’s AMAZING art for HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD issue 4?  Okay!  Just head over to Marvel.com for an interview and a preview of what’s in store, including one of my favorite pages ever of Clint & Bobbi!

A glimpse at what’s in store after the jump.

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HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD- News & Links & Art, oh my!

August 3rd, 2010
HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #3, on sale 8/4

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #3, on sale 8/4

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #3 is on sale as of 8/4!  Lots of questions answered, and even more mysteries begin.  This is literally the most explosive issue yet on every level.  But there’s a lot more happening in the world of HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD than just issue 3.  Find out after the jump!

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My San Diego Comic-Con Schedule

July 20th, 2010

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Comic-Con International, better known as San Diego Comic Con, SDCC, or Geek Prom.  Call it what you will- I call it ALMOST HERE!  And it’s a big one for me personally.  With HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD now hitting stands monthly and RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN nearing its release date, there will be much fun, many meetings, lots of talking, and signings & panels galore!

The full rundown after the jump

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WIDOW MAKER – The Details & First Art

July 15th, 2010

Hawkeye vs Ronin?!

Hawkeye vs Ronin?!

As announced last night, a crossover event is coming starring HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD and BLACK WIDOW brought to you by myself & Duane Swierczynski.  This has it all- fighting for their lives, racing around the world, uncomfortable team-ups, secrets and lies, and a new villain in a familiar suit coming back to haunt them.  So, what is WIDOW MAKER?

Find out after the jump

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Just Announced: WIDOW MAKER!

July 14th, 2010

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As seen on G4’s ATTACK OF THE SHOW tonight, former lovers Black Widow and Hawkeye will be crossing paths once more.  What does this mean for Mockingbird?  And how does the debut of an all-new Ronin spell potential death for all involved?  You’ll find out in the 4-part crossover event WIDOW MAKER running this December and January in the pages of HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #7 & 8 by myself and David Lopez on art, and BLACK WIDOW #9 & 10 by Duane Swierczynski and art by Manuel Garcia.

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Tune In Or Set Your DVRs!

July 14th, 2010
Attack Of The Show on G4

Attack Of The Show on G4

Tonight (7/14) will finally bring about a long-awaited announcement that’s been in the works for some time now, and it’ll be made on TV!  This is big!  Be sure to watch ATTACK OF THE SHOW on G4 at 7 pm EST as comic’s Girl Friday Blair Butler breaks the news!  Trust me, you DON’T want to miss this!

First look at HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #3!

July 13th, 2010
HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #3, on sale 8/4

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #3, on sale 8/4

The dust had hardly settled from last week’s shocking issue, and now it’s time to get a sneak peek at what happens next!  After what Crossfire did at the end of HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #2, you better believe there WILL be blood…

Preview after the jump

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HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD 5 – Hang on!

July 13th, 2010
Hang on...

Hang on...

HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD #5 hits stands in October and all I can say is: Hang on for dear life!  The solicit will be revealed soon, but check out the debut of the cover after the jump!

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