Posts Tagged ‘Janet Lee’

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

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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:

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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.

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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

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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!

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RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Cover released!

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

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.

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 Amazon.com!  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!

Jim