Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Return of the Dapper Men by Jim McCann

Return of the Dapper Men
by Jim McCann
illustrated by Janet Lee
forward by Tim Gunn

Publisher: Archaia Entertainment
Just released: December 7, 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Steampunk
Hardcover: 128 pages
Series: book 1 of trilogy
Rating: 5

Description from the amazon:
Welcome to Anorev, a land that has no concept or understanding of time because time itself has ceased to exist. A world where children have never grown up, machines have forgotten if they were built by humans or if they built humans themselves, and all clocks have been stopped at the same time since time itself stopped. This has been the way of things for longer than anyone can remember, until 314 dapper-looking gentlemen rain down from the sky to start the world anew.

it's rainin' men - halleluja ;-D

Now Ayden, the only boy to still ask questions; Zoe, the robot girl all other machines hold dear; and the Dapper Man known only as "41" must repair whatever it was that caused time to stop, understand their true place in this world, and learn what "tomorrow" really means. But destiny is not always easy and choices must be made that will decide the fate of this land. The sun is setting for the first time in memory, and once that happens, everything changes!

The Return of the Dapper Men is a visually stunning fairy tale that combines steampunk with fantasy and science fiction with Renaissance style, brought to life from the minds of award-winning playwright and comic book writer Jim McCann (Marvel's Hawkeye & Mockingbird) and critically acclaimed visual artist Janet Lee. Together they have created a world where J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carrol, and Maurice Sendak meet Jim Henson and Tim Burton. All sharply dressed in a pin-stripe suit and a dapper bowler hat.

Take a look at some of the innards here.

AND a 23 page preview here.

Tim Gunn!

My two-bits:
In-a-word(s): tick tock
I'm sooooooooooo excited about this book! I found it while holiday shopping at Borders bookstore over the weekend and gobbled it up right quick.

A gem. It is so perfect for my current Dandies & Delectables event, too.

The story and illustrations are just the right amout of whimsical that I love. With elements of alice-in-wonderland, fantasy and steampunk you are in for a treat, indeed.

I just heard that it has sold out and is on a second printing run as I type. If you're lucky you may be able to pick this up at your local comic shop or bookstore that carries graphic novels.

PeekAbook: Jim and Janet talk about the book

~~*!~~ Dandies & Delectables schedule ~~!*~~

*** winterlong schedule ***


  1. What a creative story. I will have to put it on my TBR list.

  2. Isn't Tim Gunn a modern day Dandy? I sure think so.

  3. The plot is great, Velvet. When time stops and all my wrinkles are not growing. I like it. But then there may be overpopulation. Thanks for the heads up. Merry Christmas and I wish you a delicious 2011. I'm off to checking out the dandies.

    Fire and Cross

  4. Now that's a neat story idea! Time stopping and men falling from the sky - never heard of this one before, but now I'll be looking for it. And those illustrations are awesome. I love these kind of books :D

  5. Wow sounds freaky, and I do have a big soft spot for freaky ;)


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