Trailer: Return of the Dapper Men

As the excitement builds as we inch towards the New York Comic Con and the release of Return of the Dapper Men from Archaia by Jim McCann and Janet Lee, today Archaia gave us something else to get excited by.  The official trailer for Return of the Dapper Men.

What's even better is that writer Jim McCann posted a detailed, behind the scenes post on his blog about the making of the trailer.  If you ever doubted the imagination and potential of McCann and Lee's modern fairy tale, then I defy you to not be wooed by this Tim Burton-esque treatment of Return of the Dapper Men:

Archaia provided the following info to accompany the trailer:

RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN Trailer Debuts from Archaia

Imagine a land where Time itself has ceased to exist. Where children have played so long it’s almost become work, machines have worked so long they have begun to play and all the clocks have stopped at the same time. A land that’s about to change when 314 identical-looking dapper men rain down from the sky, bringing time back with them.
This is RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN, part fairy tale, part steampunk, all original, the highly anticipated graphic novel that’s already being hailed as “groundbreaking” and “an instant contemporary classic.” Featuring a Foreword by Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”) and pin-ups by 12 of today’s hottest artists, RETURN OF THE DAPER MEN is listed on Publisher’s Weekly Great Graphic Novels as Gifts and’s “Essential Reading” for Fall 2010.
Now, Archaia is proud to unveil this stunning new trailer, featuring an original score, animated artwork and an exciting glimpse into the graphic novel. 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 (HAWKEYE & MOCKINGBIRD) and critically acclaimed visual artist Janet Lee. Together, these two 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.
A limited number of copies of RETURN OF THE DAPPER MEN: ADVANCE NEW YORK COMIC CON COLLECTOR’S EDITION will be available for sale at the Archaia booth (#2031) at New York Comic Con, October 8-10 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, and will be available wherever books are sold in November. To pre-order a copy, use ISBN code 978-1932386905.


  1. This book truly sounds/looks incredible. I have it pre-ordered.

  2. their better be some left when i get to the archaia booth

  3. It’s Alphonse Mucha meets Professor Layton…looks awesome. If "motion comics" looked like that I’d be all over them…