Return of the Dapper Men

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Enter a world in between time, 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. This is how this land has remained, until 314 dapper-looking gentlemen rain down from the sky and set off in different directions to start the world anew. 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 discover what happened that...

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Enter a world in between time, 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. This is how this land has remained, until 314 dapper-looking gentlemen rain down from the sky and set off in different directions to start the world anew. 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 discover what happened that made time stop, understand what their true places are in this world, and learn what "tomorrow" really means. 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 (New Avengers: The Reunion) 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.

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In the land of Anorev, time has stopped. The children play, and the robots work, and that's the way it has always been. That is, until 314 dapper gentlemen—clad in striped blazers and green bowler hats—come out of nowhere to make time start again. Main characters Ayden, a human boy, and Zoe, a robot girl, are joined on their journey with one of these gentlemen (the always well-spoken "41"). McCann (Hawkeye & Mockingbird) is in fine form, spinning a tale full of rich language and engaging turns as the characters begin to understand why things went awry and how their world is about to change. Lee's artwork is well choreographed, with panels dancing around beautiful illustrations.Verdict A marriage of beauty, McCann's words and Lee's artwork cohere via bits of steampunk, fairy tale, and surrealism. Readers from school-age children up to adults even if they are not fans of graphic novels could really get into this with a good book talk from a librarian. Highly recommended.—Justin Hoenke, Portland P.L., ME
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  • ISBN-13: 9781932386905
  • Publisher: Archaia
  • Publication date: 11/17/2010
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 9.80 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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Jim McCann is a writer of comic books, theater & television. Jim has worked on several films and music videos before entering the ABC Daytime Writer Development Program, during which time he wrote for the popular ABC daytime drama One Life to Live. Upon moving to New York City from his native Nashville, TN, in 2004, Jim found a position at Marvel comics, where he deals with publicity and PR for publishing as a consultant while handling press and panels at conventions. Recently, he has returned to his writing roots, writing for Marvel comics (New Avengers: The Reunion, Dazzler, X-Men), creator-owned graphic novels, and other upcoming projects. Jim currently resides in New York City and believes Mac & Cheese should be at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Great whimsical fun in a steampunk/art nouveau style

    This is a really beautiful book, full of meaningful witticisms and quirky characters. I don't usually read graphic novels, so perhaps that's why I found this one a little hard to follow, but it was great fun and full of gorgeous artwork. Overall I enjoyed it greatly.

    Some of my favourite lines from the book:

    "They were completely unaware of their importance, as all those who truly affect others should be."

    "Many believed they held the answers, but everyone had forgotten the questions."

    "Like so much in Anorev, what should be had been for too long, becoming what it shouldn't."

    "There's always time for lessons, especially when you have time."

    "Some want what they can never have and think it's love."

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2010

    Whimsical steampunk fairy tale

    Return of the Dapper Men is unlike any other graphic novel I've read. Certainly not this year or last. The exterior of this book caught my eye - its breathtaking cover and design brought me back to finer days spent in the library reading wonderful fairy tales by J.M. Barrie, Lewis Carroll, and Antoine de Saint-Exupery; however, the art inside the book leaves you speechless. Janet Lee has done a number on us and I beg for more. Her unique decoupage style is detailed in the back of the book including how it creates a depth (almost 3D quality) to this amazing steampunk fairytale. The story of Anorev and its inhabitants share a wonderful quality to those of Barrie, Carroll and de Saint-Exupery - it takes you to a far away fantastical land that exists to delight and amaze you while bringing up questions that we all struggle to answer. Why am I here? What am I supposed to do or become? Why is the world the way it is? Do I have a choice? Anorev is a land without time. Without time, there can be no change. Without change, can there be growth or answers to these questions? Jim McCann spins a spectacular story and builds a wonderful world unlike any other. He successfully creates unique and captivating voices (I read the narrator as Jim Dale) to tell a tale of a clockwork universe, dapper men, robot people and unruly kids. In the end, like most great fairy tales, this is a tale of morality, with several morals in play at the same time. I'm ecstatic to find out that this is one (1) of three (3) volumes planned for this amazing whimsical world of dapper men. I plan to come back time-after-time. I would recommend you do the same. Return of the Dapper Men is a book for all ages, in terms of readers and its place in literature.

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