Friday, November 8, 2013

Janet K. Lee - Return of the Dapper Men

2013.10.11 Comic Con, NYC

Janet K. Lee has worked as a commercial artist, who is self-taught. She developed a layered art style soon after her son was born because it was portable and dried before a toddler could get his hands on it. After achieving critical acclaim as a gallery artist, Lee made her foray into illustration with the story "Diary of a Mad Scientist Garden Gnome", written by Alethea Kontis...

The Return of the Dapper Men, by Jim McCann and Janet Lee is a tale of a world between time, where children have played for so long it has become work. All the clocks have stopped at the same time. 314 dapper-looking gentlemen, with Bowler hats, rain down from the sky and set off to start the world again. Ayden, the only boy to still ask questions, Zoe, the robot girl all other machine hold dear and the Dapper Man "41" must discover what happened to make time stop...

I enjoy the concept of the story and I found Lee's style to be a fascinating blend of children's story and comic book art. I found myself going through the pages looking at the pictures and then going back and reading the story...
  • The story won an Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - new -  2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Publication for Teens - 2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner for Best Publication Design - 2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Writer, Jim McCann - 2011
  • Nominated for an Eisner Award for Best Painter/Multimedia Artist (interior art), Janet Lee - 2011
When I approached Ms. Lee and presented my idea of a Daper Man in Uncle Sam's hat, instead of the bowler they usually wear, her response was "Uncle Sam is a Dapper Man"...  


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