Powerpuff Girls & Paula Pansy by Janet K. Lee!

Our super awesome buddy and Eisner-Award Winning Creator, Janet K. Lee, was invited to a Womanthology signing at the awesome Acme Comics in Greensboro (seriously, a comics palace not to be missed) last weekend … and Grace, Cate & I had to miss it. But, Janet created these two incredible sketches for the girls — the Powerpuff Girls for Cate and Paula Pansy, Grace’s creation for Womanthology! So very, very cool.

See you at HeroesCon in June, Janet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, now … a word from Janet!

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Emma!

 

Tonight, we draw for our pal, Janet K. Lee. We are so proud of her and the ground-breaking work she and Jim McCann did on “The Return of the Dapper Men.” And, now Janet is bringing her undeniable style to Marvel’s adaptation of Jane Austen’s classic, “Emma.” From an art perspective, my favorite thing about what Janet does (and what both Archaia and Marvel are letting her do) is ink and color her own work. In a world where so much is done with computers, being able to see the artist’s hand and stroke in the art is a reminder that computers help, but humans create. Janet — keep knocking ’em dead.

 

A now, a word from Janet …

A Very Dapper Contest …

Just before Thanksgiving, Jim McCann (A.K.A. “Uncle Jim” — hey, my wife and I are only children, so we adopt aunts and uncles for the girls) stopped by on his way from a signing at the very cool Acme Comics in Greensboro, N.C. And, it gave me an idea … it is time for a contest!

Jim is the author of the amazing new graphic novel, Return of the Dapper Men with Archaia. He creating it with his longtime pal and uber-talented artist Janet Lee (who just got tapped by Marvel to draw Jane Austen’s “Emma”!). And, if you haven’t seen it, you need to get on it and order your copy here!

So, here’s the deal … adults and kids, get your Dapper on. Draw your best Dapper Man (or, in our case Zoe the Robot Girl and Ayden the curious young lad) and send it to tim_miner73@hotmail.com by Monday, December 20. Jim and Janet will pick one winner for best child (1-12) art and, well, one from everyone else. The winners will get an original sketch by Janet!  Have fun! 

To get you started, here’s what Grace and I drew!

Return of the Dapper Men! by Grace (7) & Dad

One final drawing of the night. We’re only a few short months away from the release of “Return of the Dapper Men” by Jim McCann and Janet Lee through Archaia Comics, two good friends of 5 Minute Marvels. Click here to pre-order the series.

I have to say, I am proud of this one from Grace. Janet Lee’s style requires very subtle shading (and a GIGANTIC bag of Prismacolor markers) … and Grace imitated it very well!

Spider-Cat! by Janet and Ethan Lee (8)

This is a terrific submission from Janet Lee, artist of the upcoming series, “Return of the Dapper Men” with Jim McCann at Archaia. She and her eight-year old son, Ethan, created the next member of the Spider Family … SPIDER-CAT! Complete with song! Check out Janet’s Web site here.

Here are her notes:

Here’s Spider Cat, as dictated to me by Ethan Lee. He now has a nemesis, so there may be more coming.

So:
Concept: Ethan Lee (age 8)
Pencilling, Inking, coloring, lettering: Janet Lee

And our song:
Spider Cat, Spider Cat,
Does whatever a Spider Cat can,
Got no webs, he has claws,
Why’s he do it? Just because!
Look out! Here comes the Spider Cat!

In addition to drawing, Grace and Cate came up with their own version of the Spider-Cat song:

And, then there’s this …