Jim McCann spent years in Nashville, co-founding the Nashville Theatre Company and serving as its artistic director from 2000 to 2004, before moving to New York City, where he worked in PR at Marvel Comics. He’s now writing full-time, and the story he constructed for the graphic novel Return of the Dapper Men revolves around a world named Anorev, inhabited by robots and children, and devoid of the concept of time. But East Nashvillian Janet Lee’s artwork is the real inspiration behind Dapper Men, specifically a 6-by-4-foot painting of the titular gentlemen floating down from the sky and a couple of steampunk ornaments that McCann saw during a Christmas 2008 visit. “Those three pieces I couldn't get out of my mind, and in my head they all went together into this one story," McCann told USA Today. “I wrote the opening narration, which ends up being the first 12 pages of the book, and I sent it to her and said, ‘Want to do a graphic novel?!’ ” Advance buzz for the book is practically giddy: According to The New York Times, some of the writing “reads like a forgotten fairy tale,” and “the artwork is often stunning.” Though we haven’t seen the finished product, the advance images of Lee’s illustrations are exquisite, and this book is a no-brainer holiday gift for graphic novel fans young and old, or for that matter anyone with an imagination. Cross another one off your list. Original artwork for the book will also be on sale.