Paul and Anina are Special Guests of the 10th Anniversary Stumptown Comics Fest. They were interviewed by Kaijucast for a Bonus Episode in conjunction with the festival. They were also guests on Leia Weathington’s Happy Go Lucky Podcast.
Paul was selected as one of ten artists to produce an exclusive print for the 10th anniversary, which is limited to only ten copies. He created a new image of his robot character Boilerplate in the style of Andy Warhol. Come visit Paul and Anina at the fest, table L01.
If you’ve taken a look at our Appearances page lately, you’ll see that this weekend heralds the coming of the great Stumptown Comics Fest! You’ll be able to find most of Periscope* loitering around table blocks K and L Saturday (10am-6pm) and Sunday (12pm-6pm) at the Oregon Convention Center. We’ll also be out in force at the Fest’s official after party on Saturday night at the Jupiter Hotel, where Jeff Parker and Cat Farris join local comics heavyweights to duke it out in the annual Art Battle.
*The full list: Aaron McConnell, Jeremy Barlow, Ben Dewey, Cat Farris, Colleen Coover, Dustin Weaver, Dylan Meconis, Erika Moen, Grace Allison, Jonathan Case, Karl Kesel, Natalie Nourigat, Paul Guinan, Paul Tobin, Rich Ellis, Ron Chan, Ron Randall, Steve Lieber, Terri Nelson, Jesse Hamm, and Terry Blas.
Several members are also appearing on panels, giving workshops, and holding signings. On Saturday, join Jonathan Case for a workshop on Composing Comics, Ben Dewey on Style and Communication, Mike Russel interviewing Dylan Meconis, and the infamous Freelancer Panel with Erika Moen, Natalie Nourigat, and negotiation ninja Katie Lane.
On Sunday, we’ve got a spotlight on Ron Randall’s Trekker with Dark Horse editor Jim Gibbons, a not-to-be-missed Manga Studio workshop with Wook Jin Clark, a Queer Culture in Comics panel with Erika Moen and Terry Blas, and a look at Kickstarter and Indie Comics with Dylan Meconis and others.
The full schedule (including times, locations, and descriptions) can be found here.
See you at the Fest!
You’ve heard of Shakespeare in the Park? Well, TREK IN THE PARK is a Portland phenomenon where classic episodes of Star Trek are performed outdoors before thousands of attendees. The Atomic Arts theater production has been featured on the PORTLANDIA TV series and was profiled nationally on CBS NEWS (which included an appearance of Portland comic book creators Matthew Clark and Greg Rucka as audience members).
Dylan Meconis, Paul Guinan, and Anina Bennett. The Vulcan ambassadorial party from Trek in the Park’s “Journey to Babel.”
Periscope artists Paul Guinan and Dylan Meconis, along with writer Anina Bennett, are in this year’s adaptation of the episode “Journey to Babel.” The husband-and-wife team of Paul and Anina play Spock’s parents Sarek and Amanda, with Dylan in a cameo as Sarek’s Vulcan aide.
The play is performed at Cathedral Park in St. Johns, beginning at 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays during August. Eight shows in all. BOLDLY GO!
Boilerplate Timeline on display at The Leonardo Museum
The Leonardo Museum in Salt Lake City will have Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett as Artists in Residence during June. In addition to drop-in workshops, they will be teaching Master Classes in Comic Book Storytelling.
Paul and Anina will bring their 20+ years of experience in sequential art to teach everything from the basics of visual narrative techniques—both writing and illustration—to the collaboration between writers and artists, to the business aspects of making your way through the publishing world.
To register, call 801.531.9800 ext. 201
1. Intro to Comics and Visual Storytelling
Friday, June 8
2. Comic Book Art and Storytelling
Friday, June 8
3. The Art of Visual Writing
Saturday, June 9
4. Words and Pictures: How Do Writers and Artists Work Together?
Friday, June 15
5. The Business of Art and Writing
Saturday, June 16
Plus individual manuscript and portfolio critiques.
The unique tome that is Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett’s Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention has been getting glowing reviews from the mainstream media to the blogosphere. Here are some highlights:
THE WALL STREET JOURNAL – “A rollicking… retrofuturist visual feast”
WIRED – “So gritty and varied in its narrative that it made me wish this really was the historical record.”
TOR.com – “Not just re-mixing fact and fiction, but writing it in a way that reveals the double-edged sword of glory during the Age of Empire”
iO9 – “Their best work yet”
COMICS BULLETIN – “A rollicking steampunk adventure”
Interviews with Paul & Anina at NEWSARAMA and COMIC BOOK RESOURCES
To celebrate the launch of FRANK READE, authors Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett are throwing parties on three consecutive Wednesdays in February, at three Portland comic book stores. Each will have a different theme—Land, Sea, and Air—the three realms Frank Reade explores in his electric vehicles.
On display will be the three model vehicles Guinan himself built for the Frank Reade book, which are rarely shown in public. Attendees will have a chance to talk with the authors and get books signed, as well as meet local steampunks (Land), pirates (Sea), and superheroes (Air). There will be cosplay performances!
BONUS: There’s a prize at the grand finale event! The first ten adventurers who make it to all three events and get their “Land, Sea, and Air” passports stamped will receive a print of an original Frank Reade engraving signed by both authors, plus custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate “gold coins.”
Feb. 8, 6-9 pm: LAND
Location: Floating World Comics
Guests: Steampunks from Rose City Steampunks, Local 23
Vehicle: A model of Frank Reade Jr.’s Valiant, an electric battle-wagon
BONUS: A rare appearance of the original Boilerplate model!
Feb. 15, 6-9 pm: SEA
Location: Bridge City Comics
Guests: Pirates from PDXYAR
Vehicle: A model of Frank Reade Sr. & Jr.’s Centennial, an electric gunboat
Bonus: A mock battle between pirates and author Paul Guinan as Frank Reade Jr.!
Feb. 22, 7-10 pm: AIR – The Grand Finale
Location: Things From Another World
Guests: Superheroes from the Alter Egos Society
Vehicle: “Wild” Kate Reade’s Aegis, a helicopter airship
Bonus: Prizes awarded to the first ten people who attend all three events. Also, an original skit by the Alter Egos Society featuring Kate Reade!
Chocolate gold coins with Frank Reade's likeness will be given to the first ten travelers who turn in their passports that were stamped at all three parties.
Before cable or the intertubes, a thing called “broadcast television” dominated video viewing. Since Boilerplate is retro, it’s appropriate that the first major video interview with the Victorian robot’s creator Paul Guinan, and co-author Anina Bennett, was televised over the airwaves–old school! Outlook Portland with Rick Emerson is a Sunday morning chat show on channel 32, and the YouTube version is now available for those who weren’t up early enough or who live outside the broadcast area. It’s in four segments, each about six minutes, 24 minutes total. Don’t miss the end, where we surprise the host with a gift and leave him nearly speechless.
Also, in case you missed it, here is an entertainment show’s 90-second announcement about the Boilerplate movie.
And have you seen the short trailer Paul made for the Boilerplate book?
He’s very proud of it.
As Special Guests, Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett had the best San Diego Comic-Con experience–EVER. Co-hosting the Eisner Awards, receiving an Inkpot Award, and hobnobbing with Hollywood and comic book celebs and friends. Check out their convention photo album.
Paul & Anina & Inkpot Awards