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.
Things From Another World is having an art opening and book preview with Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, who will be special guests at this year’s Comic-Con International. The opening is at TFAW’s Hollywood location on June 24 from 7 to 10 pm. There will be free food, beer, and wine.
The art show will feature exclusive editions of prints created especially for this event, some never publicly shown, and a rare display of toys and artifacts from Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, which was recently optioned by J.J. Abrams (Star Trek, Lost). The exhibit will also include a sneak preview of artwork from Paul and Anina’s upcoming book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, the chronicle of a family of steampunk inventors. Paul will present the first public showing of an elaborate model of Frank Reade’s electric battle-wagon, the Valiant, which he built for the new book.
Paul Guinan’s Boilerplate artwork is featured in the Short Circuit Robot Show at the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery (and prominently on their website’s home page) for the month of March. Only one word can describe a show that includes paintings from the legendary Eric Joyner: AWESOME!
As Eric’s latest series of works involves robots with doughnuts, the yummy baked goods will be served at the opening on Thursday, March 3.
Wind yourself up and march over to 1720 NW Lovejoy, PDX, for this show!
Eric Joyner's "Too Many Choices"
Colleen Coover and Paul Guinan contributed pinups to Craig Yoe’s JETTA, a retrospective of Dan DeCarlo’s teenage heroine, who zoomed through the future a full decade before Judy Jetson.
This marks the first time the robot Boilerplate has made an appearance in print since the release of its coffee-table biography last October.
IT’S OFFICIAL! The next project from Paul Guinan is
FRANK READE: Adventures in the Age of Invention.
The deal with NY publisher Abrams is signed and sealed. Now Paul and co-author Anina Bennett have to deliver! It’ll be the same coffee-table format as the Boilerplate tome–a companion piece, and scheduled for fall 2011 release.
For more info about the Reades visit the Frank Reade website.
Portland’s KBOO radio broadcasted an interview and reading from Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel the other day. Missed it? That’s OK, you can listen to the half-hour program at the station’s archives.
The authors and interviewer presented the program as if the Victorian robot were real, and got a couple of angry calls…
Orson's broadcast ironically caps Campion's story in the Boilerplate book.