Paul Guinan, Aaron McConnell, and Terri Nelson were recently invited to Portland’s Keller Auditorium to draw Joey, the stunning puppet creation from the Tony Award-winning play WAR HORSE. Joey is operated by three extraordinarily coordinated puppeteers, who bring the 120lb creature to life with ear flicks, whinnying, tail swishing, breathing, and galloping. The show runs this weekend only at Keller Auditorium. For full details and to buy tickets, check out the Broadway Tour website.
Here are the pieces that emerged from Paul, Aaron, and Terri’s trip:
(more work forthcoming this week at aaronmcconnell.com)
Fans of Emerald City Comicon’s Monsters and Dames art book will get a giant helping of Periscope goodness at the 2013 convention. This year’s charity publication will feature pinups from Ron Randall, Cat Farris, Rich Ellis (not pictured), Paul Guinan, Ben Dewey, AND Dylan Meconis! A monstrous display of artistic prowess.
Ron Randall pits his bountyhunting heroine Mercy St. Claire against a giant aquatic millipede.
Cat Farris depicts a friendly base jumping expedition gone wrong.
Paul Guinan sends Boilerplate and friends deep into an icy wasteland.
Ben Dewey’s Swamp Woman is rife with dark portents.
Dylan Meconis encourages young ladies of an adventurous disposition to take to the sky.
You can pick up a copy of the book at Emerald City, or bid in the charity auction for original pieces! Keep your eyes peeled.
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.
Dozens of images created by Paul Guinan for the book Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention will be on display during April at Powell’s City of Books on Burnside.
At the exhibition, “Frank Reade: Images of a Forgotten Hero,” Paul will be showing large-format photos augmented by his Photoshop and model-building wizardry, as well as some beautifully restored Victorian science fiction engravings.
On First Thursday, April 5, there will be a reception at 6:30 pm for the opening of Paul’s show. At 7:30 Paul and Anina Bennett will do a reading and slide show from their book Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention.
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.
Some Periscopians will be attending the New York Comic Con October 13-16, at the Javits Center. Seek them out!
Ron Randall will be at Artist Alley table I-8.
Dustin Weaver & Jeremy Barlow will be at Artist Alley table L13.
Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett will be at Artist Alley table B-13. They will be attending the world premiere of a new steampunk documentary “Vintage Tomorrows” that features interviews with them at room 1B01 at 12:15pm on Saturday. Also on Saturday is their Boilerplate Robot panel at 3pm at room 1B03.
Colleen Coover & Paul Tobin don’t have a table but will be in attendance. Check show info and their Tweets to learn where you might find them.
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