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.