Join us for a celebration of the days when easy travel was the stuff of science fiction, and don't forget to dress in your steampunk best for a costume contest judged by our author guests! Prizes will be offered for Best Character, Most Historical, and Judges' Favorite costumes.
Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention is by husband-and-wife team Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, a follow-up to their acclaimed book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. The couple has been collaborating in print since 1989, when they created the groundbreaking science fiction comic Heartbreakers, an action series that explores the personal and political ramifications of cloning. Their 2005 graphic novel Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate
stars Anina as the main characters and was nominated for an Eisner
Award for Paul’s innovative art. In 1998 they launched their web site, www.BigRedHair.com, which became the birthplace of Boilerplate.
Paul is a multimedia artist and recovering television personality. He combined his skills in illustration, photography, and model-making with his love of history when he created Boilerplate, the Victorian-era robot. Paul also co-created Chronos, a time travel series from DC Comics, and is internationally renowned as an authority on nineteenth-century automatons. With Anina at his side, he has lived with the Apache in traditional fashion, sailed the Pacific on a square-rigged brig, and walked the sands of the Roman Coliseum.
Anina, first published at age 15, has written five Heartbreakers graphic novels and edited everything from Star Wars comic books to Supreme Court briefs. It’s a good thing she loves to travel, because her career has taken her from Chicago, where she cut her teeth at First Comics; to Dark Horse Comics in Oregon, where she collaborated with renowned author Harlan Ellison; and to Denmark, where she handled Mickey Mouse tales for multimedia giant Egmont. Anina also teaches writing workshops for students of all ages.
Paul and Anina were raised in Chicago and have known each other since before the Internet existed. They now reside in Portland, Oregon with their weimaraner, Bowie.