Before Jules Verne’s flying machines and H. G. Wells’s spaceships, there was Frank Reade, globe-trotting inventor and original steampunk hero. Starting in the nineteenth century, Frank Reade magazines were the world’s first science fiction periodicals. Now Frank Reade and his progeny are back in a new book: Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention! To celebrate the launch of this stunningly designed book, authors Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett—of Boilerplate fame—are hosting a series of events that any Reade family member would be proud to attend.
The events will be held 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. The authors will also display each of the three model vehicles Guinan himself built for the Frank Reade book, which are rarely shown in public. Attendees will have the chance to talk with the authors and get books signed, as well as meet local steampunks (Land), pirates (Sea), and superheroes (Air).
BONUS: There’s a prize at the grand finale event! The first ten attendees 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” (which will also be available for purchase).
Publishers Weekly predicts Frank Reade will “satisfy even the hardest to please of readers” and praises it as “a stunning multimedia confection of the highest order that creates a detailed and delightful world.”
Feb. 8, 6-9 pm: LAND
Location: Floating World Comics (www.floatingworldcomics.com)
400 NW Couch St., Portland, OR 97209
Guests: Rose City Steampunks, Local 23 (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/rcsteam/)
Vehicle: Frank Reade Jr.’s Valiant, an electric battle-wagon
Feb. 15, 6-9 pm: SEA
Location: Bridge City Comics (www.bridgecitycomics.com)
3725 N Mississippi Ave., Portland, OR 97227
Guests: PDXYAR (http://pdxyar.org)
Vehicle: Frank Reade Sr. & Jr.’s Centennial, an electric ironclad gunboat
Bonus: A mock battle between pirates and author Paul Guinan as Frank Reade Jr.!
Feb. 22, 7-10 pm: AIR
Location: Things From Another World (www.tfaw.com)
4133 NE Sandy Blvd., Portland, OR 97214
Guests: Alter Egos Society (www.alteregossociety.com)
Vehicle: “Wild” Kate Reade’s Aegis, a helicopter airship
Bonus: Prizes awarded to the first ten people who attend all three events, plus all attendees will have exclusive opportunity to purchase custom-stamped Frank Reade chocolate “gold coins.”
About the Authors:
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have been collaborating as storytellers since 1989, on works such as their Eisner Award–nominated science fiction comic book series Heartbreakers and their critically acclaimed book Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel. They live in Portland, Oregon.
Paul Guinan & Anina Bennett appear on Friday, June 24th, 2011 from 7:00 – 10:00PM.
Things From Another World (TFAW) is proud to announce an art opening and book preview with local artist Paul Guinan and writer Anina Bennett, who will be special guests at this year’s Comic-Con International. Portlanders can meet them–without traveling to San Diego–at TFAW’s Hollywood location at 4133 NE Sandy, Portland, OR, on June 24 from 7 to 10 pm. Guests are invited to view an extraordinary collection of pieces while enjoying complimentary food, beer, and wine (with valid ID).
The art show will feature a selection of prints and a rare display of toys and artifacts from Paul and Anina’s Emperor Norton Award-winning book, 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 their upcoming book, Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention, the chronicle of a family of steampunk inventors. In addition, Paul will present the first public showing of an elaborate model of Frank Reade’s electric battle-wagon, Valiant, which he built for the new book. Copies of Boilerplate will be available for purchase and signing.
Things from Another World
4133 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
More Special Guests Announced for Comic-Con 2011
Jones, Kenyon, Morrison, and Steranko added to San Diego Event
San Diego – Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, has announced two dozen additional special guests for this year’s convention. Artist Joëlle Jones, author Sherrilyn Kenyon, writer Grant Morrison, and writer/artist/publisher Jim Steranko join 20 fellow comics creators who have recently committed for Comic-Con 2011 in San Diego.
The first wave of 20 special guests was announced by Comic-Con in October of last year.
“We received great feedback from comics fans with our initial announcement,” said David Glanzer, Comic-Con’s director of marketing and public relations. “The addition of more special guests to an already stellar roster showcasing the best in the comics community is something our attendees have come to expect.”
Comic-Con 2011 will be held July 21-24 at the San Diego Convention Center. Passes to the show’s Preview Night on July 20 were sold out during this summer’s 2010 convention, although more four-day passes with Preview Night may be released closer to the show, depending on returns or cancellations. While there is still no specific date for the opening of general registration, Comic-Con expects it to occur before the end of January.
For the running list of 2011 special guests visit http://www.comic-con.org/cci/cci_guests.php.
Following are the 24 new guests confirmed with today’s announcement:
Sergio Aragonés (cartoonist, Groo, MAD magazine)
Ed Benes (artist, Justice League of America, Birds of Prey)
Anina Bennett (writer/editor, Heartbreakers, Boilerplate)
Yves “Balak” Bigerel (French writer/artist, Lord of Burger)
Chester Brown (writer/artist, Yummy Fur, Louis Riel, Paying for It)
Ernie Chan (artist, Conan, Batman, Jonah Hex)
Jo Chen (artist, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Runaways, Xbox Fable)
Seymour Chwast (illustrator, graphic designer)
Dick DeBartolo (writer, MAD magazine)
Tony DeZuniga (artist, Jonah Hex, Conan the Barbarian)
Eric Drooker (painter, graphic novelist, Flood, Blood Song, Howl)
Mark Evanier (writer, comics historian, Kirby: King of Comics)
Joyce Farmer (cartoonist, Wimmen’s Comix, Special Exits)
Paul Guinan (artist, Heartbreakers, Boilerplate)
Joëlle Jones (artist, You Have Killed Me, Troublemaker)
Sherrilyn Kenyon (author, Dark-Hunter series, Lords of Avalon series)
Richard A. and Patricia Lupoff (writers, fanzine pioneers)
Patrick McDonnell (cartoonist, Mutts)
Grant Morrison (writer, All Star Superman, Batman Incorporated)
Alex Niño (artist, Conan, Heavy Metal, God the Dyslexic Dog)
Steranko (writer/artist/publisher, Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Prevue)
Cameron Stewart (artist, Seaguy, Seven Soldiers; writer/artist, Sin Titulo)
Dave Stewart (award-winning colorist)
About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comic book convention of its kind in the world, is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular art forms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer, Comic-Con organizes the San Francisco-based WonderCon each spring and the Alternative Press Expo each fall. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.
Wizard Entertainment is proud to announce that the Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art (MoCCA) will be providing children’s programming at the Big Apple Comic Con!
On Sunday, Oct 18, MoCCA will host two one hour seminars for children age 8-13 to entertain and to educate the next generation of comic fans about the wonders of the comic medium. Children and their parents are encouraged to attend together to share a unique experience, only at the Big Apple Comic Con!
Additionally, MoCCA will also be joining the impressive line up of exhibitors at the show all weekend long!
On Friday Boilerplate authors/artists Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett will be signing their book at the MoCCA booth.
On Saturday night at our After Party Big Apple Comic Con is holding a Silent Charity Auction. The Auction will benefit various charities, including Snowball Express, MoCCA and many others. Click HERE for additional Silent Auction rules and details.
On Sunday, have Alex Simmons and Arie Kaplan from Archie Comics will be signing at the MoCCA booth.
Here are just a few of the items that will be up for auction on Saturday Night:
Alex Meraz Signed Quad 8×10 Photo
Alex Meraz Signed 8×10 Headshot
Ray Park Signed Darth Maul 8×10 Photo
Ray Park Signed Snake Eyes 8×10 Art
Ray Park Signed Snake Eyes 8×10 Photo
Ray Park Signed Darth Maul 8×10 Headshot
Ray Park Signed GI Joe Movie Poster
Ray Park Signed GI Joe Video Game Poster
Doug Jones Signed Abe Sapien 8×10 Photo
Michelle Rodriguez Signed Chicago Comic Con Exclusive Photo #55/75
Rhona Mitra Signed Chicago Comic Con Exclusive Photo #1/75
Cameron Bright Singed Chicago Comic Con Exclusive Photo #1/200
Cameron Bright/Christopher Heyerdahl/Alex Meraz Signed 11×17 Poster
The Amazing Spider-Man #583 (Obama Cover) – 3rd Printing Variant – CGC 9.8
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Big Apple Comic Con returns October 16-18, 2009 at Pier 94 in New York City.
Source: Wizard World
Disclosure: Big Apple Comic Con is a current Convention Scene advertiser.