Words and Pictures on 01/12/12
Host S.W. Conser interviews Anina Bennett and Paul Guinan about the graphic novel "Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention", a follow-up/companion piece to 2009’s critically acclaimed "Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel." The authors chronicle the Tom Swiftian exploits of a turn-of-the-20th-century mini-dynasty of scientific innovators and adventurers. Accurately resurrecting the look and style of the era’s pulp fiction accounts of real-life celebrities with a steampunk flair, the volume follows the super-scientific accomplishments of the Reades, Frank Senior and Junior (and to a lesser degree, those of “Wild” Kate Reade, Frank Jr.’s daughter), and how they blazed a path of invention and far-flung adventure across the globe.
Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett have been collaborating on comics and graphic novels since 1989, including the Eisner Award–nominated science-fiction comic series Heartbreakers and the critically acclaimed Boilerplate. They live in Portland, Oregon.