Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett

San Diego Comic Fest guests Anina Bennett and Paul GuinanAnina and Paul’s most recent books are two unique–and critically acclaimed–illustrated hardcovers. Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, the biography of a 19th-century robot soldier, is currently in development as a feature film produced by J.J. Abrams. Frank Reade: Adventures in the Age of Invention is a steampunk historical adventure that resurrects and re-imagines a vintage dime novel hero, complete with restored 19th-century retrofuturist images.

Paul is a multimedia artist and recovering Chicago 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 19th-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. His latest project is the Aztec Empire graphic novel series.

Aztec Empire graphic novel series by San Diego Comic Fest guest Paul Guinan
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 and has served on the Board of Directors for several nonprofit organizations.

Heartbreakers comics by San Diego Comic Fest guests Anina Bennett and Paul GuinanPaul and Anina were raised in Chicago and have known each other since before the Internet existed. They now reside in Portland, Oregon, near an extinct volcano. Visit them online at, and follow them on Twitter @bigredhair and @Boilerplate1893. Also be sure to get the latest news about Paul’s new Aztec Empire graphic novel series at