Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate! 

This just in from Paul Guinan and Anina Bennet:

Our new graphic novel, Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate, is being solicited right now for June publication--and it's like nothing you've seen before. We know everyone says that, but in this case it's true! Find out for yourself. Then contact us if you'd like an interview, pages to post on your site, or anything else we can provide.

The art for this book is an unprecedented combination of drawing, painting, and photography, which Paul calls "paintography." Steve Rude proclaims it "the future of comics." Another unique aspect is that the author herself, Anina, stars as the two main characters and a whole squad of clones. She both reassambles the long-lost Victorian robot, Boilerplate, and fights alongside him in this cinematic sci fi adventure.

In 1989, Heartbreakers blazed a trail for a new generation of female action heroes; now Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate breaks new creative and technical ground. Heartbreakers has been called "unique, intriguing, and fiercely intelligent action/adventure" (Kurt Busiek); "superbly drawn and wittily written" (Batton Lash); and "a smart, hip, urban fable of the near future" (Mike Baron).

Boilerplate is an Internet phenomenon in its own right, garnering acclaim and press coverage around the world. Comments include:

"Charming" --U.S. News & World Report
"Amazing" --The Christian Science Monitor
"Awesome" --San Francisco Robotics Society of America
"Impressive" --Tim Gaskill, StarTrek.com
"Cool" --NASA Space Telerobotics Program
"VERY cool" --Mike Carlin, DC Comics

Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate, a 104-page, manga-sized graphic novel written by Anina and illustrated by Paul, ships in June from IDW Publishing. IDW's press release is copied below.

Please let us know if you'll be covering Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate and how we can help!

Anina Bennett
Paul Guinan

Kung Fu Clones and Robot Romance Arrive at IDW Publishing
Bennett & Guinan's Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate To Hit Stores in June

San Diego, CA (DATE) The Heartbreakers, everyone's favorite female action-hero clones, team with the world-famous 19th-century robot known as Boilerplate in a science fiction adventure that will please old fans and gain legions of new readers as well.

Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate features a revolutionary new art style developed by artist and Boilerplate creator Paul Guinan. His groundbreaking technique, know as "paintography," combines drawing, painting, and photography, enhanced by printing in rich brown ink, to achieve a look that simply must be seen to be believed. "Other comics have used photo-based art, but so far it's always looked clunky," comments Guinan. "I wanted to find a way of truly integrating the different media and giving it a more cohesive look-and I did it! I kind of surprised myself, in fact."

Heartbreakers creator/writer Anina Bennett pens this brand new tale, and also pulls double (or should that be triple?) duty by appearing as the heroines themselves! "I'm secretly a big ham," she confesses, "so this is a great way to satisfy my acting jones. The only tricky part is pulling off some of the action poses. Try holding still for the camera while you're being blown through the air by an explosion or throwing a roundhouse kick!"

When Boilerplate, lost since World War I, is found and reassembled by the Heartbreakers, robot love quickly blooms with their android, Femiquin 44. But all is not sweetness and light, as rogue researchers from Biovoc, the Heartbreakers' former corporate owner and nemesis, set their sights on dismantling the mechanical man to discover the valuable technology hidden inside.

Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate intersperses a 73-page story with historical background on Boilerplate, including period photos. Boilerplate, already an international sensation, has been dubbed "cool" by NASA, has appeared in magazines and newspapers around the planet, and generates tens of thousands of hits per day on the creators' website, www.BigRedHair.com.

Heartbreakers Meet Boilerplate is a 6" x 8.5", 104-page comic digest appearing in June 2005. It's on page 320 of the April 2005 edition of PREVIEWS.

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