Note: I had no idea Natalie was doing coverage of the panel I was at during New York Comic Con, but she does give a pretty decent summary about what went on there. I also reviewed Boilerplate here when it first came out in 2009.
According to husband-and-wife creative team Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett, comedy makes history more palatable. And sometimes, real photos (with some creative Photoshopping) reach out to geeks more than the pages of a graphic novel. That’s how they came up with Boilerplate: History’s Mechanical Marvel, which allows readers to experience key moments of the 20th century through the titular robot’s adventures. A cheeky style and fascinating mythology behind our hero elevates the work from coffee-table-book status.
But who is Boilerplate? From NYCC’s panel “Comics Studies Conference 5: Boilerplate: History of a Victorian Era Robot,” here are 5 things to know before you can start traveling through history with him.