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Boilerplate: History's Mechanical Marvel Hardcover – October 1, 2009
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He produced and hosted the award-winning Chicago cable TV variety show "The Friday Club", and was lead background artist on the animated series "Stan Lee's Stripperella". In comics, he has worked on a variety of titles, including co-creating and illustrating "Chronos", a monthly time-travel series from DC Comics.
An avid history buff, Paul has garnered international acclaim as the world's foremost authority on nineteenth-century robots. With wife and co-author Anina Bennett at his side, he has lived with the Apache in traditional fashion, sailed the Pacific on a square-rigged brig, and traversed the sands of the Roman Coliseum.
Paul lives at the end of the Oregon Trail, with Anina, and a dog named Sisko.
Top Customer Reviews
The fact that this book is so well executed, so convincing that a person will ignore common sense, a basic grounding in history and even the slightest knowledge of engineering to believe that Boilerplate was real only attests to the skill, talent and vision of the artist.
I found this book quite by accident when the author's booth at WonderCon was my family's last stop of the long, tiring day. It only took a moment of scanning through this stunning, high-quality book to understand its genius. Although I find the robot's face to be personally creepy, the concept, story, history, illustration, layout, and photo compositing are simply outstanding. I have never seen a higher quality book. If you like steam-punk, history, sci-fi, mockumentaries, fiction-as-reality, illustration, or high-concept, BUY THIS BOOK. It's a steal at Amazon's price. It's also endlessly entertaining, EDUCATIONAL, and inspirational. Bravo.
But I never in a million years would have expected this much story! The sheer number of photos, paintings, and illustrations is staggering. The way Boilerplate is subtly woven into history is a treat as well, since the "light touch approach" allows the reader to actually learn a good deal of history along the way.
Besides praising the creators of this fantastic book, I really want to praise the publishers. I'm sure they were sold on the quality of the material, but the way this book has been put together speaks more of love. This is a handsomely prepared book that should withstand years and years of enjoyment. I'm so happy to have it in my library, and so proud to be able to share it with my friends.
This book now gives us a heavily expanded version of the story. Bringing together photographs, graphics, and memorabilia that is presented with an almost maniacal attention to detail. The story is well told and seamlessly weaves true historical accounts into the tale. The graphics are so well done that I was having a hard time figuring out how they were able to create them. (I work with Photoshop every day. These guys did an AMAZING job!) History, comics, steampunk, whatever! You'll dig this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book could have been such a fun way to learn some history but is instead marred by the blatant anti-US tirade throughout. Read morePublished 8 months ago by R. Fletcher
Really imaginative and well done. Boilerplate is seamlessly inserted into history.Published 18 months ago by Melinda
The story of Boilerplate makes you believe he actually existed. The photos had been photoshopped perfectly so it was difficult to tell that Boilerplate was not really in them when... Read morePublished on August 12, 2013 by Hal Allert
Boilerplate is an ambitious book, rich with detail that makes the story feel about as real as anything you can get from a history book. Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Tracy Rowan
Interesting piece of fiction about a mechanical marvel. It's too bad Boilerplate isn't real! Lots of real history notes intermixed with Boilerplate's life experiences. Read morePublished on March 9, 2013 by Cohoman
very well conceived and documented, takes an imaginative look at history, photo shop at it's finest!! I actually thought in the beginning that the subject was an actual robot.Published on March 3, 2013 by Harry Oldford