Anina Bennett
A woman with curly red hair standing behind a desk greetin people
Anina Bennett at 2010 WonderCon
Born (1965-01-13) January 13, 1965 (age 57)
Area(s)Writer, Penciller, Artist, Inker

Anina Bennett is an American writer and comic book editor and producer. Some of the famous works she has been part of are the Boilerplate robot hoax/comic or various Dark Horse Comics she has produced.[2] Anina Bennett is part of the husband-and-wife team with Paul Guinan who have been collaborating in print since 1989. Bennett and Guinan created Heartbreakers that same year. This series was groundbreaking as it was one of the first to feature clones and a group of female comic book heroes.[3] [4] [5] She is currently working with Guinan on the historical graphic novel, Aztec Empire.[6]

Early career

Anina Bennett is from Chicago and started her career working as an editor for multiple titles for First Comics and Dark Horse Comics. She married Paul Guinan in 1991 and moved with him to Portland, Oregon.


Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett's most famous work is probably Boilerplate a series about a fictional robot which would have existed in the Victorian era and early 20th century. Originally featured on a website created by Guinan in 2000, Boilerplate details the history of a remarkable robot built in the late 19th century, and features photoshopped "archival images." In reality, the robot is actually a 12 inches (30 cm) articulated model which was seen interacting with historical figures, such as Teddy Roosevelt and Pancho Villa, the famous Mexican bandit that invaded America during the Battle of Columbus on March 9, 1916. Edward Wyatt of the New York Times called boilerplate "Deliciously detailed."[7] At one point even J. J. Abrams wanted to develop a project with the 1893 robot.[8]


Paul Guinan and Anina Bennett are regulars of the comic con scene and often give seminars. [5] Bennett is also part of Friends of Lulu and the women's arts organization, Siren Nation. Both of which promote comic books to women and encourage women to enter the comic book industrial complex.

Multimedia work

Title Role Date started
Heartbreakers Creator 1989
Inventor Phillip Louis (Phil) Perew from Tonawanda, NY Creator
Dark Horse Comics Cheval Noir Editor 1989 – 1994
Aliens: Salvation [9] Editor 2013
Aliens [10] Artist February 13, 2013
Nexus Omnibus [11] Editor 2016

Published Books

Comic Con

Anina Bennett was an official guest of the following: