Richard Pini is the co-creator, sometimes-writer, editor, and publisher for the long-running fantasy graphic novel series ElfQuest. He is the author of the Eisner-nominated art book Line of Beauty – the Art of Wendy Pini, as well as co-author and editor of two other related volumes: The Art of ElfQuest and ElfQuest – the Art of the Story. A graduate of MIT in astronomy, as well as planetarium writer, lecturer, and teacher, he has contributed articles to magazines on the wonders of the heavens. He managed 2018’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration for ElfQuest, and intends 2028’s 50th anniversary to be a major extravaganza. Most recently, he executive-produced the ElfQuest Audio Movie and the 30-song concept album for Wendy’s Masque of the Red Death.
ElfQuest 45 and Evergreen
Friday September 8, 2023 4:00 pm to 4:45 pm | Room: 339-342
ElfQuest has always been seen – and rightly so – as a pioneer in independent comics publishing. But back in 1978, Wendy and Richard Pini had no desire to be entrepreneurs; they simply wanted to produce the material, send it to a publisher, and enjoy the benefits of seeing their creative endeavor prosper. However, at the time, mainstream comic publishers were not sure about this type of story. But what the Pinis created then has endured for 45 years! Now, hear directly from the creative force behind ElfQuest as they look back on how it all started and what’s next for WaRP Publishing.