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    Creator Spotlight: Wendy Pini

    Wendy Pini
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    A Brief History of Wendy Pini

    Wendy Pini, along with her husband Richard Pini, is the comic creative team known as WaRP. They are responsible for creating the wildly popular Elfquest series.

    Through the mid 70s, Wendy Pini become infamous for appearing at comic conventions as an actress/dancer in The Red Sonja and the Wizard Show. This led to her first professional comics work, writing an issue of Red Sonja for Marvel Comics.

    However, she’s also written and painted two critically-acclaimed graphic novels based on the hit TV series Beauty and the Beast. Additionally, she created text and illustrations for Law and Chaos, an art book inspired by the writings of Michael Moorcock.

    And in 1997 Wendy Pini designed the elfin mascot for the Enclosed Laminar Flames investigation (ELF). This was an experiment performed in space by members of the crew of Space Shuttle Columbia.

    Subsequently from 2007 to 2010, she focused on her darker side. The result was an adults-only graphic novel based on the classic Edgar Allan Poe horror story Masque of the Red Death. Her animated web comic of the same name has received millions of views. It is currently available as a limited edition, 400 page hardcover collectors volume.

    In 2012, along with Richard, Wendy donated her entire body of work to Columbia University NY Library’s archives. Her artwork and writings are permanently available to students and the public for study.

    In addition, Wendy also completed the book and lyrics for a musical adaptation of Masque of the Red Death. In November 2014, two songs from Masque were performed at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.





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    Wendy and Richard Pini’s Cult Fantasy Series Continues

    What happens when a professional illustrator and an MIT astrophysics major start talking comics? In the case of Wendy and Richard Pini (better known as WaRP), they get married and team up to create ElfQuest, one of the longest running cult series in comics.

    The first ElfQuest story came out in 1978 and set on planet Abode.  The ElfQuest protagonists are tribes of elves descended from an advanced humanoid race of aliens. They were stranded on Abode thousands of years ago while exploring the Universe. These elves were looking for a new home as resources on their home planet were dangerously near depletion.

    Bring ElfQuest’s Vivid History Together

    The Complete ElfQuest, Volume 3 trade paperback comprises ElfQuest: Hidden Years #1-5, ElfQuest: Hidden Years #8-9.5, and the entire ElfQuest: Dreamtime series. The more than 400 page book is also a cover gallery and includes commentary from original creators.

    The Hidden Years vignettes add depth to some of the characters from previous works. A standout chapter is Little Patch. In the story, an elf takes in a human child found abused and abandoned in the woods. It is sad and heart wrenching to watch a human raised by a tribe of immortals. But the story is beautifully told and illustrated.

    The Dreamtime series is a collection of the elves’ prophetic dreams from their ten thousand year sleep. While the elves slept in their protective cocoons, the world drastically changed. Now, cryptic dreams must be pieced togetherin order to survive and reunite the elf clans.


    Long time ElfQuest readers will feel the Pinis’ touch throughout this collection. Only one of the stories was not written and illustrated by the husband and wife duo. Readers new to the series should appreciate the episodic format of this volume. The individual chapters give a look into the world of ElfQuest, without forcing the reader to have intimate knowledge of 38 years worth of material.


    The Complete ElfQuest, Volume 3 TPB
    , Dark Horse Books, November 2, 2016, recommended for ages 12+, by Wendy and Richard Pini, story by Sarah Byam, pencils by Paul Abrams, inks by Charles Barnett and John Byrne, colors by Patty Cockrum and Suzanne Dechnik, letters by Gary Kato, Lorina Mapa, and Chuck Maly, $19.99

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    February Product Review Contest Winners Announced

    Hawkeye #14 review at TFAW.comSweet Christmas! You guys have once again out done yourselves by sending in so many wonderful product reviews to choose from last month, it was nigh impossible to pick just three of you for this month’s picks. However, after reading through the hundreds and hundreds of great reviews, we have hand picked three of our favorites as part of our monthly Product Review Contest. Below, you’ll find out who won from February’s Product Reviews. $25 TFAW gift certificates are on the way to the folks who posted them.

    Marina from Quail Valley, Ca stopped by with her five star review of Hawkeye #14:

    Hawkeye #14 follows the ongoing pattern with Fraction’s run, the writing is witty and expressive in a way suitable to the character. In this issue, we follow what happens to Kate in California- and we see what it really means to be a super hero sleuth. The art and writing correspond perfectly to her viewpoint and, to say without spoilers, it was an amazing issue overall.

    Elfquest: The Final Quest #1 review at TFAW.comOur second winner is Candice from Carmi, IL. She had this to say about the Elfquest: The Final Quest #1:

    Been a fan since I was 13 yrs and it a very exceptional book in my opinion. It has a little bit of everything. I love to escape into the world of Elfquest; a vacation from the real world if you will. Can’t wait to see what happens next!

    Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol. 1 TPB - Force Storm review at TFAW.comLast but not least, Chris from Campbellford, ON wrote a review for the for Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Vol. 1 TPB – Force Storm that we had to share:

    This graphic novel captivates its reader with its awesome art work and in depth descriptions of emotions and scenes. I am very happy to have bought this book and will continue to follow the series with great intent. If you have not read this series but are a star wars fan old or new it will not let you down highly suggest this!

    Thanks so much to everyone who wrote reviews last month. You’re helping people decide what to get (or what to avoid) next.

    Remember, you don’t have to write a novel to win. Product reviews can be short and sweet, or highly detailed — as long as they help other customers, that’s what we’re looking for. So submit your reviews and help your fellow collectors sort out the “HOT” from the “NOT”! Who knows, you may be one of next month’s winners.

    It’s simple! Just visit any product page and look for this:

    Click on it and our product review form will appear in a popup. Just fill out the pertinent information and submit your review, and you’re done! We’ll take a look at your review and get it up on the product page soon thereafter!

    There’s also a really easy way for you to call up everything you’ve ever ordered from us and review it. Simply log in to your account and go into the Order History Section. Next to each item, you’ll see a “Review it!” link.

    Questions? Comments? Let us know below!

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