Wendy Pini née Fletcher, (born June 4, 1951) and Richard Pini
(born July 19, 1950) are the husband-and-wife team responsible for
creating the well-known
Elfquest series of comics, graphic novels and
prose works. They are also known as WaRP (as in Warp Graphics).
1 Early life
2.2 "Masque of the Red Death"
3 Awards and honors
4 Appearances in other media
6 External links
Wendy Fletcher was born in
San Francisco in 1951, and from an early
age demonstrated the talents later to come to fruition as a
professional illustrator, and eventually as the creator of Elfquest.
Wendy's youthful interest in fantasy was inspired in part by such
Shakespeare and Kipling. She took artistic inspiration
from Victorian illustrators such as
Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac,
designers such as Walt Disney, Doug Wildey, and Erté, as well as
comic book greats such as
Jack Kirby and Japanese manga artist Osamu
Richard Pini was born in 1950, in New Haven, Connecticut. After an
exemplary academic performance at school, he was accepted into the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for an astrophysics
degree. Always a fan of science fiction, at college he found a new
diversion in comic books.
Wendy Fletcher and Richard Pini met when Pini read a letter of
Fletcher's that had been published in issue #5 of the Silver Surfer
comic book. A correspondence began, spanning a period of four
years. The two eventually married in 1972, and Wendy embarked upon a
career as an illustrator for sci-fi magazines. A degree in astronomy
from MIT led Richard to a position at Boston's Charles Hayden
Planetarium as lecturer, photographer, script writer and special
effects technician. Later, he taught high school astronomy, then
worked for IBM until
Elfquest became a full-time occupation.
Fletcher contributed several covers and illustrations to Galaxy
Science Fiction and Galileo magazines in the mid-1970s, before
Elfquest in 1978. Richard Pini, who had been working for
IBM, is credited as co-writer and editor on Elfquest, as well as
handling all of the publishing and business aspects of Warp Graphics.
Prior to the widespread publication of Elfquest, Wendy was also known
for dressing up at comic book conventions as Red Sonja.
In addition to Elfquest, Wendy Pini also created two graphic novels
based on the TV series Beauty and the Beast and has illustrated
occasional stories for both
Marvel Comics and DC Comics. She wrote an
introduction to the first volume of the Gargoyles trade paperback and
mentions being a fan of the show.
Wendy Pini wrote a book documenting her attempt to make an animated
film project of the
Stormbringer series. Law and Chaos: The
"Stormbringer" Animated Film Project was published by Father Tree
Press (an imprint of the Pinis' WaRP Graphics) in 1987. The book
contains original artwork, information on the characters, an overview
of the plot, and Wendy Pini's personal investment in the project. The
film never reached completion. However, the full content of Law and
Chaos may be found on the
Masque of the Red Death
Masque of the Red Death web site.
"Masque of the Red Death"
Main article: Wendy Pini's Masque of the Red Death
In 2007, Wendy Pini turned her attention to a new project unrelated to
Elfquest. Taking the Edgar Allan Poe short story "Masque of the Red
Death" as a starting point, she adapted the tale into both graphic
novel and web comic formats, giving it a futuristic, dystopic
Awards and honors
1979 Ed Aprill Award (New York Comic Art Convention) – Best
Independent Comic (Elfquest)
1979, 1980 Alley Award (Elfquest)
1980 Small Press Writers and Artists Organization – Best Artist
(Comics), Wendy Pini – Best Editor (Comics), Richard & Wendy
1980 San Diego Comic Convention –
Inkpot Award (Wendy Pini, Richard
1981 Phantasy Press Comic Art Awards (Woody Awards, in honor of Wally
Wood) – Best Alternative Comic (Elfquest)
1983 Small Press Writers and Artists Organization – Best Comic
1983 Heroes Award (Heroes Aren't Hard To Find) – Best Black and
White Magazine (Elfquest)
1984 New York State Jaycees Distinguished Service Award (Wendy &
1985 Balrog Award (Sword and Shield Corp. of Denver, Colorado) –
Best Artist (Wendy Pini)
1986 Fantasy Festival Comic Book Awards (El Paso Fantasy Festival) –
Best Alternative Comic (Elfquest)
1987, 1988 Skywise (
Elfquest character) inducted into Massachusetts
Institute of Technology freshman class
1989 Golden Pen Award (Young Adult Advisory Committee, Spokane,
2002 Friends of Lulu Women Cartoonists Hall of Fame (Wendy Pini)
Appearances in other media
Characters based on Richard and Wendy Pini appear in Ghost Rider
volume 1, #14 (Oct. 1975), as well as issues #15, #17, #18, and #19,
which were written by Tony Isabella. Richard is a special effects
technician and props arranger, and Wendy is a costume designer.
Elfquest and Wendy Pini are both referenced in Marvel's Uncanny X-Men
#153 (January 1982), "Kitty's Fairy Tale", written by Chris Claremont.
In that issue,
Kitty Pryde wears an
Elfquest T-shirt throughout, while
a sprite named "Pini" makes an appearance with "Bamf" on p. 16.
Fantastic Four #242 (May 1982), series writer/artist John Byrne
Elfquest play staged at a theatre built over the site of
the flophouse where the
Human Torch found the amnesiac
Fantastic Four #4.
^ a b Miller, John Jackson (June 10, 2005). "Comics Industry
Birthdays". Comics Buyer's Guide. Archived from the original on
October 30, 2010. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
^ Stated by Richard Pini in
Elfquest #1, cover dated
August 1985, on the "Quests and Answers" letter page.
^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved
^ "Wendy & Richard Pini Biographies". Warp Graphics, Inc.
Retrieved April 20, 2010.
^ Evanier, Mark. "Notes From Me" Archived 2005-11-03 at the Wayback
Machine. POV Online (Dec. 31, 2004). Accessed April 28, 2009.
^ Back cover, Masque of the Red Death, by Wendy Pini, Vol. 1,
published by Go! Media Entertainment, June 2008
^ MIT Freshman Picture Book, 1987 and 1988
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Wendy Pini and Richard Pini.
Wendy Pini at the Comic Book Database
Richard Pini at the Comic Book Database
Wendy Pini at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Richard Pini at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
Masque of the Red Death—an erotic, "decadent" re-telling of the
original Poe story in webcomic fo