What did I just see?

Very recently, we here at Elf Central began to receive email from curious and concerned readers who had started to see what looked like Wendy Pini fantasy artwork in places such as eBay – but it certainly didn’t appear to be Elfquest art. And these folks wondered if this art was indeed Wendy’s, or if it was some very clever knockoff.

The answer, in short, is: Yes, it’s Wendy’s artwork, and no, it’s not Elfquest. It’s something new and different and exciting and… Well, why not let the artist herself explain!

 


Surprise, elf-friends! You haven’t heard from me in a long while, I know. I’ve been planning to tell you, via a new WendyWords, about the various projects I’ve been working on these past months. But it seems, with regard to the artwork you see below, the Internet has beaten me to it! Yes, in addition to writing and drawing a brand new Elfquest story (about which you’ll be hearing much more very soon) I’ve been creating, and in some cases rejuvenating, a host of fantasy images for a new publisher: Land of Myth and Not.

You see, it all started some months back when Richard and I were out mall-walking and we happened upon a kiosk laden with statuettes, jewelry, cards and prints all inspired by the world of Faery. It really took me back to my pre-EQ days when I used to do similar, elaborate watercolors to sell at science fiction convention art shows. We noticed that quite a bit of the product on display was from a company called Land of Myth and Not. More to the point, I noticed their offices were located nearby. I turned to Richard and asked, “Why am I not talking to these people?” As I recall he grinned, raised an eyebrow and replied, “Yeah, why aren’t you?”

Well, one thing, as they say, led to another. Carol Percivalle and Bob Boudreau, “Fairy Queen” and “Gnome King” of Land of Myth and Not, are a delightful couple who have built a thriving business (much as Richard and I built Warp Graphics) on the premise that a lot of folks out there just can’t get enough of elves and fairies. My newly-forged relationship with them lets me indulge a love of color, line, light and shadow through intricate, winged visions and lets me share those flights of fancy with a brand new audience – as well as with you who have been with me so long and know the layers of my work so well.

We’re just beginning. It’s great fun, and just as rejuvenating for me as for my old girlfriends Flora, Fauna and Mycota. In time you’ll see Pini fairies, light and dark, popping up in New Age gift shops and chain stores like Hot Topic. Who knows where they’ll fly after that?

 


One more note from the webmaster side of the keyboard: The images that you see below are offered in different formats, sizes and prices – and onceelfquest.com gets set up with Land of Myth and Not, we’ll be offering all the variations through the online Wolfrider Shop. Many of the images (all the ones on this page except “Queen of Night” and “King of Night”) are open editions, meaning they are unlimited in number. They are offered in two sizes – 8 1/2 by 11 inches,with a retail price of $12.99; and 11 by 17 inches, retail $19.99. The limited editions (“Queen of Night” and “King of Night”) are numbered and signed, (price to be determined).

Right now, however, be aware that you may find these prints for sale on eBay at prices higher than the suggested retail. There’s nothing illegal about this. Land of Myth and Not is a publisher that sells only to retailers, and those retailers are free to resell their products at whatever price they can get. If you can find the prints elsewhere for the publisher’s price, however, why would you want to pay more?

You can browse the Land of Myth and Not website but remember, you cannot buy directly from them.

Land of Myth has asked us to repeat that: you cannot buy directly from them.

However you can contact them and ask about retailers in your area. Perhaps there’s a mall near you with a fantasy-theme kiosk that carries Land of Myth products but doesn’t yet carry Wendy’s prints; let them know you’d like to be able to purchase directly from them – they’ll get the message!

Enjoy!

 


 

 


Winged Fauna

Winged Flora


Winged Mycota

Autumn Fairy


Blue Mermaid

Contemplation


Fairy Breeze

Fairy Rose


Gypsy Moth

Lady Lacewing


Lightbringer

Little Sea Prince


King of Night


Queen of Night


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“Final Quest” panel at Emerald City Comicon

EQ ECCC screen shot

It’s fitting that the final panel gathering of the 2014 Emerald City Comicon be about “Final Quest.” Elfmom and Elfpop talk about the series and field questions from the audience, and you can see video of the entire show right here on FlipOn.tv.

Elfmom speaks!

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Don’t miss Wendy’s great interview in the landmark 125th podcast episode at MajorSpoilers.com!

EQ @ ECCC

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Meaning, Elfquest at Emerald City Comicon. In less than a week (March 28-30) we will be up to our pointed ears at ECCC 2014 in Seattle, and there are three events you won’t want to miss. Saturday at 5:40 pm there’s “Self-Publish or Perish: All-Star Edition” in which we swap Tales from the Script about indy publishing. Then Sunday, 1:00 pm, we’ll be signing (especially copies of the just-released “Final Quest” #2) at the Dark Horse booth. Saving the best for last, Sunday at 4:00 pm there’s the “Elfquest: The Final Quest” panel, where literally anything can happen (and probably will). Read the rest

Complete Elfquest volume 1 up for pre-order!

complete EQ

We’re still working closely with Dark Horse Comics to make this one spectacular package, but you can reserve your copy right here, right now! 720 pages of questy goodness, coming this summer.

Elfquest – The Long Run Podcast #5

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The Long Run takes place outside of the “View From the Gutters” normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In the fifth episode of this bonus series, they talk about Elfquest, by Wendy and Richard Pini. For this episode they read the first three story arcs: The Original Quest, Siege at Blue Mountain, and Kings of the Broken Wheel. (The audio player is at the end of the introduction.)

“Greatest Cosplayer of All Time”

WP Sonja

It certainly has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? And whether or not you agree, there’s no denying that Wendy Pini is one multi-faceted lady. A cosplay pioneer before the word was coined, co-creator and artistic force behind “the first American manga” Elfquest, imaginatrix to the re-envisioning of “Masque of the Red Death” into a futuristic musical thriller-to-be. Good reviews are always appreciated. Good and respectful reviews, now those are rare treats! Read one here.

A Howl (of sorts) in Seattle

ECCC party

If you’re attending the Emerald City ComiCon – or simply going to be in Seattle Friday, March 27, join us in celebrating 30 years of Usagi Yojimbo at the Big ECCC Party. You can get all the details right here! Big fun, worthy cause, what more reason could anyone need?

Elfscalator!

ECCC cover

Herewith the cover to the program book for Emerald City Comic Con, coming up fast the end of this month. Notice anything particularly noteworthy over toward the left side? Cover art by Brandon Graham.

Elfquest Final Quest #3 up for pre-order

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The second issue of Final Quest is still a month away from release (March 26) but the fine folks at Dark Horse are already lining up #3 for you to pre-order right here! It’ll be out on May 28. (Bundle it with #2, why don’t'cha?)

From all of us to all of you

EQ 2014 Valentine

The picture says it all – for today, for every day.