Wendy Pini was born Wendy Fletcher in San Francisco in 1951. She grew up on an isolated ranch in Gilroy, California. Her work was influenced by of turn-of-the-century illustrators, film and TV animation, Shakespeare, Japanese history and legend, modern fantasy, and the Ramayana.
Largely self-educated Wendy began exhibiting her artwork in fanzines and at science fiction conventions in the mid 1960s. In 1972 she married Richard Pini and in 1974 she began her professional career as an illustrator for science fiction magazines such as "Galaxy," "Galileo,"and "Worlds of If."
In 1977, a deeply personal project called "Elfquest" was born. As the first continuing fantasy/adventure graphic novel series in America to be co-created, written and illustrated by a woman, ELFQUEST became a cult success where it was published for a short time by both DC Comics in the 2000's and Marvel Comics in the 1980's. It attracted a mix of male and female readers. Over three million copies of the collected graphic novel volumes have been sold to date.
With husband/editor/facilitator Richard, "Elfquest" graphic novels, co-written and illustrated prose novelizations, produced calendars, portfolios and art prints and provided cover art for the "Elfquest" related anthology series "Blood of Ten Chiefs."
In the late 1980s Wendy wrote and illustrated two graphic novels based on the cult hit TV series "Beauty and the Beast." She also supplied the text and illustrations for "Law and Chaos," an art book inspired by the writings of Michael Moorcock. Wendy has also done work for Marvel Comics, First Comics, Comico, "Frazetta Fantasy Illustrated" magazine, and DC Comics, though the vast majority of her career output is "Elfquest"-related.
In 2018, she completed her epic series "Elfquest" with "The Final Quest" published by Dark Horse Comics.
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