With Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, and Sonny Strait
Saturday May 11th
in the Panel Room
Participate in a Q&A with Wendy Pini, Richard Pini, and Sonny Strait
Wendy Pini has been drawing literally since the age of two, and has worked for Marvel, DC, First Comics, Comico, Berkley, Tor Books, and many other publishers. She is the co-creator, writer, artist and colorist for the long-running fantasy graphic novel series “Elfquest,” widely acknowledged as “the first American manga.” She has also written and painted two “Beauty and the Beast” graphic novels, as well as a critically acclaimed 400-page dark, futuristic reimagining of Poe’s “Masque of the Red Death,” currently in development with an award-winning team as a thriller for the musical theatre.
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 “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. After 2018’s year-long 40th anniversary celebration for Elfquest, his sights are now set on facilitating the newest chapter in the series.
Sonny Strait has over 20 years of professional experience in the arts.
Most recognized as the voice of Krillin and Usopp on the wildly popular Dragon Ball and One Piece franchises as well as an illustrator for the most famous, independently published comic book series Elfquest. As a voice actor, Strait is considered to be one of the most recognized voice actors in the business. He’s played numerous roles including Maes Hughes in Fullmetal Alchemist, and Cartoon Network’s laid back, robot host Toonami TOM. He has also worked as a writer and director on several TV series including Dragon Ball Z, Escaflowne, Lupin III and Yuri on Ice. As a comic book artist he has 17 published works to date including his work on Elfquest(published by DC Comics). He’s considered one of the top Elfquest artists from its over 30-year history. In 2007, he wrote and illustrated a graphic novel about a reluctant punk rock, faerie princess named Goat. The book, called “We Shadows”(published by Tokyopop) was nominated by The American Library Association for Best Graphic Novel in 2008. Recently he returned to Elfquest as a colorist for Dark Horse Comics and was a major contributor on the artist retrospective book “Line of Beauty; The Art of Wendy Pini” (Flesk Publishing). He continues acting today and teaches at Sonny Strait Studios in Denton TX.