On Sunday, April 3rd, while attending WonderCon, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise. Let me know in the comments if you have trouble hearing anything and I’ll translate for you.
I was a latecomer to comics. Other than the occasional Archie or Jughead comic I’d read in the orthodontist’s office, the only comics I knew anything about were the ones in the Sunday newspaper. And then, in my early 20s, I found the Uncanny X-Men. And then I started talking about comics and discovered there were other women who read comics, too. And then one of them introduced me to ElfQuest. And that’s all she wrote. I was hooked. I read them all. I gave them to my dad. He read them all.
For me, ElfQuest was a gateway to non-superhero comics and beyond. For Dad, it was a reminder of how much fun fiction could be. And for both of these things, I thank the Pinis. (Lest you think I’m alone in my love for this series, a week or so ago, a group of fans released ElfQuest: A Fan Imagining, a sort of imaginary trailer for the movie Warner Brothers may or may not make (the property was optioned years ago). For fellow fans, this short film is a real treat.)