UPDATE – August 30, 2021.
This is very difficult. It feels like March 2020 all over again. We very much wanted to get back on the convention circuit for over a year. But after dipping our toes in the water with a couple of shows in 2021, we’ve come to the realization that we don’t yet feel safe being in an enclosed space with a lot of people. Also, the news about surges of the Delta Covid variant on both the East and West coasts has further alarmed us.
So it is with great regret, we think it wise and necessary to cancel our remaining appearances for this year. We’d bet you are disappointed; we are too. Thank you for your understanding, and we look forward to the time when it will be fun and safe to attend conventions again.
Wendy and Richard Pini Appearance FAQ
Here are some answers we questions we frequently get regarding our appearances. Please check back regularly for the latest updates.
“Can I give Wendy and Richard a hug?”
Even though they’re both fully vaccinated, they’re playing it super safe. Masks at the ready. No handshakes or hugging. But they’ve come up with their version of an air high-five. From a scene in “Siege at Blue Mountain,” Wendy has devised the Big W – which can stand for Wolfriders or Warp or simply “welcome.” Cover 4 fingers on one hand with 3 fingers on the other (hide the pinky), and there you have it.
“Does Wendy do convention sketches?”
No. Wendy stopped doing these a few years ago, for a number of reasons. No exceptions.
“Will they bring comics/books/stuff to sell?”
Possible but unlikely. They will generally have signing cards for sale, but shipping bulky cartons long distance is an expensive pain. If a show is within driving distance they may bring books and other goodies. FYI, cash is preferred; we can take plastic but the card companies take a slice.
“Will they be autographing comics? Is there a fee?”
Yes, and yes. Here’s how it works:
- For most “everyday” ElfQuest comics and books, the first one is free and then $5 each after that.
- For rare or “collector” or oddball items (unboxed figures, t-shirts, obscure publications, complete title runs, portfolio sets, etc.) – $20 per item signed.
- For CGC (or similar) witnessed signature on “Fantasy Quarterly” – $100.
“Why are they charging for signatures? They didn’t used to.”
Yes, actually they have before. And the reason is simple: Conventions don’t pay them to be there, so the time spent traveling to, being at, and getting back from a show, adds up to days of work time (and income) lost. It’s just math.
All 2021 appearances have been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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