UPDATE – FEBRUARY 21, 2019. After the wild ride of last year’s Elfquest anniversary tour, Wendy and Richard are rested and ready to get back on the road.
Here’s a listing of the shows, conventions, bookstores, and other appearances they have planned for 2019 … so far. For more information on a given show, click the show’s photo or logo. Keep checking back, as listings may be added, changed, or deleted at any moment without notice.
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a note about SKETCHES
People are already asking about them. Last year, Wendy developed carpal tunnel syndrome brought on by the constant workload. Because she needs to save her drawing hand for exciting projects we can’t yet announce, she is no longer doing convention sketches. We know you’ll understand and look forward, as we are, to great things coming.
March 24, 2019 – LA Vintage Paperback Show – Glendale Civic Auditorium, 1401 Verdugo Rd, Glendale, California
“At the Los Angeles Vintage Paperback Collectors Show there will be over 80 dealer tables with tens of thousands of vintage paperbacks for sale. You can find every vintage paperback you want or need – from inexpensive filler copies to the most elusive and rare collectibles in the hobby. There is no telling what might show up. Plan for a fun day of looking. There will be treasures found.”
This is a small but fun and friendly one-day show. Wendy and Richard will be signing from 10am to 12 noon. They may or may not have books for sale, so be sure to bring your own comics and/or books, and W&R will be happy to sign them.
April 13-14, 2019 – Denver Indie Comics & Art Expo – McNichols Civic Center Building, Denver, Colorado
“Indie, Alternative and 100% Independent, DiNK Denver is a celebration of artists, writers, creators, zine makers, graffiti artists, tattoo arts and publishers from around the world. Encompassing three floors of entertainment with over 250 exhibitors, DiNK features daily panel discussions, craft sessions, adult coloring, art auctions, comedy shows and the Comic and Art Awards ceremony ‘The DINKy’ Awards.”
Wendy and Richard will attend both days; they’ll have a table where you can get books signed, and we’ll let you know about any programming they’re involved in. The show’s organizers have promised to keep them busy, so keep checking back!
May 11-12, 2019 – Hudson Valley Comic Con – Gold’s Gym & Exhibition Center, 258 Titusville Rd, Poughkeepsie, New York
“Hudson Valley Comic Con uses Comics and Cosplay to help promote reading, technology and creativity to the kids in our community. We have our annual Comic Con but also attend other events to give away comic books and offer free family photo-ops with costumed characters.”
HVCC is fast-growing family-friendly show now in its fourth year. This year for the first time, both Wendy and Richard will attend both days. SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT! This year, HVCC has invited Elfquest pack member Sonny Strait as a guest, so you can also meet the artistic wizard behind “Wolfshadow” and “Troll Games and Soul Names” as well as the colorist for “Final Quest.”
There may very well be a panel discussion and/or slide show. Check back here for details.
May 23-26. 2019 – Phoenix Fan Fusion – Phoenix Convention Center, Phoenix, Arizona
“Phoenix Fan Fusion (formerly Phoenix Comic Con) supports local non-profit community organizations, fundraisers, and events. Since 2006, the pop culture convention has donated more than $8,000,000 in exhibit space, cash, prizes, passes, and volunteer work to Make a Wish Foundation, Vitalant (formerly United Blood Services), Best Buddies, Child Help, Arizona Autism Network, and, of course, Kids Need to Read.”
Wendy and Richard will attend all days; they’ll have a table where you can get books signed, and we’ll let you know about any programming they’re involved in. Keep checking back!
June 14-16. 2019 – Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF) – Ann Arbor District Library (and environs), 343 Fifth Ave, Ann Arbor, Michigan
“The annual Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival is a collaborative production of Kids Read Comics and the Ann Arbor District Library—promoting and celebrating a lifelong love of comics with workshops, art activities, and one-on-one encounters between comics readers and comics makers.”
The Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival is an all-ages, all-weekend festival of events that highlight the growing influence and importance of comics to popular culture and education. Wendy and Richard will attend all three days, and the festival organizers are busy setting up a number of events for them. They will not have a booth or table, but will be signing books and posters at times and locations to be announced. Local booksellers will also have Elfquest books available to purchase. Check back for more news as we learn it.
July 18-21, 2019 – Comic-Con International – San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, California
“Over the years, Comic-Con has become a focal point for the world of comics conventions. The event continues to offer the complete convention experience: a giant Exhibit Hall; a massive programming schedule; anime and film screenings; games; the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards; a Masquerade costume competition with prizes and trophies; an Autograph Area; an Art Show; and Portfolio Reviews.”
This, as everyone knows, is the big one, and this year it’s even bigger, because it is Comic-Con’s 50th anniversary. Wendy and Richard have been invited as guests, and will attend all four days. W&R are involved in a bunch of programming, and we are at last able to publish their entire schedule of appearances at this show.
Thursday 12-1 pm / Dark Horse booth #2615
Friday 10-11 am / Room 29AB
Comic-Con in the 1980s – Wendy, Richard and other alumni share memories galore
Friday 7pm / Indigo Ballroom, Hilton Bayfront
Eisner Awards – fingers crossed!
Saturday 11-12 am / Panel / Room 23ABC
Creating Worlds: Building a Comics Universe for the Ages – With Dark Horse Comics panelists Mike Mignola, creator of Hellboy; Jeff Lemire, co-creator of Black Hammer; Cullen Bunn, co-creator of Harrow County; Wendy Pini and Richard Pini, creators of Elfquest; Matt Kindt, creator of MIND MGMT; and Jody Houser, writer for Stranger Things and Critical Role.
Saturday 4-5 pm / Table AA07 Autograph Area (Sails)
Autograph Area – meet Wendy, Richard, and Sonny Strait
Saturday 6-7 pm / Panel / Room 23ABC
Elfquest the Quest Continues – trust us, you do NOT want to miss this one! Something new is coming from Team Elfquest and Dark Horse Comics. The creators, writers, and artists will reveal plans for the Wolfriders for 2019 and beyond, and field any and all questions you may have.
Sunday 12:15-1:45 pm / Room 5AB
CBLDF Live Art Jam – Wendy and other great artists draw live on stage for the CBLDF auction
Sunday 2-3 pm / Dark Horse booth #2615
Also, there may be other exciting news as well – stay tuned!
October 3-6. 2019 – New York Comic Con, Javits Convention Center, New York City.
“New York Comic Con is your event. Where you can feel unafraid to geek out. Where you’re accepted and embraced for being yourself. Where you can experience the best in pop culture because no matter what fandom you’re passionate about, we have it waiting here for you.”
Because of a tight work and travel schedule, Wendy and Richard will attend Saturday only. They will appear at the Dark Horse Comics booth (#1554) at 6 pm, so be sure to bring your own comics and books for them to sign, or purchase the newest publications from the Dark Horse store.
October 26, 2019 – Bing Comic Con, Springfield, Massachusetts.
“At Bing Comic-Con we believe that providing a focus for imagination and creativity strengthens the community by bringing people together. Bing Comic-Con welcomes creators and consumers of popular comics-related art forms. All ages are encouraged to participate and celebrate with us!”
Wendy has prior commitments so Richard will be flying solo at this show. There will be books and comics available (pre-signed by Wendy so you get both) for purchase, as well was who knows what other goodies!