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The power of Wendy Pini’s captivating storytelling and dynamic art is celebrated in this three book premium hardcover and deluxe set!
The power of Wendy Pini’s captivating storytelling and dynamic art is celebrated in this three book premium hardcover and deluxe set!
The power of Wendy Pini’s captivating storytelling and dynamic art is celebrated in this three book premium hardcover and deluxe set!
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Three books featuring over 900 pages of art and story by Wendy Pini!
Three books featuring over 900 pages of art and story by Wendy Pini!

Welcome to our Art of Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign. We are making available three different and amazing books that showcase the career of Wendy Pini. These three titles combined contain over 900 pages of material that comes direct from the Pini archives. Almost every piece has been scanned from the original artwork, meticulously preserved by the Pini's since the 1970s.

The Art of Elfquest, Elfquest: The Art of the Story, and Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini together present an unprecedented look at a career that has spanned over 40 years and has warmed the hearts of generations of fans. Much of the artwork in these three books has never been published--some has never before been seen.

Hardcover trade editions and special deluxe limited editions are being offered. This Kickstarter campaign, if successful, will guarantee the creation of three gorgeous premium editions, plus give you terrific rewards.

Our goal is simple: to give you great value for your support. Please read on to learn about the details of each book, the Kickstarter exclusive bonus prints, our stretch goals (two unlocked so far), the release schedule, and a bit about Wendy and Richard Pini. (There’s much more from and about them in the books!) Plus, we have plenty of sample art for you to view. We appreciate you visiting.

The Art of Elfquest trade edition cover
The Art of Elfquest trade edition cover

The Art of Elfquest
Art by Wendy Pini. Words by Wendy and Richard Pini.

1. Trade hardcover edition with jacket, 304 pages, 9x12 inches
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Deluxe Limited Edition includes a premium quarter binding with special onlaid plate on the front cover boards with slipcase. Only 500 signed and numbered copies will be available. 306 pages, 9x12 inches.

Since its first appearance in 1978, Elfquest has touched the spirit of multiple generations of readers thanks to the power of Wendy Pini’s captivating storytelling and dynamic art. Fortunately for its fans, nearly every piece of Wendy’s original art—paintings, sketches and notes dating back to the conception of the comics series—has been meticulously catalogued and preserved by her husband-collaborator, Richard. Now, after years of research and with unparalleled access to those archives, we present The Art of Elfquest, a comprehensive overview of the very best artwork spanning nearly forty years. Each piece has been meticulously scanned directly from the original artwork and approved by the Pinis. No other collection has showcased such a tremendous amount of material.

Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest

The Art of Elfquest presents a premium sampling of cover art and interior pages spanning nearly four decades of the award-winning series, beginning with historic first concepts in words and pictures. This massive collection also features sections devoted to Elfquest’s many and varied incarnations in print—calendars, portfolios, a coloring book, illustrations for prose novelization, storyboard art for film and newspaper-strip proposals, and much more. Impromptu interviews and conversations with Wendy and Richard Pini infuse the book with revealing comments to supplement Wendy’s art.

Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest

Whether you are new to the adventures of the Wolfriders or have been with Elfquest from its earliest days, you will enjoy and cherish this gorgeous retrospective, which definitively high­lights the art of a legendary pioneer in the independent-comics field.

Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
Sample spread from The Art of Elfquest
"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" trade edition cover
"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" trade edition cover

Elfquest: The Art of the Story
Art by Wendy Pini. Words by Wendy and Richard Pini.

1. Trade hardcover edition with jacket, 304 pages, 9x12 inches
2. Deluxe Limited Edition includes a premium quarter binding with special onlaid plate on the front cover boards with slipcase. Only 500 signed and numbered copies will be available. 306 pages, 9x12 inches.

Elfquest: The Art of the Story handpicks a selection of Richard and Wendy Pini’s favorite Elfquest tales, scanned directly from the original art. Wendy’s technical skills and visual storytelling abilities can be examined in glorious detail.

This book begins with the fan-favorite all-out action story of Cutter and Rayek’s most dynamic confrontation, from Hidden Years #9.5. It features full pencils by Wendy displayed side-by-side with finished inks by John Byrne.

"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" sample art
"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" sample art

Wendy’s range of style is further explored through graceful inks showcased in Heart’s Way, as well as vivid mixed-media used in Little Patch, Rogue’s Curse, The Jury and Wolfwood. These short pieces are significant examples of some of the finest Elfquest stories ever told. Each unlettered art page is paired with its as-published twin. Many also include fresh commentary, captions and layout sketches.

"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" sample art
"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" sample art

Even the most die-hard fan will appreciate this strikingly fresh behind-the-scenes journey, while those new to Elfquest will gain an unparalleled look into why the series has captured the imaginations of legions of fans worldwide. Unprecedented access to the Elfquest archives—combined with painstaking attention to detail by both Flesk Publications and Wendy and Richard Pini—now offers these gems for all Questers to share. 

"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" sample art
"Elfquest: The Art of the Story" sample art
"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" trade edition cover
"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" trade edition cover

Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini
Words by Wendy and Richard Pini

1. Trade hardcover edition with jacket, 304 pages, 9x12 inches
2. Deluxe Limited Edition includes a premium quarter binding with special onlaid plate on the front cover boards with slipcase. Only 500 signed and numbered copies will be available. 306 pages, 9x12 inches.

The term “line of beauty” describes, in one sense, a certain way of arranging lines and shapes in a drawing or painting to suggest motion, dynamic balance and grace. But in a deeper sense it can also speak to the visionary spirit that drives the creation of a piece of artwork. Whatever that spirit is, Wendy Pini demonstrates that she has had it from the moment she was delivered into this world. Given up for adoption at birth, she has been on a quest ever since for those things most of us take for granted—family, tribe and community. The search has taught her about love and loss and, above all, the power that comes from hearts and minds united in a single dream.

"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" interior sample art
"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" interior sample art

Taking inspiration from diverse sources both Western and Eastern—animation, comics, mythology, classic illustration and more—Wendy has developed a unique blend of stylistic opposites, seamlessly mingling the light and airy qualities of Japanese manga with the weighty power of American superhero comics. Whether engaged in her ongoing fantasy saga Elfquest or interpreting other writers’ words for a magazine cover, she brings both the inner and outer “line of beauty” to her work. Every composition embraces the energy of the search and the peace of reaching the goal.

"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" interior sample art
"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" interior sample art

This book provides a comprehensive look at rare material from Wendy’s two Beauty and the Beast graphic novels, her Galaxy and If magazine covers and interior art, and preproduction art from the animated The Lord of the Rings film. It highlights ambitious projects such as Masque of the Red Death and Law and Chaos, includes exquisite art from the Land of Myth series of prints, and much more. The highest quality of reproduction is made possible through direct access to the original art or the best original source material, which has been made available from the Pini archives.

"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" interior sample art
"Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini" interior sample art

1. Free Shipping in the U.S.!
All books shipped to an address in the U.S.A. receive free shipping by USPS Postal Service Media Mail with tracking.

2. Exclusive Kickstarter Bonus Prints for Each Title!
We will include an 8 x 10 inch print with art by Wendy Pini. Each book comes with its own print exclusive to that title. That's three prints if you pick up all three books.

Kickstarter bonus prints
Kickstarter bonus prints

1. Included with The Art of Elfquest
2. Included with Elfquest: The Art of the Story
3. Included with Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini

Stretch goals are bonus items that are added to the campaign as we hit certain goals. These are additional items that are free upgrades. As we gain more support, we offer more rewards as a special thank you.

Stretch Goal #1 -- Unlocked
Bonus print! Everyone will receive a second 8x10 inch bonus print with their pledge of $50 or more. This image will feature the iconic piece showcased on the cover of The Art of Elfquest.

Stretch goal bonus print
Stretch goal bonus print

Stretch Goal #2 -- Unlocked
We will add an additional 16 pages of material to each of the three deluxe limited edition books. This material will not be found within the trade edition. Each book will expand from 304 pages to 320 pages each.

Stretch Goal #3 -- Unlocked
Free 32 page Elfquest coloring book! We will give everyone a free 32 page Elfquest coloring book who makes a pledge of $50 or more. Each book comes with one copy. Order three books and get three copies of the coloring book!

Coloring book sample art
Coloring book sample art

Stretch Goal #4 -- Unlocked

Every pledge of $50 or more will receive a Kickstarter exclusive bonus pack of five postcards and three custom designed bookmarks. In addition, Wendy will produce a brand new black and white drawing that will be included in the coloring book. Please see update #8 for the full details.

Each book will ship on the following dates.

December, 2015: The Art of Elfquest. Current status: This book is 100% complete and ready for the printer.

April, 2016: The Art of the Story: Elfquest. Current status: This book is 75% mapped out and being prepared for the design stage.

August, 2016: Line of Beauty: The Art of Wendy Pini. Current status: This book is in the early stages of the book mapping stage.

A message from Richard Pini: The idea of an "Art of Elfquest" style book has been kicking around for a long time. The thing that draws people to read about Cutter and his tribe of Wolfriders is the artwork. It grabs your attention like no other. There’s something magical and otherworldly about Wendy’s style of visual storytelling. And for a very long time, I’ve thought about how cool it would be to celebrate that in a real book.

A great idea, but Elfquest is already a full-time job, and all of my time is taken up helping to get each issue out on schedule. Creating a book—design, content, logistics—that’s another full-time job and a half, and way more than I could hope to handle.

Enter John Fleskes, the guiding light behind Flesk Publications, producer of fine art books. When I brought the idea to him, he agreed that The Art of Elfquest was a good idea. Then he came to visit the Warp Graphics office, where all of Wendy’s original art—Elfquest and non-Elfquest—is archived. He took a long look, and suddenly one book became two…and then three! There is simply that much wonderful material to celebrate.

Which brings me to you, the readers—the third part of the equation without which this project could not exist. If you’re wondering why this message is from me and not Wendy and Richard both, it’s because Wendy works every day to make Elfquest the best it can be. She doesn’t think about books that examine and honor her talent and achievements. But I do. I want very much to make these books—these tributes—real. And I’d bet you do too. This Kickstarter project is a celebration we can all be a part of, giving back to someone who has, for so long, given us so much. 

A message from the Publisher, John Fleskes: What Kickstarter offers, first and foremost, is a chance to build goodwill. It affords us the opportunity to connect, create and give back to our supporters in a direct and personal way that makes the process much more enjoyable than if we simply work behind closed doors. It is also gratifying to have the opportunity to continually add value to the project through stretch goals for your backing. And to me personally, we aren’t just making a product. We are making unique Wendy Pini art books that we can be proud of and that we hope will be cherished by you, our supporters.

Risks and challenges

Why you should trust Flesk Publications? John Flesk answers:
"I pride myself on having a thirteen year record of delivering over sixty books of the highest quality. We have run five previous Kickstarter campaigns, one with Brom and Mark Schultz, both of which were delivered on time. Our third campaign was with Frank Cho, a fourth with Petar Meseldzija for his The Book of Giants book and the fifth for Tribes of Kai by Daren Bader and Lance HaunRogue. All have been on time, excpet we were two weeks late shipping the Cho books due to the books being stuck on the docks due to a California port crisis. Things don't always go exactly as planned in the publishing world. Much of the time they do, but sometimes an unexpected problem or delay arises. In the rare case that this happens, simply put, I deal with it and find a way to get the job done. I am very open about any challenges and like to share in the process so people know what's going on. I don't like surprises, and don't feel anyone else should either. I respect the artist, and our supporters too much to let them down. The good thing is that I've published over sixty books and I know how to get them shipped and delivered, and I know how to manage a schedule and keep projects on track, and I will stay motivated and energized to get the books into your hands when I said I would. Bottom line, I would not have been around this long without an excellent track record."

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