I had apparently missed this when it first released, but Bob “Mr. Media” Andelman has an interesting interview with the powers behind WaRP Graphics, Wendy and Richard Pini. Adelman talks to the Pinis about their current project, an online adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Masque of the Red Death.”
Interesting bit about the beginnings of “ElfQuest” and the independent comics movement of the late 70s and early 80s:
WENDY PINI: Let me jump in here and say that for the first few years, we didn’t know what Elfquest was going to be. Was it going to be an elaborate hobby? It was certainly making money for us, but at the time, Richard was working for IBM, and we just felt that having that security blanket, in other words, flying with a net of IBM, made things a lot less stressful. The decision Richard had to go through as to whether or not to quit IBM and go full time as an independent publisher, particularly when there was no precedent for this. We really had no role models at the time. Elfquest was one of the very first independents, and we knew a few other people who were doing things in different ways, but there was no situation that was particularly like ours. It really took months and months for the decision to be made to let go of the safety net and to just fly in freefall. And fortunately, Elfquest did have wings — and how many flying metaphors am I piling up here? So we were very lucky in that regard. For the “Classic ‘Quest,” which is covered by the first four volumes, the sales just kept going up and up and up and up to the point where, around about issue #18, we were selling 100,000 copies. We were selling as much as X-Men at the time.
– Matt Price