This week on the Sindiecate:
Richard and Wendy Pini’s ElfQuest is pretty much without question the comic that put me firmly on the road to becoming a professional comic artist, though there was no way for me to know it at the time. It was the first independent comic I followed with any regularity, and it introduced me to the aesthetic of Japanese comics more than a decade before I ever heard the word manga. ElfQuest was an original, fully realized fantasy. Wendy Pini’s art had clear storytelling and great acting, which informs my own work today. And it was girly as hell; pretty, sexy, and romantic (looking back now, awfully slashy, too). I owe a profound debt of gratitude to the Pinis for helping to pave the path my life has taken.