On this day, July 19, 1950, comic writer and artist Richard Pini was born in New Haven, Connecticut. With his wife Wendy Fletcher Pini, they created the Elfquest series of comics, graphic novels, and prose works. A fan of science fictions, Richard Pini studied astrophysics at MIT and then worked as a lecturer at Charles Hayden Planetarium and then for IBM until Elfquest became a full-time focus.