Welcome to the World of Two Moons!
Elfquest is the longest-running independent fantasy series, with more than 15 million comics, graphic novels and other publications in print. The story of Cutter, chief of the Wolfriders, and his quest to find others of their own kind on the World of Two Moons, Elfquest was first published in 1978 by creators Wendy and Richard Pini. The first issue of The Final Quest is now available immediately online, on Dark Horse's comic app, or in print.
Back in 1982, Original Quest reader Steve Purbrick surprised the dreamberries out of us with this marvelous, just about life-size sculpture of Petalwing, the ever-lovable, ever-irritating Preserver “bug.” Until now, the sprite’s never been seen in such close detail, and eventually it will take up residence within the stately library stacks of Columbia University. Breeeeee-dee-deet! Enjoy!
Elfpop here: Never have I read words that so well capture the source of my frustration, disgust, and sometimes even rage, at mainstream comics, Hollywood and – guilty by association – fandom, for embracing this inhuman model of “storytelling” and thus perpetuating it. Discuss. Read the article here.
Drum roll… Hats off to supreme Questers Ryan Browne and David Mizejewski, who have created the very first podcast devoted exclusively to Elfquest! The first episode features David and Ryan discussing Final Quest #2, and their plan is to do one episode for each issue of Final Quest. They’re also talking about doing special episodes in between that focus on specific topics like Wendy’s art or specific story themes. Listen to episode 1 right here, and be sure to comment and make suggestions to The Elfquest Show! Read the rest
It is done, it is finished, it is on its way to Dark Horse via upload even as I type these words. What happens in this issue? What doesn’t?! July may seem like a long way off, but we promise it will get here before … August. (In the meantime, feel free to speculate. We admit or deny nothing.)
Now that his tale is told, we thought you’d enjoy seeing Wendy’s very first design for the human hunter, Lehrigen. If nothing else, it’s a reminder of the differences the passage of time has on us, and on the elves.
From Dark Horse: SEATTLE, WA—In 1978, Wendy and Richard Pini first published what would become one of the most revered classic-fantasy epics in comics. Today, ElfQuest continues to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages, as Chief Cutter and his Wolfriders battle savage humans, forge lasting alliances, and discover strange new lands in this ultimate fantasy adventure! Dark Horse proudly presents ElfQuest: The Original Quest Gallery Edition, a one-of-a-kind edition, which collects the first five issues of The Original Quest (“Fire and Flight”) in their gorgeous original glory. Read the rest
Dark Horse posted a gripping preview of issue 2 of Elfquest: The Final Quest, which is out next week and available for pre-order.
Nearly 35 years later (being uploaded late 2012) the only surviving record of the legendary “Red Sonja and the Wizard” show is finally available for viewing. This was the final – and best – performance, given by Wendy Pini and Frank Thorne (with Richard Pini on sound and special effects) at the San Diego Comic Con in 1978. Someone in the audience had a Super-8 film camera and caught as much of the show as possible under difficult conditions, thus the variable quality of both sound and picture. Read the rest
Elfquest fans translate Cutter’s sword New Moon from 2-D image to 3-D reality! (Send us more examples and we’ll post them all here.)
Years back, we began an Elfquest convention souvenir sketch book and – as you might guess – asked the artists whose work we enjoyed to render an elf. Didn’t matter in what context, in what style. Simply, draw an elf. The results, for the first time ever, are showcased here for your enjoyment. Please enjoy (share the link to the entire gallery if you like) but don’t use these images for any other purpose, on any other web site or personal stationery or computer wallpaper or anything else. Read the rest
There’s still 8 days left in 2013 and, by Two-Spear’s shaft, we’ve got the 2014 Elfquest Fan Art Calendar prepped and ready for its close-up, Mr. DeMille! Our heartfelt thanks to every one of the baker’s dozen of artists who contributed artwork for the “DreamScapes” theme – and special thanks to Maggie Atkinson who wrangled everything into place on time so we can present it to you before the New Year begins. (You can also go to CafePress and find a selection of 2014 Elfquest calendars, including “DreamScapes,” ready for hanging on your office, den, or troll cavern wall!)
In the spirit of “A Wolfrider’s Reflections,” the Elfquest filk song album (still available from Warp) come two new and previously unreleased songs by the awesomely talented Julia Ecklar. “Going Back” and “The Troll King’s Dream” – interpreted with “an arsenal of celebrated symphony players and a multiple-Grammy award winning sound engineering crew” – are part of “Horsetamer,” the long-awaited sequel to “Divine Intervention,” released by Prometheus Music. Find out more, and listen to samples right here.
On September 17, 2000, Nienke Hoek-Kruidenier organized an Elfquest Fan Day in Holland. Nearly six dozen people showed up and, among many other EQ-related activities, contributed notes and drawings on a full size bedsheet (about 80×100 inches) that they then shipped to us. I sure hope we sent a thank-you note but truth to tell, I can’t remember. This lovely souvenir has just now resurfaced because, along with so much else, it’s going into the Elfquest archive at Columbia University. The photo doesn’t do it justice, but we hope it serves as our better-late-than-never thank-you to Nienke and all those wonderful folks!
This may not directly be Elfquest-related; maybe it is. If you know anything of Michael Moorcock’s “Stormbringer” stories, you know why this painting is an oh so delicious parting shot. In a way, it’s the “Easter egg” that you sit through the closing credits of a movie to see at the very end. Wendy Pini’s “Law and Chaos” was an early-1970s college project to bring an adaptation of “Stormbringer” to limited-animation life. The film never got produced but the surviving artwork did eventually see the light of day, first as the 1987 Father Tree Press paper publication, and much more recently, as a Flash-driven sort of e-book (you can read it here). Read the rest
For some months now, I’ve been scanning Wendy’s original art pages, before delivering them to Columbia University’s graphic novel archive collection. Today, I worked on “Hidden Years” #4 and, oh, what a flood of feelings it unleashed. It was in this story that a barely teenaged Ember first pushed back against the protective (she would have said “overprotective”) envelope of Cutter’s concern. And now, in “Final Quest,” Ember is grown up, a chief in her own right, with concerns of her own that… Well, you know I never give away anything that could be considered a spoiler. Read the rest
Talk about the line of beauty! Wendy has long cited Erté (often called “The Father of Art Deco”) as an artistic influence. This really came to the fore inside Blue Mountain. In 1989, a German publisher asked to do a special Elfquest serigraph, and Elfmom came up with this sensuous “Winnowill – an Homage to Erté.”
It’s been one helluva year for Elfquest (and all that that implies, Mr. Mansley) as creative roller coaster ride, and for us as jes’ plain folks. So on this day, as the final pages of the calendar begin to flutter to the floor, we take a moment to give thanks for everything that’s happened, from the large and public down to the small and personal. No need to make a list; the memories swirl together like the spices in hot mulled wine and everyone’s got his or her own recipe. Read the rest