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.
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
“With its beautiful art and compelling story, ElfQuest made an indelible impact on my childhood. But, perhaps most importantly, it taught me that female characters can be as varied and complex as their male counterparts.” – Lyra Selene, Searching For Superwomen
Not a week goes by that we don’t read a post or private message: “Any news on the Elfquest movie?” Okay, it’s been a little while, but that’s why you can scroll down through past entries, to catch up on what you might have missed. It was almost two years ago (January 20, 2012) that Warner Bros., after having had Elfquest under option and consideration for four years, said “no.” And it was about a month prior to that (December 11, 2011) that Wendy posted on Facebook: “As you know, Richard and I are waiting to hear if Warner Bros., by the end of January, will green light the Elfquest movie. Read the rest
Thanks to savvy friends and Elfpop’s willingness to be late to an appointment, here is the segment of “Comic Book Men” about Elfquest. Our thanks to all involved! (But really, Walt… Leelah???)
Get your order in now to have the first issue of Final Quest shipped the week of January 22, 2014!
It was bound to happen, and it has. Elfquest – Final Quest is out in the world, and cries of “Don’t spoil it for me!” ring through the land. Once again, the conflict erupts between those who just can’t wait to talk about new surprises, and those who haven’t yet seen the issue. A patchwork of etiquette has grown up around the so-called “spoiler alert” – the notice, in bold capital letters at the start of any discussion in which key plot points or unexpected twists may be revealed. Read the rest
Convolution 2013 wraps up today, and it’s about as happy an end to this year’s convention schedule as we could have wished. We’ve met many lovely Elfquest fans, new and old, and we’ve been treated like royalty by the con staff (who, in addition to all else, made up these spiffy badge tags – or whatever they’re called – that seem to be all the rage lately). Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who made us feel welcome! Now “Final Quest” is hinting, loudly, that playtime’s over so it’s back to the grindstone for us. Read the rest