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 latest cycle, The Final Quest, is being published by Dark Horse Comics.
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
Just discovered: This has the look of something very early in Elfquest’s history, but the style of the elves is developed beyond the first few issues of the Original Quest. It’s a presentation piece … but for what? To quote Father Fyodor, “Come on, brain!”
In another dimension, where Hollywood “got it” years ago, and made the Elfquest movie we all dream about, you could walk into the local department store and find swag like this (photo courtesy of Zach Hilgefort). So let your imagination run wild and free. What other EQ goodies might be available in this lovely alternate universe? Fire up Photoshop (or whatever art/photo app you like) and kick it up a notch! Maybe some of the magic will seep over into this world’s movie-making strongholds – you never know!
New York Comic-Con is over and done. I feel like the owner of the shawarma restaurant, at the VERY end of “The Avengers” movie, sweeping up after a weekend of loud, crowd, and broken-but-unbowed. We have two more shows for 2013 and then it’s serious knuckle-down time. 2014 holds not only six issues of “Final Quest” but, as we just learned, two BIG – in both size and page count – collections of classic Elfquest, in glorious classic black and white. Read the rest
Yesterday, October 10, New York Comic-Con opened up its 2013 show and Elfquest “Final Quest – Special” premiered to a non-stop autographing line at Dark Horse Comics, our new publishing home. Check out the huge EQ banner (visible from just about everywhere on the exhibit floor)! We’re scheduled for signings every remaining day during the show, and we hope to see you there!
October 10, 2013. It’s too early in the morning, but the celebration won’t sleep. Last evening, we had a stunningly wonderful gathering at Columbia University’s Butler Rare Book & Manuscript library. Today, we unveil the new face of Elfquest.com, thanks to the imagination of our own Rob Beschizza. EQ’s newest web incarnation, launched in 1994 as the first domain dedicated to its own comic book series, is now even more socially interactive. Very much a work in progress, we’ll continue to roll out new features and tweak existing ones to make your visit here more exciting than ever!
After months of work and years of waiting, Elfquest is back in print with the Final Quest Special, a 64-page one-shot prelude to the forthcoming conclusion to Elfquest’s grandest storyline. A free preview is available, and you can order the book right now for less than $6. Too impatient to wait for the mail? Buy the digital edition online and get reading immediately.
Five classic covers from Wendy Pini, and a classic Siege at Blue Mountain scene reimagined by Emily Hu, are the first Elfquest paintings available as large, beautifully-rendered prints at We Love Fine.
Go and check out the many designs, colors and sizes, for both men, women and children!
A two-inch wolf-head pendant modeled on that worn by the tenth chief of the Wolfriders! It comes with a 24″ chain with a small lobster clasp. The back of the pendant is hollow, and it has an antique silver finish. Best of all, it’s just $16 from We Love Fine.