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 Prologue and first three issues of The Final Quest are now available immediately online, on Dark Horse’s comic app, or in print.
Important! Comic Con is getting close, and for those of you hoping to find us (Wendy and Richard) to say hi, get a book or three signed, pick up a copy of the newly-released Final Quest #4… here’s the scoop. We will not have a booth or table this year. We will be signing at the Dark Horse booth two, maybe three times on two, maybe three days. As soon as you get to the show, check the program book to find out where and when. Read the rest
This is a toughie, because the examples from which I want to choose range wide and deep, yet I want to kick this thread off with a single instance. I hope everyone who reads this will then add to it. I want also to avoid any whiff of cronyism – which might, to an outside observer, seem impossible. Nevertheless, I’m not here because of a 40+ year personal and professional relationship with Wendy Pini. I’m here because of the intensifying (even to me) realization that Wendy has been and continues to be, in so many ways, a pioneer. Read the rest
Just out from Dark Horse Comics, here’s the solicitation for issue #5! ElfQuest: The Final Quest #5 Wendy Pini (W/A/Cover) and Richard Pini (W) On sale Sept 24 Full Color, 32 pages $3.50 Ongoing Separated and weakened by unanswered Recognition, can Ember and Teir survive long enough for a rescue? Three factions must join to save the pair — Cutter and his companions, Ember’s own Wolfriders, and the mysterious realm of elfin spirits. If they fail, the lovers may die. If they succeed, what shattering secrets will be revealed and new threats unleashed? Read the rest
We’re just learning this ourselves now, so here goes! Friday through Sunday – Find us at our table (#2011, 2013), to get stuff signed, show us your EQ tattoo, or just say hi! Friday, June 6, 11 am – Wendy and Richard Pini signing in the Dark Horse Comics booth (#535) Saturday, June 7, 12 noon – “Elfquest – the Final Quest” panel. Concentrated essence of Elfquest as Wendy and Richard riff, and anything goes! Sunday, June 8, 12 noon – “30 Years and Counting: Comics Classics in the Modern Age” panel. Read the rest
Otto von Bismarck, the chancellor of Germany during the 19th century, famously said “There are two things you don’t want to see being made—sausage and legislation.” To this we would add “…and big sprawling creation myths.” Over the course of nearly forty years – longer than some of you have been alive! – we’ve been weaving Elfquest’s complex tapestry. At times, because in our enthusiasm we wanted to explore more of the World of Two Moons that ever possible for two people to manage, we invited other writers and artists to play in our creative sandbox. Read the rest
Wendy posted this on Facebook, and it certainly bears repeating here. ===== I have something important to say – please bear with it because it actually has a lot to do with the most recent issue of “Final Quest” (and all of “Final Quest” for that matter). In the news and social media, right now, vigorous dialogue about sexism and misogyny has been aroused by the recent Isla Vista shooting spree. Unfortunately, I’m seeing a lot of hate and blame being directed not at specific offenders, but at men in general and young white males in particular. Read the rest
Walking to and from my morning coffee fix gives me precious quiet time to think on things. This morning’s question was, “Why do I like the new X-Men movie so much?” (I know full well that liking is its own reason. But I felt there was more.) “Days of Future Past” is to the X-Men franchise what “The Avengers” is to the rest of the Marvel universe. Both movies take the best of all previous bits and pieces – some of which are, to be sure, kind of clunky – and, under a masterful guiding hand, wrap them up into a neat and most pleasing package. Read the rest
Sound the alarm! Have Facebook, Twitter, online forums and blogs killed the letter of comment? You know … those things you used to write to your favorite comics and hope that they got chosen. Have they gone extinct? Do fans still like seeing their names in print? Why are we asking? Because Dark Horse just reported that their supply of LoC’s (letters of comment) for Final Quest has dried up – and we’ve only just begun the series! Can it be that you find nothing comment-worthy left to write about? Read the rest
The Great Elfquest Archiving Project is beginning to feel like it’s been infiltrated by HYDRA. “Scan a drawing and two more shall take its place!” There’s no longer enough space in the office (where the scanner lives); the art is spilling upward and outward into the living area. And even this is but the tip of the iceberg.
Here at Warp we don’t let anything go to waste. We recycle! As a publisher, Elfpop is famous (or notorious) for repurposing the EQ saga in different ways for different markets. As a storyteller, Elfmom often does the same – only with names or characters. Years before Elfquest, Wendy created a kickass female character called Veiya, Daughter of Stone. In the archives, we’ve unearthed plot treatments and art layouts that show just how deep Elfquest’s roots go. Veiya (in name and spirit) became Vaya, Kahvi’s warrior daughter. Read the rest
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.
It’s the question that causes artists, when they hear it, to roll their eyes. Some answer jokingly: “I subscribe to the Idea-of-the-Month Club. They deliver a six-pack right to my door.” Some say nothing, feeling it to be an inane question. The truth is, ideas abound, in the most ordinary places and things, just begging to inspire. Example: This very morning, the unassuming object pictured here sparked an hour-long discussion about several events and situations upcoming in future issues of “Final Quest.” Will we spill any beans about that discussion? Read the rest
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.