Catching a quick breath…

Dear Elf Friends,

It seems I have only a bit of time to write you between projects, these days. Including the special EQ 25th Anniversary issue, which came out this July, that’s four books completed for and published by DC in 2003! Whew! And the year’s not even over yet!

Not for one moment, however, do I intend to abandon WendyWords as it not only gives me a chance to catch up with all of you out there, but also provides an opportunity for me to reflect on events unfolding ever more swiftly around our favorite elves.

Richard and I just put Grand Quest Volume One (DC Comics’ black-and-white digest version of “Fire and Flight” – aka Book One) to bed this morning and, after the briefest of breaks, we’re planning to plunge right into the relettering, recoloring and reformatting of Elfquest Archive Volume Two. This work is so much fun, you’d think it was a video game – and, in a way, it is. Each new/old page, as it pops up on my computer screen, is a challenge. What changes will improve and enhance it? What do I leave alone? Decisions, decisions. By the way, FYI, there is new, never-before-seen artwork in all the DC reprints. Finding it is like playing “Where’s Waldo?” Enjoy!

This week or next (it’s November 19 as I write these words) Elfquest Archive Volume One hits comic shops and bookstores everywhere, along with Wolfrider Volume Two – which concludes the saga of Bearclaw. Look for the archive edition in the graphic novel section, but most likely you’ll find Wolfrider One and Two displayed with the Japanese manga (we just saw it in a Barnes and Noble yesterday near the adventures of Ruroni Kenshin. What a hoot!)

Early reactions to the first Elfquest Archive show the changes and improvements are being really well received. Here are a couple of links to some very neat DC Comics/Elfquest related message boards. One’s onEZBoard and the other’s right on DC Comics’ own site. Also included is our latest interview - so you can get in on the buzz.

Now for a good and fair question: A few of you are asking, “Since I have a complete set of the Donning/Starblaze editions and/or the Warp 10th anniversary volumes, why should I shell out my hard-earned dough yet again, for essentially the same material?” Richard’s and my respectful response is this: Please compare the quality, content and overall production values of these DC editions to your current collection and judge for yourselves. In cooperation with DC’s editorial and production staff we’ve polished and upgraded Elfquest in every way that makes sense in order to give long-time fans – and new ones – a fresh and exciting reading experience. In fact, we’re so proud of these newest archive editions that we think of them as the definitive version. So do consider all of that in your decision.

What else is going on? Oh, yeah! Searcher and the Sword! I’m halfway through that 92-page, full-color puppy, slated to be released some time next year. We’ll let you know the exact date soon as we get clearance, but for your enjoyment now, here’s the study for the cover. As it stands, our schedule calls for us to produce the digests (heck, call ‘em manga, that’s what we do) every two months and the Archive editions twice a year. But DC Team EQ is fully aware how important it is to continue the Elfquest storyline and keep bringing out new material. So next year, somehow, it’ll all work out so we finally get to accompany the elves on their newest quest. I don’t know about you, but for Richard and me that’s still what it’s all about. Nothing compares with the sheer pleasure of telling the story. Ain’t it a great time to be into elves?

 

Hey, I’ve gotta get back to the Wacom tablet! Catch you next time I come up for air!

Much, much love,

Elfmom


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“Final Quest” panel at Emerald City Comicon

EQ ECCC screen shot

It’s fitting that the final panel gathering of the 2014 Emerald City Comicon be about “Final Quest.” Elfmom and Elfpop talk about the series and field questions from the audience, and you can see video of the entire show right here on FlipOn.tv.

Elfmom speaks!

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Don’t miss Wendy’s great interview in the landmark 125th podcast episode at MajorSpoilers.com!

EQ @ ECCC

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Meaning, Elfquest at Emerald City Comicon. In less than a week (March 28-30) we will be up to our pointed ears at ECCC 2014 in Seattle, and there are three events you won’t want to miss. Saturday at 5:40 pm there’s “Self-Publish or Perish: All-Star Edition” in which we swap Tales from the Script about indy publishing. Then Sunday, 1:00 pm, we’ll be signing (especially copies of the just-released “Final Quest” #2) at the Dark Horse booth. Saving the best for last, Sunday at 4:00 pm there’s the “Elfquest: The Final Quest” panel, where literally anything can happen (and probably will). Read the rest

Complete Elfquest volume 1 up for pre-order!

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We’re still working closely with Dark Horse Comics to make this one spectacular package, but you can reserve your copy right here, right now! 720 pages of questy goodness, coming this summer.

Elfquest – The Long Run Podcast #5

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The Long Run takes place outside of the “View From the Gutters” normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In the fifth episode of this bonus series, they talk about Elfquest, by Wendy and Richard Pini. For this episode they read the first three story arcs: The Original Quest, Siege at Blue Mountain, and Kings of the Broken Wheel. (The audio player is at the end of the introduction.)

“Greatest Cosplayer of All Time”

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It certainly has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? And whether or not you agree, there’s no denying that Wendy Pini is one multi-faceted lady. A cosplay pioneer before the word was coined, co-creator and artistic force behind “the first American manga” Elfquest, imaginatrix to the re-envisioning of “Masque of the Red Death” into a futuristic musical thriller-to-be. Good reviews are always appreciated. Good and respectful reviews, now those are rare treats! Read one here.

A Howl (of sorts) in Seattle

ECCC party

If you’re attending the Emerald City ComiCon – or simply going to be in Seattle Friday, March 27, join us in celebrating 30 years of Usagi Yojimbo at the Big ECCC Party. You can get all the details right here! Big fun, worthy cause, what more reason could anyone need?

Elfscalator!

ECCC cover

Herewith the cover to the program book for Emerald City Comic Con, coming up fast the end of this month. Notice anything particularly noteworthy over toward the left side? Cover art by Brandon Graham.

Elfquest Final Quest #3 up for pre-order

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The second issue of Final Quest is still a month away from release (March 26) but the fine folks at Dark Horse are already lining up #3 for you to pre-order right here! It’ll be out on May 28. (Bundle it with #2, why don’t'cha?)

From all of us to all of you

EQ 2014 Valentine

The picture says it all – for today, for every day.