Soul Name

Son of Joyleaf and Bearclaw;
Soul-brother to Skywise;
Lifemate of Leetah;
Father of Ember and Sunstream;
Adopted father of Shuna;
Grandfather to Korafay and Shukopek
Nephew of Treestump;
Cousin of Dewshine

Character Sketch
Cutter gained his chief’s lock and the mantle of leadership as a teenager, following the death of his father, Bearclaw. While his name denotes his skill with a sword, he is not a cold and merciless death-dealer. Cutter has always led his tribemates, some of whom are many hundreds of years his senior, with a gentle but firm hand. Strong in his beliefs, he will nevertheless bend even the most fundamental of them if the health and well being of his tribe is at stake. Skywise, his closest friend, believes that the traits setting Cutter apart from all past Wolfrider chieftains are his imagination and ability to not only accept change, but take advantage of it.

Though Cutter had early on been described as “… artless, frank hearted, and wild as a beast of prey …”, age and Leetah’s influence have mellowed him. After the quest to recover the Shards of the Palace, Cutter bid farewell to his daughter, Ember, at Howling Rock Holt so she could lead her own tribe of Wolfriders. Cutter, Leetah, Suntop, and most of the older Wolfriders returned to live at the site of the original Father Tree Holt — the place of his birth.

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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

Elfmom speaks!


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



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!

complete EQ

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


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”

WP Sonja

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?


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


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.