Soul Name

Skills and Tribal Role
Hunter, warrior, chief hunter and protector of the Sun Village, founder and leader of the Jackwolf Riders, bodyguard of Shuna

Son of Moonshade and Strongbow;
Brother of Crescent and Freetouch;
Lovemate of Shushen;
Lifemate of Serrin and Talmah;
Father of Bowki;
Close friend of Kimo

Character Sketch
Dart was just six years old when he and the other Wolfriders were burned out of the Father Tree Holt by superstitious humans. Although his parents live the most strictly according to the Wolfrider’s way of life, Dart grew into young adulthood in the Sun Village and considers himself as much a member of the Sun Folk as he does the Wolfriders.

When the Wolfriders left the village to follow Cutter on his quest to find and unite the children of the High Ones, Dart chose to stay behind to become the Sun Villagers’ hunter, protector and teacher. With help from Woodlock, he taught a select group of villagers to hunt and defend their home. The wolf pack left with the Wolfriders, but the wolf-friends of Dart, Woodlock and Rainsong stayed in the desert and mated with local jackals, creating a desert-adapted hybrid pack known as jackwolves. Eventually, Dart taught his elite group of village protectors to ride the shaggy beasts, and in doing so founded the Jackwolf Riders, who defended the Sun Village for thousands of years from predators, humans and even other elf tribes.

The battle with the Go-Backs over the Little Palace changed something inside Dart. He worked to rebuild the Sun Village, but could not escape the memories of the battle and the death of his lovemate and soul brother, Shushen. He chose the deep sleep of preserver wrapstuff to free himself from the heart-crushing pain of the loss of his beloved and the soul-haunting memory of killing other elves.

Dart SaTSBeing sealed in wrapstuff did not prevent his Recognition to Serrin, and Dart emerged from his hibernation. Their son, Bowki, brought Dart a measure of happiness again and a chance to forget the past for a while. Serrin and her lifemate Talmah welcomed Dart into their family, and he helped raised Bowki until the dark memories became overwhelming and he went back into wrapstuff.

After thousands of years of sleep, Dart finally made a kind of peace with his past and rejoined the world of the living. He led a quest to the Forevergreen and confronted both humans and the mad Glider, Door, after which he chose to rejoin Cutter’s Wolfriders in their Holt. The fact that the Sun Folk also reside there in the Palace of the High Ones gives Dart a feeling of wholeness that he’s not known since childhood.

While the spectre of the past still occasionally casts its shadow over his heart, Dart spends most of his days in the forest in the blissful state of living known as the Now of Wolf Thought…that is, when he’s not serving as bodyguard to Shuna on her quest to eliminate human prejudice against elves, or keeping his little sister Freetouch out of trouble.


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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!


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



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.