DC COMICS ACQUIRES PUBLISHING, MEDIA & MERCHANDISING RIGHTS TO THE LANDMARK COMIC BOOK SERIES ELFQUEST

New York, NY – March 6, 2003 – DC Comics has acquired worldwide publishing rights in all formats and languages as well as media and merchandising rights to the wildly successful, epic-adventure fantasy comic book series Elfquest, it was announced today by Paul Levitz, President & Publisher, DC Comics.

Elfquest is the magical universe of elves, trolls, mer-elves, primitive humans and fairylike creatures that has attracted a rabidly loyal fan base since the first black and white comics were self-published in 1978 by artist/writer Wendy Pini and her husband and series editor Richard Pini.

“It’s a pleasure to bring Wendy and Richard’s incredibly original universe into our diverse publishing program,” said Levitz. “We hope to take their quarter-century of success and build it together to new heights.”

“We are big believers in new beginnings,” said Wendy Pini. “Coming as it does on the silver anniversary of the release of our first issue of Elfquest, we feel this opportunity is a gift from the Universe that frees us up to create new epic adventures in brand new formats for a brand new audience as well as for our longtime fans.”

“After a quarter century of shepherding Elfquest as far as the two of us could take it, we are thrilled, now, to have the power, punch and creativity of DC Comics behind us,” said Richard Pini. “We can’t imagine a more respectful and enthusiastic partner to help us take our beloved characters into new realms.”

Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, Elfquest has been called “one of the most important works in American fantasy” by the American Library Association. As part of the initial publishing plan DC Comics will be publishing a full-color, hardcover archive series and compact-sized black and white trade paperbacks, along with a DC Direct merchandise program, plus new, original Elfquest material to be produced by the Pinis.

There are over 12 million Elfquest works in print as the series has been published in a variety of formats including comic books, graphic novels, prose novelizations, short story collections, reference and related books. The Pinis published the series out of their modest two-person office in Poughkeepsie, New York.

With an audience ranging from pre-teen to adult, a captivating, diverse cast of characters and emotionally charged stories, Elfquest is a natural fit for DC Comics, the world’s largest English language publisher of comic books.

Elfquest is TM & © 2003 Warp Graphics, Inc.

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“Final Quest” panel at Emerald City Comicon

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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

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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!

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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

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