Soul Name

Skills and Tribal Role
Wolfrider chieftess, hunter, warrior, keeper of the Way

Daughter of Cutter and Leetah;
Sister of Sunstream;
Granddaughter of Bearclaw, Joyleaf, Toorah and Sun-Toucher;
Lovemate of Mender
Lifemate of Teir

Character Sketch
Ember is the twelfth Wolfrider chief. Named for her fiery spirit as much as for her flame-red hair, Ember was destined from birth to be a leader. As a chief’s child she enjoyed the support and attention of her entire tribe. Growing up never wanting for anything bolstered her self-confidence, but it also left her a bit coddled and caused her to take her destiny as chief for granted.

As a young child, Ember was bossy yet unfailingly brave. In her teens, she didn’t always see eye-to-eye with her chief-father Cutter, but quickly learned adult responsibility when he broke tradition and thrust chieftainship upon her while he still lived.

She is now leader of half of the tribe that split off to ensure that no matter how much the world changes, no matter how many dangers threaten, at least some Wolfriders and their Way will survive. As chieftess, Ember is tasked with protecting that legacy.

It’s a heavy burden. She sometimes suffers self-doubt and it takes every bit of her strong-willed determination to protect her tribe from both external forces and internal challenges. Yet, she understands Cutter’s reason for splitting the tribe and she has firm resolve to lead her branch of the Wolfriders according to the Way. She’s chosen not seek out the magic of the Palace to rescue her from every danger, even though she can call on her twin brother Sunstream to bring it in a flash. While she respects her history, she’s no slave to tradition and old beliefs, befriending humans and trolls alike when necessary to protect her people.

With tribemates like Mender the healer, loyal Pike, huntress Dewshine, and her devoted lifemate Teir at her back, Ember is successful more often than not.


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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.