“Hip hip” hooray!

Dear Elf Friends,

Some of you who have been with us for a long, long time may remember editorials or interviews in which Richard and I explained that I was born with congenital hip dysplasia and that we were going to be doing things to correct it, bit by bit, over time. My first surgery in 1984 was a big ‘un that interrupted the publication of EQ magazine for quite a few months while I recovered. Other surgeries followed, culminating in the replacement of my left hip in 1991. This past weekend my long and lesson-filled relationship with arthritis ended quite happily as I went fully “bionic.” After an extremely successful procedure – that took only an hour and a half! – I’m already home from the hospital and doing fine.

It’s only been three days, but I’m independently mobile, using only my cane to get about. I have the kind of surgeon who believes in pushing yourself, so no coddling for the next couple of weeks. Richard, who has been there for me every step of the way, and I will be taking lots of muscle-strengthening walks until the cane is a thing of the past. I may never jog a mile or jump rope or get into parachute diving, but there’s nothing wrong with gliding through life, is there? I know some very contented elves who do it all the time!

We read each and every one of your thoughtful get-well messages and appreciated them deeply. Some of you expressed sorrow that I had to go through pain but, honestly, don’t give it a thought. This is the easiest surgery that I’ve had. I truly believe that positive thoughts have power, and since this operation went so well, I’m thinking the love and light that you – as well as friends and family – sent has a lot to do with why I’m home so soon. So thank you very much indeed!

DC comics has been very cooperative in adjusting their publishing schedule around my recovery. Nevertheless, our editor extraordinaire Bob Greenberger is already noodging about deadlines. Today he called with well-wishes and to let us know that Grand Quest Volume Three is out and should be appearing in bookstores and comic shops any day. These volumes are selling very well which means somebody’s buying ‘em – hopefully that next, new generation of readers we’ve been looking to pull in! But Richard and I have in no way forgotten you longtime EQ fans; we would love to hear what think about this new manga-style format. To us it’s a fresh look at the characters and story at a pace that enables us to focus on scenes that originally got a bit glossed over. I’m finishing up Grand Quest Volume Four, the most complicated manga-izing job yet, and am startled by how much more menacing Winnowill is when she gets more close-ups!

“Searcher and the Sword” will be out, of course, in time for this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con and we’re very eager to share this new Elfquest tale with you. Richard and I will be attending the con and signing as many copies of S&TS as you bring us. Look for us at the DC booth, just like last year. And maybe, at some point, a bunch of us can sneak upstairs to the food court for some EQ fun and chat. I’ve always wanted to do that, rather than set up a formal panel.

Well, my “sitting time’s” up – gotta get up and move around. Rejoice for me, kitlings. All’s well here and just getting better by the minute!





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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.