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Skills and Tribal Role
Huntress, warrior, and guard

Lifemate of Pike and Skot; mother of Cheipar and Sust

Character Sketch
Krim is a Go-Back through and through. Always ready for combat or a wrestle in the furs, she can cut you down to size with her sword—or her tongue. Her role-model was her former chieftess, Kahvi, whose memory she is ever-ready to defend. She isn’t the easiest nut to crack, but if you can make Krim laugh, you’ll have an easier time finding her soft side.

She and her fellow Go-Back, Skot, left with the Wolfriders after the war for the Palace. Krim was probably the one who came up with the idea for the pair to go off and explore the world beyond the Frozen Mountains. After settling in the Forbidden Grove, she and Skot formed a bond with the Wolfrider, Pike. The three of them became lifemates (later treeing with Shenshen too).

Krim gave birth to one male fawn, Cheipar, who did not survive infancy. Krim took his death in stride. She, Pike and Skot later had another son, Sust. Krim wasn’t aware that she was pregnant until after Skot’s death; ready, even eager to die for the elves’ cause, learning she was with child inspired her to stay alive. With Krim hardly the mothering type, however, young Sust would be raised by the seat of his pants.

When the Palace was restored, Krim and Pike were reunited and found comfort in one others’ arms. They joined Ember and the Wild Hunt at Howling Rock, tracking down Winnowill’s magically-altered beasts.

Motherhood hasn’t tempered this warrior by any means, and she still has no trouble speaking her mind to friend or foe. When the reformed elf-hunter, Lehrigen, approached the tribe to inform them he was mortally ill, Krim was outraged to see Kahvi’s braids among his trophies, and had to be restrained from killing him on the spot. Fighting together against the minions of Angrif Djun, however, the two stuck a deadly deal: if Lehrigen enabled her to get close enough for a shot at killing the Wolfriders’ mortal enemy, Krim would give him the quick death he desired.

Hacking their way through the guards, Krim gleefully castrated the Djun, but sustained fatal injuries before Pike could drag her to safety. Touching minds one last time, she handed him her sword, for Sust, and told him “Going back, it isn’t just the palace.” Lehrigen, himself bleeding out, assured Krim that Kahvi died “magnificently” and begged to see her eyes-the two died laughing together at the once-ruthless hunter’s mawkish last request.

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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”

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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

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.