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Skills and Tribal Role
Healer, warrior, hunter, and shape-changer

Son of Rainsong and Woodlock;
Brother of Wing and Newstar;
Uncle of Kimo and Serrin;
Grandson of Rain;
Lovemate of Ember and Yun;
Student of Leetah;
Friend of Flam

Character Sketch
Mender is a Wolfrider who was born and raised in the Sun Village. Unlike the rest of his family, he has a wild wolfish streak and is drawn to the thrill of action and adventure. Like his grandsire Rain, Mender is a healer. With both his wild nature and the instinct to heal that is innate in all elves with his particular magical ability, Mender is a bit of an enigma, as prone to using his powers for violent attack as he is for mending wounds.

He grew up with tales of the legendary Wolfrider chief Cutter and powerful healer Leetah and when he finally met them in person he took the opportunity to learn from both of his role models. He saw a kindred spirit in the couple’s daughter Ember–herself a child of the desert and the forest–and the two are longtime lovemates.

Through Leetah’s training and the magical influence of the Palace of the High Ones, Mender’s healing powers have grown significantly to the point where he has become quite adept at shape-changing. Something of fop, Mender uses his abilities to keep his skin a handsome bronze tone even though he no longer lives in the bright sun of the desert, as well as to inhibit the growth of face-fur that is unique to male Wolfriders. Unlike Leetah, however, Mender’s scruples are loose and he sometimes abuses his power and needs to be held in check by Ember.

Mender can sometimes be prone to pettiness and jealousy, as evidenced by his reaction to Ember’s attraction to Teir. After a bit of a bumpy period, with the help of his friend Yun, Mender came to realize that there is plenty of love to go around and the one-time love triangle now lives in harmony. He and Yun are most likely to be found sharing their furs these days.

Devoutly loyal to Ember, he revels in living in traditional Wolfrider lifestyle and can sometimes get so caught up in the Now of Wolf Thought that he takes foolish risks. But as a child of many cultural influences, Mender is a supremely adaptable elf with an open mind and a well-balanced perspective on life. He’s as likely to pal around with trolls and impersonate humans as he is to be howling and hunting with the wolves.

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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”

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.