Moonshade Final Quest #1

Soul Name

Skills and Tribal Role
Tribal elder, tanner, seamstress, gatherer, and huntress

Lifemate of Strongbow;
Mother of Crescent, Dart and Freetouch;
Grandmother of Bowki;
Possible daughter of Brightwater

Character Sketch
Moonshade is a Wolfrider elder and tribal tanner. A creative “maker” by nature, she takes great pleasure in turning animal hides into beautiful, functional clothing. Although the process of tanning leather can be lengthy and tedious, she enjoys the quiet hours bringing the beauty out of supple hide and transforming it into clothing. That she also plays a useful, practical role in her tribe only adds to her enjoyment of her work. In turn, she’s also passed on her skills to others, including Tyleet and Shuna.

Always experimenting with new materials, designs and patterns, Moonshade has expanded out from leather and, working with Sun Folk tailors, learned the art of weaving preserver webbing into translucent silk. She enjoys the new challenge of turning the gossamer material into the flowing clothing favored by the elves that dwell in the Palace of the High Ones.

Moonshade is completely devoted to her lifemate Strongbow and has been known to defend him even when she knows him to be wrong. Over the centuries, they recognized multiple times and have borne three children, Crescent, Dart and Freetouch.

Though naturally quiet and peace-loving, Moonshade is strong-minded.  She does not shy away from speaking her mind when her ideals are challenged, or from picking up a sword to defend her people when they are threatened. Ever the traditionalist, she is a Keeper of the Way, reminding her tribe of (and sometimes enforcing) the simple pleasure of following the straightforward Wolfrider life philosophy. She’ll even go as far as to challenge her chief when she feels the Way is being compromised.

While sticking hard and fast to the Wolfrider’s Way has served her well for over a thousand years, living in the constant magical presence of the Palace of the High Ones has recently opened Moonshade’s heart and mind to new possibilities. What affect will that have on her role as Keeper of Way and her relationship with the traditional and stubborn Strongbow?



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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

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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


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?)

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EQ 2014 Valentine

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