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Soul Name

Skills and Tribal Role
Huntress, warrior, archer, and scout

Daughter of Brownberry and Longbranch;
Lifemate of Redlance;
Mother of Tyleet;
Grandmother of Pool;
Age mate of Cutter

Character Sketch
Trustworthy, brave and determined, Nightfall is defender of all she loves and believes in. She would have no fear of felling a long-tooth with just a knife in her hand—but she would prefer to have her bow. A huntress, she kills to provide and protect, but is also a seductive maiden, fond of dancing naked in the moonlight with her friend, Leetah.

A striking counterpoint to her gentle lifemate, the tree-shaper Redlance, Nightfall refused to be parted from him in the Burning Waste, despite knowing it might mean her death as well as his. Like yin and yang, the two complemented each other so well they shared their soul names.

Nightfall is Leetah’s staunch supporter and close friend. At least twice, Leetah has come to her aid: first in saving Redlance in the Burning Waste, when all seemed lost; and again years later, in Nightfall’s personal quest to mother a child. By “forcing” Recognition between Nightfall and Redlance-using her healing powers to cause conception-Leetah was responsible for the birth of Tyleet.

Though there was once a vast age difference between the two, Nightfall and Leetah are now closer in age. This is due to Nightfall being left behind, with her tribe, when Leetah, Skywise, Sunstream and Ember were spirited away into the future.

Nightfall grew up with Cutter and the two were childhood playmates. As adolescents, she did not fully reciprocate his feelings for her, but remained close. Years later, she and Redlance helped Cutter find a measure of peace while he waited for his family to return. They became a second family to him, able to show Cutter that “life could be sweet within the waiting.”

Nightfall is comfortable with the advances her Chief-friend has brought to the Wolfriders. While content to hunt, howl and live free, she does not fear change.

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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

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!

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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?)

From all of us to all of you

EQ 2014 Valentine

The picture says it all – for today, for every day.