Skills and Tribal Role
Storyteller, keeper of the dreamberries, spearman, hunter

Lifemate of Krim and Skot; father of Sust and Chiepar; son of Rain; brother of Rainsong; protégé of Longbranch

Character Sketch
Pike is the Wolfriders‘ happy-go-lucky howlkeeper, a fun-seeking and mischievous “keeper of the dreamberries,” always content with a roll in the furs and a sack of wine. Ready with a certain sarcastic insight that even a Go-Back would not mistake for intellect, Pike’s storytelling gifts nonetheless represent the memorious soul of a tribe given to forgetting. His love of the easy path–and for the intoxicating berries–remains unchallenged by the heartbreak that befalls him more than once. If a more thoughtful side to Pike’s character eventually emerges, its manifestations are yet uncommon; he has no grand ideals or desire for quests, and constantly needs to be told what to do. His initiative is generally limited to matters of sex, low humor, partying, fighting, larceny, and sex.

The son of Rain the Healer, who tried to force recognition by magical means, Pike himself joked that the experiment went awry. Of his mother, nothing is known.

Pike-elfquest-youngWhile named for his choice in arms, Pike’s greatest fondness is for the vision-inducing fruits that grew around the holt. An aficionado of Old Maggoty’s finest Dreamberry wine, Pike’s tolerance for less savory brews extends further even than Bearclaw’s; as a result, he is quite capable of causing and getting into trouble.

The storyteller Longbranch saw the boy’s interest in the howl and designated him as his successor. When the Wolfriders were burned from the Holt, Pike ensured the berries’ survival and was first to benefit from Redlance’s nascent plant-shaping power. In the Sun Village, he spent much time with Shenshen, consoling her upon his departure.

When the Go-Backs Krim and Skot joined the Wolfriders, Pike was drawn to their rough and ready cheer and the three became lifemates. Pike treasured his new family, often seen fooling around and scrapping with one another.

Pike is usually cheerful, but death has dealt him heartache. Pike shared a dance with the Go-Back warrior Vaya only to have her torn from his arms in battle. He discovered the frozen remains of the tortured rockshaper, Mekda. He watched his family’s first child, Chiepar, die in infancy.

If seemingly unencumbered by the fact, Pike is certainly aware his parents were unrecognized, and in the self-deprecation and fooling around may be found a measure of insecurity; despite Longbranch’s tutelage, it is not for years after his mentor’s death that Pike is seen to fully adopt the mantle of howlkeeper. When the Wolfriders slept millenia to await the Palace’s reappearance, Pike teased out his tribesmates’s dreams and unraveled their meaning.

Nowhere have we seen Pike’s heart more wounded than when his lifemates joined the attack on Citadel Mound. Though far away, he knew of Skot’s death at once, and saw his shadow in the fire—a mystery that hints at the strange power of the elves’ psychic bonds. Reunited with Krim after the palace was restored, the two grieved for their departed third—and she told him that she was pregnant.

Krim and Pike subsequently joined Ember’s wild hunt, where they raised their son, Sust, to rambunctious adulthood. Pike often finds himself restraining his bluntly expressive lifemate, not least during the Wolfriders’ latest battle with the tyrant Angrif Djun.

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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 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”

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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.