The Trolls are the descendants of the ape-like servants of the firstcomers, who, having rebelled at their slave-like status within the palace, caused the cosmic disaster that left them all stranded in the primeval, pre-historic era of the World of Two Moons. Taking to the caves and tunnels beneath the mountains, they changed and grew, and with time became uglier and more materialistic in nature. Their relationships with elves range between outright conflict, and a grudging respect borne of good trading relationships. Their mechanical creativity and industrial minds have led them to veritable wonders of technological productivity, especially when aided by their mysterious mentor, the half-elf, half-troll Two-Edge.
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?)
The picture says it all – for today, for every day.
This isn’t a spoiler, as the cover to Final Quest #3 has already appeared on the web. But we thought you’d enjoy seeing the final art up against Wendy’s preliminary sketch.
Elfpop here: Wow. Just, wow. Even I, Mr. Archive, missed this one until I discovered “Ladies” by Boris and Doris Vallejo in a used book shop just a few days ago. Back in the late 1970s when Wendy’s involvement as Red Sonja was giving way to her commitment to Elfquest, we knew the Vallejos. We’d visit them now and again, break bread, talk art and comics. Then life happened, they moved, and we fell out of touch. Boris creates spectacular photo-realistic fantasy art, and it’s no secret he uses human models in the process. Read the rest
The guys at Comic Relief do a podcast on indy comics and give Elfquest a very nice seven-and-a-half minutes. The entire show is at their site but you can hear the EQ segment on its own right here.
Now that Elfquest “Final Quest” has launched, more and more people want to learn what’s behind the scenes. Bring it on! Here’s the latest from Geekadelphia. And here’s another from Panels On Pages.
One of the best moments of our “Final Quest” #1 autographing (January 24, 2014 at Hypno Comics in Ventura, CA) was when a lovely hearing-impaired couple came up and the fellow wrote a single word on a slip of paper: “Send.” He then proceeded to demonstrate his invented hand sign (just before going a little bit Rayek on us). Priceless!
A day before the issue actually hits the stands, there have been at least two wonderfully gratifying advance reviews. The first half of a two-parter can be found at Sequential Tart, and a brief but lovely shout-out leads off today’s column at Geekadelphia!
With “Final Quest” #1 just around the corner, Richard & Wendy Pini have a brand new interview at Comic Book Resources. It’s a gooder!
Every day brings another someone’s brand new discovery of Elfquest. Dark Horse and Bleeding Cool have made the intro easy right here!