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Skills and Tribal Role
Tribal elder, advisor, hunter, warrior, and blacksmith

Brother of Joyleaf;
Lifemate of Rillfisher and later Clearbrook;
Father of Dewshine;
Uncle of Cutter;
Grandfather of Windkin

Character Sketch
A gruff, no-nonsense tribal elder, Treestump serves as chief when Cutter is absent. Though his calm acceptance of The Way lends him a certain forgetfulness, more than a thousand years of life has filled Treestump with a calm well of wisdom. Good-humored yet occasionally grumpy, he is something of a father figure to the entire tribe.

He received his name when Bearclaw watched his friend stand like an “ol’ tree stump” during a troll ambush. The strongest wolfrider, Treestump’s thickly muscled frame hides a vulnerable side, too—especially when it comes to protecting his tribe and the memories that do stay with him.

Treestump was consumed by grief when his recognized mate, Rillfisher, was killed by a falling branch, leaving him to raise their young daughter, Dewshine. This early loss has made Treestump even more fiercely protective; he finds it hard to wait when those he loves are in danger. Clearbrook, another tribal elder and one who understands a lifemate’s loss, has gradually come to fill the space in Treestump’s life left by Rillfisher’s death. It took time, patience and healing-and the release of One-Eye’s spirit-to leave the way open for this new relationship.

While he is the eldest male Wolfrider, the others do not see Treestump as “over-the-hill”. Like a good whiskey, his character only deepens with age. He isn’t without a comical side, and is willing to take as much teasing as he dishes out.

When the Wolfriders returned to the Father Tree Holt, they were without trolls to forge brightmetal. With Clearbrook’s help, Treestump is teaching himself forging and blacksmithing in the caverns formerly occupied by Greymung’s Trolls.

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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.