I was 28 years old when Elfquest began. Now I’m going on 65. That’s 37 years of living, working and observing the star-reaching grandeur and repetitive idiocy of the human condition—the smaller truth within the larger. Richard and I did not know that all our musings during drives to nowhere and our long story talks about Final Quest (which coalesced in the form of a written treatment in the mid 1990s) would lead us to the halfway mark of an ambitious 24 issue, bi-monthly, color comic series in 2015.
The first four pages of issue number 12 of the Final Quest have just been posted. Head over to Dark Horse’s website to view them! The full issue is out on November 25.
We love seeing the next generation of Elfquest fans as they grow. Recently, Melissa C. shared with us her lovely daughter Kyra and we wanted to share her here with you. From Melissa: “You guys have been part of my life for as long as I can remember, so naturally when I had a daughter I couldn’t wait to share your wonderful story, kyra is 7 and perfect to us in every way, she is special needs and cannot communicate her needs well, she is full of joy and reminds me of Chitter if she could do all those things…I say all that to say kyra enjoys the colors and pictures while we read her your stories…thank you” “Kyra is such a fighter and brings anyone she’s around lots of joy.” “Her name was supposed to be Ember but her cousin was born first and got called amber so I suppose you could say her soul name is Ember.”
Over the years there have been many stories told to us about how Elfquest brought together parents and children, siblings, friends, and even partners. We have also seen Elfquest gatherings of all sorts. But one thing that we hadn’t seen was an Elfquest themed wedding. Now we can say we have. Myna Schoonover and her lifemate Scott shared these wonderful pictures from their wedding. We thought you would enjoy seeing them too. “For my Elfquest wedding, these are the name placards my maid of honor and I made.” What celebration would be complete without dreamberries?
Elfquest is the story of the Wolfriders and their adventures surviving on the World of Two Moons, but it's also the story of how these otherworldly beings took the shape of and inspired human mythology. In celebration of Halloween, we present to you Elfquest's versions of some classic mythological monsters and supernatural beings.
Have you ever created an ElfQuest-themed Halloween pumpkin? One fan decided to get a little creative this year and painted this wonderful 360 degree design on her pumpkin, featuring Cutter, Petalwing and Winnowill.
The Kickstarter campaign was a fantastic success, and we already have something amazing to show for it. Richard received an advance copy of the Deluxe Edition of “The Art of Elfquest” and as you can see, he is more than pleased:
Just when we thought the cup was full, it runneth over with an advance copy of the Deluxe Edition of “The Art of Elfquest” from Flesk Publications. Holy (every expletive you can think of, deleted)! This is possibly the most spectacular presentation of Elfquest ever.
Fresh off the success of the ElfQuest art book Kickstarter campaign, we've got vintage art on our mind. While the three new books that will be published as a result of the Kickstarter by Flesk Publications focus solely on Wendy's art, there is art by other ElfQuest artists out there worthy of remembering too. Click through to find out more about this wonderful poster by Final Quest colorist Sonny Strait.
There is some exciting stuff happening in issue 13. We know some of you may not want to read those spoilers yet, so if you want to read it head over to CBR and check it out! Issue 13 will be out January 27, 2016. h/t to Stefan Gerritsen for the heads-up that the preview was live.
Episode 20 of the ElfQuest Show podcast is live, wherein Ryan and David give voice to the sound of their minds exploding over the events of issue #11 of the Final Quest.
We did it! We met the 4th stretch goal! The postcards, bookmarks and original art for the coloring book will happen. Everyone who pledges will get them.
We are in the final days of the ElfQuest Kickstarter campaign. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to get over 900 pages of never-before-seen ElfQuest art, history, and inside insight from Wendy and Richard Pini themselves on what goes into the making of this epic, decades-spanning series. There are just a few days to go. Will you help make these amazing books a reality?
Final Quest issue #11 is here! This is the one issue you dare not miss! Get right now from Dark Horse Digital, order a copy from TFAW or get it at your local comics shop.
Exclusive Final Quest Preview is up on Comic Vine. The one issue you dare not miss! The elves’ unprecedented gathering reaches a fever pitch when Strongbow’s lifemate Moonshade, Oddbit the troll queen, Mender the healer, Skywise the stargazer, and even evil Winnowill pursue their hearts’ desires-and some dare ask for even more! Angrif Djun’s war fleet invades the Wavedancers’ waters as a shattering moment of truth occurs between Cutter and Timmain.
Flesk Publications has officially started their Kickstarter for ‘The Art of Elfquest’ and ‘Line of Beauty.’ Check it out and get in on the action today!
Welcome to our Art of Wendy Pini Kickstarter campaign. We are making available three different and amazing books that showcase the career of Wendy Pini. These three titles combined contain over 900 pages of material that comes direct from the Pini archives. Almost every piece has been scanned from the original artwork, meticulously preserved by the Pini’s since the 1970s.
Coming November 25, 2015. What happens when you discover who you really are—and realize you never wanted to know that soul-wrenching truth? Nightfall and Redlance lead a band of Wolfriders to try to learn the answer, just as the Wavedancers deliver dire news: the Djun’s warships have arrived. The most game-changing issue of ElfQuest ever! Preorder today at TFAW.
One of the greatest things about ElfQuest is that Wendy and Richard Pini take the time to weave an amazing level of detail and plot into each issue--even in the background art. Over the years so much that isn't necessarily a part of the main story arc, and could easily be skipped, can be seen by paying close attention to what's happening in the background. Often these moments are used tell us more about the characters' relationships and personalities. This is one reason reading ElfQuest is such a rich experience. Here are ten bits of wonderfulness from the backgrounds of ElfQuest. What other hidden gems have you found? Let us know in the comments below.
Laura Mehaffey is the head librarian at the Carolina Manga Library. On the Manga Library blog, she shares how she found Elfquest and it opened a doorway for her. “People often ask me what started me off reading comics. Be afraid, because you’re about to get some personal insight into a librarian’s childhood. Come into my childhood with me. If you dare…” Read the rest.
This just in from Germany (aka a real “Deutsche” treat)! It’s a beautiful hardcover, containing the first half of the Dark Horse “Complete EQ” volume 1. German-speaking fans, let us know how Popcom (Tokyopop in Germany) did with the translation. You can buy this edition here. Get the English version here. To find out more about other foreign translations, read here.
ElfQuest is Number One on Buzzfeed's "24 of the Most Life-Changing Graphic Novels" list.