One might compare the World Wide Web to a huge electronic library. Then surfing the web becomes as informative, exciting and fun as browsing shelves upon shelves of books of all kinds: reference, fantasy, how-to, history, science, mystery...
If the web is indeed a kind of library, then Elfquest appears to have a healthy section all its own. However, with Elfquest fans scattered literally all over the globe, the Internet also provides an arena for discussion groups that provide Elfquest fans with places to talk, argue, and debate with dozens of other fans worldwide - something no brick-and-mortar library can do.
There are several "semi-official" Elfquest discussion forums, in addition to many dozens of individual, fan-managed ones. Each one has its own distinctive "flavor", and each one is worth looking into. Listed below are the "semi-official" resources; the many fan-based links are listed on the fan links page of the Fan-Faire section.
The EQUEST-L Mailing List
The EQUEST-L mailing list has been around for several years, and is the focus for much of the serious discussion on all Elf-related issues. As subscription-only e-mailing list, you will need to subscribe before you can partake in the discussions.
The EQUEST-L mailing list is hosted by Elfquest.com, but is not an official "voice" of Warp Graphics or Elfquest. We've simply chosen to provide the list a home so that Elfquest fans could have a place to communicate. As they say on radio and television, the opinions expressed on EQUEST-L are not necessarily those of the management.
To Subscribe to the EQUEST-L Mailing List
Send an email to email@example.com.
The subject and content of the message are unimportant; you can leave them blank. Only your email address, and the address you send the message to matter.
Once you have subscribed to the mailing list, you will receive an email confirming your subscription, and informing you of the rules of conduct. Please be sure to read over the rules before entering the fray of the listserver!
The FANFIC Mailing List
Do you have interests or ambitions of a literary nature? Then why not try out the Elfquest Fan Fiction mailing list as well, where stories, poems and other occasional creative lunacy is regularly posted by the subscribers.
At present, the Elfquest Fan Fiction mailing list is low traffic. However, with the proposed addition to Elfquest.com of more fan-interactive areas - including a sizable fanfic and fanart component - we expect that traffic on this list will jump! Who knows? Perhaps you will be the spark plug behind that increase!
If you subscribe to the Fan Fiction mailing list, please read and obey the rules that you will receive via email upon subscription. The administrators of the Fan Fiction list have a goal of making available an extremely high quality mailing list, with very little "noise", and they appreciate your help in achieving this.
To Subscribe to the FANFIC Mailing List
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again, the content and subject of the message matter not, only the address the message is sent to and, of course, your own email address.
Once you have subscribed to the mailing list, you will receive an email confirming your subscription, and informing you of the rules of conduct. Please be sure to read them over before posting.
There is one main Elfquest discussion forum on Usenet, established for several years and very widely propagated. This is the rec.arts.comics.elfquest newsgroup. This is a standard Usenet newsgroup, requiring no subscription or other membership before allowing you to participate in the conversations. You will need some sort of newsreader application to receive the messages posted to the group; these applications are generally available as freeware or shareware from many sites on the Web.
How you access the rec.arts.comics.elfquest newsgroup will vary wildly among different ISPs; each provider chooses which groups it will make available, and which it will block. You need to find out from your own provider if rec.arts.comics.elfquest is part of its offering. You may (no guarantees) also be able to get there by following this link: rec.arts.comics.elfquest.
Fancy a bit of online gaming? There are hundreds of MUSHes on the Internet, and more than one is dedicated to Elfquest. A MUSH, or "Multi User Shared Hallucination" (so some say) is an online roleplaying environment that allows you to take on the persona of someone else and "role play" being that other entity, in another time and another place. On Elfquest MUSHes, you can step into the shoes of an elf of the World of Two Moons and become a part of the magical world of Elfquest online...
Because their number is growing, Elfquest MUSHes are listed on the fan links page of the Fan-Faire section.
To help people see some of the resources available, Elfquest.com provides, via the web, sample read-only archives of the EQUEST-L mailing list, the FANFIC mailing list, and the rec.arts.comics.elfquest newsgroup. Check the Forum Archives section of the site and look for the Internet Archives link.
There may very well be other Internet-based Elfquest resources that we don't know about. If there are, we'd like to hear about them. If you administer or are involved with an Internet-based Elfquest resource anywhere on the 'net, feel free to mail us at email@example.com and let us know a little about what you have!