ElfQuest FAQ


Q. What is Elfquest?
Q. How did you guys/Elfquest get started?
Q. When’s the next issue of Final Quest out?
Q. How long is Final Quest slated to run?
Q. What’s next after Final Quest?
Q. But… but… there are still so many unanswered questions, characters we didn’t get to explore, etc. I want to know it all!
Q. It’s been a while. How do I catch up?
Q. No, I mean “catch up” on the stories between “Kings” and “Final Quest” – and I only want the Wendy and Richard stuff, not any other writers and artists.
Q. Where can I find EQ comics and publications?
Q. Where can I buy other Elfquest products?
Q. Ouch! I live outside the US and the charge for postage on my Elfquest Shop order is way high! Why?
Q. I just saw the Elfquest video for auction on eBay – is it legit?
Q. Where can I find the out-of-print color volumes?
Q. What is this “Masque of the Red Death” thing that Wendy did?
Q. Is the spelling WaRP, or Warp?
Q. Can I send email to Warp Graphics?
Q. Can I send letters/packages (snail mail) to Warp Graphics?
Q. Can I send comics and books to Warp Graphics for Wendy and Richard to sign?
Q. I’m a great artist / inker / writer. Can I draw / ink / write for Elfquest?
Q. What’s my EQ collection worth?
Q. Can I still get the original Elfquest collections in color?
Q. How about Elfquest games (role playing, board, etc.)?
Q. Will there be an Elfquest calendar for (fill in the year)?
Q. When is an Elfquest movie coming out?!
Q. What about the Elfquest CD/Tape?
Q. Will there ever be a second album?
Q. I just saw the movie “Wizards” and have to ask: was Wendy’s art on Elfquest influenced by it?
Q. In the (Starblaze, Warp, DC) version, a character’s (eyes, hair, skin, clothes) are a certain color, but it’s different elsewhere. What’s up with that?
Q. Aren’t all Wendy and Richard’s Elfquest stories considered canon? And stories by anyone else non-canon?
Q. So, since in Final Quest, some things (events, history, characters) are different from the way they appeared in earlier stories…Are you retconning Elfquest??
Q. Final Quest is going to change FutureQuest too, then, isn’t it?
Q. Are the Sun Folk getting lighter in skin color lately?
Q. Can the Wolfrider wolves send?
Q. Do Elfquest elves kiss?
Q. What’s the difference between lovemates, lifemates, and soulmates – and where does Recognition fit in (if at all)?
Q. What, then, is Recognition?
Q. Can Recognition occur between two elves of the same sex?
Q. Do any elves other than the Wolfriders have soul names?
Q. Are the Preservers male or female or both or neither? And how do they reproduce?
Q. What exactly is the Scroll of Colors?
Q. Do you have a legal information page?
Q. Can I use Elfquest graphics on my web page?
Q. What about using Elfquest art for a tattoo?
Q. May I create and sell Elfquest themed art and prints and products and such?
Q. I know sites that let you upload art to make skins for phones or other custom products. Can I use Elfquest art there? It’s for my own use only.
Q. But I want Elfquest stuff! Why don’t Wendy and Richard just license Dark Horse or Funko or Lego to make more stuff I can buy?
Q. Can Wendy do a commissioned piece of artwork for my friend’s (significant other’s, child’s, etc.) birthday (wedding, anniversary, etc.)?
Q. My (child, significant other, friend) is a really great artist. Can I send you their art, and can you give them some feedback and/or praise?
Q. What about fan fiction (fanfic)? Can I send you a story I’ve written for your appraisal?
Q. What internet tools do you use to make Elfquest.com?

What is Elfquest?

From an interview with Wendy a few years back, here’s a concise yet thorough, and still-relevant answer: Elfquest is an ongoing heroic fantasy graphic novel series, with science fictional undertones, about a band of alien beings who look like elves trying to survive on a hostile world that is not their ancestors’ planet of origin. The storyline focuses on the elves’ struggle to remain true to their harmonious, nature-loving ways despite the encroachment into their territories of an ever-increasing human population. The art style of Elfquest, whether mine or any of the other talented artists Warp Graphics has employed, is a combination of influences from classic fairytale illustration to Japanese anime or manga. Although our elfin cast of characters, like Cutter, Leetah, Skywise and Rayek, have a big-eyed, childlike appearance, their adventures take them psychologically, spiritually and physically to very dark, very grown-up places. It’s my firm belief, based on years of fan feedback, that anyone willing to fully explore the epic-sized world of Elfquest will find their views of modern society mirrored, their prejudices challenged, and their understanding of relationships – of all kinds – forever changed.
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How did you guys/Elfquest get started?

There are two questions that we’ve been asked a thousand times. This is one of them; the other is “Where do you get your ideas?” And because we’ve already answered them over and over, we’re going to do it different here. Fire up your web browser, and into the search field (Google, Yahoo, Bing, whatever), type “Elfquest interview.” You’ll get a bunch of links to pages and Youtube videos that will answer those questions and more. Here’s just a few; enjoy!

http://comicsalliance.com/wendy-pini-richard-pini-dark-horse-elfquest-final-quest-interview/
http://elfquest.com/elfquestions-an-interview-with-wendy-and-richard-pini/
http://www.geekadelphia.com/2014/01/29/an-interview-with-elfquests-wendy-and-richard-pini/
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When’s the next issue of Final Quest out?

The prologue and issues #1-#18 of Elfquest – the Final Quest are available now and available at comic book stores as well as from Dark Horse Comics directly. You can get the digital edition immediately at digital.darkhorse.com.

Barring any snags, issue #19 will be released April 26, 2017.
Issue #20 will be released June 28, 2017.
Issue #21 will be released August 23, 2017.
Issue #22 will be released October 25, 2017.
Issue #23 will be released December 27, 2017.
And issue #24 will be released February 28, 2018, forty years TO THE DAY after the release of Fantasy Quarterly #1, which began the whole thing.
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How long is Final Quest slated to run?

Final Quest is a planned series (just as Siege at Blue Mountain was, for example). There will be a total of 24 bi-monthly issues (each containing at least 20 pages of story) plus the Prologue (sort of an issue #0) that ran 60 pages. These will be gathered into 4 volumes, the first two of which (Final Quest volumes 1 and 2) have already been published by Dark Horse.
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What’s next after Final Quest?

That remains to be seen. On the one hand, Wendy has said after the conclusion of Final Quest, she will have been writing and drawing comics for 40 years and no longer wishes to work under the deadline pressures necessary to produce an ongoing comic series. However, we know that the Elfquest story continues into the future of the World of Two Moons (as evidenced by Jink and The Rebels). Richard and Wendy stand ready to serve as story and art advisors on any future Elfquest projects. Stay tuned – who knows what the future holds?
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But… but… there are still so many unanswered questions, characters we
didn’t get to explore, etc. I want to know it all!

That’s a tall (not to mention impossible) order. Elfquest isn’t an encyclopedia. Instead, think of the entire series as a person, maybe someone you like very much. No matter how much you like or love them, you can never know everything about them, because people are infinitely complex. They have layers upon layers upon layers; some stuff may be deeply private to them, not wishing to be shared. But you can know enough to love and accept them as they are. That’s all Elfquest asks of its readers. Not even Wendy and Richard know every last detail, nor do they want to, for that would surely get squarely in the way of telling the story.
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It’s been a while. How do I catch up?

The Complete Elfquest Vol. 1 contains the whole of the original 20-issue run of Elfquest. The Complete Elfquest Vol. 2 contains Siege at Blue Mountain and Kings of the Broken Wheel. The Complete Elfquest Vol. 3 collects Wendy’s Hidden Years stories in color, plus Dreamtime, plus more. You can purchase these books through Amazon, or from Dark Horse, or directly (and signed by both Wendy and Richard) from Warp Graphics itself. Also, you can read every other Elfquest story, up to 2013, right here at Elfquest.com.

Longtime fan? Catch up on the Final Quest with collected volumes from Amazon, or from Dark Horse, or again, signed, from Warp Graphics.
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No, I mean “catch up” on the stories between “Kings” and “Final Quest” – and I only want the Wendy and Richard stuff, not any other writers and artists.

We understand that you may have a special fondness for “the Wendy and Richard stuff” but if you limit yourself that way, you’re going to miss a lot of the “catch up” stuff. Both the “Hidden Years” and the “Shards” series contain many stories by other writers and artists, and they are essential parts of the ongoing tale of the Wolfriders.

That said, there are several links to sources about storylines, timelines, etc. right on the Elfquest ABOUT page. Check out the first section – “The Story” – and dive in.
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Where can I find EQ comics and publications?

New print Elfquest comics and books are available to order from Dark Horse Comics. (You can get the digital version at digital.darkhorse.com.) Your local comics shop should also carry the new print material. If you’re looking for a walk-in shop, there’s an industry-wide comic shop finder that’s maintained by the largest distributor of comics to shops. In the USA call toll-free 888-266-4226, or on the web go to the Comic Shop Locator.
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Where can I buy other Elfquest products?

Try the obvious places first – your local comic shops and bookstores. Encourage your local dealers to carry Elfquest, and be sure to support them when they do. Also look for Elfquest merchandise via the Elfquest Shop here on Elfquest.com. If you can’t find what you’re looking for in local stores, or in our online store, your quest becomes a little harder. Dark Horse Comics carries some EQ merchandise (and we hope they will add more over time). There are plenty of places online to look for older Elfquest collectibles; one that usually has a good assortment is eBay.
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Ouch! I live outside the US and the charge for postage on my
Elfquest Shop order is way high! Why?

Here in the States, both the US Postal Service and United Parcel Service offer inexpensive rates that will still get your heavy books to you in a week or less. There’s no such low-cost option for overseas. Depending on the weight of your books, we use International First Class or International Priority. You can go to the USPS postage rate calculator and get an estimate of the mailing cost. Keep in mind, we do sell some heavy items; the “art of” and “Gallery Edition” books can weigh 4 or 5 pounds each. (There is an option called an M-bag. M-bags are almost as expensive as International Priority or International First Class, take much longer to arrive, are handled more roughly, and don’t include insurance, so we don’t use it.)
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I just saw the Elfquest video for auction on eBay – is it legit?

It’s possible, though unlikely. When this “video comic book” was made back around 1990, a small number of authorized VHS copies were released. Since the advent of eBay, copies have sold at (sometimes) high prices – which, given the ease with which bootleg copies can be made, makes us wonder. How can you tell if the eBay copy is legal? It’s not always easy, but here’s one hint: The original video comes in a printed cardboard sleeve, not in a plastic case into which photocopied art can be placed. If the copy on eBay is in such a generic case, be suspicious. Also, given the ease with which VHS tapes can be copied to DVD, unless you purchase a DVD directly from the Elfquest Shop, it’s probably a bootleg.
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Where can I find the out-of-print color volumes?

Once upon a time, we had a huge warehouse full of back-issue comics and books. Over time, we have sold them, and now our stock is much less than it was. Whatever is still available can be seen at the Elfquest Shop, along with ordering instructions. You can also check out any auctions we may hold on eBay or search out used bookstores or back-issue comics shops both on and off the internet.
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What is this “Masque of the Red Death” thing that Wendy did?

Remember when Star Trek was new, and Leonard Nimoy was very concerned with being type-cast as a logical alien for the rest of his acting career? After 35+ years of pointed ears, Wendy wanted to take a little break and explore new storytelling and artistic ground. In particular, she’s long been fascinated by Edgar Allen Poe’s very short story, and wanted to give it a twenty-first century (and beyond) spin. Reimagining “Masque” as a massive graphic novel gave her the opportunity to stretch her artistic muscles for an audience that may or may not know about her Elfquest work. Take a look – you’ll be surprised. Be aware, however, that this material is for ages 18 and up only.
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Is the spelling WaRP, or Warp?

It was once WaRP (for “Wendy and Richard Pini”). The official version is now Warp (for Warp Graphics, Inc.).
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Can I send email to Warp Graphics?

Send email to elfquest (at) elfquest (dot) com. Please keep in mind however that while we love to receive email and do read every letter, we can’t promise individual replies, as there’s only so much time in the day. We also get a lot of spam email that we have to filter, and sometimes a legitimate fan letter accidentally gets dumped. To avoid this, put the word “yggdrasil” in the subject line – it’s a little trick we use, and you can too.
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Can I send letters/packages (snail mail) to Warp Graphics?

Yes you can. Address any cards, letters, packages, baked goods, rare books, bags of unmarked currency (kidding)… to Warp Graphics, 2600 South Road, Suite 44-242, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. It’s a secure mail stop. No, we don’t live there.
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Can I send comics and books to Warp Graphics for Wendy and Richard to sign?

We know people like autographed items and not everyone can attend an event where W&R are signing. So the answer is “yes – within reason.” If you have two or three (maximum) favorite books/comics you’d like to get signed (even personalized), send them securely packaged to Warp Graphics at the address above. You must also include a return protective envelope/carton with enough USA prepaid postage to get your package back to you intact. (Because it’s expensive and a hassle to deal with overseas postage requirements, International Reply Coupons, cash being sent through the mail, etc. we will only accept parcels to be returned to US addresses.)
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I’m a great artist / inker / writer. Can I draw / ink / write for Elfquest?

Warp is not currently hiring freelance artists or writers. But if you’re a fan, please post your work online – especially to the Official Elfquest Facebook Page and the Facebook Elfquest Group.
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What’s my EQ collection worth?

Warp Graphics isn’t a collectibles grading or valuation service, nor are we a reseller; we don’t buy back issues. While collecting for investment is a valid hobby, it’s our aim always to make sure that readers can find the stories to enjoy at an affordable price, rather than try to get top dollar for first or early editions of the comics or books. (In fact, Warp was one of the very first publishers to go against the “back issue market” in the late 1970s and to reprint Elfquest comics continuously.)

Also, a comic book or graphic novel’s worth is best determined between the seller and the buyer. There are price guides, both in print and online, that may be of use. Auction web sites such as eBay.com, or any of dozens of online comics retailers, can provide you with an idea of current prices and trends.
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Can I still get the original Elfquest collections in color?

All previous series of color, hardback or paperback graphic novels/collections are out of print, and there are no plans to reprint them at this time. We reissued this material and more – both reprint and new – in a new, less expensive format: the Elfquest Reader’s Collection. These softcover, black and white volumes retailed for about half the cost of the previous editions. These are out of print as well. Whatever inventory of books and comics we have left – or whatever we find in dusty corners of the Warp warehouse – is available in the online Elfquest Shop.
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How about Elfquest games (role playing, board, etc.)?

The Elfquest Role Playing Game (published by Chaosium) and Board Game (published by Mayfair Games) went out of print years ago. Your best bet is an online search; these items do turn up from time to time. Early in 2015, Cheeky Dingo Games came out with a new variation – the Elfquest Adventure Game, which we’re very excited about. You can learn more here.
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Will there be an Elfquest calendar for (fill in the year)?

Alas, no. Given her full-time involvement with new publishing projects – both Elfquest and non-Elfquest – there simply isn’t enough time for new Wendy calendar art.

However, you’ll want to take a look at the wonderful work that fan artists do each year as they put together their own edition of an EQ calendar. This year’s offering can be found here.
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When is an Elfquest movie coming out?!

Don’t ask. Just, don’t ask.

Seriously, in over 30 years, we’ve had many different studios, producers, agents, etc. tell us how much they love Elfquest, want to make a movie or TV series from it, promise to be faithful to the core spirit and look of EQ, and then proceed to try to put their own spin on the story and art. We never say never, and someday there may be an Elfquest movie/show that we can be proud of, but for now we’re concentrating solely on writing and drawing Final Quest – over which we have complete control.
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What about the Elfquest CD/Tape?

There is a collection – called “A Wolfrider’s Reflections” – of Elfquest-inspired music, sung folk (or ‘filk’) style, available on CD or cassette. There are a total of 22 tracks, and overall reactions to the collection seem to be very good. We offer authorized reprintings of the CD via the Elfquest Shop. Enjoy!
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Will there ever be a second album?

We’d love there to be. We’ve talked with some very talented songwriters/performers about it, and one day it just might happen.
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I just saw the movie “Wizards” and have to ask:
was Wendy’s art on Elfquest influenced by it?

Wendy replies: My drawing style of elves and fantasy creatures was well and professionally established years before Wizards came out. I worked briefly for Ralph Bakshi on his version of Lord of the Rings, just as I was also starting to draw the first pages of Elfquest. And I did stack the deck in my audition for him by learning how to draw his characters from Wizards and LOTR. Mike Ploog, who did the remarkable still paintings in Wizards, portrayed elves very much the way I did, at the time. But these are not artistic connections to Elfquest. It’s a case of parallel development. After I left his studio, I made it a point to back away from any Bakshi influence and adhere to my love of manga for the design of Elfquest. I do not respect Mr. Bakshi because of his mistreatment of other creators he’s worked with.
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In the (Starblaze, Warp, DC) version, a character’s (eyes, hair, skin, clothes)
are a certain color, but it’s different elsewhere. What’s up with that?

The short answer is, “shift happens.” This can mean different things. Example: In the case of the first Donning/Starblaze color collections, there were problems. The materials provided for coloring were substandard. Deadlines were tight. And this was the first time the all the characters were assigned skin-eye-hair-costume colors, panel after panel, page after page. Under such conditions, some decisions were made that, years later, got the benefit of a second look. In other cases, on other projects, a colorist may have made a mistake and it didn’t get caught. Or sometimes the settings on a printing press were off, an entire collection of skin tones got shifted, and the first we heard about it was when readers wanted to know why the Sun Folk were suddenly lighter, or darker, or redder than they were the previous issue.

There is a saying that goes, “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Perfection is an illusion. In four decades of spinning Elfquest, we’ve learned to be happy with good.
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Aren’t all Wendy and Richard’s Elfquest stories considered canon?
And stories by anyone else non-canon?

Many of the EQ stories done in the 90s by other artists and writers are canon. Remember, Elfquest is going on 40 years old. The Marvel and DC Comics universes have been rebooted often during that time, creating vast story inconsistencies. Elfquest has done a much better, although not perfect, job of maintaining continuity. Please be patient as we work with Dark Horse Comics to produce the best possible collection of canonical Elfquest stories, in a sensible order. This will take time, but we hope it will put most of the confusion to rest. (Will there ever be a completely, 100% bulletproof Elfquest canon? Probably not – after all, even the Bible/Torah/Koran contains inconsistencies.)
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So, since in Final Quest, some things (events, history, characters)
are different from the way they appeared in earlier stories…
Are you retconning Elfquest?

Yes.

From Wikipedia: “Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short, is the alteration of previously established facts in the continuity of a fictional work. … There are various motivations for retconning. … The long history of popular titles and the number of writers who contribute stories can often create situations that demand clarification or revision. … Retcons allow for authors to reintroduce popular characters and resolve errors in chronology.”

“Retcon” is not a dirty word. In the case of Elfquest, the core concept was developed in 1977-78 by Wendy and Richard Pini who, at the time, were in their 20s. The original story is, in many ways, a reflection of who they were then. But as the saying goes, life happens. Now, the Final Quest chapter reflects the personal growth that the writers and artist have experienced over the intervening years. In some instances, those changes inform – retroactively – aspects of the original tale, to make the whole more cohesive and integrated.
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Final Quest is going to change FutureQuest too, then, isn’t it?

Again, yes. Call it “future retconning” – futconning, if you like. That’s how a growing, living, organic creative process works. Just imagine Star Trek if Gene Roddenberry or his creative helpers had insisted that Mr. Spock stay locked into the winsome character he was in the very first pilot episode. Imagine all that would never have been allowed to develop and blossom into both the character and the mythos that we all know and love today.

That’s why Wendy and Richard are not confining their minds and hearts into the what-if tales that were written over twenty years ago. While the broad strokes that define Final Quest were laid down that far back, fine details – especially when given to other writers and artists to speculate upon – simply could not be known. Example: Some FutureQuest tales tell of old and continuing tensions that still exist between elves and trolls in the Palace of the High Ones. As of the events of Final Quest #18, those tensions no longer exist. As Wendy and Richard have evolved as people, so the ways in which Elfquest spins out have evolved as well. Or, as Wendy puts it, “All Elfquest FutureQuest stories are playful but distorted spinnings of tales based on what our writers and artists knew of the Final Quest at the time – way back in the 1990s. They contain both some canon and some wildly improbable deviations from canon. Have fun with them but don’t take them too literally. Imagine you’re sitting in the chamber of the Scroll of Colors, reading many different threads that show how things might have gone. The true thread – what Elfquest is really all about – is up to you to decide.”

 

Are the Sun Folk getting lighter in skin color lately?

The Sun Folks’ pigmentation is an adaptation to living on the World of Two Moons. Those who now dwell in the Palace, as you can see in Final Quest #18, have chosen to keep their skin coloring out of love for the world they are soon to leave. However, when Sonny and Wendy depict scenes in the Palace, you have to imagine it filled with a constant, hazy, pearly glow. So all the colors shown within the Palace are filtered through that. That is why the Sun Folk look a little lighter. Ember, Venka, Mender, Kimo, etc. all retain the varying shades of their acquired (whether by heredity or exposure) tans, but they were never as dark as the “native” Sun Folk to begin with. However, Ohler (who is staying with Newstar) and Leetah are as beautifully dark as they ever were.

 

Can the Wolfrider wolves send?

When we first met Cutter, his wolf-friend Nightrunner warned him of danger via a crude sending. At that point in the story, just a few of the Wolfrider wolves retained just enough elf-blood from the time of Timmain and Timmorn, many thousands of years earlier, to be able to send. Now, in the time of Final Quest that “blood” (and ability) has been completely diluted – bred out, actually – to the point where the Wolfriders’ lupine friends are 100 percent wolf. So no, they can no longer send.
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Do Elfquest elves kiss?

No, our elves do not kiss. But wait, you may say, they are very affectionate, and they cuddle and nuzzle, and nibble on ears and noses (and other places, but we’ll keep this rated PG), and certainly mouths must come into contact with mouths from time to time. To which we say “Yup.” But they don’t kiss. Because kissing, the term, at least in Western culture, has over centuries come to carry with it particular notions about relationship, emotion, affection, and so on. Kissing has a very definite social, even mythical “cultural spell” about it. Why do some of us make such a big deal in story and art about love’s first kiss? Why is it a big deal when someone works up the nerve to steal a kiss? Why can a fairy tale kiss bring someone back from seeming death? All of which is nice and warm-fuzzy, but (as in so many other areas) we did not want to invest Elfquest with that very human, very culture-specific significance. So they may take sensual pleasure from lips meeting lips – but it is not kissing.

For much the same reasons, Elfquest elves do not “marry” and become “husbands and wives,” they do not “have sex” (or any other more colorful terms), nor do they experience “love at first sight” as those are all human-culture-centric notions. Our elves do however become lifemates and lovemates, and they do join, and some of them even Recognize each other.
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What’s the difference between lovemates, lifemates, and soulmates –
and where does Recognition fit in (if at all)?

Lovemates (can be two or more elves) join for pleasure. In today’s terms, they’d be friends with benefits, no strings attached. Lifemates (can also be two or more) make the choice to form a family group (for want of a better term) that is long lasting, though not necessarily carved in stone. Soulmates are those elves who, for one of two reasons, have gone to the deepest level of sharing, and exchanged soul names. This is a very committed bond. Soulmates are often lifemates, though lifemates don’t have to be soulmates. Soul names can be exchanged by choice (Redlance and Nightfall), or by Recognition (Cutter and Leetah). Because Recognition exists only to ensure reproduction, a Recognized male and a female elf may know each other’s soul name, but once a child has been conceived, there is no rule stating the two must remain together, or even friends (Dewshine and Tyldak).
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What, then, is Recognition?

In simplest terms, Recognition is a primal, nearly irresistible mating urge between two elves. On a deep and subconscious level, even if they don’t or can’t “send”, all elves are telepathic. So every elf, unconsciously, knows every other elf’s innermost (genetic) makeup. When a female and a male get within range of each other (“eyes meet eyes”) and the mix of qualities is right for a cub that will benefit the tribe (or the entire elf race), an instinctual command to mate bursts powerfully into each elf’s awareness (“soul meets soul”). Instantly, each elf knows the entire secret inner self of the other. The urge is so strong that if it is denied, the afflicted pair will feel dire physical effects. Recognition is not love at first sight; love has nothing to do with it. In time, the Recognized couple may come to love each other (as Leetah and Cutter did), but there’s no guarantee.
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Can Recognition occur between two elves of the same sex?

Only in the sense that the pair can voluntarily exchange soul names, and forge for themselves a deep bond. It is sometimes said they have “taken Recognition for themselves.” But it is not Recognition in the truest definition of the word, which is purely biological and procreative.
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Do any elves other than the Wolfriders have soul names?

Only Wolfriders have soul names. Soul names are partly a product of the Wolfriders’ unique nature and partly a product of their culture.
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Are the Preservers male or female or both or neither?
And how do they reproduce?

The answer to the first question is “neither.” The Preservers are the many-times removed, shapeshifted descendants of insect-like creatures that the original High Ones carried along on their long-ago journey from the dying Homeworld. They are sexless and immortal, which provides the answer to the second question: They don’t reproduce. All the Preservers that are, are all there will ever be. They are tough, nearly indestructable little bugs, though – look at all Petalwing’s been through just in the story of the quest so far. So don’t worry about them going extinct. They’ll be around for a long, long time.
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What exactly is the Scroll of Colors?

If you’re looking for “exactly” you may have a long search!

Wendy writes: The Scroll of Colors is a very interesting mystical/magical device. It shows what has happened, what is happening and what will happen – but in limitless different versions, all possible. One thread of color shows things happening one way. Another thread of color plays the very same thing out in a different way. The different scenarios keep changing through the butterfly effect. And so on, ad infinitum. There’s not enough time in the Universe to know the Scroll completely. The Scroll of Colors is not a computer. It does not deliver information on command. It’s not something one can “use” for any active purpose. When it is activated (when the spindles are levitated so they can turn) the colors “play” as they will. They cannot be controlled or manipulated. They are only to be read, studied and contemplated. We humans read meaning into all sorts of symbols in the form of writing. Elves can read colors. The subtlest difference in hues represents entirely different threads of elfin history. The Sun Folk, who are now known as the Palace Dwellers, spend most of their time learning how to read the Scroll and gaining tidbits of knowledge from it. Savah can read it like a pro and Sunstream’s not far behind. But no one, not even Timmain, can “Google” the Scroll of Colors.

Richard adds: For the tech-minded, the closest notion we currently have to the Scroll of Colors is the hypothesis of the quantum multiverse. This hints that there’s an infinite number of universes, some with properties very close to ours, some that are incomprehensibly alien and inhospitable. Or to put it another way, an infinite number of “what-if realities.” What keeps everything from fusing into a gray quantum soup is that each universe is completely and forever inaccessible to any other. You can’t get there from here. For all practical purposes, all those other universes don’t exist. The Scroll of Colors may show a multitude of what-if pasts, presents, and futures, but the only one that matters is the one that’s here and now. (AKA the one being told by us.)
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Do you have a legal information page?

Yes we do, and it’s right here.
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Can I use Elfquest graphics on my web page?

Sometimes. There are rules.

First, you may not hotlink images at Elfquest.com itself. Self-host artwork that you are given permission to use. Second, you must put the following text on your web pages along with the Elfquest images:

Elfquest art copyright Warp Graphics, Inc. Elfquest, its logos, characters, situations, all related indicia, and their distinctive likenesses are trademarks of Warp Graphics, Inc. All rights reserved.”

With special reference to the “Warp Wolf” logo that you see on this site, the answer is no. That’s a registered trademark of Warp Graphics. It’s our company identity. As much as people think it’s cool, legally we must say “no” to any use of that image. Apparently, it has already found its way onto “free/shared graphics” sites and it’s a major pain simply trying to track down and halt these infringments. If you find a site offering or using the logo, please email and let us know.
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What about using Elfquest art for a tattoo?

We can’t design individualized Elfquest skin art for you, but published images from the comics or books are all right to use. Please send a photo of your new tattoo; we’d like to see how it turned out. (Elfquest images used as tattoo “flash” is a no-no, however, as that’s a form of publication/exploitation. If you find any instances of that, please email and let us know, and thanks.)
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May I create and sell Elfquest themed art (one of a kind or prints) and products and such?

This is probably the question we get asked the most, and to keep things simple, we have a simple answer. For a lot of reasons, all of them legal and related to copyright and trademark protection, no, we don’t give permission to anyone outside of Warp (or our authorized licensees) to make or sell Elfquest merchandise of any sort. It’s not personal; this is the position that we take in all cases. (If you find any instances of someone engaged in this kind of infringement, please email and let us know.) Thanks for understanding.
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I know sites that let you upload art to make skins for phones or other custom products. Can I use Elfquest art there? It’s for my own use only.

Again, no. Even if you make something only for your own use that employs Elfquest art, it still involves our copyright and/or trademark. So we can’t and won’t give permission.
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But I want Elfquest stuff! Why don’t Wendy and Richard just license Dark Horse
or Funko or Lego to make more stuff I can buy?

It’s not that simple. Sure, we can go to a company (Funko, for example) and say “Please license Elfquest for those cool figures you manufacture and sell.” But Funko has to believe Elfquest is popular enough for them to decide to produce a line of Wolfrider bobble-heads. The bean counters won’t listen to the owners of a property; of course Wendy and Richard want to get paid lots of money but they won’t buy enough figures to make it worth Funko’s while. Companies do notice however if lots and lots of fans write to them asking for a product if only the company would make it, pretty please. That’s why you have to show your interest – not only to Warp, not only to Dark Horse, but directly to the manufacturer of whatever EQ thingie you want.
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Can Wendy do a commissioned piece of artwork for
my friend’s (significant other’s, child’s, etc.) birthday (wedding, anniversary, etc.)?

With all the projects on her plate, the answer must be no – sorry.
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My (child, significant other, friend) is a really great artist.
Can I send you their art, and can you give them some feedback and/or praise?

For various reasons, some of them legal, some of them purely practical, we have the policy not to do this. If you catch us at a convention, and the situation permits, that’s different. But we reserve our personal and work time completely for personal and work matters.
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What about fan fiction (fanfic)? Can I send you a story I’ve written for your appraisal?

Sorry, no. For reasons (practical and legal) even more compelling than those regarding fan art (above), we can’t and won’t even look at submissions of Elfquest fanfic.
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What internet tools do you use to make Elfquest.com?

Elfquest.com went live in 1994, and was the first domain devoted to a single comic book series. (Marvel and DC put comics online earlier, but they used gateways such as AOL.) The first incarnation of the EQ site was a framework of HTML code, hand written on the Unix text editor emacs. PHP was an add-on that allowed us to manipulate web pages more dynamically, and to add a forum (since discontinued). Photoshop was – and still is – the tool of choice for image creation and manipulation. For twenty years, that was the basic toolkit for Elfquest.com

In 2014, a major revision of the site took place. We migrated over to WordPress and since then have continued to streamline the functioning of the site while integrating with social media such as Facebook and Twitter.
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Elfquest and the Warp Wolf logo are registered trademarks, and all other logos, characters, situations, related indicia, and their distinctive likenesses are trademarks of Warp Graphics, Inc. All ElfQuest art © 2017 Warp Graphics, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide.