Behind the Scenes


While it sometimes appears (and at times we’ve often wished) that comic book stories appear as if by magic, the reality is quite a bit more down-to-earth.

Often we get asked, “Where did you get the idea for Elfquest?” The answer is simple; the characters and situations of Elfquest are all reflections, to one degree or another, of real life. Ideas are easy; it’s getting them from one’s head down onto the paper that often stymies people.

Most often, and especially in the early days, an Elfquest tale would begin life as a bunch of sketches, or concept pieces. The characters were very new and raw, and needed a lot of fine tuning to bring out their individual personalities and histories. This section of showcases the history and evolution of Elfquest itself, both as the overall concept and as individual stories, to give you an idea of what goes on behind the scenes. It begins with the very first ideas of what Elfquest was trying to be. Over time, more and more pictures and notes will be added.

Get more behind the scenes looks and vintage art in the Art of Elfquest from Flesk Publications.

(Click on each image detail for the complete image.)

The title page from the very first presentation booklet by Wendy, in 1977. We had only barely settled upon “Elfquest” as the title after rejecting a bunch of other possibilities. The first character sketches of Cutter, chief of the Wolfriders. Back then, the World of Two Moons was known as “Hobsland.”
The original children of Cutter and Leetah… twin sons? Also, the concepts of names, true names and soul names had yet to be finalized. The first concept appearances of Redlance and Skywise, and the rescue from the humans (on wolves just slightly smaller than buses)!
Madcoil was a character from the very beginning, though its capture and slaying turned into a tribe-wide event. At some point, character traits need to be solidified; here’s the first written description of Cutter, chief of the Wolfriders.
The first written character description of Skywise, the tribe’s stargazer. The first written character description of Leetah, Cutter’s lifemate.

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