The Elfquest Archive of Letters and Editorials
"...no one wants to read 32 pages of letters!" -- Richard Pini, EQ #20
Hello! Welcome to the archive of Elfquest letters pages and editorials.
January 2000: After lying stagnant since 7/21/96, this archive has now
been updated! Really! No, I don't believe it either. There's still over
100 75 50 25 issues
of EQ left to add to this thing, though... :-)
January 27, 2000: Meet our new web-wolf-friend,
Sendscenter! He's a search engine who'll track
down those keywords and simple phrases you might be trying to find in this
archive! Visit his den, and he'll be your web-wolf-friend too.
Apologies for the length of this introductory text, but pleeeease
read it before using this archive for the first time. A moment or two
spent reading this introduction should prevent a lot of confusion and
questions later on. :-)
This archive is an attempt to collect all the "alternate" text
from every issue of EQ in its long and varied history-- and present it in a
reasonably convenient and publicly accessible electronic form. This
means every letters column. Every editorial. ...And other non-story
features (but not advertisements) as well. From Fantasy Quarterly #1
onward, here is an opportunity to see the story of Elfquest unfold as
seen through the eyes of its creators and its readers.
Although this archive can't possibly hope to reproduce the exact formatting
and visual style of the original letters pages and editorials, it does
try to take an intermediate stand between preserving their general flavor
and maintaining a (fairly) consistent look-and-feel that will both (a) make
the text easy to read and follow, and (b) be as independent on specific
browser features as possible. The earliest issues of EQ had type-written
letters columns with formatting varying from issue to issue. Later, the
letters columns were done on a word processor and printed out on a
dot-matrix printer. Starting in issue #9 of the original Warp EQ series,
the editorials and letters were typeset and, from there, quickly fell into
a more consistent format.
For the nick-picky among us, here's (roughly) how the formatting of the
original text is translated into these web pages:
So, in a nutshell:
- Obviously, no attempt is made to preserve the line formatting of the
- Editor replies to individual letters are always in bold, even
though the original columns may have instead used italics, indented
paragraphs, or other devices to signify reply text. To further reduce
confusion between readers' letters and editor responses, an extra line
break is usually inserted before the start of each letter of comment.
- Emphasized text (the appearance of which is dependent on your
browser) indicates any emphasized words in the original text-- regardless
if they were originally italic, bold, underlined, or some combination of
- Italic text which is set aside in square brackets and signed
with an "--MK" identifies a note added by the transcriber/editor
of this archive, and (obviously) does not appear in the original printed
- Changes in font and type size in the original text are generally not
preserved in any way at all.
- Signatures (and other hand-written text) are replaced by their textual
content. This should be obvious.
- Archive headers (i.e. "EDITORIAL", "LETTERS", etc)
may be followed (in parentheses) by the title for that section if there
was one present in the original text. This title may not necessarily
reflect the exact capitalization or punctuation present in the original.
Anything which appears to be a title following on another line does
generally try to mimic the capitalization and/or punctuation-- but not
the font size or appearance.
- Typos, misspellings, and other errors present in the original text are
preserved in this archive. ...even though it sometimes bothered me a bit
to have to leave them in. :-) This is done not only to keep this
historically accurate, but also because, in the case of the letters pages,
it's impossible to determine if the error was made by the letter writer or
was a typo added when Richard (or whomever) transcribed the letter. In
a few cases, there's the added possibility that the "error" was
intentional. Therefore, all errors have been left as-is.
If there's a letter "T" in the original text, there should be a "T"
corresponding to it in the archive. The original "T" might have been
italic or underlined while the archive's "T" is in bold instead, but
it's still gonna be a "T" and not a "t" or a "J". Same goes for
punctuation-- if you see 5 exclamation marks and two question marks at
the end of a sentence in someone's letter, you can be pretty sure there
were 5 exclamation marks and two question marks in the original text. :-)
About the only exceptions to this rule are (a) inter-word spaces and (b) cases
where long lines of dashes or asterisks are used as section separators
(mostly in early issues of the original EQ series). These might not
correspond exactly-- there might have been 67 hyphens used in a
particular letters page, but I sure didn't try to make sure there were
67 of them in the archive. :-)
How this archive was created:
The archive was generated with the help of a computer with an image scanner
and an OCR package-- and a lot of proofreading and editing. Much
effort has been made to weed out OCR-sourced errors, but it is still
perfectly possible that there are still a few still scattered about.
If you spot an error not present in the original text, let me (Marty
How to use this archive:
Further down on this page, you'll find links to every EQ series which
is currently available in this archive. Once you've jumped to the
contents page for the particular series you're interested in, you can
click on the issue title/number to load the archive for that issue and
start at the top of that page, or you can click on the Editorial,
Letters, or Feature links (as applicable) to jump directly
to the appropriate part of that issue's archive. A few keywords
and/or brief topic titles are provided for each of these links to
help you find areas of interest, but please keep in mind that this is
only a rough guide to some of the topics covered in each section.
Explore and see...
Just as the letters pages themselves do for EQ, reader feedback can help
make this archive more enjoyable as well. I need your suggestions to help
make this archive more useful, interesting, and accurate. Together we can
really make this a useful resource for EQ fans! Send comments, suggestions,
complaints, whatever to me at the address below.
DISCLAIMERS (Important-- Please Read)
NOTE: As you will see, not all sections are available or complete.
Incomplete sections are noted with the last issue number currently covered in
the archive. This
archive will (hopefully!) eventually "catch up" with
the present time.
- The text contained in this archive is copyright (c) Warp Graphics, all
rights reserved worldwide. You may download this archive for your personal
use, but further redistribution is prohibited except by permission from Warp
- Please keep in mind that the information contained in this archive
reflects the time in which it was written, and therefore contains
information regarding offers, addresses, and products which are no longer
- Richard Pini would like to remind the user that the use of "WaRP"
to refer to the name of the publishing company reflects EQ's earlier
years, and that "Warp" is the preferred, modern, form of
- The archive transcriber (Marty Kuhn) takes no responsibility for any
damages caused by information or misinformation contained within this
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