Sun bless you! Do you know how long I've waited for Elfquest to come out in comic book form? I happened to stumble upon one of the last five copies of the first issue at the comics stand. Ever since then I've been an avid reader. I've even gotten some friends to start collecting Elfquest. Please keep up the good work. Also, I noticed that Wendy doesn't answer many, if any, of the letters that arrive. Why is that? Shade and sweet water to you.
Basically, it's because she's so busy with everything else that she's involved in, particularly all the background work needed to give Elfquest its best chance at getting on to television this fall. (This is weird. I'm writing this "Quests and Answers" on January 2, 1986-- Happy New Year, everybody!-- but by the time you read it, it will be a matter of history as to whether or not our own CBSquest has been successful. But we won't find that out until April.) Rest assured that we both read every letter we get, and that Wendy has her say before these pages make their way from Poughkeepsie to Park Avenue South. --RP
Elfquest! I simply love it! Even though my friends say that Elfquest is a nonsense story, I still love it. I'll go nuts if I miss just one issue. What is the elves' quest? What are they searching for? And how did the Sun Folk get to be out in the middle of nowhere? And how old is Savah, the Mother of Memory? Can you make a biography of the Wolfriders? Please?
A nonsense story? A nonsense story?! Sheesh! Tell your friends that everything in Elfquest makes sense, even the things you don't notice until you've read an issue half a dozen times. To answer your questions:
1 & 2) By now, you know that
the elves are looking for others
of their own kind-- but sometimes
quests can be diverted.
3) The Sun Folk chose the deep desert in their own attempt, long ago, to be free of marauding humans who treated the elves then just as the Gotara worshippers treated the Wolfriders.
4) Savah is about 2000 years old.
5) A biography of all of them? Hmmm. Worth thinking about --maybe for a change of pace right here in this column. --RP
I would like to say you have a rather nice comic here-- if not I wouldn't be subscribing to it. The cover for issue #6 was pretty awesome, and the insides weren't too bad either. I've always been interested in elves, and your comic is just how I've always pictured them. Your drawings have a touch of elegance to them. I wish we could see more swordfights, though. Have you ever thought of putting an Elfquest poster in one of the comics? it would look sooo good on my bedroom wall.
Well, to be honest, we and the folks at Marvel/Epic have been talking about doing an Elfquest poster to become part of the Marvel Press poster lineup. What do you think? Should we say yes? (Of course Wendy would draw it...) --RP
I'll be mercifully brief. Elfquest is the best idea in comics since staples. I enjoy your book immensely but I do have a few questions.
1) When do we get to see the
2) Does Rayek ride off into limbo never to be seen again?
3) How soon can we, your public, expect an Elfquest annual or special edition?
4) On the cover of your excellent eighth issue, over the price it says "March 1986." Why doesn't it say "December 1985?"
1) Hope you're happy by now.
2) Hope he's happy by now.
3) Uhhhhh... (he said intelligently).
4) This peculiar practice started long ago, when magazine publishers started putting more and more advanced cover dates on their issues to make it seem like their magazines were "newer" than the competition's. Of course, soon everyone was doing the same thing, so there was no longer an advantage. Comics, for various reasons, have settled on a cover date about three months ahead of the actual date. (Can you imagine if the "date-jumping" had not stopped? You could be reading the October 2001 issue of Elfquest now! --RP
Stop interrupting Leetah and Cutter! Because if Leetah doesn't want him, I'll take him!
You may have to get in line ... See you next time! --Richard Pini