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View from the Gutters — The Long Run 5: Elfquest

Written by View from the Gutters on Tuesday, March 18 2014 and posted in Podcasts

View from the Gutters — The Long Run 5: Elfquest

In the fifth episode of View from the Gutter's bonus series, The Long Run, we discuss Elfquest, the seminal indie work by Wendy and Richard Pini.

View from the Gutters is our weekly book club podcast. Each week we discuss one graphic novel or trade paperback, then nominate and vote on what to read for the next episode so you can read and discuss along with us.

The Long Run takes place outside of our normal continuity of episodes, and features table discussion of an entire work or long selection of a series. In the fifth episode of this bonus series, we talk about Elfquest, by Wendy and Richard Pini. For this episode we read the first three story arcs: The Original Quest, Siege at Blue Mountain, and Kings of the Broken Wheel. All of Elfquest is available to read digitally for free at

Elfquest is set on the neolithic "world of two moons". The story begins with a group of elves, known as the Wolfriders, begin driven from their forest home. They soon discover that they are not the only tribe of elves in this world, and—after resolving some of their cultural differences with these other elves—set out on a quest to discover more about their world, find out if other elves exist, and perhaps learn more about the origin of their species.

First released in the late-1970s and 80s and published independently, Elfquest is a brilliant and beautiful work of comic art, and has been hugely influential to the indie comic scene. It is weird and wild, beautifully illustrated, and incredibly different from almost anything else published before or since. It is definitely not your typical fantasy story.

For more about Elfquest (including some major spoilers!), you can read our blog post, Elfquest, and Conceptual Space.

Our hosts on this episode are Andrew Chard, Joe Preti, Tobiah Panshin, and Cade Reynolds.


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