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.com.
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.