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  • Jane S. Fancher(Colorist)
  • Donning Company/Starblaze Editions; 1st Limited edition (1982)
  • English
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  • Science Fiction & Fantasy

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  • By Professors Picklepants on October 25, 2013

    Elfquest premiered in 1978. Originally published in crisp black and white ink, creators Wendy and Richard Pini later put out the original 20 issues as 4 colored graphic novels - the Donning Starblaze Edition. As stated elsewhere, Elfquest is "particularly important because of its key role in the establishment of a highly visible phase of alternative, independent comic books and also its creative direction by a female artist... ElfQuest represents a significant milestone in the history of self-published comics. It is also, perhaps, the earliest example of the influence of manga on American comic art."Now 46, I came to Elfquest as a teen when I spotted volume 1 in a bookstore - and begged my parents to let me buy it. The art was just so beautiful! I'll never forget standing in the store in awe of the page where Leetah and Cutter first lock eyes. My parents said no. Later, my dad regretted it, saying, "I should have let you buy it - after all it's not just pictures, it's a book. I should be glad you want to buy a book!" We went back but it was too late. They no longer carried it, but luckily I was able to pick up the series a few years later, and also followed the newer comics.The story and art both are what makes Elfquest so wonderful, as readable and relevant as when it was written. On an alien (to us) world, a tribe of elves, the Wolfriders lose their home and discover that they aren't really alone in the world as they first thought. Growing pains ensue from their merge with the customs and character of the new tribe (Sun Folk). The chief of the Wolfriders and the healer of the Sun Village also struggle with a strong biological mating desire, called Recognition. This plot is volume one, and things take off from there. Volume 1 could be read alone; but volumes 2-4 present a full story that builds on volume 1.Wendy Pinis's art is nothing short of amazing. She captures facial and body expression in such a lifelike manner that you can guess what the elves are thinking and feeling just by looking. The series was marvelous in black and white ink: it's lush in color. Characterization drives this series. I am VERY picky about my graphic and print novels in this way. Nothing less than great will do, and the Pini's deliver.Currently, the entire sage (these plus many more stories) are available online for free. The Donning Starblaze Edition of the first 4 graphic novels is special, though. Why? Because the Pinis later changed their system of coloring to a much bolder and less subtle palette. Many of the fans - myself included - were disappointed with this. Although the new colors are still good, the older ones were better. Compare the cover shown for this item and others. I was disappointed in these second version volumes because I always had pages falling out. At a later point they moved to a newer system that some referred to as too "neon." Actually, I prefer this system to the second. Elfquest: The Grand Quest - Volume ThreeWhy shell out the cash for this particular edition? You'll never see it again. Back around 1990, the Pinis sold the original colored pages used for publishing. I should know because I own two of them! I also have a hardcover, leather bound edition of volumes 1-4 in the original colors. All three of these together cost $280. People thought I was nuts. They're not laughing anymore.Also check out Wendy Pini's newest non-Elfquest project Wendy Pini's Masque Of The Red Death Volume 1 You'll see how her art has evolved over the years. A musical based on the story is currenly being developed. Sadly, only the first half of the graphic novel is available on Amazon - a complete edition must be bought from the Pinis' site. Be aware, though, that Masque is Yaoi. That's a Japanese style story where two men are in love, and this book does have a couple of sex scenes.

  • By Professors Picklepants on October 25, 2013

    Elfquest premiered in 1978. Originally published in crisp black and white ink, creators Wendy and Richard Pini later put out the original 20 issues as 4 colored graphic novels - the Donning Starblaze Edition. As stated elsewhere, Elfquest is "particularly important because of its key role in the establishment of a highly visible phase of alternative, independent comic books and also its creative direction by a female artist... ElfQuest represents a significant milestone in the history of self-published comics. It is also, perhaps, the earliest example of the influence of manga on American comic art."Now 46, I came to Elfquest as a teen when I spotted volume 1 in a bookstore - and begged my parents to let me buy it. The art was just so beautiful! I'll never forget standing in the store in awe of the page where Leetah and Cutter first lock eyes. My parents said no. Later, my dad regretted it, saying, "I should have let you buy it - after all it's not just pictures, it's a book. I should be glad you want to buy a book!" We went back but it was too late. They no longer carried it, but luckily I was able to pick up the series a few years later, and also followed the newer comics.The story and art both are what makes Elfquest so wonderful, as readable and relevant as when it was written. On an alien (to us) world, a tribe of elves, the Wolfriders lose their home and discover that they aren't really alone in the world as they first thought. Growing pains ensue from their merge with the customs and character of the new tribe (Sun Folk). The chief of the Wolfriders and the healer of the Sun Village also struggle with a strong biological mating desire, called Recognition. This plot is volume one, and things take off from there. Volume 1 could be read alone; but volumes 2-4 present a full story that builds on volume 1.Wendy Pinis's art is nothing short of amazing. She captures facial and body expression in such a lifelike manner that you can guess what the elves are thinking and feeling just by looking. The series was marvelous in black and white ink: it's lush in color. Characterization drives this series. I am VERY picky about my graphic and print novels in this way. Nothing less than great will do, and the Pini's deliver.Currently, the entire sage (these plus many more stories) are available online for free. The Donning Starblaze Edition of the first 4 graphic novels is special, though. Why? Because the Pinis later changed their system of coloring to a much bolder and less subtle palette. Many of the fans - myself included - were disappointed with this. Although the new colors are still good, the older ones were better. Compare the cover shown for this item and others. I was disappointed in these second version volumes because I always had pages falling out. At a later point they moved to a newer system that some referred to as too "neon." Actually, I prefer this system to the second. Elfquest: Archives, Volume 2 (Elfquest Graphic Novels (DC Comics))Why shell out the cash for this particular edition? You'll never see it again. Back around 1990, the Pinis sold the original colored pages used for publishing. I should know because I own two of them! I also have a hardcover, leather bound edition of volumes 1-4 in the original colors. All three of these together cost $280. People thought I was nuts. They're not laughing anymore.Also check out Wendy Pini's newest non-Elfquest project Wendy Pini's Masque Of The Red Death Volume 1 You'll see how her art has evolved over the years. A musical based on the story is currenly being developed. Sadly, only the first half of the graphic novel is available on Amazon - a complete edition must be bought from the Pinis' site. Be aware, though, that Masque is Yaoi. That's a Japanese style story where two men are in love, and this book does have a couple of sex scenes.


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