Wendy and Richard Pini's Complete Elfquest
The Complete Elfquest is a mammoth graphic novel collecting the entire original series, as self-published by Wendy and Richard Pini from 1978-1985. Rob Beschizza sums up what's so great about it.
At just $20, it's a 700-page steal: if you're familiar with this amazing (and strange) fantasy epic, you now have the original all in one volume. If you're not, go buy it already.
The best part, for me, was getting to intro it—at short notice. There was no time for essays, but that only helped me get right to the point about why I love this fantastic, otherworldly mirror-place so. The text follows, in lieu of a review.
Elfquest is the longest-running indie fantasy series in America, exquisitely spun from sources western and eastern, spiritual and secular.
Elfquest is a story about cute elves living in the forest.
Elfquest is a story about savage, wolf-riding demons that corrupt God's green land, doing stuff your parents would never guess at by looking at the cover.
It is a story about an inexperienced leader's desperate effort to save his people, his tribe, his family. The failures of every venerated ancestor rest in his heart.
Elfquest is about winning out over ignorance, the awareness of one's own capacity for knowledge.
Elfquest is about life, love and the pursuit not of happiness, but of peace--and power.
Elfquest is about death's final calm, lurking beyond the last comforting shadow of dawn. It's the blood on the leaves, telling you not only that one you love is gone forever, but that all that you are has dwindled yet again, closing inexorably to zero.
It is about infinity, the stars' own time.
Elfquest is about the now, the sharp intake of breath, the fight and the fire.
Elfquest is the strength that drives us to embrace the otherness within ourselves and those we know.
Elfquest is weakness, the unmoderated hopes and dreams that lead us to despair and ruin.
The message of this story is change. Find strength in growth, in the aspirations that leads us to the truth.
Elfquest's unintended admonition: hide. Sing quietly, lest the spirit that guides it come to harm.
Elfquest is paradox, the first dawn and the final sunset.
It's escapist fluff. Just look at those hairstyles!
Elfquest is the rebirth of utopian fantasy, the antitode to way, way too much Tolkien.
Elfquest is a silly girl's book that any self-respecting comic book guy will tell you was, like, ahead of its time back in the 70s, but totally doesn't hold up now.
It's that whisper
maybe just the high wind in the trees
inviting you somewhere dangerous
The Complete Elfquest Volume 1 [Amazon]
Shannon Messenger tortures her protagonist like no other in Neverseen (Keeper of the Lost Cities Book 4)
In Neverseen Shannon Messenger continues to torture young Sophie Foster like I’ve never seen. Sophie Foster is a very confused teen and some sort of Elven genetic experiment to create a Messiah gone-marginally awry, but maybe she is still the Messiah! Everything bad that can happy to Sophie does. The Elves who claim to be […]
Esme Pearl has a shitty life: she's seventeen, has only one real friend in the world, lives in a small Kansas town (and hates it), goes to high school, and is being raised by her traumatized father who can't bring himself to talk about the mental illness that has landed her mother in a locked […]
Tolkien’s Lobelia Sackville-Baggins is probably a misogynist satire of women's rights campaigner Victoria Sackville-West
Lobelia Sackville-Baggins is a Lord of the Rings Hobbit, one of the few, rare female characters in that series, and she's a nasty piece of work: a bitter enemy of Frodo and Bilbo, she is mostly depicted trying to either steal their stuff or buy it at deep discounts from them: she ends her days […]
Life isn’t getting any less hectic, and pressure cookers are a quick, healthy solution for a growing number of kitchens. But if you thought your Instant Pot was versatile, there’s a major upgrade on the market: The Yedi 9-in-1 Total Package Instant Programmable Pressure Cooker. If you’ve somehow never used a pressure cooker before, try […]
When it comes to data analytics or deep learning, there’s one language behind the apps and algorithms that power the biggest companies of today: Python. The best part about this tool is that as versatile as it is, it’s actually fairly easy to learn. But mastery? For that, you need more than just a beginners’ […]
Your smartphone’s GPS is a modern necessity for some trips, but how do you use it safely? It’s been a problem ever since phones went mobile. A certain phone mount even shelled out the money for a commercial during the Big Game, so clearly there’s a market for the solution. Turns out there are a […]