Elfquest, one of the first breakout indie comics of the 1970s, is ending its 40-year-run with today's issue. There's a farewell signing with creators Wendy and Richard Pini tonight at Things From Another World in Portland — if you can make it, tell them hi from me!
There'll be more Elfquest in future, the Pinis say, but this wraps up the tale for their towheaded Wolfrider chief Cutter and his family.
MILWAUKIE, Ore., (February 14, 2018) — All good things must come to an end. Today, Dark Horse Comics is both proud and sad to announce the end of "ElfQuest: The Final Quest." After 40 years of genre bending and award-winning content, Wendy and Richard Pini are stepping away from their beloved series to take a well-deserved break and to focus on other projects and ventures.
"How simple, like the closing of a door, a 40-year labor of love comes to the conclusion we ordained so long ago," explained artist Wendy Pini. "Richard and I can barely express our joy at the love we're receiving from fans around the world. We return that love and look forward to our continued association with Dark Horse. Nothing's more fun for us than being the guiding hands behind other creators' interpretations of the elves."
"I've followed ElfQuest since it's very first publication. It took me several decades to finally bring Richard and Wendy's wonderful creation to Dark Horse, and we're proud they've chosen us to present the final chapters of their epic story," said Mike Richardson, Dark Horse president and founder. "As a publisher, I couldn't find better people to work with. As a fan, I couldn't be more honored."
A number of interviews sprang up this week but those with The Hollywood Reporter and SyFy are best. Both contain spoilers!
Previously at Boing Boing:
• The Secret History
• The Original Legacy of Elfquest
• All 6500 pages of Elfquest online
• Friendly darkness in the palace of utopian fantasy