Elfquest is a fantasy comic created by Wendy and Richard Pini in 1978. It was a significant creation in numerous ways: a self-published comic that got mainstream attention, a prominent comic that didn’t feature superheroes, a comic created by a woman and which was as much directed towards girls as boys, a comic not afraid to tackle mature themes. And at the end of the day, it was a very fun comics with great characters adventuring in a rich world.

The official Elfquest website decided to upload their entire comic archive. That’s a lot. We’re talking three decades of comics, numerous series, entire generations of elves and trolls trying to survive in a hostile human world. It was an important milestone comic, great to read, and totally free. The archive can be viewed at Elfquest Archive

On a related note, Wendy Pini is currently working on a webcomic science fiction reinterpretation of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic short story “The Masque of the Red Death.” She presents the images in a very creative way, taking full advantage of the electronic medium, and weaves a tale that captures the doomed decadence of the original story while also taking it in her own direction. Pini’s Masque of the Red Death is well worth a look for any discerning webcomic fans.

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