|suzene (suzene) wrote in scans_daily,|
@ 2009-03-12 09:21:00
|Entry tags:||creator: richard pini, creator: wendy pini, title: elfquest|
Series: Elfquest (not currently in print)
Creative Team: Richard and Wendy Pini
Posted 'Cuz: New old material available/Discussion bait
Elfquest is a fantasy tale about a tribe of elves known as Wolfriders seeking their place in the world and trying to come to grips with their origins. It's one of the better-known American fantasy comics, with thirty years worth of stories behind it. The creators, Richard and Wendy Pini, currently have a movie deal with Warner Bros and are gearing up for Final Quest, the last chapter in the saga of the Wolfriders. As an alternative to the prohibitive cost of trying to keep decades of stories archived on dead trees, Richard Pini has released every Elfquest issue ever to see print on the digital comics section of Elfquest.com, including some stories that never actually saw print before Warp Graphics ceased publication of the EQ anthology title back in the 90's.
I wanted to post this for a couple of reasons:
1) In the recent kerfuffle over SD 1.0's deletion, one of the arguments that kept cropping up was that giving readers a "try before you buy" option was a good way to sell more books. Warp Graphics seems to have taken that to an extreme and offered free access to their entire catalog in an attempt to build new readership for Final Quest (which may very well wind up a web publication before it sees print) and to generate interest in the upcoming film. So what are the comm's thoughts on the potential effectiveness of a move like this?
2) Some of the most recent material released was the continuation of a story called "Mender's Tale", which was in-progress when the anthology title was axed. The story involves a Wolfrider disgusing himself to move among humans and get a better idea of what makes them tick. He becomes involved in a love-triangle consisting of a young man, the woman he's betrothed to, and her sister, who is in love with her sister's affianced. In the most recent installment, Mender tricks both girls into having sex with him by telling them that he is their betrothed/beloved under the effects of a curse. My first impression is...less than positive, more in the realm of "well-intentioned rape is still rape". Thoughts from the comm?
First two parts are here and here. New installment is here.