Richard and Wendy Pini of Warp Graphics, Fred Greenhalgh of Dagaz Media, and Ben Dobyns of the Fantasy Network have announced the upcoming project to adapt the fantasy comic ElfQuest into an “audio movie” experience with over 40 voice actors and a full score. More details of the project are promised on March 5th. For those not in the know, ElfQuest is an iconic fantasy comic that has run continuously for four decades. It follows a tribe of elves known as the Wolfrider tribe, as they try to find out more about their origins on the World of Two Moons. They face humans, trolls, and others like them. It was also one of the first comic series to discuss things like interracial love and pan-sexuality.
“Great audio drama is like a magic trick – you set-up a fully realized world of voice performances, immersive sound design, and music, which allows you to bypass the optic nerve and project images directly onto the listener’s imagination,” said producer Fred Greenhalgh, “It sounds counter-intuitive, but audio drama is actually an enormously visual medium. ElfQuestis epic in the truest sense, with a vast set of characters and ambitious storytelling which plays to audio drama’s strengths as a medium. We’re incredibly excited to partner closely with the Pinis to realize the saga of Cutter and the Wolfriders.”
“The Fantasy Network, a streaming, crowdfunding, and distribution platform designed to help creators and fans sustain the stories that they love, is thrilled to help bring ElfQuest: The Audio Movie to life,” added Ben Dobyns of The Fantasy Network, “Our global audience of passionate fantasy fans are looking forward not only to experiencing the extraordinary world of ElfQuest through a new medium, but to providing meaningful crowdfunding support to help the creative efforts of the Pinis and their collaborators. We believe that direct fan support is the key to offering creators independence and freedom to tell their stories as they wish.”
https://www.facebook.com/elfquest will host a live stream on Friday March 5th at 11:00am EST.