Book Launch: The Last War in Albion Volume 1


Eruditorum Press is pleased to announce that, at long last, the first volume of The Last War in Albion, Phil Sandifer's epic critical history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison, is available for purchase. Covering the period from Morrison's earliest professional sales in 1978 to just before the publication of Watchmen #1 in 1986, the book charts the beginnings of two of the most fascinating careers in the history of comics. The book features extensive looks at Swamp Thing, V For Vendetta, Marvelman, The Ballad of Halo Jones, Captain Britain, and more, including the first detailed study of Morrison's early superhero strip Captain Clyde since 1985. 

The book is available in both print and digital editions at the following locations.

Print: US ($22.99), UK (£18.99)

Digital: US Kindle ($4.99), UK Kindle (£4.99), Other E-Readers ($4.99) 

Please note that the digital editions, for a bunch of very stupid and boring reasons, do not have illustrations. They do, however, have a link at the end of the book where you can download a version with illustrations. We apologize for this profoundly stupid inconvenience, but felt that it was preferable to having to charge $9.99 for digital editions. 

Thanks to everyone who's supported this project through its painfully long gestation. Formatting this was by far the hardest book I've ever put out, but I'm really proud of the end product, and think you'll enjoy it a lot. If you do, please spread the word and post reviews of the book, both on Amazon and elsewhere. These books keep Eruditorum Press afloat.

In particular, as always, I want to thank James Taylor for his inevitably phenomenal cover work. He talks about the process on his blog.

Also, be on the lookout for some fun content over the next week to promote this book, including the long-awaited Chapter Six of The Last War in Albion Volume 2 (in which, among other things, I give The Killing Joke its due) on Friday and a very fun podcast on Monday. 

Thanks for the support, and enjoy the book. 


Paul Ryan (not him) 4 years, 1 month ago

Woohoo! I had an idea this is what you were vague blogging about earlier, but I'm glad to see it confirmed. Even if I found out through Amazon and not here

I have a question though, and I realise I sound like an absolute cheapskate a bit - this was one of the rewards for NaB on Kickstarter way back when, do you still intend on honouring this or would you prefer backers who picked it to purchase it when/if they can? You had said there'd be an update the day after your Christmas heads up post went up but - though I could well just have missed it - I don't remember seeing one.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 4 years, 1 month ago

I'll get the NAB copies out this week - I didn't want them to be pre-release.

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Paul Ryan (not him) 4 years, 1 month ago

Perfectly understandable! I had always assumed that backers wouldn't get it before everyone else regardless. In any case, thanks again and looking forward to it, whenever it comes, though I think I'll save it for after I read the rest of your books (which I haven't actually done yet, ulp :S) which will hopefully be a good buildup to it. :)

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Chong Li 4 years, 1 month ago

The Killing Joke.


Not to look like a douchebag or anything, but I've been waiting to see whether someone as learned as Phil can say anything about that book which has not already been said.

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CC0 4 years, 1 month ago

I need to get a Kindle ASAP, no way I'll be able to import this to fucking Brazil :(

Congratulations for the book though, Phil! Keep up the awesome work.

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Daru 4 years, 1 month ago

Great news! Really looking forwards to whenever this ships out. It will be like a Christmas present I have bought for myself and forgotten about when it arrives.

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Austin Loomis 4 years, 1 month ago

My copy arrived this morning, confusing me for a moment, because I was expecting something of about the same thickness (standard hardcover of Promethean: The Created, Second Edition featuring the Firestorm Chronicle), but I was expecting it to be from Lightning Source (DriveThruRPG's PoD provider of choice), not Createspace (with which I apparently thought you'd broken more cleanly over the NrxAB debacle). I could wish the art was as fully integrated into the text as in the web version, but it'd just be wishing.

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Elizabeth Sandifer 4 years, 1 month ago

I'd already started formatting LWIA v1 for Createspace when the NAB debacle happened, and decided against further delaying the project. We'll see what I do for future editions - there's a part of me that would be annoyed by any visible production differences between Eruditorum 1-6 and everything after, for instance. But here it was just easier not to change vendors midway.

As for art integration, paginating that would have been a nightmare, and multiple images would have had to be shrunk down further. I erred on the side of legible images.

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