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Elizabeth Sandifer

Elizabeth Sandifer created Eruditorum Press. She’s not really sure why she did that, and she apologizes for the inconvenience. She currently writes Last War in Albion, a history of the magical war between Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. She used to write TARDIS Eruditorum, a history of Britain told through the lens of a ropey sci-fi series. She also wrote Neoreaction a Basilisk, writes comics these days, and has ADHD so will probably just randomly write some other shit sooner or later. Support Elizabeth on Patreon.


  1. Neo Tuxedo
    September 26, 2013 @ 3:06 am

    and the second issue of Watchmen was out.

    As somebody who was 16 in 1986, I'm here to put before you that, actually, at least the fifth issue was out by then. October was just Chapter 2's cover date. (Since the interwebs also rely on cover dates, and since DC's then-house organ DC RELEASES doesn't seem to be adequately archived online, I'm having trouble finding the actual release date for Chapter 6.)


  2. Spacewarp
    September 26, 2013 @ 3:52 am

    Well I'm definitely old enough to remember Sounds (we always called it "SPUNOS") It was the magazine of choice, far more "street" than the elitist NME and the elderly musos' Melody Maker. Good to see that Roscoe and Dempster have been collected online, but sadly Brendan McCarthy's excellent reflection of mid-punk Britain "The Electric Hoax" is harder to find.


  3. C.
    September 26, 2013 @ 4:49 am

    I was 14 in 1986, and can verify Neo Tuxedo. First issue came out in May or June, ch. 2 sometime mid-summer and by October No. 4 at the least was out. (the distribution got wonky later: i actually saw No. 10 before No. 9, and of course the last issue took forever to come out)


  4. Wm Keith
    September 26, 2013 @ 6:33 am

    I'm probably a million miles behind the dustcart here, but…the giant bisexual tentacled Face of Boko?


  5. Elizabeth Sandifer
    September 26, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Jeez, the cover dates were that far ahead? I usually assume a cover date is two months ahead, but because Watchmen was infamous for delays I decided to just go by cover date. Stupid comics dating questions. I'll see if I can find a proper release schedule somewhere, or just update it to some vague wording like "Moore was well into Watchmen.")


  6. Elizabeth Sandifer
    September 26, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Nearly imposible, so far as I know. But you'll be pleased to know that I just tracked down a thorough collection of Milligan/McCarthy material (not just the recent and wonderful best of), and they'll be getting a good bit of attention.


  7. Elizabeth Sandifer
    September 26, 2013 @ 9:07 am

    Reworded with appropriate vagueness. 🙂


  8. Elizabeth Sandifer
    September 26, 2013 @ 9:08 am

    No, the Albion/Eruditorum crossover is next chapter. Actually, I think the chunk where I talk about Doctor Who specifically is likely to go up within a week of the anniversary.


  9. timber-munki
    September 26, 2013 @ 9:52 am

    The Best of Milligan & McCarthy is a stunning book. hats off to McCarthy, Justin Couch & Dark Horse for the design (I am a sucker for blown up comic art, particularly with Ben-Day dots) . I was a couple of years too young the first time around with their material but Rogan Gosh just makes you stop even now and go 'wow'.


  10. Unknown
    September 26, 2013 @ 10:44 am

    Watchmen was only infamously delayed by the standards of its time. By the standards of a decade later up to the present, it was as regular as some of Doctor Manhattan's clockwork. Comics cover dates are just way ahead.


  11. Adam Riggio
    September 26, 2013 @ 11:27 am

    Glad to see Albion getting into the analysis of Alan Moore, of whom I've always been a much bigger fan than Morrison anyway. I wasn't familiar with the content of these earliest of the early comics work in the Moore catalogue, though. The earliest work I've read is V for Vendetta and Swamp Thing.

    A main reason why I love Moore's work as much as I do is how he injects humour into his work, which you can see even at this early stage. He has this grotesque yet wry and dry sense of humour, which speaks to me more deeply than many other writers of action and superhero comics. Kind of similar to my own sense of humour as well, which might be why I enjoy it as much as I do.


  12. Eric Gimlin
    September 26, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

    It got fairly ridiculous in the late 80's, Phil. To the point where, between cover date December 1988 and January 1989, DC released two issues. If I recall correctly, one was "holiday" and the other was "winter". Even with that they were still a solid couple months ahead.

    I'm pretty sure they did it exactly when they did so they could have the 50th anniversary of Batman's first appearance coincide with Detective #600, but it needed to be done in any case. (It also left us with the rather odd artifact of Detective #598- which would have been the anniversary issue- being an oversized issue for no clear reason.)


  13. Kit
    October 2, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    One example of Moore cartooning between American Splendour and Space Penises that comes to mind is the one-pager in Visions Of Omaha, drawn by both him and Gebbie.


  14. Paul T McDonnell
    June 29, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

    A good point ! So good that I've written a quick blog outlining this technique. See rewording online


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