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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. Tom
    December 17, 2014 @ 1:22 am

    The abandoned script sounds very Claremontian – the pervasive American comics influence of the time, I guess. His favourite trick when he couldn't work out how to move plots along (or had an issue where the plot motion didn't involve any fighting) was the simulated battle into which character moments can be dropped. Interesting that Moore considered and rejected the trick.


  2. BerserkRL
    December 17, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    "An Unruly Torrent"? Is this about the Pirate Bay?


  3. encyclops
    December 17, 2014 @ 10:04 am

    What am I doing wearing these businessman's clothes? I'd better take them off before I turn into a computer!


  4. Robot Devil
    December 17, 2014 @ 2:18 pm

    If magic is about symbols affecting reality, doesn't the widespread use of the Guy Fawkes mask post-V indicate that Moore has won a major blow in the War? Interesting that the Wachowskis did both V For Vendetta and The Matrix, which brought Morrison's ideas to a wider audience.


  5. Anton B
    December 18, 2014 @ 12:25 am

    I'm pretty certain the Wachowskis will be covered in LWIA at some point; however, and it might be just me but, I've never been able to see any direct link or cause to suspect homage, or inspiration let alone the plagiarism accusation that is sometimes levelled at The Matrix in regard to The Invisibles. . Now I know Morrison himself has commented on this and I seem to remember a claim that issues of The Invisibles were spotted on set but I just don't see any concrete evidence that the Wachowskis lifted ideas or concepts from Morrison's writing. Rather that the two works were exploring similar zeitgeisty millennial issues, in different media at around the same time. Neither, in fact can claim any great originality. Morrison himself has been relatively open about his sources (Moorcock, Robert Anton Wilson, Terrence McKenna et al) if not always to his muses' satisfaction (particularly Moorcock). I consider The Invisibles to be the superior work, unlike The Matrix it still entertains and informs and stands up to repeat readings, but I've never bought the 'Matrix ripped off Morrison' argument.


  6. timber-munki
    December 18, 2014 @ 11:55 am

    I think that the The Matrix copying claim really is on shakey ground, one of the only things that the film & comic have in common is that they both demonstrate King Mob's auto-critique in The invisibles Vol.2 #13: The most pernicious image of all is the anarchist hero figure. A creation of commodity culture, he allows us to buy in to an unauthentic simulation of revolutionary praxis"

    (which IMO could have been a mic drop moment for the series)

    And of course they're both published/produced by Warner Bros., the company making nice sums of money from selling V masks to all and sundry revolutionary types…


  7. Anton B
    December 18, 2014 @ 9:38 pm

    Hands down one of the best lines, and covers, in a series full of quotability and innovative graphics. Another favourite of mine was the brown paper cover of issue 5 In the Darkness We Are All Invisible -(something else you can't appreciate in the collected trades.)


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