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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. Yossarianduck
    October 16, 2015 @ 6:34 am

    Wow, I know this was probably written in advance, but between this and your ‘Before the Flood’ review, you are really due to analyse something that’s, you know, actually good.


  2. David Gerard
    October 16, 2015 @ 7:26 am

    This is genuinely useful information, specifically that there is probably no point to reading any of the Before Watchmen


    • Ice
      October 16, 2015 @ 10:31 am

      On the other hand, a few recent entries have given me that kind of “can’t look away from the car crash” urge to look into these books.

      I’d just assumed the Before Watchmen books to probably be really bad and unnecessary and ignored them for it before.


      • Jeff Heikkinen
        October 17, 2015 @ 5:25 am

        I’d assumed they would merely be pointless, disappointing, and vaguely insulting to Moore. But, especially given the talent involved, I had assumed they’d at least manage to write about recognizably the same characters as Moore. I was nowhere near sufficiently pessimistic to even dream they could get such basic character beats as the Comedian being a violent nihilist or Rorschach’s speech patterns wrong.


        • John G Wood
          October 18, 2015 @ 4:36 am

          Yeah. And to get those speech patterns so far off in the opening splash page – the one that people are likely to read it they are uncertain about buying the book – is even more surprising.

          None of them have sounded particularly worth reading, but these two… just ugh.


    • Matt Bracher
      October 16, 2015 @ 10:50 am

      I do remember enjoying the Dr. Manhattan miniseries. I don’t have strong memories of its content, which is sad and perhaps telling, but Adam Hughes’ artwork was, as ever, stunning.


  3. Aberrant Eyes
    October 16, 2015 @ 8:51 am

    It sounds like Rorschach is more in character in the vignette from Mayfair Games’ Watchmen Sourcebook that has him meeting Travis Bickle (“Told me I was his hero, told me he was compelled to war against the sinners and the politicians and the false prophets as well”) than he is at any point in Azzarello’s series.


    • Yossarianduck
      October 16, 2015 @ 11:23 am

      Please, tell me more about this sourcebook, it sounds amazing.


      • Sean Dillon
        October 16, 2015 @ 4:28 pm

        Apparently Alan Moore actually wrote some information for the sourcebook. Phil, is there a PDF for it online or do we have to buy it off of amazon/Ebay?


        • Twicezero
          October 17, 2015 @ 11:50 am

          There is a nice review and discussion of it

          I’m assuming as its not a scan site it’s ok to share. Apologies if this isn’t a good thing.


          • Daru
            October 17, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

            There is also a great interview with Daniel Greenberg and Ray Winniger in issue 48 of Comics Interview special edition on The Watchmen, that also happens to have one with alan Moore, on the RPG book.

            Just dug it out from my old collection recently and was having a read a few weeks ago.

  4. Daru
    October 17, 2015 @ 1:40 pm

    Man I am so glad that I didn’t read much of Before Watchmen in any way, I’m not even attracted to much of the artwork above.

    The art for the Dr. Manhattan series looked beautiful, but not attracted to the rest muchly. Quite often the art is a big attraction to a book for me.

    The Rorschach and Comedian books seem like big misses.


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