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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. Daibhid C
    March 27, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

    Since no-one else has commented on this, I just want to say that it may be the best convergence of subject and title quote yet.


  2. Aberrant Eyes
    March 27, 2016 @ 3:06 pm

    At the end of 1985, per IMDb, Peter Capaldi’s acting credits consisted of Living Apart Together (released to UK cinemas on 29 November 1982), Local Hero, Turtle Diary, The Personal Touch, John and Yoko: A Love Story (aired on US television December 2, 1985*; he played George Harrison, which I would guess to have been his biggest role to that time), with episodes of Crown Court, Minder and Travelling Man along the way. This span of three years hints at his subsequent CV even less than the same portion of Moore’s career (a similar distance from the start of Roscoe Moscow would put us at April 4, 1982, after all, by which time V for Vendetta and the Marvelman revival were already under way. But he already stood out enough for Moore to hang his surname on an AU New York cop. Does that mean anything? If so, what?

    (* Twenty-three days later, I would receive a bag of comics for Christmas including the last two issues of Crisis on Infinite Earths, the first four issues of ‘mazing man, and the one Crisis crossover to be recommended by my then-local comics shop owner — Swamp Thing #46. The War had not yet been formally declared, but its shrapnel was already embedding itself in my head. Does that mean anything? If so, what?)


    • EnigmaVibration
      March 29, 2016 @ 7:18 pm

      It is issue 47 I pick up from the local newsagents beside my grandmothers, the owner is a middle aged man from Pakistan. It’s Good Friday 2016, I have a three year old daughter, a middle aged Pakistan man who owns a newsagents is stabbed to death a mile from my house, my daughter and I walk past the area the next day..
      I think I understand how Moore felt, but in a strange way it’s almost comforting to think that the world hasn’t changed since then and there may be a world for my daughter to grow old in…. and on the other hand….
      And I do think it means something Aberrant Eyes, but what? That escapes me.


  3. Aberrant Eyes
    March 27, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

    On a more relevant note:

    Moore and Gibbons tacitly flag large amounts of information about the series’ overall plot and structure. […] the fact that Ozymandias sits at the center of an issue that opens and closes with Rorschach is significant – the first time the series has clearly positioned them as opposites.

    I read an interview in the Boston Phoenix (brought home by my brother from his time at Boston University) in which Moore states that he realized Rorschach’s final fate while writing Chapter IV. In that sense and on that point, “It’s a dead end. He can’t get out.” is as much foreshadowing as Jon’s fuzzy pre-memory in Chapter IX.


    • Aberrant Eyes
      March 27, 2016 @ 6:25 pm

      Argh. The paragraph of you was supposed to be blockquoted.


  4. taiey
    March 28, 2016 @ 7:39 am

    That’s comforting, to know other people saw certain reason for the end of the world and it just didn’t happen. That’s very reassuring.


  5. Daru
    May 15, 2016 @ 11:10 am

    One of the things I find endlessly immersive about Watchmen are the correspondences and connections between dialogue and image within the book, there is always new stuff I find with each read.


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