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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.

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  1. Neo Tuxedo
    August 29, 2014 @ 2:49 am

    see if old strigiforme is fetchable nowabouts

    Actually, in-story, Strigiforme is a proper name.

    and excluded anykind else from joining it.

    Again actually, Shipboss Pog uses the compound "exclucified".

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  2. BerserkRL
    August 29, 2014 @ 4:21 am

    a goddess named Rama Kushnu

    Rama Kushna.

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  3. BerserkRL
    August 29, 2014 @ 4:32 am

    a bastardization of the real goddess Rama-Krishna

    Not sure what you mean here. Rama and Krishna are male avatars of the male god Vishnu.

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  4. Jesse
    August 29, 2014 @ 5:01 am

    The beginning of this sentence is missing: "…that he had some Biblical origin, and indeed in 1987 wrote one of four possible origin stories for the character in Secret Origins #10, alongside Dan Mishkin, Paul Levitz, and Mike Barr."

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  5. Jesse
    August 29, 2014 @ 5:04 am

    It's worth noting that the effect of putting a bag on Simple J. Malarkey's head was to make him look like a Klansman.

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  6. elvwood
    August 29, 2014 @ 7:48 am

    Ah! So it's a paper bag, not a paperback! That makes more sense…

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  7. Eric Gimlin
    August 29, 2014 @ 8:42 am

    Walt Kelly is my all-time favorite comic creator; and Pog is my all-time favorite Alan Moore comic. The more you know about Kelly's work, the funnier and more touching Moore & McManus's tribute becomes.

    Just to mention a couple favorite details: The primary turtle character in Pogo was Churchy LaFemme; so calling the ship "Find the Lady" isn't much of a stretch at all. And Phil mentions "Deck us all with Boston Charlie", which appears late in the story in an even more fractured- and heartbreaking- form.

    Anybody interested in seeing some of the very early Pogo material can look here; the copyright on the actual Pogo comics was correctly renewed but Kelly missed the anthology stories:

    http://digitalcomicmuseum.com/index.php?cid=571

    Be warned: These are very early stories; and while fascinating and charming are not as good as the later material. And while Kelly is rightly praised for what is probably the best characterization of African-Americans in the Golden Age of comics (his development of Bucky in Our Gang), he didn't necessarily start out that way. Bumbazine and others can be a little rough on modern sensibilities.

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  8. Eric Gimlin
    August 29, 2014 @ 8:49 am

    It's also worth noting that Malarkey put the bag on when Miss Sis Boombah, a Rhode Island Red, shows up. The paper specifically said they would drop the strip if the character showed his face again.

    To the paper's credit, they did NOT drop the strip; they just moved it to the editorial page.

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  9. Jesse
    August 29, 2014 @ 9:05 am

    Walt Kelly is my all-time favorite comic creator

    Mine too. Maybe after this series, Phil can write The Last War in Faux Dixie, feature a vast spiritual battle between Kelly and Al Capp.

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  10. Elizabeth Sandifer
    August 29, 2014 @ 9:34 am

    This and several other errors are now fixed.

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  11. Matthew Blanchette
    August 29, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    You didn't fix the "goddesses" one.

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  12. BerserkRL
    August 29, 2014 @ 10:24 pm

    a bastardization of the real gods Rama and Krishna

    So we now know Phil is a Hindu.

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  13. Elizabeth Sandifer
    August 29, 2014 @ 10:41 pm

    I should think that the phrase "real gods" in close proximity to a discussion of Alan Moore ought not necessarily be taken in its most straightforward context.

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  14. Spoilers Below
    August 30, 2014 @ 7:16 am

    "Ancient cultures did not worship idols. Their god-statues represented ideal states which, when meditated constantly upon, one might aspire to. Science proves there never was a mermaid, blue-skinned Krishna or a virgin birth in physical reality. Yet thought is real, and the domain of thought is the one place where gods inarguably exist, wielding tremendous power. If Aphrodite were a myth and Love only a concept, then would that negate the crimes and kindnesses and songs done in Love's name? If Christ were only ever fiction, a divine Idea, would this invalidate the social change inspired by that idea, make holy wars less terrible, or human betterment less real, less sacred?" –Alan Moore, What is Reality?

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  15. Daru
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:48 pm

    "Figure 435: Swamp Thing and Arcane meet again in hell."

    This was an ever so slightly disturbing sequence (though I loved it) for me as a teen, as somehow the subtlety conveyed both the feeling and the sound of insects hatching inside Arcane (yuck!)

    Pog, oh my I adored utterly the Pog story. Never read any of Walt Kelly's work before and hadn't even heard of him at the time. So this little gem of weird was such a surprise. It's one of the highlights of Moore's run on Swamp Thing (though for me it's all a highlight!)

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