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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. chris
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:47 pm

    P—if you are moving digital, i will lobby you to try to sample a lot of Image books you’ve missed over the past year + as I think you’ll dig ’em a lot more than the Marvel stuff


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      June 1, 2016 @ 11:52 pm



    • encyclops
      June 7, 2016 @ 8:55 pm

      I got a bunch of Image digital volumes in a Humble Bundle a couple months back and I’ve been slowly working through them. They’re amazing — even the ones I wasn’t hooked on immediately were at the very least fascinating and fresh. And there were at least two I read and thought “if this isn’t right up Sandifer’s alley I don’t know what is.”

      So yeah, seconded, enthusiastically. 🙂


  2. Bakuraptor
    June 2, 2016 @ 1:32 am

    Don’t forget to keep ‘Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur’ (which I assume is the one you’re missing from the Marvel list!)


  3. chance
    June 2, 2016 @ 2:16 am

    Will you pick up Ewing’s ultimates after it’s civil war crossover?


  4. Rob
    June 2, 2016 @ 2:56 am

    Hey Phil,

    Have you considered checking some of the Dark Horse/2000AD/Image stuff. I know you like Gillian but Kirkman’s Outkast and Fraction’s ODY-C is good. Matt Kindt did a brilliant Dark Horse comic Mind MGMT which was great. It just finished a few months back. Also there’s a cool spooky one, called… begins with ‘H’ and it’s a sort of gothic American horror about a girl who is not who she thinks she is…Damn! And of course 2000AD is always great. Matt Smith is an amazing editor at 2000AD. Rob


  5. Harrison Cooper
    June 2, 2016 @ 3:55 am

    Frankly I almost never buy Marvel books anymore except in situations I think it’s important to “vote with my wallet” (i.e. Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl). I have for a Marvel Unlimited subscription, which is a screaming deal for the price and I don’t necessarily care that I have to wait 6 months to read Civil War II. By then it will be a nice “oh so this is what pissed everyone off six months ago” instead of a “I paid 6 bucks for this?!” And then I’ll go back to working through Walt Simonson’s Thor or something.


    • ferret
      June 2, 2016 @ 10:58 am

      Yes! Exactly how I find Marvel Unlimited. I’ve read an obscene amount of comics in the last two months for the price charged, and events like Secret Invasion, Dark Reign and the like rattle along nicely. If something is dull or stupid, I just skip along without feeling like I’ve wasted my money.

      As a result it’s never got exasperating, but even if it did I could always go read some classic X-Men or Star Wars or Spider-Man or Cloak & Dagger or something.


  6. John
    June 2, 2016 @ 4:10 am

    Attitudes towards Bendis are utterly puzzling to me, because obviously there must be people who like him, but they are unbelievably hard to find on the internets. All internet discussion of Bendis seems to be along the lines of “Bendis is the worst and I hate him and he hates all the characters I like except for Luke Cage,” and yet he’s also somehow one of the most popular comics writers of this century. (This seems to also be true of Geoff Johns, but I’ve not actually read much that Johns has written, so I have less grounding in that.)

    Bendis has seemed to me like a writer who has very distinctive strengths and weaknesses


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      June 2, 2016 @ 4:28 am

      I legitimately like much of what Bendis does. Scarlet, in particular, remains one of my favorite things being published. He has a fantastic sense of rhythm in his storytelling. His plotting is genuinely delightful. But he is really awful at monthly serialization. It’s not even that he’s, like, say, Gaiman or Vaughan, bad at single issues. He’s bad at the fact that comics get released into shops on a weekly basis and people pay money for them.


      • Daibhid C
        June 2, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

        Yeah, he’s the posterboy for “writing for the trades”. The decompressed storytelling (Ultimate Spider-Man<.i> takes five issues to get through Amazing Fantasy #15) is part of it, but only part.

        But not caring that a chunk of story isn’t there is something else. Mind you, in Secret Invasion, ISTR that there were important plot beats that never happened at all, because everyone assumed someone else was doing them…

        Many UK comic shops don’t do Free Comic Book Day because the numbers don’t add up for some reason. I assume there are other markets where it’s the same. Personally, I’m going to wait a year and hope Marvel UK fix it when Avengers Universe gets there…


        • Daibhid C
          June 2, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

          Oops, broken formatting. Sorry.


      • Tom B
        June 2, 2016 @ 6:24 pm

        I like a fair amount of what he does. I agree he’s better in trade than in singles because of his decompression.

        One thing that gets annoying after a while though is his tendency to want to bring back a character who hasn’t been around a while (this is a good thing), then not really bother doing much with the character unless it’s one that’s special to him. Squirrel Girl, The Hood and the Sentry were exceptions, but for each of them he had others he never really did much with. Some examples: Killraven didn’t really do much when he brought him back and wasn’t seen afterwards, Ulysses Bloodstone was nice in his 50’s Avengers flashbacks but didn’t really get used anywhere after that, and even Marvel Boy was wasted under his watch and really needed Keiron Gillen using him in Young Avengers to bring him back to prominence.


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