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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. unnoun
    March 18, 2015 @ 12:11 pm

    The New Pop aesthetic is the absolute best thing.

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  2. xec tilus
    March 18, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    So what are some examples of the New Pop aesthetic outside of comics?

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  3. Alan
    March 18, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

    The one bright spot of the Black Vortex storyline is that it proves, if there was anyone still delusional enough to doubt it, that adult-Beast is the greatest hypocrite in the history of the Marvel Universe. Because he's spent the past several years ragging on Cyclops for unwillingly becoming host to the Phoenix Force and killing Xavier. But when he comes across his own opportunity for godlike cosmic powers, he cannot wait thirty seconds before seizing those powers and then plotting to remake the universe in his twisted douchey image.

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  4. The Lord of Ábrocen Landmearca
    March 18, 2015 @ 7:24 pm

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  5. The Lord of Ábrocen Landmearca
    March 18, 2015 @ 7:25 pm

    I don't suppose there was a way to remove the "defined by disability" trait without, y'know, also erasing one of the few disabled characters in comics?

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  6. Tom
    March 19, 2015 @ 6:40 am

    You might like – if you haven't seen it already – this thing I wrote a year or so ago at the end of Young Avengers: it wasn't trying to nail down a specific aesthetic wave (at the time, pre-Ms Marvel, it wasn't obvious there was one) more looking at how and why Tumblr was working as a centre for the new comics audience and why it would be particularly attracted to comics like Young Avengers.

    http://freakytrigger.co.uk/wedge/2014/01/all-our-friends/

    The success of Ms M – especially digitally – seems like the obvious starting point for this as a movement. But Young Avengers is a big foundation piece, and so is the tone of voice of a lot of webcomics, which then carried over into Ryan North's Adventure Time comics which are a massive link here. (The New Pop in comics is very influenced by the New Pop in cartoons – which in turn draws a TON of talent from indies and webcomics.)

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  7. Tom
    March 19, 2015 @ 6:55 am

    New Pop as a name has an interesting heritage outside comics – in Britain "the New Pop" was coined as a way of describing what happened when a bunch of punk and post-punk musicians – Adam Ant, ABC, Soft Cell, the Human League, Frankie Goes To Hollywood – decided that it was time to get into the Top 40 and appear on Top of The Pops. I know Phil's a big fan of post-punk music, so the name may well not be coincidental!

    Whether it is or isn't, it's an interesting parallel for me. The idea seems to be "let's write as if there is a new mainstream audience" – because, after all, the digital success of Ms. Marvel suggest there is one – treating the relatively cloistered, shut-in direct market era as a blip rather than as an iron law.

    (In specifically Marvel terms, the interesting compare-and-contrast is Tsunami, Marvel's 2003 attempt to come to some kind of terms with the manga boom – which was attracting a much younger and more diverse audience – and make comics Naruto and Fruits Basket readers would like. It was an ENORMOUS flop.)

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  8. encyclops
    March 19, 2015 @ 9:56 am

    UUUUUUUN-BREAKABLE. They alive, dammit!

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  9. John Seavey
    March 19, 2015 @ 10:47 am

    I feel the unbelievably pedantic need to point out that technically, Spider-Man taught the Beyonder how to pee, not how to poop.

    Also, every time I think about that scene, I wonder briefly why the Beyonder needed to be taught to pee, rather than how not to pee. Then I think about that alternative and immediately count my blessings.

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