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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. Lo-Fi Explosion
    October 30, 2014 @ 12:47 am

    I just finished your Wonder Woman book, and your Wonder Woman review brings up an issue with it: since the foundation of the Justice League, her most prominent role in popular culture has usually been as a member of the JLA and Super Friends. Certainly JLA has always outsold Wonder Woman. But these texts are almost absent from your otherwise excellent look at the character, despite them being almost certainly the defining texts for the majority of readers. Why did you choose to not put a focus on them?


  2. brownstudy
    October 30, 2014 @ 6:55 am

    Relatedly — Dwight Garner's NYT's review of Jill Lapore's Wonder Woman book:


  3. FrF
    October 30, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    brownstudy: Here's another review of Jill Lepore's book

    Philip: I'm happy that you again mention "Uber" because I've been thinking a lot about the series. Recently, I read all of its issues within a couple of days so at least as a page-turner it is a success. Mr. Gillen seems to have his heart in the right place and his afterwords are always compelling, especially when he's writing about his own doubts in regards to the project. I never thought that he and his collaborators are engaging in nefarious propaganda but still the book's lovingly depicted "body horrors", not to forget Avatar Press' marketing (the variant covers), leave me puzzled whether the enterprise is not very misguided, frivolous, and exploitive. Do those dismemberments and flying intestines really have any "enlightening" value or are they not genre accoutrements which lead to emotional blunting and not sensitization? It's also funny that "Uber" so far only got coy at one occasion, when two German "battleships" were having sex and shadows had to be strategically employed. Issues 13 and 18 are great because they use more refined narrative strategies — I immediately felt excited and some faith in "Uber's" humanistic potential was restored.


  4. Jenda
    October 31, 2014 @ 3:54 am

    Uber is the only Gillen book I just can't get into whatsoever.


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