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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. Lluvad
    April 14, 2021 @ 4:20 pm

    “It is perhaps not entirely clear what Morrison is trying to say with it. In many ways it appears to simply be a grim and tragic joke—a morbid commentary on the fractured ethics of storytelling from the perspective of those within it.”
    Given the ultimate resolution of their run is deciding to be kind to Buddy and undo the harm done to him and their view that fictional characters might on some level be sentient, could not The Coyote Gospel be the opening thesis of the philosophy that perhaps creators should not make their creations suffer for either amusement or drama?


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      April 14, 2021 @ 5:20 pm

      Perhaps. Certainly that is in play with the story, and yet the story’s actual function as a story also hinges on doing exactly that to Crafty. As does Animal Man’s larger arc. So this either pushes towards an accusation of hypocrisy or towards a position Morrison never really embraces in their later career.


  2. Douglas Muir
    April 17, 2021 @ 9:13 am

    “Morrison can neither be understood outside of the context of Moore nor explained purely within it.”

    burying the lede!

    Is this Morrison’s first full-length dive into metafiction? It’s a well he would return to again and again; is this his first trip to it?

    Also, when you eventually reach Flex Mentallo, there are going to be a bunch of callbacks here.

    Doug M.


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