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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.

5 Comments

  1. Doug M.
    December 4, 2021 @ 12:42 pm

    “Kid Eternity is decidedly a minor work, with by some margin the least impact of any of Morrison’s early works.”

    You misspelled “Sebastian O”. Kid Eternity at least launched Duncan Fegredo’s career. And while it is indeed pretty minor, it’s also quite relevant to the War; it’s pretty clearly in conversation with Alan Moore’s version of Hell, as seen in Swamp Thing Annual #1 a decade earlier. And Morrison’s version of the Kid, while not a full self-insert, is pretty clearly drawing on some elements of Morrison’s own character and personal style — there’s the whole chaos magic thing, and then of course (as drawn by Fegredo) he physically resembles thirtyish Grant Morrison more than a little. And finally — as you note — even after almost thirty years, it’s a work that can still provide a creepy frisson upon rereading.

    The problem seems to be that Kid Eternity was just not a great character concept to begin with. Morrison’s version was disturbing and interesting, but it couldn’t really sustain much more than a mini-series. I barely remember the Nocenti version, but let’s note that she was a perfectly competent writer — her run on Daredevil is still well regarded, and she did solid work on a range of titles from Catwoman to Green Arrow. Nobody since then has been able to do much with the Kid.

    After a memorable run on Hellboy, Fegredo seems to have wandered away from comics work; he hasn’t done much in the last ten years, and indeed it’s not clear what he’s up to — his website has been shut down for some time now.

    Doug M.

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  2. Jarl
    January 12, 2022 @ 2:51 pm

    Well, I’ve been catching up on the Last War and I read lots here that sounds fun and interesting that I’d like to check out. However, hunting down 30 year old grim and edgy DC comics with abstract art sounds tiresome, I think I’ll just stick with Nifty for now.

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  3. Eric
    January 29, 2022 @ 5:03 pm

    I just discovered this site and am enjoying it. But I can’t see any trans relevance in the Planetary quote–maybe not in Planetary at all, for better or worse.

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    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      January 29, 2022 @ 5:11 pm

      There’s not a lot of trans relevance in this essay either—the trans content is the previous essay.

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  4. John
    May 12, 2022 @ 5:41 pm

    I ended up here pretty randomly and enjoyed the article. A few years ago I bought a bunch of Kid Eternity issues from a quarter bin, maybe it’s time to read them.

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