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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. Alexander Rose
    November 6, 2023 @ 3:08 pm

    Love the content but I wish we kept getting neat quote-based titles of each section

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    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      November 6, 2023 @ 3:55 pm

      Yeah, those are fun. Alas.

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      • Alexander Rose
        November 6, 2023 @ 6:49 pm

        “Abstractions of Reality”, “Instant Pizza Noses”, “Fuckadoodledoo”, “Never Finished, Except in Dreams”, and “A Sniff of Sorcery” seem good

        Though “Novels Their Authors Never Wrote” would also be good for that section

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  2. Doug M.
    November 11, 2023 @ 10:17 am

    This is great stuff. Thank you.

    I will add that, as a comics reader in the late 1980s, this was all a complete baffling mystery. Big Numbers #1 showed up with a minimum of publicity or fanfare; my FLCS person said “oh and there’s this thing, it’s a new Alan Moore something”. The weird shape made it difficult to shelve. I read it, I liked it — I remember parsing the first few pages and liking the modest amount of effort involved — and then, well. Months passed, #2 appeared, it was good too… and then nothing.

    Remember, this was pre-internet, so if you weren’t subscribing to the right newsletters, you had no idea what had actually happened. Friends and I were referring to Big Numbers as a “whatever happened… did we miss?” sort of thing for literally years.

    Also: in the late 1990s I happened to pass through Northampton, MA and I stopped and took a walk round its very pleasant downtown. And lo and behold, right there on Main Street there was a Museum of Comic Book Art! Now, Northampton is a college town, and the museum was a small one, but still… what the heck was this thing doing here, I wondered? And now I know: it was an Eastman and Laird vanity project.

    TBC, not all vanity projects are bad! But putting a niche museum in an isolated New England town of 30,000 people was never going to be long-term viable. And sure enough, it wasn’t. Wikipedia says that the museum lasted for just 8 years, 1992-99, and then shut its doors forever. Presumably it bled money for all that time, and Eastman and Laird eventually lost interest.

    Anyway, this post has clearly and thoroughly answered two lingering questions from the previous century. So, thank you!

    Doug M.

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  3. cms
    November 12, 2023 @ 7:58 am

    I am genuinely enjoying the symmetry whereby Big Numbers collapsing is the narrative point at which serialism of Last War stops functioning.

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