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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. Simon
    June 3, 2020 @ 4:07 pm

    It must have been awful for Rand, toiling in the artistic shadow of a far greater objectivist creator.


  2. LovecraftInBrooklyn
    June 4, 2020 @ 5:59 am

    I intellectually know Rorschach is wrong – and explicitly a right wing nut – but when I get stressed I talk like him


  3. Benthesquid
    June 4, 2020 @ 12:33 pm

    I would add two to your list of “classic Watchmen lines,” that spring to mind. One is yet another Rorschach quote, and one you deal with at some length- “Not even in the face of Armageddon. Never compromise.”

    The other is Ozymandias’s “I did it thirty-five minutes ago.” Much as I think the idea of a Watchman adaptation is seriously flawed, and would be even if it had gone out of print and the rights reverted to the creators decades ago, I can’t help but imagining a stage play version of it, and the worlds that could be implied about Ozymandias by minutely different readings of that line.


    • D.N.
      June 5, 2020 @ 9:28 am

      If I recall correctly, years ago there were rumours of David Bowie being interested in doing some sort of stage version of Watchmen. I can’t help but think that might have been one adaptation even Alan Moore would have been intrigued by…


  4. CJM123
    June 4, 2020 @ 7:40 pm

    At least one way Grant Morrison emerges totally victorious in the war is he’s the only one I think who shows an actual knowledge of latex. Moore on the other hand creates a mask that would suffocate Rorschach as soon as worn, which I find deeply funny as perhaps the smallest but silliest error Watchmen has.

    And The Killing Joke Deluxe has the unfortunate distinction of having a much better short story following it, which even still isn’t great, but is at least good.


  5. Kaia Jamieson
    June 6, 2020 @ 12:04 am

    I am looking for a contact for Elizabeth Sandifier as I would like to use one of her quotes for an essay I’m writing but can’t find its origin. If you read this, Elizabeth, I’d be very grateful if you could email me so I can ask your permission.
    Thank you


  6. Hypnosifl
    June 8, 2020 @ 12:23 am

    “And, of course, there’s the odd bit about “good men like my father, or President Truman” in the famous opening monologue.”

    Worth noting that in the section with Dr. Malcolm’s Long case file on Rorschach, we get a mini-essay from Rorschach’s childhood that explains what he thought about Truman, and also subtly undercuts the idea that his stand against Veidt at the end of Watchmen is an illustration of the purity of his principles:

    “My mom told me she threw my dad out because he was always getting into political arguments with her because he liked President Truman and she didn’t. I think perhaps my dad was some sort of aide to President Truman, because he liked him so much. Most probably he was out of the country during the war when I was growing up on some sort of mission. I think he was the kind of guy who would fight for his country and what was right. Maybe he got killed fighting the Nazis and he’s with God now and that’s how come he never managed to find me.

    I like President Truman, the way Dad would of wanted me to. He dropped the atom bomb on Japan and saved millions of lives because if he hadn’t of, then there would of been a lot more war than there was and more people would of been killed. I think it was a good thing to drop the atomic bomb on Japan.”

    The fact that he continues to idolize Truman as an adult (as shown by the line from his diary at the beginning) suggests he doesn’t actually have an absolute principled stance that it’s wrong to kill a bunch of innocent civilians in the interests of saving a greater number of lives, or at least not when the civilians are foreigners from an enemy nation.


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