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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. Emergency Medical Services
    May 23, 2020 @ 12:13 am

    I have found an interesting as well as informative subject which provided me tremendous knowledge as per my requirement.


  2. Anton B
    May 23, 2020 @ 2:09 pm

    Well I can’t leave the only comment on here be a spambot. So just want to genuinely say thank you for the immense thought and research you clearly put into this post. I haven’t enjoyed reading anything and agreeing with you this much since your early Hartnell posts.

    I think you touch on something that’s always puzzled me and that no one has adequately explained. I mean ‘Watchmen’ is an unbelievably impressive work but I really don’t get its popularity amongst non-comic book readers. Regularly winning accolades awards and plaudits from literary journals and often voted in the top ten of ‘novels you must read’ lists etc. Do you not think that the majority of its impact relies on at least a working knowledge of the super hero group dynamics as depicted in Golden and Silver Age comics? Or did Moore, as you suggest, dispense with pretty much all of those concerns along with the Chatlton heroes and just (just!) construct a post -modern meditation on the late 20th century dressed up as a funny capes n masks story? I’d really like to also hear from someone who hasn’t read any comics other than Watchmen on this.


  3. LovecraftInBrooklyn
    May 24, 2020 @ 10:31 am

    You return to the best blog in comics just as I pick up Elvis Costello’s autobiography. Watching the detectives indeed


  4. Lovecraft in Brooklyn
    May 24, 2020 @ 11:23 am

    I am utterly obsessed with New Wave sci-fi, and always considered Moore part of it


  5. Douglas
    June 10, 2020 @ 2:15 pm

    I am SO HAPPY to see this project return. Thank you, Elizabeth. I’m excited to see where it goes next.


  6. Daru
    July 3, 2020 @ 3:58 pm

    Great to be reading these chapters again – even the ‘Before Watchmen’ sections (!) – more about their terribleness, than your writing, as it is fascinating getting the background to them all. And boy ‘The Comedian’ issue would read even worse now.

    Loved re-reading the section on William S Burroughs – reminded me of the stash of bootleg interview tapes I have somewhere in my parents’ attic, with audio recording of Brion Gysin, Burroughs, Genesis P Orridge, and others, that I had bought from a market in Glasgow. I must dig them out and have a listen again!


  7. Daisy Letourneur
    January 29, 2024 @ 8:30 am

    Re-reading this great piece of criticism, I can’t help but be a pedant and point out that I’d be surprised to learn Miller was lifting from Birth Of a Nation and not from Jacques Louis David’s Napoleon Crossing The Alps (which probably inspired the BOAN poster too)


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