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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. Daibhid Ceannaideach
    July 20, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

    Geez, Marvel, just because “Tony’s actions and attitude are clearly appalling” was one of the main things everybody commented on about Civil War I, that doesn’t make it a thing you should actually try to replicate.


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      July 21, 2016 @ 2:31 am

      I think this is actually worse. Tony’s position in CW1 was at least basically coherent. The story made him an utter dick, but at least he made some sort of sense. But Tony effectively shredded Carol’s entire argument in the first issue of CW2: “but he doesn’t predict the future. If he did, we couldn’t have stopped it.” And it hasn’t started making sense since then.


      • Tom B
        July 21, 2016 @ 2:18 pm

        What’s amusing about Tony’s position is that in the 90’s, he had built a computer precisely for predicting future events to be able to do exactly what Captain Marvel wants to do now, and he didn’t show any “buyer’s remorse” from that at the time.

        It’s a shame they have to shoehorn bad characterization on the characters just to artificially make this conflict happen so they can have an “event”.

        Fortunately, it hasn’t really impacted Al’s other ongoing series (since Contest of Champions just wrapped up this week), New Avengers, since that was always going to head to a S.H.I.E.L.D. vs Avengers Idea Mechanics fight anywhere whether or not Civil War II reared its ugly head.


      • Daibhid Ceannaideach
        July 22, 2016 @ 2:17 pm

        Yeah, that does sound worse. I think when Marvel UK reach this point, I’ll take a sabbatical from Avengers Universe and any crossover books, like I did with Disassembled, and like I should have done with Civil War.


  2. Carey
    July 20, 2016 @ 7:06 pm

    Fascinated by the good review of Snotgirl. For all it had pleasant art, it fumbled the climactic fall, and I wasn’t impressed by the writing. All in all what it reminded me of the most was Dave Sim’s Glamourpuss, but without the sidetrack into the history of photo realistic comic art and the death of Alex Raymond.


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      July 21, 2016 @ 2:33 am

      Glamourpuss was always flatly mocking fashion from the outside, though. Whereas one gets the sense, or at least I get the sense, that O’Malley knows his subject and has real affection for it.


      • Carey
        July 21, 2016 @ 6:58 am

        Ah, I think that explains our divergence: I didn’t think it was written with affection: it came across to me as something quite spiteful, in all honesty. That said, I may simply have been in the wrong mood for Snotgirl when I read it yesterday and a rereading is in order (something that is happening more and more frequently recently).

        Although I went into reading Lemire and Ormston’s Black Hammer not expecting much beyond a post Watchmen dissection of the super team concept and found myself enjoying it, although I don’t know if I can justify buying it monthly on my current budget.


  3. Gamera
    July 20, 2016 @ 7:32 pm

    Do you mean “Kim and Kim”? Or is this another comic?


  4. Michael
    July 21, 2016 @ 12:05 am

    Andy & I are still pulling for the KFC-themed, Green Lantern-inspired propaganda–it’s free. And, frankly, I love how you write.


  5. Eric Gimlin
    July 21, 2016 @ 3:53 am

    I actually enjoy Chew quite a bit when I get the chance to read it. But the insane release schedule the past couple years has killed any actual enthusiasm I have for it.

    Glad you enjoyed Patsy Walker A.K.A. Hellcat. I was getting tired of wondering every time an issue came out “Why isn’t think on Phil’s list?”

    I may look at Snotgirl at some point, but just the title bugs me enough that it will take a lot more good reviews to convince me. Not sure why I find the name quite as revolting as I do, though.


    • Eric Gimlin
      July 21, 2016 @ 4:01 am

      “Why isn’t this on Phil’s list?” Curse you, typos!


    • Anthony D Herrera
      July 21, 2016 @ 7:44 am

      You probably find it so revolting because nose and throat stuff are the grossest substances the human body produces and that is a hell of a competition.


      • Tom B
        July 21, 2016 @ 2:22 pm

        Well, there is an argument to be made for pus being grosser, but that’s not a regular occurrence (hopefully)


        • Anthony D Herrera
          July 22, 2016 @ 5:09 am

          We could have that argument but for the sake of everyone let’s not.


          • Tom B
            July 22, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

            Oh, I agree totally with that

  6. Seth
    July 22, 2016 @ 1:47 am

    Hi Phil. Not sure how else to contact you directly so I’m putting this here–please delete after reading. Choronzon tells me you know him by name now. He asked me to contact you. I will answer your questions if I can.


  7. Maria Lazar
    July 29, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    All your reviews have a frustrated bitterness about them. Like you think you could do better yourself. Well, why don’t you?


    • Elizabeth Sandifer
      July 30, 2016 @ 1:00 am

      I don’t think that at all. The frustrated bitterness is more seeing a medium I love in a state where 90% of books are unequivocally and in no possible sense worth their cover price, and even the best books make you swallow hard at the price tag.


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