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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. Eric Gimlin
    March 26, 2016 @ 9:57 am

    Glad to see Last War in Albion back.

    Since I’m still not on Twitter, you get my choices for LTIA over here even if they don’t count in the voting.

    British Classics: V for Vendetta over Bojeffries Saga; as much as I enjoy Bojeffries this one really isn’t a fight. Halo Jones over Violent Cases/ Mr. Punch; although it’s not one I feel strongly about- they’re both good but not a-list in my mind. LOEG over Phonogram; they’re pretty evenly matched on quality in my mind but I’m more fond of LOEG and I’m advancing Gillen/ McKelvie in the other two fights they’re in. Zenith over Miracleman (Moore/ Various), I still feel the “various” is a little TOO various and Zenith is still a personal favorite.

    American Superheroes: Sandman over Hellblazer (Ennis); no contest in my mind. Animal Man over Hellblazer (Delano); I enjoy Delano’s run more than Ennis’s but Animal Man remains one of the great mindf***s I’ve ever seen in comics, at least for me. I still vividly remember hitting the “I can see you” page and snapping my head around to see who was behind me. All-Star Superman over Whatever Happened…; I wouldn’t argue with anybody who wants to call Moore’s story one of the two best Superman stories ever but it’s up against my choice for #1. Young Avengers over Swamp Thing; although I do need to pull the Swampy HC’s off the shelf and re-read the whole run after your comments last week. I’m actually not sure I’ve ever sat down and read the whole run at once.

    Literary Comics: These matchups are all just hell to choose. Promethea over Watchmen; in part because I think Watchmen is slightly overrated. It’s one of the best and most important comics ever, but too many people leave out the “one of”. Transmetropolitan over the Invisibles; if it wasn’t an election year I would probably go the other way but Transmet is on my mind. Plus I want Ellis in the Sweet 16. WicDiv over We3, but once again a hell of a choice. From Hell over Preacher, because I think From Hell qualifies as “literary” more than Preacher.

    Non-Comics: Gaiman runs the table for me; partly due to still having not read several of the works, and partly because it amuses me. I’m also wondering why Blake wasn’t seeded anywhere in this category.


  2. Anton B
    March 26, 2016 @ 10:44 am

    I’ve never taken to Twitter so I’m watching this from the sidelines, cheering on The Invisibles and Promethea. I agree with Eric Gimlin re Watchmen. I couldn’t convincingly describe it as overrated and wouldn’t be so presumptuous but its acquired popular image (via all those “POW! Comics aren’t just for kids anymore!” articles) as the go-to graphic novel for people who don’t like comics has always been puzzling to me.


    • Daibhid C
      March 27, 2016 @ 1:31 pm

      I may have mentioned this before, but I’m reminded of a line in the House to Astonish podcast.

      “The thing about Alan Moore is that you can find something he wrote incredibly overrated and still think it’s very, very good. It just doesn’t actually cure cancer.”


  3. Evan Forman
    March 26, 2016 @ 11:37 am

    Yeah yeah right Round 2 has some interesting fights going on but can we just talk about the possiblity of a Promethea vs. The Invisibles fight in Round 3? More than any other Moore/Morrison match-up, that could get BLOODY.


    • Eric Gimlin
      March 26, 2016 @ 6:39 pm

      Oh, yeah. Promethea vs The Invisibles really would be the fight at the heart of the war. But it would also seem fitting if they didn’t actually get to go one on one, in its own way. I actually think they’re underdogs in their respective battles; and somehow having the possibility of a head to head fight but then having it not happen would also fit the war perfectly in its own way.

      I do find myself wanting either both or neither to advance now; I don’t want to see one advance without directly facing the other.


      • Elizabeth Sandifer
        March 27, 2016 @ 5:38 pm

        My guess is that Promethea vs Invisibles is more likely than any other of the three possible matchups there, but that the two matchups where one advances and the other doesn’t are collectively more likely.

        My personal bet (and how I’d vote) is that we’ll get a Promethea/Transmet match there.


  4. Artur Nowrot
    March 26, 2016 @ 12:17 pm

    My complaint is that The Last Tournament seems to be heading to a big Moore/Gaiman showdown – I can see V for Vendetta/Watchmen/Sandman/American Gods or The Doctor’s Wife fighting in the semi-finals, which is a little predictable for me.

    I hope I’m wrong and there are yet some surprises ahead of us (and there might be, particularly in the Literary Comics, maybe American Superheroes Divisions). And of course there are some interesting fights in Round 2, so I’m excited about that.


  5. John
    March 26, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

    I have writer’s block.

    So I’m trying to work on something completely different in the spirit of the season: A passion play set in the world of LoEG.

    So now I’m being tormented by the minutiae of Christianity.


  6. Daibhid C
    March 26, 2016 @ 5:37 pm

    Sad, but not even a tiny little bit surprised, that 1602 dropped out so early.

    (Shrug. I’m a sucker for alternate versions of existing characters. That’s one of my things.)


  7. Kieron Gillen
    March 26, 2016 @ 11:19 pm

    Not “should be”! “Should include”!


    • mister slim
      March 28, 2016 @ 1:45 am

      Huh, a bad mood you had 10 years ago…


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