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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. Heath
    June 6, 2014 @ 5:30 am

    This analysis is really coming together. I admit, I was really thrown by the Blake chapter, but the tie-in to the Marvel house-style (being far more psychedelic than I had ever credited) is really on point.

    I am particularly struck by the notion that the representation of Britain is more diffuse than a single authority defining 'Britishness.' But this seems to follow a very Whovian tradition of regeneration or basically different blokes representing similar concepts over time.

    Finally, and I'm sure you'll mention this at some point, but the Brian Braddock Cap. Britain, as the stiff straight man serves as our point of view character, but eventually seems to completely become irrelevant to the narrative, with the colorful cast hogging far more of the spotlight (and important plot points) while an alternate universe Cap eventually becomes the real hero of the run.


  2. BerserkRL
    June 6, 2014 @ 7:51 am

    use clusters of solid black dots to convey massive amounts of energy

    Slight quibble, and maybe not even a quibble: what you say is perfectly accurate as stated, but it might give the impression that the black dots themselves represent the energy — whereas I take it that the energy is represented by where the black dots aren't, the dots instead being holes in or along the edges of the energy.


  3. Elizabeth Sandifer
    June 6, 2014 @ 9:20 am

    Interesting. I think most subsequent uses of Kirby Krackle – i.e. not by Kirby – have gone in the "the dots are the energy."

    I would suggest that in Kirby himself it's not so much a literal representation of energy in the first place as it is a successful depiction of uncanniness.


  4. Elizabeth Sandifer
    June 6, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    Thank you. The Blake sections are in some ways designed to throw people. They're definitely part of the long game of the blog. 🙂


  5. Alan
    June 6, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    This is the first time I noticed Betsy Braddock, though I may have missed her introduction in an earlier Albion post. At some point, will you reference the subsequent (and, on paper, bizarre) decision to reconfigure her from a British telepath to an Asian stripper-ninja telepath?


  6. BerserkRL
    June 6, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    Right, but if you look at how it evolved it seems clear that it began as holes or gaps in an energy field.


  7. BerserkRL
    June 6, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

    I have in mind e.g. this early example.


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