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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. Ice
    November 6, 2014 @ 4:53 am

    First, I want to say that I really enjoy the idea of "Moore was never going to be allowed to fundamentally and irrevocably alter the nature of the DC Universe" being juxtaposed with Watchmen.

    Regardless of being "allowed" to alter the nature of the DC Universe (or comics as a whole, really), he just went and did it anyway!

    Second, I really enjoy the Batman V. Swamp-Thing story. And, is it just me, or is this really similar to the climax of Moore's Promethea from several years later?

    Our protagonist (Swamp-Thing, Promethea) comes back from a big meta journey (DC apocalypse/crisis, Promethea's several issue magic trip arc), and very soon finds him/herself at odds with the universe's establishment, resulting in a conflict with their own (Swampy's environmental, Promethea's magical) powers against their universe's biggest, smartest, toughest "normal" human, (Batman, Tom Strong).

    Both stories also feature a permanent, seemingly almost invisible change in their world, also.

    It's possible I'm looking into them a little too much (as I first read them within a couple months of each other), but I couldn't help but see parallels there.


  2. BerserkRL
    November 6, 2014 @ 5:42 am

    I don't think it's "infercourse." What makes the t look like an f is just the bottom part of the g in "get."


  3. unnoun
    November 6, 2014 @ 3:00 pm

    So didn't Poison Ivy already exist as a character at this point?

    …I'm sorta thinking about writing Poison Ivy/Swamp Thing shipping fic now.

    Not much else to add. This is neat.

    …I like how one of the panels you used has repeated usage of the phrase "No More".

    I like the stuff about sexual freedom. And Batman. And utopia.


  4. David Anderson
    November 6, 2014 @ 11:16 pm

    Gaiman, in Black Orchid, has it as part of the backstory that Pamela Isley and Alec Holland were graduate students together. (Woodrue was involved as well somehow, which is something of a retcon.)


  5. Tom
    November 7, 2014 @ 3:23 am

    Really enjoying Last War at the moment, the flowing style of it seems to defy comment a bit but I thought I'd say.

    Actually, what I've come to think of as "Moore transitions" – like the "it's mostly black" one – are one of his tricks that really stand out as 'of their time' (unsurprisingly, after taking it as far as it could go in Watchmen, he mostly dropped it). Comics writing now privileges dialogue, and sharpness of dialogue, above most else, so forcing stuff like "from where I'm standing it's mostly black" (turn to black page) (DO YOU SEE) into a character's mouth feels very awkward.


  6. Daru
    February 19, 2015 @ 4:16 am

    I'd always experienced this story as really being what was built up to, here the real effects of the previous climax occur. Great story and love as others do the references to sexual freedom.

    What a beautiful vision, Gotham turned into the Garden of Eden. I'd live there.


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