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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. BerserkRL
    May 9, 2014 @ 6:33 am

    This possibly explains why Merlin, previously thought to be an ancient Celtic warlock suddenly reveals himself to be an extra dimensional space traveler

    As later revealed in "Battlefield."


  2. BerserkRL
    May 9, 2014 @ 6:35 am

    The Captain losing his last shreds of credibility at the hands of The Highwayman, The Manipulator, Dr. Claw and his Evil Mutants, The Loch Ness Monster, a bunch of Aliens, Werewolves, Vampires, Slaymaster, and of course that much-loved old stand-by the Devil Himself

    And the comparisons to Doctor Who continue ….


  3. BerserkRL
    May 9, 2014 @ 6:44 am

    Sir Percy of Scandia

    "Percy" is of course a quintessentially Scandinavian name. Stan Lee's finely honed sense of cultural authenticity surfaces again.


  4. Daibhid C
    May 9, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    To be fair "everyone has Franco-English names, regardless of where they're from" is authentic Arthuriana. If you like, maybe "Percy" is just what the romances called him and his "real" name was Pehr, just like Gawaine was "really" the Celtic Gwalchmai.


  5. elvwood
    May 9, 2014 @ 10:26 pm

    I'm interested in the comment about Warrior's distribution problems. Except for the Marvelman Special I just went along to my local comic shop and picked it up along with whatever else I wanted, so I never got the sense it was hard to find.

    Mind you, I was an undergraduate by then, and Rainbow's End in Oxford was the sort of place I could only dream of finding when I was younger. I remember a family holiday in Norfolk when I was about 15 or 16. We went to Norwich and discovered a comic shop – the first I'd ever seen. It was as if I'd found Aladdin's cave. The only problem was that they had so much I wanted – far more than I could afford. Happy day!


  6. Dan Abel
    May 9, 2014 @ 11:36 pm

    My first discovery of american comics was also in Norfolk. Caster on Sea holiday camp had a spinner rack, where I bought X-men 165. A classic Chris Claremont issue, link fans.


  7. Dan Abel
    May 9, 2014 @ 11:38 pm

    In Tech Support news. Is anyone else having problems uploading Smashword's Mobi file to their kindle. Amazon keeps rejecting mine when I send it.


  8. Alan
    May 9, 2014 @ 11:50 pm

    Ah, Arcade. Possibly the most ludicrous character in Marvel history. Supposedly one of the world's greatest assassins, he charges $1million a hit … and he kills his victims by luring them to his private amusement park which is outfitted with robots and death traps and easily costs $100million a year to operate. To my knowledge, he had never successfully killed ANYONE in any of his appearances prior to some C-listers and original characters whose death he arranged in Avengers Arena (a vile little Hunger Games rip-off that recently ended).


  9. BerserkRL
    May 10, 2014 @ 8:34 am

    And why would anyone hire him? If I wanted someone killed, I wouldn't want them kidnapped and forced to play games from which they might well escape. I'd want a no-nonsense assassin who would take a head shot as quickly as possible.


  10. Elizabeth Sandifer
    May 10, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    It's a known bug with .mobi files generated by Smashwords of books that don't have a table of contents (which the one-chapter Last War omnibi don't) – I'm afraid you'll have to direct-transfer it via USB cable.

    I'll try to see if I can get a dummy ToC in for Chapter 8 that will hopefully solve this pesky issue.


  11. Dan Abel
    May 11, 2014 @ 1:47 pm

    That worked. Thanks!


  12. Elizabeth Sandifer
    May 12, 2014 @ 7:06 pm

    The thing about Arcade is that he debuts at the exact right time and has the exact right name. He's a villain who works through video games, and not in a ludicrous "Captain Video" sort of way that gives the strong sense of someone who has never actually played one. The underlying premise of Arcade may be absurd, but it makes a certain intuitive sense: he kills people by trapping them inside video games. It's perfect for the 80s, and he's been a bizarre legacy ever since.


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