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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. Scurra
    May 8, 2015 @ 12:08 am

    Also, I'd like to apologize if I inadvertently persuaded anybody that because the early comics of Alan Moore were so good the UK should just go back to the Thatcher era. That was not the intended thesis statement of The Last War in Albion.
    I'd laugh if it wasn't so depressing. Maybe the Rabid Puppies are right, and we are, in fact, losing the war.


  2. Eric Gimlin
    May 8, 2015 @ 8:32 am

    I hate to be the correction guy yet again, as it hides the more important point of just how much I love Last War in general, but :

    “Protected Species” first appeared in "The Super Heroes Annual 1984", not the Superman annual for that year.

    Those British annuals always strike me as an odd battlefront in the war. Despite having what is possibly Moore's first work for DC, and definitely Morrison's first work for DC a year or two later, and being published in Hardcover, they're still oddly obscure and elusive to most followers of the war.


  3. Elizabeth Sandifer
    May 8, 2015 @ 8:36 am

    Are you sure? I have never seen that before. (Also, I believe, given that the 1984 one would have been December 1983, that they post-date the earliest issues of Swamp Thing.)


  4. Eric Gimlin
    May 8, 2015 @ 8:59 am

    Yes, I'm sure; I have a copy of the Annual sitting right between my computer and my monitor as I type.


    I said possibly because I was thinking about when the stories might have been written, not actual on sale dates. I don't have any information on that, but the time frame is definitely close. I know the UK annuals go on sale in time for Christmas, but for some reason I was thinking November, not December. (I also thought hardcover books generally need a longer lead time to get printed, but once again that's just an impression.)


  5. encyclops
    May 8, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    I stumbled across American Flagg in, of all places, the local dollar store toward the end of high school. They were selling a bunch of comics the way (perhaps exactly the way) bookstores sell remaindered books, and I bought up the ones that looked interesting and checked them out. I was fascinated, mystified, and repulsed by American Flagg in equal measures — it wasn't my sort of thing, but it was so uninhibited and weird that it was interesting. And I vividly remember "The Hot Slot," only I didn't really know who Alan Moore was at the time or even pay much attention to who was writing a particular comic or story. Thanks for putting all that in context for me!


  6. Nyq Only
    May 8, 2015 @ 11:09 pm

    On the positive side it demonstrates that magical ritual performed by blog writing do actually influence real world events. A proof of concept has been established – our host just needs to work on the targeting.


  7. BerserkRL
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:17 am

    Well, depends what part of the UK you're talking about. Things went a bit differently in the northern part.


  8. BerserkRL
    May 12, 2015 @ 12:28 am

    Chaykin also notably collaborated with Michael Moorcock on an odd little "eternal champion" comic, The Swords of Heaven, the Flowers of Hell. It did in fact feature "guys with guns, guys with swords, and women with big tits." Plus the eternal champion is played by Burt Lancaster.


  9. Daru
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:36 pm

    Yep I was pretty happy as a person living north of Hadrian's Demarcation Zone. Apart from the fact that the single conservative in Scotland won the seat for my home constituency! Ah well, happy though.


  10. Daru
    May 12, 2015 @ 10:38 pm

    Good stuff Phil. I had dipped into some of Chaykin's other work and a bit of Flagg and I think The Shadow too. The "Love Doesn't Last Forever" piece looks like it has some pretty interesting artwork form Veitch, who's one of my favourites, I love the texture of his lines.


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