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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.

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  1. Josiah Rowe
    October 17, 2013 @ 5:42 am

    Will the republication of Miracleman/Marvelman by Marvel have an effect on the War, or your account of it, do you think?

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  2. Daibhid C
    October 17, 2013 @ 6:09 am

    The School Kids issue of Oz would later, IIRC, be directly referenced by Moore in LoEG.

    Coincidentally, I was just re-reading Soho Golem by Kim Newman, which is set in the sixties and has a scene in which Richard Jeperson questions some of the practices of the OPS, and his bobby-on-the-beat assistant aknowledges that the idea Britain is free of police corruption "might not be 100% true".

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  3. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 17, 2013 @ 8:35 am

    I should imagine, particularly as it's Gaiman doing the same thing that Moore did with it and V for Vendetta, taking up an old story and finishing it later and elsewhere. So that will surely impact the War. Thankfully, it's a while before Marvel/Miracleman is dealt with – it's slated to be the last bit of Moore's British work covered, just because it segues into so many other things so well.

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  4. Josiah Rowe
    October 17, 2013 @ 8:53 am

    The credits of these reprints will apparently be interesting.

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  5. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 17, 2013 @ 8:57 am

    Yeah, I'll be interested in seeing if he's mentioned internally. It appears that the deal is that they won't promote this as an Alan Moore comic – presumably part of the terms under which Moore agreed to let it be reprinted at all. I'm sure Moore will talk about it in an interview ere long.

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  6. Theonlyspiral
    October 17, 2013 @ 9:58 am

    I'm curious…could they say something like "From the Author of Watchmen" or "The Creator behind V for Vendetta" even if they can't use his name directly?

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  7. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 17, 2013 @ 10:12 am

    It appears Moore's name will not appear anywhere on the issues.

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  8. Anton B
    October 17, 2013 @ 11:08 am

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  9. Anton B
    October 17, 2013 @ 11:14 am

    I believe that none of the movie adaptations of Moore's work acknowledge him by name, Watchmen certainly doesn't and I can't bring myself to watch the travesties that are From Hell or LOEG to check if they do. I imagine Marvel will do something similar. I also wonder what the royalty payment deal for Marvel/Miracle Man is. Will Moore give it his share to creator linked charities as he has done in the past? Actually this rejection of material gain from what he considers, I suppose, 'tainted' sources is quite an important and remarkable part of Moore's alchemical/magickal workings isn't it? Will you be addressing this and contrasting it with what seems like Morrison's embracing of the filthy lucre as just reward for his Sigil Magic?

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  10. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 17, 2013 @ 11:23 am

    Moore is credited on From Hell and League – it was a plagiarism suit brought against League that made Moore stop taking money for the movie versions. I would guess Moore is distributing the money elsewhere on Miracleman – it does seem like him. And yes, this sort of thing becomes very important to the War.

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  11. Eric Gimlin
    October 17, 2013 @ 11:51 am

    Anybody else feel the announcement of both recovered Doctor Who and reprinting of Miracleman within a few days of one another was just an amazing double shot of incredible? I wish I had the ice skate concession in hell this week…

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  12. Josiah Rowe
    October 17, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Absolutely. Miracleman could be the proverbial other shoe, or perhaps these things come in threes. If it's the latter, what lost or out-of-print treasure do you think might turn up next? Aeschylus' "Myrmidons"? "Love's Labours Won"? The other five copies of the Mona Lisa?

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  13. Ben
    October 17, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    Side question: This "Lloyd Thatcher" who provides the rather elegant art for the gangster piece above, anyone know who he is? Info on Google is thin but I'm thinking:
    * The artist on V for Vendetta was David Lloyd.
    * That Lloyd had a similar chiaroscuro style to the one seen here.
    * Moore working with an artist named Thatcher seems a little too ironic to be true.
    So yeah, I guess my pseudonym sense just went off.

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  14. Elizabeth Sandifer
    October 17, 2013 @ 3:36 pm

    A bit of sleuthing suggests that Lloyd Thatcher is, in fact, a minor but existent figure in the British comics scene – he's got some inking credits, and Moore mentions him in an interview around the time of the Sinister Ducks release.

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  15. Anton B
    October 17, 2013 @ 9:50 pm

    I'm holding out for the Lost libraries of Alexandria.

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  16. Kit
    October 18, 2013 @ 9:45 am

    Will Moore give it his share to creator linked charities as he has done in the past?

    What projects has he done this with? Usually he just asks for the film money to go to the artists. Anyway, when Marvel "bought" the non-existent rights to Marvelman some years ago, he asked that his name be left off and his share of the money go to Mick Anglo.

    I hope Gaiman, at least, is quietly embarrassed about the appalling and destructive array of variant covers being plastered on this reissue.

    (I'm agnostic on the relettering, unless it turns out to be done by a computer-based studio, but expect that the recolouring will feature insensitive gradients and effects that damage the reading experience – it's notable that Marvel aren't announcing who's responsible for either.)

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  17. Ben
    October 18, 2013 @ 2:32 pm

    I stand corrected, then. Moore probably would have outed him by this point. The work I've seen by him has been very good so it's a shame his career seems to have been limited.

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