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1A blog by Dr El Sandifer of ''TARDIS Eruditorum'' about the ongoing magical war between Creator/AlanMoore and Creator/GrantMorrison.²²[[MindScrew We think]].²²MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext.²²[[ Table of contents here.]]²²----²!!Tropes featured include:²* AnachronicOrder: Telling the history of comics from the perspective of Moore and Morrison means she often has to go back and fill in the history of genres and comic companies once they become relevant. Book Two has the structure of each chapter mirroring the equivalent chapter of ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', including flashbacks in the appropriate places. Most obvious with Chapter Four, which is Moore's entire history in the style of Dr Manhattan jumping through his own life.²* ButIDigress: Dr Sandifer enjoys it when the main topic of a blog entry isn't the official subject but a digression which will tie back in at the end of the entry. On one occasion, a parenthetical comment runs for three entries, after which she carries on exactly where she left off.²* DisproportionateRetribution: Moore's habit of getting into feuds.²* FlashForward: Dr Sandifer's ''TARDIS Eruditorum'' entry for "Nightmare in Silver" is written as an excerpt from a future ''Last War In Albion'' chapter about ''Literature/TheOceanAtTheEndOfTheLane'', which has briefly diverted into other work Neil Gaiman was doing in 2013. At the time it was published ''Last War'' itself was less than halfway through ''Comicbook/VForVendetta''.²* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: ²** For ''Book One: The Early Work'' all the blog entries are titled with assorted quotes from comic creators. The full version of the quote is then used as an epigram.²** In ''Book Two: Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'', the titles for the blog posts in each chapter are successive sentences of a lengthy quote, which is then quoted in full at the nominal end of the chapter[[note]]The chapters actually end with a lengthy (more than one post) bracketed diversion marked by the captions introducing the backup text features from ''Watchmen'', which first discuss what's wrong with ''Comicbook/BeforeWatchmen'', then look at Moore's other work of the period.[[/note]]:²*** Chapter One: The passage from ''Creator/KieronGillen Talks Watchmen'' beginning "Art that cannot effectively move people..."²*** Chapter Two: Dr Bruhauner's lecture in the opening of Book Two of ''Comicbook/TheBalladOfHaloJones''²*** Chapter Three: UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode²*** Chapter Four: The time-travelling assassin Conrad telling his wife he can't keep fighting in Grant Morrison's "The Checkmate Man" (''Near Myths'' #5)²*** Chapter Five: The second half of Moore's palindromic incantation "The Demon Regent Asmodeus" from ''The Moon & Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels''. (With the twist that the quote at the end is the ''first'' half, continuing the chapter's theme of symmetry.)²*** From Chapter Six onwards each entry is an entire chapter, so the post titles are just a single line from the lengthy quote at the end.²* RealPersonFic: Alan Moore and Grant Morrison. With other players including Steve Moore, William Blake, Neil Gaiman...²* SeriousBusiness: Comics, some obscure and weird, and magic.²* TimeyWimeyBall: One entry considers the idea that given both ''Comicbook/{{Watchmen}}'' and Morrison's pastiche ''Comicbook/TheMultiversity: Pax Americana'' blur cause and effect, it's perfectly legitimate to consider the latter comic as a possible influence on the original.²* VeryLooselyBasedOnATrueStory: The "British Invasion" of mainstream comics in the late 1980s. Actually pretty closely based on the true story, apart from the conceit that magical beliefs are real, which is usually more implied than stated.²* ViewersAreGeniuses: The reader is assumed to be at least somewhat familiar with things like Creator/WilliamBlake's work, principles of occultism, and a lot of comics, many of which are obscure and haven't seen reprints in ages. Or, if not familiar, at least open-minded enough to try to learn.²* YourMindMakesItReal: Alan Moore and Grant Morrison are both documented as taking this approach to occultism. Alan Moore's line in [[{{ComicBook/FromHell}} From Hell]] about gods being real in our minds is an obvious example. Alan Moore now worships the Roman snake god Glycon.


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