Friday, August 29, 2014

Marilyn Monroe (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Marilyn Monroe was an American sex symbol in the 1950’s and early 1960’s. She is known from her career as an acrtess, model and singer, as well as from her untimely death.

She appeared in films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Seven Year Itch and Some Like It Hot as well as several others.

She died on August 5th, 1962.

In Sandman she appears in one panel in the first issue of the series. She appears in Mort Notkin’s dream, in which he is at a party dressed as a clown.

Marilyn Monroe appears in Sandman # 1, on page 31, in panel 4.

Max did a great job with this portrait. I like the close up perspective and I like her coy wink. The colors are a bit muted compared to some of Max’s other portraits and it works really well here. It’s always tricky to do a portrait of a real celebrity, but Max always seems to excel at this type of portrait and this is no exception.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Marco Polo’s Expedition Guide (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In 1271, Marco Polo was sixteen and he set out on his first expedition.

Along with his father and uncle, there were two elderly Dominican Priests and an expedition guide.

This is the expendition guide who helped them journey to Kublai Kahn’s empire.

He can be seen in Sandman # 39, on page 12, panel 3.

I really like this portrait from Anna. I like his hat and the colors she used for this portrait. I also like that she included some of the Italian backgrounds in this portrait. It definitely helps set the scene for this expedition.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Burgess’ Guard # 2 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In the first issue of Sandman, Dream is accidentally captured by Roderick Burgess, who was attempting to capture Death.

Burgess had many guards watching over the captured Dream King throughout the years and this particular guard worked for Burgess in 1947.

He appears in Sandman # 1 on page 19, in panel 2.

I really like Max’s portrait for this character. He gives him an almost “mob” look about him, both with his outfit and the positioning of his body. I love the expression on his face. Another thing I really like about this is the background. Max used a torn up newspaper to add both texture to the portrait and also an interesting background. This is definitely a great portrait for one of Burgess’ guards.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Bird # 8 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

After Nada‘s discovers a mysterious stranger standing below her window one evening and realizes that she is in love with this man she tried everything she can to find out who he is. Her loyal subjects search for this stranger thought out the cities and forests and find no trace of him. After all attempts fail, she asks for help from The King Of Birds.

This is one of the birds searching for the stranger.

This bird appears in Sandman # 9 on page 8 in panel 4.

I am not familiar with bird species, particularly African birds and so I am unsure what type of bird appears in the published comic.

I really like this portrait from Anna. I really like the colors she used. The colors really highlight this bird as being bird that could live in one of the many forests in Nada’s kingdom. There is a peacefulness about this portrait that I really like. This is a fantastic portrait of one of the many birds from Sandman.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Airline Customs Agent # 1 (illustrated by John Carmine)

In The Kindly Ones, Rose journeys to England after Zelda gives her a message from her grandmother saying that if she goes to her she’ll return her heart (which is a reference to the final chapter of The Doll’s House, where Unity took Rose’s heart to assume the roll of the dream vortex).

Rose goes to England and on the flight she sits next to a guy who smells sour and unwashed and is reading a pornographic magazine.

When she gets off the plane, she is stopped by a customs agent who looks through her personal belongings. The creepy guy walks past her as the agent is looking at her lacy underwear.

This Airline Customs Agent appears in Sandman # 62, on page 1, in panel 5.

John did a fantastic job with this character. In the published comic we do not see this man’s face, but John captured a perfect expression of embarrassment, which is how I think I would feel if I was looking through someone’s luggage and ran across some sexy underwear.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Raven # 33 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In The Kindly Ones, hundreds of ravens gather in the dreaming with the expectation of war and death.

As Dream goes to challenge the Kindly Ones, the ravens raise their eyes to the storm and wait.

This is one of the ravens.

This raven appears in Sandman # 69, on page 8, in panel 3.

I love this portrait from Max. Aside from the fact that the raven looks awesome, I like the dark blue he used for the background. This works well to highlight the darkness of the raven, but it also works because of the storm raging in The Dreaming.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Awards Ceremony Audience Member # 1 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Richard Madoc had writers block, but after trading Erasmus Fry a Bezioar for the muse Calliope he becomes a successful writer and a celebrity.

Richard Madoc won many awards and this woman was in attendance at one of the award ceremonies where Richard spoke.

She appears in Sandman # 17 on page 13 in panel 1.

This is a wonderful portrait from Anna. With characters as obscure as this one, Anna has to create this character based simply on the back of her head and I think she captured the type of person who may attend an awards ceremony. She seems like she could easily be a celebrity. I also like that Anna included other people in the audience, placing her in the setting of the awards ceremony. I really like the details that Anna put into this portrait.