Friday, July 31, 2015

Greek Citizen # 18 (illustrated by Mike DeCarlo)

This citizen of Greece was one of the people who attended the wedding or Orpheus and Eurydice. She was at the ceremony outside the temple. Since she was a guest of the wedding, it is also assumed that she was one of the mourners at Eurydice’s funeral.

She can be seen in The Song Of Orpheus on page 6, panel 5. She is on the left side of the panel.

I like Mike’s portrait for this character. Based on the tiara this character is wearing I am guessing that she is in the upper echelons of Greek society.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Worlds’s End Patron # 41 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

When the storm pounds against the inn, this little character is frightened by the thunder as it rattles the windows and the lightning that lights up the night sky.

He appears in Sandman # 55, on page 1 in panel 7.

Lars did a great job with this portrait. I like the perspective of this portrait. It’s almost as if there is a camera pointed in the direction of these little guys and they are standing on their tippy toes in an attempt to get into the photo, which some are able to successfully.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Misshapen Creature # 6 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

The Onmyoji was afraid and throughout his life gathered power in an attempt to push away the fear, but it seemed that with the power came more fear.

To gather more power he visited Misshapen Creatures at night and he danced their dances and ate their feasts in hopes of gathering their knowledge…the knowledge of the defilers of graves.

This creature is one of the Misshapen Creatures that the Onmyoji visits.

He appears in the P. Craig Russell version of Dream Hunters, in issue # 2, on page 7, in panel 1.

This is a wonderful portrait from Max. This creature really stands out. The blackness of the inks is impressive and frightening. I love the scariness of this character.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Small Minded Insect-Like Creature # 6 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In the opening chapter of Sandman Overture, we discover that there is a distant planet where one of the dominant life forms is a small mindless insect-like creature.

These creatures are not intelligent. They are interested only in laying eggs and food, but they do have a tendency to swarm and when they swarm they are capable of making art or “exploring the solar system.”

This is one of those small minded insect-like creatures.

It is visible in Sandman Overture # 1, on page 1, in panel 3.

These creatures are beautifully bizarre. They are incredibly colorful, but they look horrifying. If I encountered I would be a bit apprehensive about it. Kai did a wonderful job giving this creature both the beauty and the creepiness that these creatures have.

Monday, July 27, 2015

Sleeping Sickness Patient # 7 (illustrated by Nicole Ingram)

In 1916, after Dream is imprisoned, many people succumbed to the sleeping sickness.

Many were sent to Charity Wards to get care while they slept and sometimes they would be placed in large rooms filled with beds.

This man is one of the countless victims of the mysterious sickness.

He can be seen in Sandman # 1, page 14, panel 4.

Nicole did a fantastic job with this character. I love the details added to this portrait, like the wrinkles in this man’s pajamas. It seems so simple and easy to miss, but little things like that make all the difference. The colors are vibrant and I love the backgrounds.

Here is another great portrait from Nicole…

Friday, July 24, 2015

Japanese Man # 10 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

The Onmyoji wandered the streets, homeless and crazy after the Fox took her revenge on the murder of her lover, the Monk.

Some people thought that the Onmyoji became crazy as a result of his wife and house being burned down. Others believed that it was the loss of his eye that caused his insanity. Still others believed that it was fox magic that led to his condition.

This man is one of the many people who speculated on the Onmyoji’s insanity.

He appears in the P. Craig Russell adaptation of The Dream Hunters in issue # 4, on page 25 in panel 5.

This is another great portrait from Kai. I love the character’s facial expression and the details within his hair and beard. I also really like the colors of his robes. The contrast between the green and the gray/blues really make the green stand out.

Here is Japanese Man # 10…

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Man # 291 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In London in June 1920, the news of John Hathaway’s suicide spreads through the city. Young boys are selling newspapers with headlines questioning his mental health and asking questions of the mysteries surrounding his death. The streets are bustling.

This man is driving down the street in one of the two cars seen on the street. He is in the front seat. Originally I thought this character was a woman, but looking closely at this panel the second person in the car looks like he is in the backseat and so that leads me to believe this character is probably a chauffeur and in the 1920’s it would likely be a man performing this job.

He appears in Sandman # 1, on page 14, in panel 1.

This man is barely more than a blob in the published comic and Anna did a great job bringing him to life. I love his happy expression. He seems to really like driving or perhaps he likes feeling the wind blowing through his hair and he drives his fancy car through town. Either way, I really like this portrait and think that Anna did a fantastic interpretation of this obscure character.