Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hunchback # 1 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

When Kara her husband were married the entire village celebrated.

Hunchbacks danced at their wedding, which was a symbol of good luck for the newly married couple.

This is one of the hunchbacks who danced at their wedding.

He appears in Endless Nights, in the Desire story on page 13, in panel 1.

This is another amazing portrait from Kai. I love the perspective of this portrait. Is slightly skewed, which really works with the presentation of this character. I also really like the line work and the details added to this character. The extra detail really adds depth to the Hunchback.

Stewardess # 2 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

While traveling in the waking world, Dream and Delirium must travel by airplane to get to their next destination.

There was a small girl named Chloe Russell on the plane who woke from a nightmare. Her mother told her that nightmares were not real and that you cannot get lost in a dream. Chloe saw Morpheus and he told her that her mother was wrong that she could get lost in a dream.

Chloe’s mother, noticed that her daughter was talking to Dream and asked this stewardess if the man in first class was a rock star or famous film star. She said he looked familiar. The stewardess agreed, but did not know who they were.

This stewardess appears in Sandman # 43 on page 22, in panel 3 and on page 23 in panel 4.

I love this portrait from Anna. She did a fantastic job with this character. I really like her facial expression and can easily envision her standing at the door to the airplane greeting people as they come aboard. The backgrounds Anna added definitely help give the impression that this woman is on an airplane.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Man # 38 (illustrated by Lukas Ketner)

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, including the involvement of Roderick Burgess and his Order of Ancient Mysteries. The streets are bustling with people.

This man is on the streets this day. He is staring down the sidewalk. He has a very comical expression on his face and I have to wonder what he is staring at to cause him to have this expression. I am guessing he is staring at the young lady walking down the street.

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

Lukas did a wonderful job with this portrait. He captured this character perfectly. He gave this man a working class appearance, which really works perfectly with this character. I love the shape of his nose and the expression on his face.

Here is Man # 38…

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Military Doctor # 1 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Stefan Wasserman was treated by this doctor while in the military. The doctors thought it was one of the worst cases of shellshock they had ever seen.

This doctor appears in Sandman # 1, on page 11, in panel 2. He is on the left.

This is a great portrait from Lars. I love the coldness of this portrait. It’s definitely gives off an odd and uncomfortable feeling about this doctor, but maybe I am reading too much into it. All doctors make me feel uncomfortable and so why would this one be any different…

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Resident Of The Dreaming # 16 (illustrated by Mike DeCarlo)

After a family gathering, Dream decides that perhaps he was a bit rash in condemning Nada, his one-time lover, to Hell for spurning his affection.

He gathers together the residents of his realm to let them know he is about to go to Hell in an attempt to rescue Nada.

This is one of the people who gathered to listen to Dream.

He appears in Sandman # 22, on page 5, in panel 4.

I really like this portrait from Mike. It would have been very easy to make this character a bit scary, based on the image in the published comic. Mike did not take that approach, which I appreciate. Instead he gave this character an attentive expression and he seems to have a calm demeanor.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Press Photographer (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In Preludes And Nocturnes, Roderick Burgess, the Head of the Order Of Ancient Mysteries, was at an inquest regarding the death of Jon Hathaway and the loss of many books and manuscripts from the Royal Museum.

His involvement in the crimes and the death of Professor Hathaway could not be proven and he was cleared of all charges.

This press photographer is standing outside the court as Roderick and Alex Burgess, Ethel Cripps (later known as Ethel Dee) and Ruthven Sykes leaves the courthouse. He is snapping photos of them to be used in The Daily Mail.

He appears in Sandman # 1, on page 14, in panel 2.

This is a great portrait from Max. I really like that the background is made of torn paper and the light colors accent the dark silhouette of the photographer.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Man At The Renaissance Fair # 26 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

When Hob goes to a Renaissance Fair with his girlfriend for the day he is thrust back into a romanticized version of the era, in which he first made his deal with Death and Dream for immortality.

Hob finds the Renaissance Fair to be a bit frustrating and comments that it is not even remotely accurate to how things were. He tells Dave, a young man who dresses as a jester for the fair, that there’s no lice or nits or rotting face cancers at the fair, and there’s no feces (neither animal or people).

This man is talking to another man and woman at the fair as Hob explains how things really were.

This man appears in Sandman # 73 on page 11, in panel 3.

Kai took an interesting approach to this character. He presented the character with his back to us, similar to how he is standing in the published comic. I really like Kai’s detailed line work in the green shawl over his shoulders. The layers are really well executed. I also like the colors that he used. They are very vibrant.