Thursday, March 30, 2017

Faery Reveler # 9 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In The Kindly Ones, Nuala leaves the employee of Morpheus and returns to Faery. She feels disillusioned with the glamour put on by the other Faeries.

One evening while a group of Faeries are having a celebration two significant events occur. The first is that Puck returns to Faery. The second is that Nuala enters the celebration without her glamour and claims that she feels more comfortable without the pretense, which offends Titania.

This Faery is at the festivities and talking with Cluracan and Menton.

He appears in Sandman # 66, on page 9 and 10.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Corpse From Rachel’s Dream # 4 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In the Destruction story from Endless Nights, Rachel has dreams of the world ending. Sometimes it’s by fire, sometimes by ice and sometimes the deaths are caused by some disease.

In one of Rachel’s dreams, she sees the corpse of this man, along with many others, while walking through a shopping mall. It seems apparent that this man died from an unknown disease.

He can be seen in Endless Nights in the Destruction story, “On The Peninsula” on the first page in panel 4.

This is a fantastic portrait from Kai. I really like that he is face down and is not obviously recognizable. It is a unique approach to a portrait. I really like how Kai positioned the body and the line work on his hands and hair. The little details really make this portrait stand out.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Citizen Of Barbie’s World # 59 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

After Barbie smashes the Porpentine against the Heirogram on the Isle Of Thorns, Dream is summoned to destroy her world and welcomed the citizens of Barbie’s world back into the dark folds of his cloak.

This character is one of the many citizens of Barbie’s world.

He appears in Sandman # 36, page 34, panel 2.

I absolutely love this portrait!!! This is one of the many characters that is barely more than a shape as it enters The Dream King’s cloak. Max looked at this panel and drew a character that fits in perfectly with the other characters we have seen within Barbie’s world. I love the gruff looking appearance of this creature and yet the eyes contrast its appearance by showing us a more gentle side. The strange and unnatural colors work perfectly with a child’s impression of how a magical world would be and the types of extraordinary creatures that would inhabit this land.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Bar Patron # 3 (illustrated by Andy Fish)

Dream and Death visit a pub in England sometime between 1362-1370.

During this excursion into the waking world Death offers Hob the opportunity to never die and never grow old. He accepts and Dream agrees to meet him once a century to discuss his life, immortality and friendship.

This man is one of the bar patrons in the pub during Dream and Hob’s initial meeting.

This Bar Patron appears in Sandman # 13, on page 1, in panel 1. He is sitting at the table with a group of other men. Is he a monk? Why is he wearing a hooded robe indoors? I’d really like to know more background about this character.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Bacchante # 11 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

In The Sandman Special # 1, Orpheus encounters The Bacchante, who are some of the most terrifying characters in the Sandman universe.

In Greek mythology, The Bacchante are crazy, wild women living in the forests. They are capable of tearing animals (and sometimes people) into pieces with their bare hands. They are sometimes called Maenads, but regardless of their name they are ferocious and insatiable in their desires and violence. In Roman mythology, The Bacchante are the female followers of Bacchus, the god of wine and intoxication.

In The Sandman universe Orpheus is torn apart by a group of Bacchante after returning from Hades, failing to rescuing his wife from the land of the dead.

This particular Bacchante is one of the first that Orpheus encounters. She is standing toward the back of the initial gathering. She can be seen in The Sandman Special # 1 (The Song Of Orpheus), page 43.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Island Spirit # 7 (illustrated by Carl Sciacchitano)

In the final issue of Sandman, we get a glimpse of William Shakespeare writing his final play for Morpheus.

As Shakespeare falls asleep at his desk he finds himself walking along a beach with the King of Dreams. There are island spirits flying around them as they talk. They discuss the play that he is writing for Morpheus.

Shakespeare asks him why he is writing this play for him:

Shakespeare: Why do you want the play? Why do you need me to write it? Why am I doing this?
Morpheus: Why? Because we made a bargain, Will Shakespeare. Two Plays.
 Shakespeare: Yes. The first play I wrote as a gift for….your friends…but this is…your play. For you.
Morpheus: Yes. 
Shakespeare: Why THIS play?

Before Morpheus can respond, Shakespeare is woken by his wife.

This is one of the Island Spirits that appear on the beach as Morpheus and Shakespeare talk.

He appears in Sandman # 75, on page 22, in panel 5.

Friday, March 24, 2017

Greek Citizen # 4 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

The wedding of Orpheus and Eurydice was a much celebrated event and many people attended the ceremony.

This man is one of the many guests at the wedding.

This Greek citizen appears in one panel of The Sandman Special # 1. He is on page 3 in the first panel.

He is standing on the steps of the temple as Orpheus sees Eurydice on the day of their wedding.