Thursday, December 30, 2010

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Demon # 75

This is another Demon that I didn't immediately recognize when Scott gave me the drawing...not because it's drawn inaccurately, but because there are so many demons that I simply couldn't remember them all, but sure enough...the little guy is there, standing to the left of Choronzon in a mass of demons.

Can you find him?

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Bernie Capax

Bernie Capax is one of the "Old Ones." While on his way to work one morning he recollects his dream from the previous night where he walked amongst Mammoths and was remembering their smell...something he hadn't smelled since his childhood. Unfortunately he was lost within his own thoughts and didn't notice that he was walking past a construction site or that there was a brick wall that was about to crush him.

Bernie is one of the first people to die in the Brief Lives storyline written by Neil Gaiman and illustrated by Jill Thompson.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Dreamer At The Wake # 11

This is one of the more distinctive Dreamers at the Wake. I would love to know if Neil specifically asked for Michael Zulli to draw this character or if he gave him the freedom to draw whoever and whatever he wanted.

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Alichino is one of the two Demons who present Cain to Lucifer when Dream sends him as an envoy to the Dreaming in hopes of securing Nada's release from imprisonment in the Season Of Mists storyline.

I really like Scott's version of Alichino. He reminds me a bit of a bull, which is the same impression I got from Kelley Jones' drawing of the character in the original published version.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Demon # 79

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a...scary tiki-looking Demon!!!

This is one of the many demons from Preludes And Nocturnes. He sort of reminds me of a scary tiki statue.

Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Demon # 94

What better way to celebrate the day before Christmas Eve but with another creepy Demon.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Demon # 93

This Demon seems completely out of place in the original comic series, which makes him an incredibly memorable character.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Prez Rickard

Prez is one of a handful of DC Universe characters that Gaiman integrated into the Sandman Universe. Prez was originally a four issue series released in 1973 and was by writer Joe Simon and illustrated by Jerry Grandenetti. The series was cancelled and a fifth issue was released inded in Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2. Prez also made an appearance in Supergirl # 10 (released in 1974).

Gaiman took the character, pretty much as he was in the original series, and set him in an "alternate" America and a mysterious storyteller known as "A Seeker" is searching for that reality, but is trapped inside Worlds' End.

Prez is an idealistic young man who has a knack for fixing watches and becomes the youngest US President in history. He is popular with the people and does many great things for America and the world while he is president, but unfortunately tragedy strikes when his fiance is murdered. After the murder Prez loses his optimism and ends his term quietly and uneventfully. According to the story, once Prez left office "things were no longer golden in America. It wasn't that things got bad. It was that they weren't spectacularly good anymore." Eventually Prez disappeared and his disappearance caused many rumors and speculations about where he may have gone and what he may be doing.

One interesting piece of trivia, at the end of the story, Prez gives a watch to Dream. That watch is visible in a closet of items (including a city in a bottle, Azazel in a globe and the Corinthian's skull) in the Season Of Mists storyline.

Here is Prez Rickard...

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Demon # 76

Tonight I had planned on sharing a different character with you...someone that you would absolutely recognize. Unfortunately time sort of got away from me and so I don't have the time to type up what I intended.

So, you have something to look forward to tomorrow.

Tonight you get another lovely Demon!!!

See you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Demon # 123

This is not one of the demons that I immediately recognized and so I had to look him up and sure enough he's there....How Scott managed to find him I have no idea since my description (and page/panel placement) was completely off. Still he managed to find him and he's quite excellent.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Demon # 150

Scott certainly loves his demons....

This Demon appears in Preludes And Nocturnes. He's not immediately easy to spot, but when you find him he is very recognizable.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Faceless Nightmares with No Names

In The Dolls House, Dream is standing on the beach with Matthew as he is creating these Nightmares. When Matthew asks what Dream is doing, he replies "I am creating a new nightmare. I have not yet given it a name."

These Nightmares appear again in The Kindly Ones, but remain unnamed.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Homeless Man

This is the first of several homeless men that appear in Sandman.

This Homeless Man appears in "Going Inside" from Endless Nights.

I really like Scott's version of this character. He did a great job giving this homeless man personality and exploring the depth of an easily forgettable character.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Mort Notkin

This is Mort Notkin. He is not someone that you may remember immediately, but he appears in the very first issue of Sandman (or the first chapter of Preludes And Nocturnes).

Mort is a dreamer who Dreams that he is at a party with a bunch of celebrities, including Elvis Presley, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe and a few others (some of whom have caused a lot of speculation, some investigation, and several arguments of regarding their identity). In Mort's Dream he is wearing a clown outfit because he thought it was a costume party, which it obviously wasn't.

This is one of my favorite paintings Scott has done so far.

The Facebook Page

Hi Everyone,

It's been a little while since an update.

The reason for the absence is because I've been working on a Facebook page for the Sandman Portraits blog.

Why would I do that? Well, I think it's nice to have a place where people can search for specific characters based on who they are. So, you can go to the Facebook page and look at a photo album of all the Demons that Scott has drawn so far....or all the Gods, or Serial Killers...whatever you desire.

Of course, the Facebook page is not going to replace the blog. This blog is still the number one source for the Sandman Portraits and will always be updated first and this is the only place you will get insight on each of the characters. The blog is still the most important place to view the Sandman Portraits, but the Facebook page was set up to compliment it.

If you feel like it become a Fan of the Sandman Portraits Facebook page: