Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Monk At The Funeral # 3 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In order to save the life of The Fox, the Monk enters The Dreaming and makes an agreement with Dream to allow the Fox to be released from the trap created by the Onmyoji and to allow him to take her place.

When the Fox awakes she discovers the Monk, still asleep, and she stays by his side until he died.

There was a little funeral for the Monk at his temple and he was buried on the mountainside beside the previous monks who cared for the temple.

This monk is one of the men who attended the funeral.

He appears in the P. Craig Russell version of Dream Hunters in issue # 4, on page 5, in panel 5. The funeral for the Monk is also described in the Amano version of Dream Hunters on page 110.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Kitten # 3 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In Dream of A Thousand Cats, the storyteller cat tells a tale of how she dreamed of change.

The storyteller cat started out as any other cat, comfortable and taken care of by her humans…until the day she had kittens.

She was a pure-bred Siamese cat and the father of the kittens was a stray Tom Cat and so the kittens were not pure bred and were not “worth diddly-squat” to her humans. Her owner put the kittens in a bag with a rock tied to weigh it down and threw the bag into a pond.

It was at this point that the Storyteller cat decided to try to make a change for her and her kind.

This is one of the kittens. This kitten appears in Sandman # 18, on page 8, in panel 3.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Kara’s Sister (illustrated by Lars Brown)

In the Desire story from Endless Nights, Kara recounts her life and her marriage to her husband, who was the only man she had ever wanted and desired.

Her story begins with her sister, who remains nameless through the entire story, spying on the man who Kara loved. She stares at him over a brick wall and he kisses and possibly makes love to a dark haired woman from the village. Her sister runs to the village to tell Kara what she saw.

Her sister appears again as Kara prepares to visit a witch, who was rumored to provide love potions to those who brought her food. Kara’s sister tried to convince her to not go and forget about her desire.

After Kara is married and her husband is killed, Kara’s sister appears one more time, perhaps comforting her when Kara realizes that all she ever desired is gone.

Kara’s sister appears in “What I’ve Tasted of Desire” from Endless Nights on pages 1, 2, 4, 6, and 20.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Dead Man # 135 (illustrated by Xaveria)

After the death of his beloved wife, Orpheus travels to the Underworld, hoping to reclaim his lost love.

As he moves further through the Underworld he begins to encounter the dead.

This Dead Man is one of the many that resides in the Underworld and encounters Orpheus when he stands before Lord Hades and Queen Persephone and implores them to return Eurydice to him.

He appears in The Sandman Special # 1, on page 31, in panel 2.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Demon # 409 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

After the death of The Monk, the Fox vowed revenge against the Onmyoji.

The Fox appeared before her rival, as a beautiful woman who immediately captured his heart.

He visited her house and she invited him to dine with her.

He expressed his love and desire for her, but she said that she could not be with him because he has a house and wife and mistress and even if she gave herself to him he may one day leave her to return to his own house. The Onmyoji promised to “take care of” the house, removing it as an obstacle.

She said that she also would never be able to trust him if she knew that he commanded Tengu and Oni and had in his possession the scrolls that could change her into a bird if she displeased him.

This demon is one of the creatures that is imagined as The Fox is speaking to The Onmyoji.

He appears in the P. Craig Russell version of Dream Hunters, in issue # 4, on page 17, in panel 1.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Archeologist # 3 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

Rachel is invited to join an exciting archeological dig where a 2019 penny was discovered in a mound on San Raphael. This penny appears to be from the future. Stanley, Rachel and a group of archeologists are hoping to discover what the future holds from excavating this site.

This woman is one of the archeologists working on San Raphael.

He appears in the Destruction story in Endless Nights on page 5 and in panel 4.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Venice Citizen # 6 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Around 1271, Marco Polo began his expedition to China with his father and uncle.

Their departure was attended by several citizens of Venice and this man is one of those who watched the travelers leave.

This character appears in Sandman # 39, page 13, panel 3.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Tortured Man # 14 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Seasons Of Mists, once Remiel and Duma became the cartetakers of Hell, the dead and demons returned to their regular routines and torture.

This man assumed this role as a tortured resident of Hell…waiting to be consumed for all eternity by this monstrous demon’s insatiable appetite.

This tortured man appears in Sandman # 28, on page 21 in panel 2.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The Dog (illustrated by Max Rugers)

In “Going Inside,” the Delirium story from Endless Nights, the Homeless Man sees a bird fly into a window. He believed that the bird had a message for him attached to its leg and that the bird killed itself to prevent the message from being discovered by someone else.

The bird is then eaten by a stray dog, which only proves to the Homeless Man that the whole thing was planned.

This is the dog who ate the bird.

The dog appears in the Delirium Story from Endless Nights. He is mentioned on page 3 and appears on page 4-5.

Max included a digitally enhanced version of this portrait and so I wanted to include it here because it was pretty neat. The first image is the original hand drawn portrait. The second image is the back drawing. The third image is the digitally enhanced dog.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Party Guest # 7 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

Prez Rickard was elected President of the United States and in the third year of his presidency he attended a party, where he was confronted by Boss Smiley.

This woman is one of the guests at the party. She appears to be having a really good time.

She appears in Sandman # 54 on page 11 in panel 5.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Citizen Of Alain’s Court # 12 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

Alain, whose court and people lived one long day, over and over, decided that he wanted to be crushed to death by a bull elephant with two beautiful virgins at the moment of orgasm.

He struggled to decide whether this act should be at either the beginning or the end of the night’s festivities. Before asking his wife, he asked several other members of his court.

This man is one of the people who Alain’s had discussed his idea with. He appears in Endless Nights, in the Death In Venice story on page 2 in panel 2.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Raven # 19 (illustrated by Nicole Ingram)

In The Kindly Ones storyline ravens gathered in The Dreaming prior to The Kindly Ones enter the realm.

It is not known where they came from or how they were called to The Dreaming, but they came.

They are described as larger than eagles and older than Gods. They waited in the shadows for the dead to start filling the fields.

This Raven appears in Sandman # 64 on page 13, panel 5.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Ramar Singh (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Ramar Singh attended the Burgess Party at Fawney Rig in 1939.

At the party he is speaking to William Phillpots telling him that if it were up to him he could take all the writings of Kipling and burn them and take all the Sahibs and Memsahibs that were left behind in India and throw them on the fire as well.

That evening, when he sleeps, he dreams of mirrors and rats of Calcutta and of the blood of his sister. He then dreams of his fellow party guests.

He appears in Sandman Midnight Theatre on page 39 in panel 4 and on page 44 in panel 1.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Dignitary # 74 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Dream and his lover, Kilalla Of The Glow, travel to the palace in the stars to attend the parliament concerning zones of responsibility and the merits of obligation for creation.

This Dignitary is one of many who gathered at the palace.

He appears in the background in Endless Nights, in the story, The Heart Of The Star, on page 7 in panel 1.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Fundamentalist # 4 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

As John Dee takes control of the Dream Ruby, causing chaos throughout the world, a group of Fundamentalists, in New York City, kneel in the streets and beg God to not forsake them during the end of the world.

They felt that the chaos was the result of Armageddon and that they were not taken by the rapture, but were instead left on earth.

This Fundamentalist appears in Sandman # 7, on page 2, in panel 3.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

French Citizen # 20 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

After Maxmilien Robespierre and Louis-Antoine St. Just heard the song of Orpheus, both were faced with events that caused their status within the French Government to be compromised and ultimately lead to their death.

This French citizen was one of the men who was present when St. Just, typically a great orator, stuttered and fell silent during a speech before the national convention.

He appears in Sandman # 29, on page 23, in panel 1. He is in the balcony listening to St. Just’s speech.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Archeologist # 5 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Rachel is invited to join an exciting archeological dig where a 2019 penny was discovered in a mound on San Raphael. This penny appears to be from the future. Stanley, Rachel and a group of archeologists are hoping to discover what the future holds from excavating this site.

This woman is one of the archeologists working on San Raphael.

He appears in the Destruction story in Endless Nights on page 11 and in panel 1.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Baku # 6 (illustrated by Te’Shawn Dwyer)

There is a tale that is told about a Monk and a Fox. Perhaps it is a fairy tale and perhaps a Monk and a Fox really fell in love and when the Monk was murdered the Fox took revenge for the death of her lover.

We will never know for sure, but it has been said that sometimes if you dream and journey to the distant regions of the dreaming where the Baku graze you might catch a glimpse of a Man and a fox walking across the plains…

This is one of the Baku that grazes in the distant regions of The Dreaming.

The Baku appear in the P. Craig Russel version of Dream Hunters…in issue # 4, on page 29, in panel 1.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Wandsworth (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

Wandsworth is one of Death’s fish.

Wandsworth appears in Sandman Special # 1, on page 21, in panel 3. He also appears in Death: The High Cost Of Living # 1, on page 21 in panel 4-5 and page 22, in panels 2-3.

Friday, September 29, 2017

The Innkeeper (illustrated by Kai Martin)

After Cluracan escaped from his Aurelian prison with the help of Morpheus the citizens of Aurelia started hearing some startling things about their current Carnifex.

An Elderly Priest told a group of Aurelian Citizens that he had seen the Cernifex Carys XXV “sodomizing a virgin child in front of the statue of the Holy Twins” and that he had heard him say that administering the blessed sacrament meant as little to him as wiping his anus and had performed both actions at the same time.

A young noble claimed that he was hired by the Carnifex to murder the heir to the throne in a staged street brawl.

A foreign soldier told an innkeeper than the Carnifex was intending to sell the free citizens of Aurelia into slavery to cover the debts of the church treasury.

Of course, the Innkeeper was quick to repeat this information to his customers and citizens of Aurelia.

This is the innkeeper who spoke to the foreign solder.

All of these rumors were instigated by Cluracan.

The Innkeeper appears in Sandman # 52, on page 20, in panel 4.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Emissary # 13 (illustrated by Max Rugers)

Dream visited Hell in hopes of rescuing Nada. Instead of returning to his kingdom with his ex-lover, he returned with the Key To Hell, given to him by Lucifer.

Immediately upon his return to The Dreaming a host of Emissaries journeyed to his castle hoping for an audience and an opportunity to claim the key for their own dominion.

This emissary is one of the people hoping to win Dream’s favor and leave with the Key To Hell.

He appears in Sandman # 24, on page 23, in panel 4.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fredericks’s Dream Girl # 1 (illustrated by Lars Brown)

While Dream is trapped in his glass prison he is guarded by at least two men employed by Alex Burgess to watch over the king of dreams.

On the night of Dream’s escape, those two guards were Ernie and Frederick.

Frederick fell asleep and began dreaming of a vacation on a warm sunny beach. There were a group of beautiful women playing volleyball in the sand. This is one of Frederick’s dream girls.

She appears in Sandman # 1 on page 27, in panel 5.

I really like Lars portrait for this character. I can easily imagine a girl like this playing volleyball at the beach or even sitting laying on a blanket in the sand getting a tan.

Here is one of Frederick’s dream girls….

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Bicycle Rider # 4 (illustrated by Anna Hybsier)

In Death: The Time Of Your Life, Foxglove dreams of building a flying machine and soaring over the beach.

People come to the beach because they’ve heard she built a flying machine and as she soars above them she can see them riding their bicycles.

This is one of the bicycle riders hoping to catch a glimpse of Foxglove and her flying machine.

He appears in Death: The Time Of Your Life # 1, on page 3, in panel 2.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Astrologer # 2 (illustrated by Kai Martin)

In Baghdad, in the time of Haroun al Raschid, there were many wonders and splendors. There were the greatest musicians and poets and scholars. There were concubines adept at the arts of pleasure and the greatest teachers of Hebrew and mysterious enchanters.

There were astrologers within his palace.

These men could interpret the will of Allah from the by the movement and placement of the stars.

This astrologer can be seen in Sandman # 50, on page 4, in panel 1.