Well, Neil Gaiman’s version anyway……

Briefly, Death is one of the Endless, the family of Gaiman’s main creation Morpheus from the late 80’s comic The Sandman . I always remember Gaiman saying words to the effect that the traditional image of death (skull, robe scythe etc.) was something he wanted to change in the comic. Wouldn’t it be nicer to meet a smiling, pleasant, compassionate young woman than the fearful Grim Reaper? Probably Gaiman’s most popular and mainstream work was as the creator of Stardust, the 2007 film starring Michelle Pfeiffer (which was originally a Charles Vess illustrated book from the 90’s). Of late, Gaiman is working on a film version of his comic Death: The High Cost of Living, a Sandman spin-off. Special mention must go to artist Mike Dringenberg who created Death’s goth-looking image.


That all said, it brings me nicely onto my next wee bit of info.

Now I don’t read that many blog’s but one I always keep an eye on is Grace’s The Beautiful Necessity. It’s great stuff if your a fan of Pre-Raphaelite type things and me, being a John Waterhouse psycho, am always entertained. By reason of one of her latest blog’s (which has precipitated me writing this entry), Grace suggested I look at some photo’s of an actress called Alison Lohman whom she think’s would make a great Death for Gaiman’s upcoming film . I had a look at the photo’s and have to agree but, me being me, I had to mess around with one of them and jazz it up a bit. Seeing as though I’m often using Photoshop, I couldn’t resist.

So, without further ado, here’s the original photo taken from a film called White Oleander:

And here is my ‘Death’ version:

Here, after me making Lohman black and white, I’ve paled her skin down a little, added the ankh and put Death’s usual little swirl under her right eye (after the Eye of Horus, I think). Well, hope you like it. A girl I have heard touted for the role of Death is Emmy Rossum. The photo of her you can see here, although not ‘gothed’ up in any way, does have the smile that Death can have. Maybe I’ll stick her in Photoshop as well and see what I can do. She’s a Neil Gaiman fan as well which will probably help her get the part.

Btw, The Sandman is, for me, one of the greatest comic’s ever written; 75 issues of brilliance. ‘Nuff said!

I’m outta here,


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  1. Grace 10th May 2009 at 3:01 am - Reply

    Wow, Jim, I love what you did with that picture! 🙂

    Emmy Rossum has the innocent look, I’ll agree, but she somehow seems too…vacant? I wax enthusiastic about Allison Lohman not only because of her physical appearance, but also because there’s something…simultaneously innocent and world-weary in her performances…a perfect combination for Death, I think.

    Thanks for the shout-out!

  2. admin 10th May 2009 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Grace, your comment is officially the first on my blog! I don’t know what public transport is like in America but I’m reminded of the buses we have here in England: you wait ages for one and then three turn up at the same time 😉

    Glad you like the photo. It was the best I could do in an hour or so but I was quite pleased in the end.

    I’ll admit to have never seen any of the above actresses in any movies so I’m not really entitled to comment on that side of things. I did see someone suggest Lohman for the role of Delirium, though I can’t remember if she was in ‘The High Cost of Living’.

    Thanks again, Grace.

  3. Jonzi 4th December 2010 at 10:30 am - Reply

    No, I think Lohman fits perfectly well after seeing your work! Couldn’t see any other having her role.

  4. Concha 26th January 2011 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    How about Melanie Lynskey?

  5. Concha 26th January 2011 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    BTW, I agree, nice photo. I thought about Melanie Lynskey because it seems to me like Teleute in the comics is more playful than world-weary, no?

  6. admin 26th January 2011 at 8:37 pm - Reply

    Hi Concha,

    Melanie Lynskey could maybe do it as well as I guess maybe a number of actresses. I suppose if any are done up to look like Death (or Teleute, as you say) they would look the part. But, as you’ve mentioned, a certain playfulness would be important to the role. Do you think Lynskey would bring that? I don’t recall seeing her before so I couldn’t comment on that.

    Thanks for the post, btw (and same to Jonzi too!) 🙂

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