began in 1997 as a self-published project by creators Vincent Sneed
and John Peters under the imprint of Odd Jobs, Limited.
Forty Winks: Pandora in the Big City, which debuted
in September 1997, introduced the lovable ten-year old Pandora Spocks
as she struggles against the ten-eyed monster living in her closest
which plagues her dreams. With the help of Sam the Dreamguide, The
Mysterious Penumbra, and the wacky lads of the Smith Street Gang,
Pandora encounters life in the Big City. Together, Pandora and company
vanquish the monster...or so they think.
After publishing four issues, Vince and John joined Peregrine Entertainment
in 1998, bringing Pandora and the gang with them. Two Special Editions
followed shortly thereafter in late 1998 and early 1999.
In the Forty Winks Christmas Special, we learn that
for Ricky and Pandora Christmas serves as a stark reminder of the
emptiness left by the death of a wife and mother. The story serves
as a heartwarming tale of love, loss, and the ability to continue
By comparison, the Forty Winks TV Party Special serves
up a dose of good, clean fun. As seen on TV...it's your favorite '60's
TV shows, straight up with a twist! Join Pandora, The Mysterious Penumbra,
Sam the Dreamguide, Spider, Snake, and Annabelle Wu for an off-kilter,
surreal take on some of the TV generation's greatest icons. Three
stories feature favorite characters with artwork by Reggie "Shuriken"
Byers, Aaron "Mazy Devil" Bordner, and newcomer Kheang Kho.
In 1999, Forty Winks returned to a mini-series format
with the three-part Forty Winks: The Fabled Pirate Queen of
the South China Seas, which marked the addition of artist
Billy Martinez to the Peregrine family. In this story, Annabelle Wu,
the 11-year-old captain of the lacrosse team, spins for her English
class a tale of adventure and intrigue set in the Far East of the
Dreamscape, and Pandora Spocks can't help but listen...and wonder
if she's found a kindered spirit.
In early 2000, Peregrine teamed Pandora with the company's other all-ages
hero, Buzzboy! In the Forty Winks/Buzzboy Special,
the citizens of New Paradise are frozen in a sleep-like state, so
it's up to the "World's Most Upbeat Super Hero" to thaw them. Buzzboy
leaps into the world of dreams and meets up with Forty Winks' own
Dream Angel Pandora, comics newest 4-inch-tall kick-butt action girl!
Together they battle an army of Halloween costume-clad kids - led
by the mysterious monsters Wint and Kidd.
Pandora thought she had conquered the monster of the Dreamscape...but
she was wrong. In the two-part Forty Winks: Mr. Horrible
the monster returns! Matt Mason by day was a mild-mannered delivery
truck driver. But when he slept, he became your worst nightmare: the
spikey ten-eyed monster that roamed the Dreamscape, terrorizing dreamers
with its sharp teeth and even sharper wit. Matt, in the process of
reconstructing his life, thought he defeated this personal demon,
but he found that it's not easy to stare down a beast with five times
as many eyes!
New adventures still await Pandora and Annabelle!
In 2004, original series artist John Peters returns as he and Vince
finally release the long-awaited Forty Winks: Bad Bishop.
What begins as an attempt at a simple interview with a famous chess-playing
child-prodigy becomes a fight for survival. Can Pandora and Annabelle
learn to work together before they are trapped forever in this isolated
pocket of the Dreamscape?
Stay tuned to find out!