The Sculptor by Scott MccloudThe Sculptor by Scott Mccloud

The Sculptor

byScott Mccloud

Hardcover | February 3, 2015

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David Smith is giving his life for his art-literally. Thanks to a deal with Death, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now that he only has 200 days to live, deciding what to create is harder than he thought, and discovering the love of his life at the 11th hour isn't making it any easier!

This is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond; of the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love; and a gorgeous, street-level portrait of the world's greatest city. It's about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life.and the great surging forces that lie just under the surface. Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into great fiction with a breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable new work.

Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, The Sculptor, and many other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning 30 years. An internationally-recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology, and the power of storytelling, McCloud has lectured at Google, Pixar, Sony, and th...
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Title:The SculptorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:496 pages, 8.74 × 6.39 × 1.88 inPublished:February 3, 2015Publisher:first secondLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1596435739

ISBN - 13:9781596435735

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from I missed something I'm honestly not sure about this one. The art was absolutely gorgeous and the story truly had potential, but the execution? Nope. The characters were maddening and, in my opinion, irresponsible to the point that they created the problems they spent the entire book complaining about. That's something that I can't handle. I wanted to like it, I wanted to love it, but it just wasn't for me.
Date published: 2017-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and memorable. Beautiful message and beautiful monochromatic illustrations to mirror it's core message of life and death, preservation and what life worth living is all about. How each being is different and beautiful. A definite must read. The struggles of life, of an artist, of death and embracing it. What would you trade your life for?
Date published: 2017-05-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful Scupted Graphic Novel “The Sculptor” is McCloud’s first book in nine years, his first graphic novel since 1998 and his first long, complete story with adult main characters. Easy to follow, replete with expressive faces, snappy transitions, close-ups, cutaways and countless variations on the standard nine-panel grid, “The Sculptor” reflects McCloud’s decades of interest in how to design and draw sequential art. McCloud’s fans — and I’m one — should most definitely read it for those reasons. You truly see the struggle of what it is to be an artist and to have that fear of fading, and never producing anything to be remembered by. Those moment are the stronger ones of the story and those moments are of deep sincerity and finely caught emotion. Visually this graphic novel is beautiful. Everything in these delicate monochrome panels has been considered; every angle calculated, every expression caught. The half-visible crowd through a diner window. The hundreds of street scenes with their scurrying pedestrians. The tiny gestures – a hand on a knee, an adjustment in posture – that stand in for dialogue. The greying-out of the surrounding crowd as a character follows someone through a crowded club. The fragments of conversation overheard in a bar, and lopped in mid-sentence by the edge of a picture panel. This is truly a beautiful graphic novel, most definitely worth your time #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A sculpted life "The Sculptor" took me on a rollercoaster ride. I went from liking to hating it, from writing it off to being intrigued by it again, then finally feeling saddened and touched by its core message. This emotional spin was what made this gaphic novel stand out for me. It manages to capture the sorrow and the pain, the dashed dreams and the trickling time, the physical and mental isolation from cutting oneself off from the world and then that special connection with another that sparks something indescribable in one to do things beyond belief. Flashbacks can be hard to do in graphic novels, but Scott McCloud utilized ways that made knowing David's back story an effortless and sentimental affair. Like a flash before my eyes, I saw his life of past, present, and of a possible future; and through David's eyes, you'll learn that the power to sculpt your life the way you want it to be is in your hands.
Date published: 2015-03-09

Editorial Reviews

"*The fluidity of McCloud's visual narrative carries us along with a sweep impossible to duplicate in prose, and, through it its climax, the story's commitment to its harsh, inevitable, but ultimately sublime outcome qualifies this as a work of stunning, timeless graphic literature." -Booklist, STARRED REVIEW"Scott McCloud's The Sculptor is the best graphic novel I've read in years. It's about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart." -Neil Gaiman