Scott McCloud’s first graphic novel in almost a decade is a story of desire taken to the edge of reason and beyond. David Smith is a young sculptor who is literally giving his life for his art. Thanks to a deal with Death, David gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands. But now 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 eleventh hour isn’t making it any easier.
The Sculptor traces the frantic, clumsy dance steps of young love, and presents a gorgeous, street-level portrait of New York City. It’s about the small, warm, human moments of everyday life… and the surging passions that lie just under the surface. It also takes a playful sideswipe at a contemporary art scene in which market forces can be seen to have a higher value than inspiration and creativity.
With the seminal Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud wrote the book on how comics work; now he vaults into breathtaking, funny and unforgettable fiction in a potent reminder of his skills as a comics artist and storyteller.
“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.”
Scott McCloud is the award-winning author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot! and other fiction and non-fiction comics spanning thirty years. He began the international 24-Hour Comic movement and is a frequent lecturer on the power of comics and visual communication. His books are published in twenty languages. The Sculptor is published by SelfMadeHero.