The Sculptor #1

The Sculptor #1

Writer: Scott McCloud Artist: Scott McCloud Publisher: First Second Release Date: February 4, 2015 Cover Price: $29.99 Critic Reviews: 4
8.8Critic Rating
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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.

  • 10
    Kabooooom - Marcus Hammond Feb 10, 2015

    It's not often a story can grab your attention so fiercely that time slows down and your environment begins to blend with the reality of the book. Scott McCloud easily achieves that level of writing transcendence with The Sculptor. McCloud's story fills its readers with a vast emptiness in their fiction-loving soul; an emptiness that McCloud's story-telling excavates and leaves you wishing there was more. - See more at: Read Full Review

  • 9.3
    The Latest Pull - Greg Pryce Apr 14, 2015

    The Sculptor might be a far cry from many people's taste in comic books, but regardless, I implore people to read this. The novel is a workshop in itself on comic art, and even someone with little understanding on the medium can still learn something from McCloud's amazing work. The story and themes expressed are inspirational, and leaves the reader with a further appreciation for art and what self-expression is, or at least leaves the reader with more questions surrounding the nature of it. Scott McCloud is no longer just a master of non-fiction. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comic Book Resources - Jennifer Cheng Feb 16, 2015

    In snippets of memories, McCloud shows David's life from childhood up the present in only three pages, an amazing feat of compression. David's loss of his whole family, one by one, is wrenching to experience due to McCloud's skill with faces. The scenes of David's frustrations with money and the fame-driven art world as well as his alienation in the city are similarly affecting, with David wandering in a cacophony of dialogue balloons. McCloud's skills with facial expressions and timing also shine in moments of humor and delight, like the busts of Meg lined up across a bookshelf or in David's reunion with Ollie. These moments add up to a life more than any grand twists of fate. "The Sculptor" says nothing definite about love, ambition or sacrifice, but it is a story of exceptional depth and feeling because of its success in the way it navigates the tension between taking control and letting go, suffering and joy. Read Full Review

  • 8.0
    Comix I Read - Tyler Omichinski Mar 26, 2015

    Classic superhero escapism this is not. Instead, this is a reflection on what it takes to be successful at any attempt at artwork. Throughout the main character is trying to balances sacrifices; largely relationships versus his work, as he attempts to create something of value. Any person who feels that desire and drive within them to create should pick this piece up for an incredibly honest approach to the process of making art. The writing and art are beautiful and work in concert to support this final goal of having a frank and no holds barred discussion of the process of trying to be a writer, an artist, a sculptor, or any other creative pursuit. Read Full Review

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