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David Smith is a struggling artist who makes a deal with the devil to gain artistic super powers for 200 days. David wants to use these powers to create fantastic art and to find the fame that has been so elusive. But he soon discovers that success in the art world is more difficult to achieve than he had ever imagined. And, of course, he falls in love with a beautiful girl who has troubles of her own. This emotionally powerful book has a lot to say about the reasons why we create art, and about the real meaning of life.
David Smith makes a deal with Death, and for the next 200 days he can sculpt anything he can imagine. At the end of 200 days, he'll be dead, which is fine by him because he has nothing to live for... until, unexpectedly, he does. Good for anybody needing a good cry and cathartic feeling of inevitability (in a good way).
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud is possibly one of the most original plot/storyline I've come across thus far.
David is a desperate, unlucky sculptor who happens to come across Death. They strike up a deal: David can make anything he wants out of anything in his environment with his talented hands. Oh yeah by the way he has 200 days left to live.
A little slow getting in, but once you're in and the countdown begins on David's impending death it gets better and better. On the artwork alone I give five stars as well, but the story and everything I felt was unique
Mephistopheles meets Marvel. In this retelling, it is a sculptor who is willing to trade his life for his art; the story works well as a graphic novel since the medium itself allows for questions about art to be incorporated into the trajectory. Plus the illustrations are pretty great. Misgivings about Meg (the female foil who doesn't really get full-character treatment), but on the whole this is a good read.
This was a fantastic graphic novel. Upon reading the jacket I was not sure what to expect. Once I began reading it however it began to make sense and the story really blossomed. The characters were great and the development was fantastic. The ending was full of twists and turns. The format was great with the simplistic artistic design. It was really very enjoyable.
This was a great graphic novel. I thought the premise was ridiculous at first, but as I learned more about the main characters and the their backstories, it made sense. I would recommend this book to just about anyone. It is a well told story and the ending had me in heartache, but not every story has to have a happy ending.
It's a brilliant book. It was a bit depressing for one reason, it made me wonder will I ever get to live that life?
This is easily one of the most moving graphic novels I have ever read. I've read it twice and got teary eyed both times. I have to strongly disagree with the reader that says this book is intended for teenage audiences. The protagonist might start out as someone unlikable, but he evolves as the story goes on, as many protagonists are wont to do. As for the "super powers", that is not what they are and not how I would describe it. It is literally a gift from death- it's everything the protagonist wanted, but at a price. The story revolves around serious adult themes that might be more relatable to young adults in their twenties rather than in their teens. It can get dark at times, but such is life, etc etc. The artwork is stunning, the characters really seem to come to life on the page (which is suiting in a graphic novel that's main theme is life, its meaning, and self discovery).
Essentially a very long comic book. Unlikeable protagonist, complete with super powers. For a teenage audience.
After studying some of McCloud's non-fiction books (Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art) for a school project, and loving his style of art, I decided to read some of his fiction works. I absolutely LOVED this book, the great details in the art, the well-developed characters, and the absolutely lovely, touching, and emotional story. I got completely pulled into the book; could not put it down!!! I would definitely recommend this book!
Well-drawn. Interesting composition and good use of the medium of comics. I found the story depressing though -- the characters kept yelling at or being cruel to their friends and other people who were trying to help.
Such a rich and moving work! McCloud brings all of his understanding of how comics work, as well as obviously very deeply felt and personal views on life, death, love, family, and art (and maybe Gristedes) into this novel. Terrific to the very last picture--and words.
Scott McCloud is best known for his books about the graphic novel format, and I admit I harbored doubts about the first work of fiction from someone who has spent so much time picking apart and analyzing the medium. I owe an apology to Mr. McCloud; this was a work of stunning artistry and imagination. Both the writing and artwork are very strong, and it has possibly the best pacing of any graphic novel I've ever read.
The book's main weakness is the character of Meg. McCloud has addressed the criticism of his use of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl trope in interviews, defending the character as being based on his wife. Meg does have a couple moments where she fights back against some of the negative associations of the MPDG, but she never quite escapes David's shadow.
This is truly one of the best graphic novels ever written. Scott McCloud keeps the pages turning with brilliant storytelling and beautifully created graphics. Both the main characters, David and Meg, were fascinating to follow. There was a bit of mystery with the motives of the minor characters which added to the intriguing narrative.
Because of the beautifully drawn panels, and the incredible storyline flow, the reader feels like they are actually in the movie; and not just watching from above. Scott McCloud makes the reader feel as though they are part of this story, as if maybe they can somehow change the outcome.
I was truly taken aback by the intensity drawn in the characters’ faces. This author is a master at creating emotion on paper better than any Hollywood actor/actress can do on a big screen.
-- Tofts Reviews
I wondered idly what his work would be like after having written what amounted to (very cool) textbooks on the subject. Now I know.
A young, struggling New York artist makes a deal with Death, offering up his life for 200 days of what amounts to an artistic 'superpower'. And then he falls in love. Now, with something to live for, he faces imminent mortality and the rollercoaster ride of new love. Combining tender and funny, fierce and serene, everyday with surreal, this is truly the work of a master of the graphic novel... and of storytelling.
Very formulaic but well constructed. An easy and quick read but overall a bit lackluster.
This is a tour-de-force graphic novel, full of passion, humor, angst and art. The images and text enhance one another and the characters are flawed but have a lot of heart. Highly recommended if you like GNs that make you think!