The Sculptor

The Sculptor

Book - 2015 | First edition
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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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : First Second, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: (e-book)
1596435739 (hardback)
9781596435735 (hardback)
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 MCC
Characteristics: 487 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm

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kwsmith
Apr 29, 2018

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.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 19, 2017

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).

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taylorwoods
Feb 22, 2017

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

bibliotechnocrat Jun 12, 2016

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.

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csrestall
May 13, 2016

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.

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pierre0685
Mar 16, 2016

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.

AbigailCurious Jan 02, 2016

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?

MrDrProfessorPatrick Nov 18, 2015

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).

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mclarjh
Nov 14, 2015

Essentially a very long comic book. Unlikeable protagonist, complete with super powers. For a teenage audience.

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chloe_chen
Aug 18, 2015

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!

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csrestall
May 13, 2016

David is a sculptor who is yearning to be seen by society. He sells his soul to death in order to gain the power to sculpt any substance with ease. David has 200 days to live in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a famous artist, however soon after making this deal he meets the love of his life. Meg is an emotionally insecure aspiring actress who is trying to find her way through the world. David becomes uncertain the more their relationship develops.

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csrestall
May 13, 2016

Sexual Content: Nudity and sexual scenes

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