Monday, April 6, 2015

The Sculptor by Scott McCloud

To change things up a bit, this month I thought I would try a graphic novel, one which is specifically intended for adults.  Graphic novelists write in a “comic book” style, however the illustrations tend to be even more detailed and are specifically designed to advance the plot along with the text.  This novel revolves around David Smith, a down-on-his-luck sculptor who makes a deal with the devil to become a world-famous artist.  However, as part of the agreement, David has only 200 days in which to use his gift before he dies.  David thinks all will be according to plan until, quite by accident, he falls in love and begins to regret his choice. This graphic novel covers adult themes and is definitely NOT a book for children or teens.  However, with that said, it’s an excellent example of what can be done when the traditional definitions of the novel are broken.  I recommend it if you want something different.

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