What would you give to be the best at something?
The Sculptor tells the story of David Smith. He’s a struggling sculptor working and living in New York. He can’t sell his work due to his lack of funds and supplies. He’s about ready to give up until one day he is sitting in his favorite diner and is visited by his dead “Uncle”. During their visit, he gives David an ultimatum: be great at sculpting for a price or continue living the life he has been living. David, desperate to create real art for profit, agrees to give his life in exchange for the career he is so passionate about.
This book contains everything you’re looking for in a graphic novel. It’s smart, it’s funny, it’s thought provoking and most importantly, it’s moving. The reason reviewing “good books” is so difficult is because it forces the blogger to revisit the emotions they just experienced. In the case of The Sculptor and my own experience, it was a very intimate read. It forced me to re-examine my own longing for success. For many years I’ve wanted to become an actor; something about being in front of the masses has always been of interest to me, but I’ve never been able to give myself fully to the craft. There’s always been an excuse. McCloud visits this premise and takes it to the extreme: how much would you give to be the best at what you love? Your life?
Rating: 5 out of 5 – The Sculptor is an absolutely astonishing read. Every line, every panel, McCloud had me completely enamored. To say more would run the risk of ruining this masterpiece for you.