• The Sculptor

    by Scott McCloud
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    The Sculptor
February 5, 2015

Scott McCloud

Harvard Book Store welcomes the award-winning author of Understanding Comics SCOTT MCCLOUD and comics and literary scholar HILLARY L. CHUTE for a discussion of McCloud's graphic novel The Sculptor.


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.

"The fluidity of McCloud's visual narrative carries us along with a sweep impossible to duplicate in prose, and, through it its climax, the story's commitment to its harsh, inevitable, but ultimately sublime outcome qualifies this as a work of stunning, timeless graphic literature." —Booklist

About Author(s)

Scott McCloud is the award-winning author ofUnderstanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot!, and many other fiction and nonfiction comics spanning thirty years. An internationally-recognized authority on comics and visual communication, technology, and the power of storytelling, McCloud has lectured at Google, Pixar, Sony, and the Smithsonian Institution. His online thoughts, stories, and inventions can be found at scottmccloud.com. The Sculptor is his most recent graphic novel.

Hillary Chute is Associate Professor of English at the University of Chicago and the author of Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists(University of Chicago Press)She is also the author ofGraphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia University Press) and Associate Editor of Art Spiegelman’s MetaMaus (Pantheon). She recently co-edited both the Critical Inquiry special issue on “Comics & Media” and Daniel Aaron’s Scrap Book (Pressed Wafer). She has written for publications including ArtforumBookforumThe Believer, andPoetry