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About the Author

Scott McCloud was born Scott McLeod on June 10, 1960 in Boston. He decided he wanted to be a comics artist in 1975. He attended and graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1982. He created the light-hearted science fiction/superhero comic book series Zot! in 1984. show more His other print comics include Destroy!!, the graphic novel The New Adventures of Abraham Lincoln, 12 issues writing DC Comics' Superman Adventures, and the three-issue limited series Superman: Strength. He is best known as a comics theorist following the publication in 1993 of Understanding Comics, a wide-ranging exploration of the definition, history, vocabulary, and methods of the medium of comics, itself in comics form. He created a comic book that formed the press release introducing Google's web browser, Google Chrome, which was published on September 1, 2008. McCloud was the principal author of the Creator's Bill of Rights, a 1988 document with the stated aim of protecting the rights of comic book creators and help aid against the exploitation of comic artists. In 2015, he made The New York Times Best Seller List with his title The Sculptor. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Scott McCloud

Reinventing Comics (2000) 1,160 copies
The Sculptor (2015) — Writer & illustrator — 783 copies
The Best American Comics 2014 (2014) — Editor — 98 copies
24 Hour Comics (2004) — Editor — 88 copies
Zot!, Book 1 (1996) 83 copies
Zot! Book 3 (1998) 52 copies
Zot! Book 2 (1998) 44 copies
Superman Adventures Vol. 2 (2016) 26 copies
Superman Adventures Vol. 1 (2015) 24 copies
Superman: Adventures of the Man of Steel (1998) — Writer & Introduction — 23 copies

Associated Works

Flight, Volume One (2004) — Contributor — 938 copies
The New Media Reader (2003) — Contributor — 297 copies
Beanworld: A most peculiar comic book experience! Book One (1985) — Introduction — 94 copies
SPX: EXPO 2000 (2000) — Contributor — 69 copies
Will Eisner: Champion of the Graphic Novel (2015) — Contributor — 57 copies
The Narrative Corpse: A Chain-Story by 69 Artists (1995) — Contributor — 26 copies

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Equal parts easy to understand and clear as a demonstration of the comic form. He makes quite a few compelling arguments for the significance of comics as a medium.
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bobbybslax | 97 other reviews | Feb 9, 2024 |
I love this concept!! The art was well done, but there were some parts of the story that could've been written better. Like why is it 200 days? Why not a year?
 
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Dances_with_Words | 39 other reviews | Jan 6, 2024 |
Engaging, if uneven, storytelling—and oh man, lovely art. I thoroughly enjoyed this visit to McCloud's retro SF setting and hope the unpublished stories mentioned in the commentary make it to print.
 
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raschneid | 16 other reviews | Dec 19, 2023 |
One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. McCloud shows mastery of two forms in this volume - graphic storytelling and tragedy.

Aesthetically, The Sculptor is really masterful, and I enjoyed it the more for having read McCloud's comics treatise, Understanding Comics. I loved how he used the city landscape to depict David's emotional landscape. There have been so many stories about artists set in New York City, but rarely do they evoke the city as completely as McCloud does - bringing it alive through the eyes of a tortured outsider. His character design is also incredibly excellent - he has a particular gift for spot-on facial expressions.

As an unflinching tragic fable about life and art and our pained, ill-advised, inspired attempts to make meaning out of them, this book was very moving. Tragedy doesn't always work for a modern reader - we get cranky about the characters' tragic flaws and wish they would only problem-solve their way out of the abyss. McCloud's characters, however, were too carefully drawn and his story too profound for me to read David Smith's story with anything but a sense of doomed inevitability.

This is a big, big story about art and existentialism. It is probably Scott McCloud's masterpiece - but it's the first work of his fiction I've read, so I look forward to reading his backlog and what he creates next.
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