Finally, we can shout it from the rooftops: SelfMadeHero will be publishing The Sculptor by Scott McCloud in the UK!
Of course, you’ll know Scott McCloud as the author of Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Zot! and many other fiction and nonfiction comics spanning thirty years. His first graphic novel for almost a decade, The Sculptor is 2015’s most hotly anticipated graphic novel. And it is incredible: a spellbinding urban fable about a wish, a deal with Death, the price of art, and the value of life. Neil Gaiman has said of the book, “The Sculptor is the best graphic novel I’ve read in years. It’s about art and love and why we keep on trying. It will break your heart.”
Here’s the blurb:
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 eleventh 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 New York 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 breathtaking, funny, and unforgettable fiction.
You can take a sneak peak at some of the artwork over at Boing Boing.
The Sculptor will be published in the UK on 3rd February 2015. It will be published simultaneously by First Second in North America.