by Scott McCloud
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Just released: February 2015
Publisher: First Second
Genre: Art, Graphic Novel, Romance
Hardback: 496 pages
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.
Loved the illustrations which are tinged in blue in this chunky graphic novel.
This is not a superhero story, but it kinda felt like it because the protagonist obtains incredible art abilities that makes him a sculptor with mad skills.
This story tackles what it is to be an artist although works for creative/talented people too. What it takes to be known, to be great, to be remembered.
Got me thinking of the meaning of art and what constitutes art.
* added this to my Bookish Bingo challenge - square: Illustrated cover