The Sculptor by Scott McCloud is at number 1 in our Top Ten Graphic Novels.
Scott McCloud is an American cartoonist and a a leading authority on the ways comics communicate. His classic works, including possibly his best known, Understanding Comics, which was first published in 1993, are all non-ficiton. The Sculptor is his first work of comics fiction for many years.
In order to secure his reputation as a great sculptor David Smith enters into a Faustian pact with Death, the setback being he must achieve this success by giving up his life but for the remaining 200 days. Will he overcome his uncertainties and discover happiness? You have 496 pages to find out.
1 | The Sculptor
Scott McCloud (Selfmadehero)
Thanks to a deal with Death, David Smith, the young sculptor gets his childhood wish: to sculpt anything he can imagine with his bare hands, but the deal is he now has only 200 days to live.
2 | The Secret Service: Kingsman
Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons (Titan Books)
When Uncle Jack gets his nephew, Gary, out of trouble, their lives intersect in a way neither of them can foresee.
3 | Here
Richard McGuire (Hamish Hamilton)
Here is the story of a corner of a room and of the events that have occurred in that space over the course of hundreds of thousands of years.
4 | Building Stories
Chris Ware ( Jonathan Cape)
Stories of the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: told in a remarkable format
5 | Seconds
Bryan Lee O’Malley (Selfmadehero)
A talented young chef has plans to open a second restaurant but things start to go amiss. Much anticipated stand-alone graphic novel from the creator of Scott Pilgrim.
6 | Charlie Hebo: Je Suis Charlie
A special edition of the magazine. Not really a graphic novel but a powerful symbol of distressing times.
7 | Grandville Noel
Bryan Talbot (Jonathan Cape)
Detective Inspector LeBrock of Scotland Yard investigates the disappearance of Bunty Spall in this Christmas mystery.
8 | The Terrible and Wonderful Reasons Why I Run Long Distances
(Andrews McMeel Publishing)
Matthew Inman’s, AKA The Oatmeal, anthology of comics and stories about suffering, gluttony and jogging.
9 | Uzumaki: Spiral Into Horror
Junji Ito (Viz Media)
Kurozu-cho, a fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. The town is haunted by a pattern: uzumaki—the spiral. Madness spreads among the inhabitants who are pulled into a whirlpool of horror!
10 | Plumdog
Emma Chichester Clark (Jonathan Cape)
The diary of a dog.
Lurking below the Top 10 are XKCD: Volume 0; The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins; and Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlman.
Nemo : River of Ghosts by Alan Moore and Kevin O’Neill is listed as on pre-order. It is not available until 19 March 2015 so has not been included.
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage by Sydney Padua is listed as on pre-order. It is not published on 21 April 2015 so has not been included.
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