Many things factor into a person’s selection of the next graphic novel for them to read: the art, a particular artist or author, an interesting story synopsis, a familiar character, or it came recommended by a friend or even a trusted reviewer. While some may simply dive into a book because they’ve heard that it’s good, others need more convincing, and the reasons to read The Sculptor can easily oblige the request for more. Whether your current reading list is empty or you have a few in the queue, The Sculptor by Scott McCloud is a must-read. This article contains expansion but not spoilers.
10. No Prerequisites
Comic books and graphic novels have never been more mainstream than they are now, and with that come the inclusion of new fans. The Sculptor is a stand-alone story that doesn’t require decades of context, or have characters that have been well established for ages, been rebooted, written about by various authors, have died, come back to life and have been adapted to the big or small screens (though it likely could) like so many comic book heroes. It is completely accessible to readers new to graphic novels and a great argument for the validity of the quality of writing in a graphic novel. Too many people equate pictures with a lack of intelligence or creativity, which simply isn’t the case for well-written graphic novels, and The Sculptor falls neatly into that category.