By Scott McCloud, the same artist who brought us Understanding Comics, comes The Sculptor, where the author shows us how to do what he told us comics could do.

With my improved visual literacy, I've appreciated the sequential art detailing a struggling artist who makes a deal with Death with hopes to make art so good he isn't forgotten (and to live up to his family name). But things get complicated when he falls in love and can't (at first, doesn't want to) tell his would-be lover about the deal he's made--he can shape granite with his bare hands--nor the pertinent fact that he will die in, at that juncture in the tale, less than a hundred days.