Some creators don’t get the readership they deserve. Scott McCloud is well known for his seminal graphic novel Understanding Comics. He followed this book up with Making Comics and Reinventing Comics. But as the creator/writer/artist of Zot! and now The Sculptor, I don’t ever hear people talk about him. True, he gets praise from professionals across the board, but from readers not so much. At least, I haven’t seen it. And that’s a shame.

You know of any creators that are overlooked? Feel free to name-drop.

This week’s picks:

The Sculptor - 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!

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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.

Eleanor & the Egret #4 - After the tragic events of last issue, we ought to change the name of this book to Eleanor WITHOUT Her Egret, because she’s on her own now, lost, and her current plan is best described as desperate, if not suicidal. As for Ellis the Egret, he’s down, but perhaps he’s not completely out, as this issue, he makes a couple of very surprising new friends.

From John Layman, appetizing writer of Chew, and Sam Keith, captivating creator & artist of The Maxx and co-creator of Sandman, comes the series that HAD to be told at AfterShock!

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Regression #5 - In an effort to rid himself of the sinister force that is plaguing him, Adrian submits to another past-life regression. But the presence that has haunted him is tormented by an even greater evil, and to free himself, Adrian will need to damn another poor soul forever. Even if Adrian makes peace with the sins of the past, the hidden evils of the modern world are poised to strike against him.

What’s in your bag?