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Calvin and Hobbes Creator Returns with "The Mysteries" Graphic Novel

 

For the most part, Bill Watterson's acclaimed comic book Calvin and Hobbes was a family-friendly venture, telling tales of the humorous antics of the title characters: Calvin, a precocious, mischievous, and adventurous six-year-old boy; and Hobbes, his sardonic stuffed tiger. Since the strip ended in 1995, Watterson has remained in the shadows. (at one point taking up painting the woods with his father) While he has published small pieces, he hasn't published anything prominent since 1996's It's a Magical World. Now, in a big shocker, Watterson is not only returning with a new 72-page graphic novel, but the story is a complete flip of his previous works. Enter his new horror tale The Mysteries, featuring highly-detailed artwork by noted caricaturist John Kascht. Simon & Schuster, the distributor behind Watterson's new work, teased the story with the following set-up:

"A long-ago kingdom is afflicted with unexplainable calamities. Hoping to end the torment, the king dispatches his knights to discover the source of the mysterious events. Years later, a single battered knight returns."

Other than that, Andrew McMeel Publishing has billed it as a fantasy/science fiction “fable for grown-ups.” But it's anyone's guess how disturbing the tale can go. Judging by the title cover (which was partially used for this article's title image), I think we can espect a very dark tale to contrast Watterson's days of tales from kids and stuffed tigers.

So if you're curious about seeing Watterson contrast his early, iconic works (not just in narrative but the choice of artist) or just like a good dark tale, The Mysteries will be going on sale October 10th from Andrew McMeel and Simon & Schuster at wherever books are sold. Stay tuned!



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jafinbham
jafinbham
Feb 16, 2023

This sounds very interesting. Bill Watterson has always been a man with....what are they called....oh yes, principles. He's always refused to whore his properties out and cash in like the rest of the mongrels. They've tried for years to make a Calvin cartoon and he's always turned them down. Guy seems like a pretty private person who hates the spotlight....and for that reason....I'm in.

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Nicholas E. Lauer
Nicholas E. Lauer
Feb 16, 2023
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He is. When I was researching this article, I found he rejected interviews and photo shoots with Time, Vogue, and a bunch of other major publications. There was a documentary about him and he didn’t want to interview for it. Class act guy. Pretty interesting that he did project so opposite to his early works. Must be a fascinating story to get him to do it! ☺️

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