Many of us have grown up with Bill Waterson‘s “Calvin and Hobbes.” The poignant, beautifully-illustrated comic strip ran for ten years in syndication. Graphic novel enthusiasts more than likely have the heavy, three-book collection adorning their shelves. For 28 years, Waterson has been largely silent. Until now. Waterson has announced he’s releasing a brand new story titled “The Mysteries.”
“Calvin and Hobbes” followed six-year-old Calvin and his adventures with his stuffed tiger and best friend Hobbes. The series was loved by readers the world over and ran for ten years. When Waterson abruptly ended the strip, many were shocked. But Waterson explained he’d achieved all he expected from the comic, feeling “it was always better to leave the party early. Once the comic strip ended, Waterson largely vanished from any public eye, preferring his privacy.
Now, partnering with caricaturist John Kascht, Waterson is releasing “The Mysteries.” The project is an illustrated story for adults. A kingdom in calamity dispatches its knights in a desperate attempt to remedy the horror that has befallen it. Only for a sole survivor to return years later. The style is unlike anything we’ve ever seen from Waterson. With a dark, somber tone, there’s an almost eldritch feel to this story.
The book will be released October 10th, 2023. For many of us, we can hardly wait! To know that a new work from Bill Waterson will be coming has us very, very excited.