Bill Watterson Returns to Comics with “Grown Up” Graphic Novel

Cover art for Bill Watterson & John Kascht's The Mysteries.

Bill Wattersons Calvin & Hobbes Series is one of the most famous comic strips around. Although it was no longer published in 1995 and Watterson retired (mostly), the strip has managed to live on as it has been frequently and consistently reprinted over the decades.

For the first time in almost 30 years, Watterson returns to graphic novels with his new book. The secrets. As revealed earlier this week, Watterson was collaborating on the book with cartoonist John Kascht. The plot, billed as a “grown-up fable,” revolves around a kingdom prone to disasters. Desperate for an end to the tragedy, the king hires his knights to search for the source of all these events, and years later only one knight returns to tell the tale.

As this is Watterson’s first major project in decades, The secrets is a big deal, and Watterson and Kascht seem to understand that. The online description briefly mentions how the pair have worked together for years in what it says is an “unusually close collaboration.” Both artists gave up their previous ways of working and together they invented images that neither could have foreseen – a mysterious process in itself.” Sounds quite menacing and more than a little intriguing.

The secrets will be released on October 10th, and polygon takes a look at some of the inside pages of the 72-page story. With a picture book format and Kascht’s caricature style, it definitely looks like a thing in its own right Calvin & Hobbsand one to watch out for in the coming months.

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Zack Zwiezen

Zack Zwiezen is a USTimesPost U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. Zack Zwiezen joined USTimesPost in 2023 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing

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