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The Mysteries (Hardcover)

The Mysteries By Bill Watterson, Bill Watterson and John Kascht (Illustrator) Cover Image
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New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Indie Bestseller.

From Bill Watterson, bestselling creator of the beloved comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, and John Kascht, one of America’s most renowned caricaturists, comes a mysterious and beautifully illustrated fable about what lies beyond human understanding. 

In a fable for grown-ups by cartoonist Bill Watterson, 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.

For the book's illustrations, Watterson and caricaturist John Kascht worked together for several years in unusually close collaboration. Both artists abandoned their past ways of working, inventing images together that neither could anticipate—a mysterious process in its own right. 

With The Mysteries, Watterson and Kascht share the fascinating genesis of their extraordinary collaboration in a video that can be viewed on Andrews McMeel Publishing's YouTube page. 

About the Author

Bill Watterson is the creator of Calvin and Hobbes, one of the most popular and well-regarded cartoon strips of the twentieth century. Calvin and Hobbes appeared in newspapers from November 1985 until Watterson's retirement in 1995.


Bill Watterson created the newspaper comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, one of the most iconic and memorable comic strips of our time. His original work is on long-term loan at the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum.

John Kascht is one of America's most highly regarded caricature artists. A master of the form, he has caricatured thousands of famous faces for magazines, newspapers and Broadway marquees. His work is collected by the National Portrait Gallery.

Praise For…

"Bill Watterson’s return to print, after nearly three decades, comes in the form of a fable called “The Mysteries,” which shares with his famous comic strip a sense of enchantment." (The New Yorker)

"The Mysteries more than earns a place alongside your Calvin and Hobbes collections.” (Yahoo! Entertainment)

“A darkly foreboding illustrated fable.”
(The New York Times)

"The Mysteries is a book that dares you to unravel it. …think of The Mysteries as a one-of-a-kind experience from Bill Watterson and John Kascht that you can pick off of your shelf whenever in need of wonder and mystery.” (Screenrant)

The illustrations are remarkable, and the story, about mysteries, is a powerful and gorgeous mystery itself.” (Boing Boing)

The Mysteries is an elusive, handmade wonder from Bill Watterson and John Kascht”
  (Comic Book Resources)

"Its wisdom is grand and chilly" (The New York Review of Books)

Product Details
ISBN: 9781524884949
ISBN-10: 1524884944
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication Date: October 10th, 2023
Pages: 72
Language: English