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Old 02-15-23, 05:36 PM
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Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

A collaboration, and itís already number one on Amazon.

https://www.simonandschuster.ca/books/The-Mysteries/Bill-Watterson/9781524884949
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Weird. I really have no idea what to make of that.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Following the link you gave (Canadian site) the link for Amazon was also Canadian, which goes to an Amazon where I have no history - but was able to sign in. Thought it might be a phishing scam for a sec. But I relogged in to USA Amazon and found the book there. Looks like something I need to have!
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Cool, big fan of that other comic strip he did. Will need to check this out.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Will almost definitely disappoint “normie” fans of Calvin and Hobbes, but I’m excited to see something mature and experimental from these two creators.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

I went ahead and preordered it. I’m excited to check it out.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

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Will almost definitely disappoint ďnormieĒ fans of Calvin and Hobbes, but Iím excited to see something mature and experimental from these two creators.
So youíre saying this wonít be a collection of Calvin peeing on various truck logos I hate? Preorder cancelled.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

This is coming out on Tuesday. I forgot that I had preordered it. I had the charge pop up on my Capital One Account and thought my card had been compromised, but it was the preorder for The Mysteries.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Thanks for the reminder! I have it in my Amazon wishlist, but don't check it very often.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

I had forgotten about it, but now placed an order.

I'm not sure what to expect, but it'll be interesting to see it.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Me too!
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Looking forward to getting this tomorrow.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

I keep seeing this thread bumped and expect someone to have a hands on review...
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Yeah, mine has shipped, and will be here tomorrow.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

I remember reading about an interview in which John Lennon was asked if the Beatles would ever reunite, and he said “No, because people would be expecting God.” That’s kinda how I feel about this project, in that Watterston has been gone so long after his monumental creation, expectations might be unreasonably high. I’m definitely interested but will wait for reviews.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Still kind of amazing to me that Watterson was never tempted to milk his franchise and the only pseudo sequel we got was in... Bloom County.

But yeah this looks super different like in every way so hopefully that tempers expectations.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

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Still kind of amazing to me that Watterson was never tempted to milk his franchise and the only pseudo sequel we got was in... Bloom County.

But yeah this looks super different like in every way so hopefully that tempers expectations.
He did the art for a few Pearls Before Swine strips too.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

Bill Watterson speaks (off camera)! He and John Kascht talk about the process behind this book:

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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

I read it. It's basically a children's book/multi-allegory - complacency, climate change, immigration, blind loyalty - about the Modern World, but so brief, restrained and varied that it lacked bite or specific purpose.

By amalgamating every ill into an (unseen) composite set of 'mysteries', none can be truly unraveled or addressed. Which may be the point - mysteries remain mysterious - but renders the effort a little... pointless? The illustrations are good and interesting, but expectations were definitely stoked too high. Not just because of the creators, but also the time that was spent on them.

It's very short, it's very slight, but it does have limited merit in its half-hearted message.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

I suppose it should be unsurprising that the first major thing he does in almost three decades is self-indulgent and disappointing.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

It seemed like it really wanted to dig in and explicitly condemn a lot of the current idiocy afoot in the world but either decided it wasn't worth it, somethingsomething political leanings or residual fear over Scott Adams fallout.
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Re: Bill Watterson has a new book coming out in October

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I read it. It's basically a children's book/multi-allegory - complacency, climate change, immigration, blind loyalty - about the Modern World, but so brief, restrained and varied that it lacked bite or specific purpose.

By amalgamating every ill into an (unseen) composite set of 'mysteries', none can be truly unraveled or addressed. Which may be the point - mysteries remain mysterious - but renders the effort a little... pointless? The illustrations are good and interesting, but expectations were definitely stoked too high. Not just because of the creators, but also the time that was spent on them.

It's very short, it's very slight, but it does have limited merit in its half-hearted message.
Very well said ntnon !

Itís beautiful, and Iím glad I own it. I went in with tempered expectations and love experimental and non-commercial art, but this just felt a little empty.
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