From the New York Times bestselling and award-winning artist John Hendrix comes The Holy Ghost, a charming, funny, and thought-provoking collection of spiritual comics.
Foreword by Patrick McDonnell
Does God exist? Is there a heaven? What’s the point of it all? Do we even matter?
This collection of thought-provoking, humorous comic strips is a series of conversations between a squirrel, a badger, and a friendly blue ghost who may or may not be one third of the Holy Trinity. Charming, witty, and at times poignant, yet never holier-than-thou, John Hendrix tackles some of life’s greatest questions.
Whether you consider yourself faithful or a nonbeliever, these delightfully off-kilter comics deliver laughter, comfort, and philosophical musings with humble, honest spirit—and just the right dose of playful irreverence.
“The Holy Ghost introduces us to a spirit who is charming, approachable and insightful . . . he does for this underrated part of the Godhead what Charles M. Schulz did for beagles.” —St. Louis Public Radio
About the Author
John Hendrix is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator. His books include The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler, named a Best Book of 2018 by NPR, and Drawing Is Magic: Discovering Yourself in a Sketchbook. His award-winning illustrations have appeared on book jackets and in newspapers and magazines. He is chair of the MFA in Illustration & Visual Culture program in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis. Hendrix lives in Webster Groves, Missouri.
Patrick McDonnell is the bestselling author, illustrator, playwright, painter, and creator of the comic strip Mutts, which appears in more than 700 newspapers around the world. He has received numerous awards internationally, including a Caldecott Honor and the Reuben, the highest honor given by the National Cartoonists Society. The Art of Nothing, a career-spanning monograph, was published by Abrams ComicArts in 2019. He lives in New Jersey. Marvel Entertainment, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company, is one of the world’s most prominent character-based entertainment companies, built on a proven library of more than 8,000 characters featured in a variety of media over 80 years. Marvel utilizes its character franchises in entertainment, licensing, publishing, games, and digital media. For more information visit marvel.com.
“Cartoonist Hendrix’s first collection is an amusing and sensitive exploration of Christian belief...In a masterful avoidance of treacle, Hendrix probes tender ideas like seeing God in emptiness and ugliness, the challenge of loving the outsider, and cosmic insignificance...Hendrix portrays a surprising range of emotions with his simple character drawings...The handwritten text adds a charming earnestness...It’s a delightful trove that’ll provoke reflection and grins.”
— Publishers Weekly
“John Hendrix makes a great case that the Holy Ghost is still worth your time. In his winsome new graphic novel,‘The Holy Ghost,’introduces us to a spirit who is charming, approachable and insightful...he does for this underrated part of the Godhead what Charles M. Schulz did for beagles.”