Simon Hanselmann’s previous three Megg & Mogg books—2014’s Megahex, 2016’s Megg & Mogg in Amsterdam, and 2017’s One More Year—have all been international best sellers that have cemented Hanselmann as one of the most exciting graphic novelists of his generation. Bad Gateway is the magnum opus that those three books have been building towards, as Megg and Mogg’s fraught relationship careens into psychological depths that Hanselmann has previously only hinted at.
Perpetually drunk and high, lovable degenerates Megg and Mogg have drifted through a life full of raucous antics and free of consequences. But their heavy drug use, once a gateway to adventure, has begun to take a grim psychological toll. As her unstable lifestyle finally catches up to her, Megg must turn to her past to uncover the roots of her self-destructive habits that have led her down this dark path.
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"In a surprising turn, Hanselmann’s trademark raunchy dark humor is only rarely on display in this collection, making room instead for a stark, unblinking gaze into the heart of self-harm, mental illness, and addiction." — Publishers Weekly
"Hanselmann is a phenomenally talented, internationally renowned cartoonist who switches between laugh-out-loud absurdist humor and startlingly raw scenes of extreme sadness from one panel to the next, and this is his finest, funniest, and most mature work to date." — Library Journal Starred Review
"If you like your comedy black, profane and outrageous, you’ve probably already encountered Hanselmann’s twisted tales of Meg, Mogg, Owl and Werewolf Jones or should want to soon. Bad Gateway takes the emotional depth of Hanselmann’s previous work up several notches. It also brings his finely-detailed and beautifully watercolored artwork to the fore." — Forbes' "The Best Graphic Novels of 2019"
"Astoundingly well-crafted and punishingly heartfelt." — Vulture
"Hanselmann is one of the most gifted cartoonists alive." — The A.V. Club
"Bad Gateway is a soap opera. It’s a sitcom. It’s a black comedy about drug addiction. ... There’s a voyeuristic quality to it—like watching a car crash. But it’s also hard not to root for this out-of-control crew. I want them to win." — Portland Mercury
"These are simultaneously some of the meanest and most tender comics you will ever read." — Seattle Weekly
"Bad Gateway feels like Hanselmann’s going all out; giving us deeper character development, more depressing, yet relatable backstory and tragi-comic events than ever before. Hanselmann is hitting his stride and it’s clear his over-arching narrative is now becoming satisfyingly cohesive. Not to be missed for fans of the series." — Gosh Comics