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Since 2014, Simon Hanselmann has established himself as one of the first rank storytellers of our time with his four graphic novels about the funny and poignant lives of Megg, Mogg and Owl: Megahex (2014), Megg and Mogg in Amsterdam (2016), One More Year (2017), and Bad Gateway (2019). Hanselmann's cast of characters — the depressive Megg (a green-skinned witch), her abusive boyfriend, Mogg (an actual cat), their submissive roommate, Owl (a vaguely humanoid owl), and the self-destructively hedonistic Werewolf Jones (half human, half wolf) — brilliantly exist within the archetypes of the multi-camera sitcom, yet their stories brim with exceptional pathos and insight.
In early 2016, Hanselmann moved to the USA from Australia and began producing xeroxed zines at a steady clip as a means to survive. Runs of 300 to 500 copies, sold online, with hand-painted covers, custom stamps and hologram security stickers. Usually created under duress, these zines often possessed an air of desperate urgency. Small explosions of concentrated, manic creativity harnessed as product. Seeds and Stems collects all of these out of print, self-published stories produced by the artist between 2016–2019, along with a generous smattering of rarities from various anthologies and magazines. Megg and Mogg and friends explore the worlds of lucid dreaming, banking scams, cinema, mixed drinks, alien invasion, and budget vasectomies in this varied collection of rare and often experimental Megg and Mogg adventures, designed and curated entirely by the artist.
To capture the authentically seedy look of a prescription bottle, Hanselmann's hand-painted cover is wrapped in a transparent orange acetate jacket.
Fantagraphics exclusive: Free with the purchase of Seeds and Stems, you'll receive an exclusive zine—exclosed in a real pill bottle! Specially designed label coming soon.
"Hilarious, upsetting, and thoroughly brilliant, this collection proves once and for all that there's not another living cartoonist as brazenly funny or unflinchingly weird or insightful about mental illness as Hanselmann." — 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." — Forbes
"An astoundingly well-crafted and punishingly heartfelt depiction of mental illness and codependence, one that also manages to make you laugh uncomfortably at the horrible decisions made by the characters you're watching." — Vulture
"Megg, Mogg, and Owl 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
"It's signature Hanselmann: a tale of friends and their endlessly fucked up antics." — The Fader
"One of the most gifted cartoonists alive." — The A.V. Club