Megg and Mogg, whose story is told in three previous, international, best-selling graphic novels, come to a breaking point in this volume.
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.
Praise For Bad Gateway…
Astoundingly well-crafted and punishingly heartfelt.
Hanselmann is one of the most gifted cartoonists alive.
— The A.V. Club
Readers struggling with their own demons will find Hanselmann's work chillingly real.
— Publishers Weekly
These are simultaneously some of the meanest and most tender comics you will ever read.
— Seattle 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)
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
Hanselmann's particular brand of surrealist, sharp-witted humor [is] augmented with a darkness that draws from his own deeply personal experiences, but which has clearly touched a helluva lot of people.
— Eye on Design
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
Fantagraphics, 9781683962076, 176pp.
Publication Date: July 30, 2019