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Simon Hanselmann

  • Original Title: MEGG, MOG AND OWL
  • Publication date: September 2014
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS
  • Country: AU
  • 200 print pages
  • Adventure


  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Netherlands, United States
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Coming of age, Dependence, Moral dilemma, Facing failure, CHARACTERS, Atypical Character


Megg the witch, Mogg the cat, their friend Owl, and Werewolf Jones struggle unsuccessfully with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other.


Winner of the Fauve d'Or for Best Series at Angouleme 2018
Two Times New York Times Best-Seller
Ignatz and Eisner nominated

Translation rights sold for BAD GATEWAY (7/2019): France, Italy, Spain, Russia
Translation rights for the previous titles sold in 13 languages.

Simon Hanselmann is perhaps the most exciting and influential author in alternative comics today. In BAD GATEWAY (tbp in 7/ 2019), the new book of his acclaimed NY Times Best-selling Megg & Mogg series, Hanslemann blends gay orgies, existential questions, long lost loves and new children into a work that is white trash, stoner humor, and high literary fiction in equal parts.

Although the title characters are a witch and a cat, like the popular 1970s children's book heroes Meg and Mog, "they are emphatically not the same". In Hanselmann's stories, the pair are "depressed drug users struggling with life". They are usually accompanied by two other regular characters, the sedate Owl and the highly volatile Werewolf Jones.


Megg is a depressed, drug-addicted witch. Mogg is her black cat. Their friend, Owl, is an anthropomorphized owl. They hang out a lot with Werewolf Jones. This may sound like a pure stoner comedy, but it transcends the genre: these characters struggle unsuccessfully to come to grips with their depression, drug use, sexuality, poverty, lack of work, lack of ambition, and their complex feelings about each other


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