The Pandemic is still affecting people’s lives. But not as much as in the middle of 2020, when it pretty much dominated everyone’s radar. As bad as it got, the one one thing that continued to supply some positives were the works of creators who did their best to plow through. That would include acclaimed cartoonist Simon Hanselmann with his webcomic Crisis Zone. Coming August 17th, Fantagraphics will be publishing the collective version of Hanselmann’s unique take on the whole Pandemic. Here is the press release for the print version of his highly acclaimed series.

Simon Hanselmann’s Crisis Zone

In March 2020, as the planet began to enter lockdown, acclaimed cartoonist Simon Hanselmann decided that what the world needed most was free, easily accessible entertainment — so he set out to make the greatest webcomic ever created! The result is also certain to be one of the most acclaimed and eagerly anticipated graphic novels of 2021: CRISIS ZONE, coming from Fantagraphics this August.

Set in the colorful NSFW world of the bestselling Megg, Mogg and Owl series, CRISIS ZONE was born amidst the uncertainty of the Covid-19 crisis. As the pandemic continued to escalate far beyond any reasonable expectations, CRISIS ZONE escalated right along with it — in real time, with daily posts on Instagram.

Its battle mission was to amuse the masses. After all, no matter how horrible and bleak everything seemed, at least Werewolf Jones wasn’t in your house! Over the course of 2020, CRISIS ZONE amassed unprecedented amounts of new fans to the Megg and Mogg universe. It is presented here unabridged and uncensored, with a slew of added pages and scenes deleted from the webcomic, as well as an extensive “Director’s Commentary” from Hanselmann himself.

Watch Megg attempt to bury herself in a digital world of escapism! See Mogg fall down the rabbit hole of paranoia and conspiracy theories! Experience Owl’s metamorphosis from timid and uptight worrywort to a no-holds-barred, asskicking leader and back again! Witness Werewolf Jones’s journey from reluctant erotic performer, to viral TikTok stardom, to Netflix sensation! Bouncing rapidly between comedy, horror, action, and relational soap-operatics, CRISIS ZONE refuses to take the pedal off the gas as we all hurtle towards unknown destinations.

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Simon Hanselmann

“Crisis Zone is (I’m told) the ultimate piece of pandemic art,” said Hanselmann. “You won’t find a better record of what went down in 2020. Nominated for the Harvey Award and Cartoonist Studio Prize and winner of the Eisner Award for best webcomic. Snubbed by the Pulitzer. Clowns! Big mistake!”

Fantagraphics will publish the hilarious, off-the-wall comic on August 17, 2021.

For more info, follow Simon Hanselmann on Twitter and Instagram and follow Fantagraphics on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube.

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