In this feature, I ask comic creators that I like a lot to recommend a great comic that they'd like to see spotlighted. They pick the comic and then I write a review of the comic (of course, this runs the risk of them picking a comic that I don't like, but there's so many great comics out there to pick from that I find it hard to believe that that will ever actually happen).
I was doing this as a weekly feature earlier this year, but I didn't think it was getting enough attention, so I figured I would instead do it every day this month, make it a bit of a thing. Draw some attention to these great books being recommended!
Today's creator is Alex Robinson, award-winning creator of graphic novels like Box Office Poison (which collected his long-running series of the same name), Tricked and Too Cool to Be Forgotten. Robinson's latest graphic novel, Our Expanding Universe, is due out next month. Alex's choice is Simon Hanselmann's Megahex.
Megahex is a Fantagraphics collection of Hanselmann's "Megg, Mogg and Owl" comics. They are about a witch, a cat and a owl living together. However, rather than your traditional witch, cat and owl, the cat and the owl are anthropomorphic (Owl more so than Mogg) and Hanselmann basically just tells the story of three stoner roommates and their day-to-day lives.
The fascinating impact of Megahex is how it at first just seems like a series of one-off stories where Megg and Mogg are just total jerks to Owl and Owl, the sap, goes along with it (this isn't even to say that Owl is some totally sympathetic character, as he isn't - he's just the closest of the group to being not a total jerk).
However, as the series goes along, we begin to see the accumulated effects of everybody's actions. Megg and Owl both clearly suffer from depression and Owl really should break from these "friends" of his, but he just can't seem to make a clean break.
The turning point of the book is one night where they all do some acid supplied by their friend, Wolfman Jones (Wolfman Jones has one of the most striking scenes in the novel, where early on he keeps trying to "one-up" himself at a party in terms of doing "extreme" things that only an idiot would think is cool - when he brings out a cheese grater on to his scrotum...well, it goes as poorly as you might expect, only this moron is more upset at the "fun" he misses while he is in the hospital)...
Inventive design work by Hanselmann.
In any event, Megahex is an interesting book - it in parts amuses you with how shocking some of the stuff Megg and Mogg does, then it begins to drive you crazy at what jerks they are and then it makes you kind of sad at how messed up they all are until the book reaches it surprisingly hopeful conclusion. It's really a surprisingly cogent book for what at first seems like "just" a collection of strips.
Thanks for the recommendation, Alex!