Megg, Mogg, Owl and Werewolf Jones lives and actions are explored in four short, humorous/depressing stories.
“Crude stoner comedy and horror drug trips are presented in a hazy, sleazy, disgustingly cartoony aesthetic in Hanselmann’s work, and beneath the uncomfortably dark humor are even darker thoughts and feelings about friendships, mental illness and adulthood. There’s an amorality to the characters that is never condemned nor reveled in, but rather is examined with an eye both compassionate and ever-ready to cut to the bone. Hanselmann has been bravely open about drawing on his own experiences with self-destructive behavior, depression, and drug use for inspiration in the strip, and though his style is cartoony and the humor often absurd, his work does feel lived in, authentic in a way that matters.” — Jason Michelitch, Wired
“Simon Hanselmann is somewhat of a phenomenon – an artist whose work has almost exclusively appeared online until recently, but who has developed one of the most loyal and devoted followings among indie cartoonists that I’m familiar with these days. And this seems entirely deserved. His quirky, angst-filled, and hilarious stories of Megg, Mogg, and Owl seem a perfect fit with the spirit of the moment such as it is, and his characters manage to be both reprehensible and lovable, sometimes going from one to the other in the span of a few panels. Life Zone is a collection of all-new stories and serves as the perfect introduction to Hanselmann’s creations for those who have not already had a taste of the acerbic brew.” — Filth and Fabulations Blog
"This is a well-crafted, crass, and funny book. It is also quite an artistic accomplishment given the fact that Hanselmann works in a 12-panel grid with such spatial variability. I look forward to seeing what other capers this eccentric gang gets into in future works and whether they evolve as individuals." — Whit Taylor, The Comics Journal
64 page full color A5 paperback
Space Face Books, 2013