WOW! It's clear that Simon Hanselmann is intent on taking it to the next level, and with Bad Gateway, he has. It is a real beauty of a book, his first in the larger, A4 (roughly, magazine) size. Prepare yourself for a sumptuous package, expertly designed by Mr. Hanselmann himself, with assists from Keeli McCarthy and production by the ever able Paul Baresh. Simon shows off his art (and art history) chops in the evocative covers and series of endpapers and double page spreads, all fully painted. Once you get to the story itself, its page after page of a relentless, unforgiving 12-panel grid depicting non-stop desperation and mayhem. Here, in Bad Gateway we have form and content balancing each other out from opposite ends of the spectrum: an extremely focused and disciplined art practice in the service of representing apotheotic laxity and despondency.