BOOK 2 IN THE AWARD-WINNING SERIES ‘PASS ME BY’
An inverted coming-of-age story about understanding queer identity and what happens to the stories you never tell.
This five-book series follows Ed, a reserved man dealing with dementia in a small northern Canadian town. As Ed’s memory declines, he loses touch with the present and revisits a past he chose to forget. The first book, Gone Fishin’ introduced us to Ed in the early stages of his diagnosis. The story used humour and melancholy in equal measure to explore Ed’s deeply human struggle.
Electric Vice, the second book in the series, is a detour towards a deeper understanding of Ed and the memories at risk as his dementia progresses.
1973: A chance encounter between Ed and the captivating androgynous singer of the pulse-pounding glam rock band ELECTRIC VICE, pulls Ed into a world of mascara, weathered leather, platform heels and neon.
The first 1,000 copies of Electric Vice will include a limited vinyl album cover styled book sleeve.
Featured in CBC Books’ 21 Canadian comics to watch out for in Fall 2021
Reviews for Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’:
“An inverted coming of age story about understanding queer identity and what happens to the stories you never tell.”
Stephanie Chan, Smash Pages
“The publisher calls it “a queer, rural, Canadian, romantic tragedy.” I call it delightful. It’s gorgeous, clever and perfectly paced, with fully formed characters from the first panel.”
Mike Donachie, Toronto Star
“This could likely be one of the strongest literary works regarding queer romance ever published.”
Keven Skinner, Fox Force Five
“The pages are heavy with emotion that’s simmering just underneath the surface. I’m really excited to see where this goes.”
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About the creators:
Kyle Simmers is a Calgary based, Canadian artist and illustrator born and raised in a special kind of Nowhere known as central Alberta. As a freelance illustrator, Kyle has worked on everything from theatrical productions and product design to editorial illustration and large-scale mural projects. Their work explores identity and relationships in the context of gender, queerness, and subjectivity.
Ryan Danny Owen is a Canadian visual artist, writer, and queer historian currently living and working in Calgary, Alberta. His work responds to questions of identity, love, loss, desire, and emotion. Acting as love letter and protest sign, he examines his body existing in the context of queer genealogy and challenges the concept of coming after.