Pass Me By is a queer rural tragedy about what happens to the stories you never tell.
A queer love story set in the memories of Ed as a young man touring with the outrageous glam rock band, Electric Vice, as they tour across Canada in the 1970s. Thrown into a whirlwind of glam rock, heartache, and self-discovery, we learn what’s at stake in the present as Ed’s dementia progresses.
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.
Returning to Ed’s past in 1972, the second book brings us to a chance encounter between Ed and the charismatic, enigmatic, and androgynous Lou, frontman of the pulse pounding glam rock band, Electric Vice. Suddenly Ed delves into a world of mascara, weathered leather, platform heels and neon. Electric Vice takes place during the rise of glam rock in 1972, an era that pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality in shaping one’s identity. A whirlwind of glam rock, heartache, and self-discovery, Pass Me By: Electric Vice is a detour towards a deeper understanding of Ed and the memories at risk from his debilitating disease.
The first 1,000 copies of Electric Vice will include a limited vinyl album cover styled book sleeve.
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.