Pass Me By: Electric Vice

$24.99

AVAILABLE OCTOBER 19 2021

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. Book 2 in the award-winning series. A queer love story set in the outrageous world of 1970s glam rock. Pass Me By: Electric Vice is a journey of self-discovery, heartache, glam rock, and love. An inverted coming of age story about understanding queer identity and what happens to the stories you never tell.

ISBN: 9781988903859

Dimensions: 6"x 9"

Page Count: 168

Release Date: 10/19/2021

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Description

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

 

Everyone needs to be paying attention to the work of Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen. These Calgary-based creators are making remarkable graphic novels that are just about as good as the medium can be. Seriously: this is astonishing stuff.

“Electric Vice” is the second book in the “Pass Me By” series but works as a stand-alone. It offers an origin story of sorts for main character Ed, whom we met in “Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’,” and is struggling with age, dementia and fading memories of a career in music. This is the story of Electric Vice, simultaneously a glam rock band and a life-changing experience for Ed.

It’s an important book, addressing queer issues in a story of love and identities. But its real strength is its craft: illustration, layouts, pacing, dialogue, palette and more are all top-level work. This series should win awards.

Mike Donachie, Toronto Star Newspaper

Watch the author event with Kyle & Ryan hosted by Shelf Life Books & Shea Proulx here on youtube

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.”

The Turnaround Blog, Pride Month: Graphic Novel Reading

About the creators:

Kyle Simmers is a non-binary artist and author who works with comic media and street art to connect seemingly disparate worlds. Born and raised in a special kind of nowhere –  Bashaw, Alberta (pop. 830) – Simmers has experienced firsthand the intersection of queer and rural life. Their public works populate the Treaty 6 & 7 region in the town of Bashaw, the city of Calgary (Mohkinstsis) and as a participant in the international mural festival BUMP 2019 & 2020.

Ryan Danny Owen is a non-binary author, visual artist, drag performer, and queer historian based in Treaty 7/ Calgary, Alberta (Mohkinstsis). Their work has been exhibited across Canada and they have written for and been included in various publications from Stride Gallery, and Luma Quarterly, to Raw Meat Collective. Owen also runs an online queer archive, Mirrors & Windows, featuring a collection of found queer photographs from the early 50s to late 90s.

1 review for Pass Me By: Electric Vice

  1. Rocio Graham

    Another queer glam rock hit by Ryan and Kyle that bring us back to the exciting and exploratory 70’s era. Lots of iconic classic rock references for you to enjoy. The book itself is a visual and sensory delight. Velvet paper that pops with the carefully curated choice of riso inks. A book for true book lovers. A book for people that love a good story that is also popping literally from the pages. The neon graphics are something I wish I could import into my Computer.
    The setting of this love story seems to be placed in Vancouver . Anyone that has adventured in to the underground nights of Vancouver knows that the stage is set for our true selves to emerge and true love happen. I love following Ed and his trips on memory lane.

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Description

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

 

Everyone needs to be paying attention to the work of Kyle Simmers and Ryan Danny Owen. These Calgary-based creators are making remarkable graphic novels that are just about as good as the medium can be. Seriously: this is astonishing stuff.

“Electric Vice” is the second book in the “Pass Me By” series but works as a stand-alone. It offers an origin story of sorts for main character Ed, whom we met in “Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’,” and is struggling with age, dementia and fading memories of a career in music. This is the story of Electric Vice, simultaneously a glam rock band and a life-changing experience for Ed.

It’s an important book, addressing queer issues in a story of love and identities. But its real strength is its craft: illustration, layouts, pacing, dialogue, palette and more are all top-level work. This series should win awards.

Mike Donachie, Toronto Star Newspaper

Watch the author event with Kyle & Ryan hosted by Shelf Life Books & Shea Proulx here on youtube

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.”

The Turnaround Blog, Pride Month: Graphic Novel Reading

About the creators:

Kyle Simmers is a non-binary artist and author who works with comic media and street art to connect seemingly disparate worlds. Born and raised in a special kind of nowhere –  Bashaw, Alberta (pop. 830) – Simmers has experienced firsthand the intersection of queer and rural life. Their public works populate the Treaty 6 & 7 region in the town of Bashaw, the city of Calgary (Mohkinstsis) and as a participant in the international mural festival BUMP 2019 & 2020.

Ryan Danny Owen is a non-binary author, visual artist, drag performer, and queer historian based in Treaty 7/ Calgary, Alberta (Mohkinstsis). Their work has been exhibited across Canada and they have written for and been included in various publications from Stride Gallery, and Luma Quarterly, to Raw Meat Collective. Owen also runs an online queer archive, Mirrors & Windows, featuring a collection of found queer photographs from the early 50s to late 90s.

1 review for Pass Me By: Electric Vice

  1. Rocio Graham

    Another queer glam rock hit by Ryan and Kyle that bring us back to the exciting and exploratory 70’s era. Lots of iconic classic rock references for you to enjoy. The book itself is a visual and sensory delight. Velvet paper that pops with the carefully curated choice of riso inks. A book for true book lovers. A book for people that love a good story that is also popping literally from the pages. The neon graphics are something I wish I could import into my Computer.
    The setting of this love story seems to be placed in Vancouver . Anyone that has adventured in to the underground nights of Vancouver knows that the stage is set for our true selves to emerge and true love happen. I love following Ed and his trips on memory lane.

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