A touching and tender graphic novel following 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. As he loses more of his present, he finds himself lost more in the 1970s when he toured rural Canada in a glam rock band. A queer, romantic-tragedy.
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.
“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
’15 Canadian Comics to Watch For This Fall’
– CBC Books
‘The best Canadian comics of 2019’
– CBC Books
“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
“Truly great. A story worth telling and an honour to read. Pure, modern, Canadiana supplemented with absolutely stunning visuals. Looking forward to the series as it grows. Not a surprise CBC listed it as one of Canada’s top 20 comics of 2019!”
– Drake McCheyne, Amazon Reviews
Suggested Book Club questions:
- What were the main themes of the book? How were those themes brought to life?
- How did Ed’s experience make you feel? What emotions did it evoke?
- Did the characters seem believable to you? Did they remind you of anyone you know?
- Which character or moment prompted the strongest emotional reaction for you? Why?
- What did you think of the writing style and ruralisms in the book?
- How did you feel about the depiction of dementia in the book? Did you feel connected to Ed’s experience?
- What did you think of the style of illustration? How did the style contribute to the narrative structure of the book?
- What do the particular colours used in the book represent?
- Did the world feel distinctly Canadian to you? How did the landscape impact your connection to the narrative?
- What do the authors mean when they refer to PASS ME BY as a queer rural Canadian tragedy and an inverted coming of age story?