Pass Me By is a queer rural tragedy in the form of a five book series 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...
Created by writer and illustrator Kyle Simmers and co-written by visual artist Ryan Danny Owen, Pass Me By is a split narrative following Ed as a old man dealing with dementia and in his youth, playing in a glam rock band touring across Canada in the early 70s.
In the first book in the series, Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’ we are introduced to Ed as a retired man spending his time fishing and ordering the same dishes at the local diner with his close friend Rory. Rocked by a recent dementia diagnosis, Ed attempts to keep a semblance of a normal life. As his health worsens and daily routines become increasingly difficult, his panic begins to grow. Forgetting what he orders every day at the diner, disoriented by a grocery list, lost in familiar spaces, Ed’s memories become a faded photograph of a past with the potential to disappear forever.
Flipping back to 1972, book two Pass Me By: Electric Vice brings us to a chance encounter between Ed and the charismatic, enigmatic, and androgynous Lou, frontman of the pulse pounding glamorous Electric Vice. Suddenly Ed delves into a world of mascara, weathered leather, platform heels and neon. Taking place during the rise of glam rock in 1972, an era that pushed the boundaries of gender and sexuality in shaping one's identity. Now touring with Electric Vice, Ed beings to explore his sexuality and gender, Removed from a context of rigid expectations and culturally defined roles, Ed challenges masculine norms of rural Canadian life.
The five book series, Pass Me By is an inverted coming of age story about understanding queer identity and what happens to the stories you never tell.
People think that nothing happens in a small town, but that is like saying that nothing happens in a Sofia Coppola Film.
Overview + Timeline
This campaign has been launched to fund a small run of printing for the first book of the series, Pass Me By: Gone Fishin’.
The book will be produced as a small print run by the Canadian risograph studio Pindot Press as a two-tone risograph 120 page perfect bound book.
As of now the first book is two thirds illustrated and If we reach our goal the book will be completed and sent to print in early November then shipped to all backers in December 2018!
This project is a huge stride towards the completion of a subversive narrative that traditionally wouldn’t be told and a huge step for us as upcoming graphic novelists.
Pass Me By is an exploration of identity and gender, bringing forward an examination of a story that normally would never be told. Slowing down the narrative and allowing the reader to take their time.
We are working to produce a story that we don’t see being told, to challenge conventions of traditional storytelling. Mixing our own truths with fiction to queer a conventional coming of age story. Taking our own experiences with small town life, dementia, relationships, gender, sexuality, and the Canadian landscape to break traditional narratives. Queering the narrative to produce a tragic yet comedic, sad and beautiful exploration of life.
Pass Me By is an opportunity to create a more dynamic and truthful portrait of identity.
Who are we? |
We are two working artists and writers based in Calgary Alberta and we’re hoping to self publish our first major graphic novel with your help!
Kyle Simmers is a Canadian artist and illustrator born and raised in a special kind of nowhere, known as Central Alberta. Their work explores identity and relationships in the context of gender, queerness, and subjectivity. Working as a profession illustrator for theatrical productions, product design, advertising and editorial illustration as well as large scale mural projects. Kyle’s work has received international recognition, having won awards in Applied Arts & Communication Arts, as well as being exhibited at the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Rhode Island School of Design ISB Gallery, Calgary’s ArtVault Gallery and most recently in the Sled Island Music & Arts festival poster show.
Learn more about their work at www.Kylesimmers.com
Ryan Danny Owen is a Canadian visual artist and writer whose work responds to questions of identity, loss, desire, and emotion. Examining his body existing within the context of queer genealogy, he challenges the idea of coming after. His work often acting as both protest sign and love letter. He acts as curator for Mirrors and Windows, a queer archive documenting collected images of men from the 1950s to late 1980s. Their work has been included in exhibitions across Canada including the biennial MST: 9, IKG LIVE 2, and at Toronto Artscape Gibraltar Point.
Learn more about his work at www.Ryandannyowen.com
July: Kickstarter launches!
August: Kickstarter runs until the 25th, promotion, and continued production of Pass Me By: Gone Fishin!
September - October: Completing Pass Me by: Gone Fishin’: Reward production is completed!
November: Pre-production is completed and book is sent to be printed mid November!
December: All perks to be shipped out to backers to be received mid/late December 2018!
Risks and challenges
This is the largest project either of us has ever taken on. With this project being four times the size of our previous publications and our first time launching a Kickstarter campaign, we are sure to encounter challenges along the way. However, our combined success with professional management of projects ranging from theatrical design, solo exhibitions, mental health initiatives, archivists, and gallery directors we are more than prepared to handle the scale of this project.
I’m sure we will make mistakes along the way but were fully committed to getting the best possible product to people who believe in us and want to see this story come to life!
a major risk we face is underestimating the costs of printing and shipping. Our goal is set with the intention to only cover the expenses of printing and reward production and getting the project out to all of our amazing backers.
Everyone will be updated every step of the way and if any other obstacle comes forward, you all will be the first to know about it.
We are so excited and committed to this project and we can't wait to share it with you all.
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