By Kyle Simmers & Ryan Danny Owen. Published by Renegade Arts Entertainment.
Softcover, 128 pages, Colour, 2019.
BPAA Best Illustrated Book Of The Year Award Winner
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
“‘…a compelling story with a fantastic colour scheme to match.”
– Ann Logan, CBC/I’ve Read This