- Author Bio
Free Pass is an intoxicating tale of liberty, privacy, and shame, set in the sticky place where sex, politics, and technology come together.
George Orwell said “You are free to be a drunkard, an idler, a coward, backbiter, a fornicator. You are not free to think for yourself.”
Huck and Nadia are enjoying their twenties: working in Big Tech and developing an adventurous sex life. Together they fantasize about opening their relationship with a “free pass” to sleep with certain friends or celebrities. It’s all in good fun.
But Huck is leading a double life. As a national election looms, he grows more and more uncomfortable with his company’s unelected authority over internet discourse.
When the couple receives a bizarre gift — a cutting-edge humanoid sex AI that can morph into anyone — their worlds of fantasy, trust, and consent are thrown into blissful chaos.
In a society growing more divided each day, Huck struggles with the pressure to uphold boundaries at work…while everything is collapsing at home.
Julian Hanshaw follows his acclaimed graphic novels Tim Ginger and Cloud Hotel with an intoxicating new tale of liberty, privacy, and shame, set in the sticky place where sex, politics, and technology come together.
Publication History: TR original
—After two celebrated Top Shelf graphic novels, Hanshaw will continue to draw critical acclaim in the literary comics world with his third: his most timely and topical book yet.
—Directly relevant to contemporary debates about social media & online discourse, “cancel culture,” Brexit, misinformation, data breaches, Theranos, WeWork, etc.
—A mind-bending tale comparable to Daniel Clowes, Adrian Tomine, indie sci-fi films like The Circle, Her, and Ex Machina, and startup-gone-wrong shows like The Dropout, Super Pumped, and WeCrashed.
Marketing: Build word-of-mouth through Netgalley/Edelweiss
Advance promotion through Summer & Fall 2021 at SDCC@Home, etc.
Author appearances in virtual B2B events in fall 2021
Publicity: Full advance e-galley sent to review journals, media, and Netgalley/Edelweiss
Promoted in Top Shelf newsletter and social media
Promoted with full-page ads inside IDW comic books
Advance excerpts placed in comics/literary/tech media
Author appearances in virtual consumer events in spring 2022
Author interviews with tech/culture media (Boing Boing, Wired, etc)
“Free Pass is an optimistic, clever and amusing look at where we are heading as a society. And Julian’s use of colour is gorgeous.” — Chester Brown, author of Ed the Happy Clown, Paying for It, and Louis Riel
“Hanshaw has outdone himself with Free Pass. A futuristic sex fantasy that is as much fun for women as it is for men, set against the background of our world-gone-mad politics, this story glows in Hanshaw’s unearthly artwork.” — Jennifer Hayden, author of The Story of My Tits