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.
About the Author
Julian Hanshaw won the Observer Comica Short Story Award in 2008. His graphic novels include the Prix Europa-winning The Art Of Pho, as well as I’m Never Coming Back and Cloud Hotel. Julian also contributed to and co-edited the anthologies I Feel Machine and I Feel Love. His graphic novel Tim Ginger was shortlisted for The British Comic Award and the LA Times Book Prize. He has animated on BAFTA-winning shows and his own animation won The Golden Reels in Los Angeles. Julian lives on the south coast of the UK.
"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