Upgrade Soul is the story of an elderly couple who become the guinea pigs of a visionary procedure that aims to revivify them by filtering toxins from their bodies on a molecular level. When the procedure experiences a fatal complication, the couple is faced with severely disfigured, though intellectually superior duplicates of themselves. Soon, it becomes clear that only one version of each individual can survive, and a psychological battle for dominance begins.
In Your Black Friend and Other Strangers, Ben Passmore masterfully tackles comics about race, gentrification, the prison system, online dating, gross punks, bad street art, kung fu movie references, beating up God, and lots of other grown-up stuff with refreshing doses of humor and lived relatability.
The title comic earned Passmore a much deserved Eisner nomination, Ignatz Award for “Outstanding Comic”, and a coveted spot on NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels list.
The comics in this 120-page hardcover collection include works previously published by The Nib, VICE, and the As You Were anthology, along with brand new and unreleased material.
These comics are essential, humorous, and accessible, told through Passmore’s surreal lens in the vibrant full-color hues of New Orleans.
WHO: Ezra Claytan Daniels & Ben Passmore
WHAT: Team Tan U.S. Book Tour, multimedia reading and book signing
WHEN: Tuesday Oct. 30, 6-8pm
WHERE: Floating World Comics, 400 NW Couch St.
PRAISE for UPGRADE SOUL:
Winner, Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics
“It’s truly one of the best comics of the year, full of incredible depth of characterization, unexpected turns, difficult resolutions, and broad themes dealt with using pinpoint precision.”
— The Comics Journal
PRAISE for YOUR BLACK FRIEND:
Winner, Ignatz Award for Outstanding Comic
Winner, DINKy Award for Best Mini
One of NPR’s 100 Favorite Graphic Novels of 2017