Author & illustrator: Julian Hanshaw
Publisher: Top Shelf
Published May 2022
Free Pass is an intoxicating tale of liberty, suppression, 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. As they discuss their fantasies, including the possibility of swapping partners and drafting a “free pass” list, they take pride in their honest and transparent relationship.
But when it comes to politics, 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 with an internet presence — their worlds of fantasy, trust, and consent are blissfully thrown into chaos.
In a society growing more divided each day, Huck struggles with the pressure to uphold the boundaries of a binary world at work while everything is collapsing at home.