8.5×5.5 inches / 176 pages / $20
Originally drawn and written as a series of online poetic vignettes, UNSPENT LOVE addresses themes such as hope, fear, and human frailty. Evolving through numerous iterations, including a gallery installation supported by the Nick Novak Fellowship at Open Studio, UNSPENT LOVE most recently appeared as an experimental wall installation at YYZ Artist’s Outlet. One chapter of this work won first place in the graphic narrative category of This Magazine’s Great Canadian Literary Hunt in 2010.
Conundrum Press is thrilled to announce the book version of the project, complete with a letterpressed wraparound jacket printed at Gaspereau Press. Embracing a variety of genres, from poetry to relational art to graphic novel, UNSPENT LOVE is as varied as the characters who populate its quintessentially human stories. This is a first solo book from a multitalented artist.
SHANNON GERARD works across a variety of media. She writes and draws comics, crochets soft sculptures, binds books and makes prints. About her collaboration with No Media Kings’ Jim Munroe on the graphic novel Sword of My Mouth, boingboing wrote: “Gerard’s stellar illustrations are jagged line drawings that play with time-series and an expressivity of posture to convey emotion with unexpected punch.” See more at www.shannongerard.org. UNSPENT LOVE has been generously supported by the Ontario Arts Council.
The online edition can be found here.