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Swan Song

illustrated by Sonja Ahlers

Conundrum Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2021
General, Anthologies, Artists' Books
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2021
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Swan Song is the final chapter on a body of cut-and-paste work that is difficult to categorize but has sometimes been referred to as "graphic poetry." Culled from decades of hunting and gathering in the underground, Ahlers has filled many binders to overflowing. The book revisits the black and white photocopier esthetic of her genre-bending and influential book Temper, Temper and its sequel Fatal Distraction. Swan Song finally completes this groundbreaking trilogy.

Part art book, part zine collection, part diary, part graphic novel, but all Sonja Ahlers, we finally have closure from an artist who continues to push the boundaries of what a book can be.

About the author

Sonja Ahlers is a visual artist and poet from Victoria, BC. Her books are hard to classify and can be found in several different sections of the library.

1994's A WANDERING EYE was the first of many self-published books that circulated mainly through the underground "penpal" network of punk rock and Riot grrrl zines. Ahlers attracted national attention with TEMPER, TEMPER, published by Insomniac Press in 1998, followed by FATAL DISTRACTION in 2004. In 2010, Drawn & Quarterly published The Selves .

Ahlers' art has been exhibited across Canada, as well as in the United States, Japan, and Australia. She helped create the visual identity of Rookie Mag and from 2011 to 2015 was a frequent contributor to the publication and lead artist/designer of its four anthologies.

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