It’s Here! It’s Here! DA 78 Is Now Available (and Looking Mighty Fine)

It’s that time of year, ladies and gents. The Grimsby Wayzgoose approaches, and that means (drumroll please!) a new issue of The Devil’s Artisan.

DA 78

Ain’t she a beaut?

The feature story is Tom Smart’s ‘Heading to Palookaville’, a fascinating look into the complex construction of self-identity in the work of Seth (AKA Gregory Gallant).

This essay kind of blew my mind. I know we say that art imitates life, but maybe life imitates art, too. And maybe life is lived through art. And maybe art affects the way an artist lives. It’s an inception-worthy concept that Tom does a brilliant job of unravelling for us mere mortals.

You’ll love the generous use of Seth’s work to illustrate the essay, and you’ll also see a little bit of art leaking into the margins and telling its own story.

margin art

The issue also includes ‘The Story of Thee Hellbox Press’, which grew out of as a series of conversations between Hugh Barclay, Faye Batchelor and Shane Neilson on the origins and anecdotes of the Kingston, Ontario-based private press.

Thee Hellbox Press

You’ll find some recurring favourites in DA 78, including Richard Kegler’s discussion of type (this time, Joseph Blumenthal’s Spiral Type). The Rogues’ Gallery highlights the career of Don Taylor, while Kandid Kamera showcases scenes from the Bibliography Room at the Robertson Davies Library, Massey College, University of Toronto.

And can we all just take a second to awww at the keepsake?


portraitSo come see us at the Grimsby Wayzgoose tomorrow, Saturday, April 30, to get a copy of your own.

Hope to see you there,sig

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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.