DA 79 Makes Its Debut

We’re exceedingly happy to announce that the most recent issue of the Devil’s Artisan, Number 79, is now available, and it’s a beaut.


Inside you’ll read Jaleen Grove’s exploration of the work of illustrator Oscar Cahén, whose avant-garde works were intended to stimulate fascination–and even horror!–and ended up affecting the aesthetic of Canadian design in the 1940s and 50s. You’ll also find an illuminating chat with Rod McDonald on the development of his font family Classic Grotesque. Plus, we’ve got pieces about the Howard Iron Works and the Barbarian Press.

There is definitely a lot to learn–and a lot to love.

Single issue orders can be placed here.

If you have a yearly subscription, rest assured that your copy will be on its way early in the new year.

portraitHope you enjoy!

Have a wonderful holiday from all of us from the Porcupine’s Quill and the Devil’s Artisan.


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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.