‘Though an angel should write, / still ’tis devils must print.’— Thomas Moore (1779–1852)
DEVIL'S ARTISAN #68, SPRING/SUMMER 2011
THE WOOD ENGRAVINGS OF GEORGE A. WALKER
DA 68 (Spring 2011) is guest edited by Tom Smart, and features a lead article entitled From Wood Engraving to Graphic Narrative: The Deevelopment of George A. Walker's Xylographica.
The issue also includes A Suite of Engravings from The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, a graphic novel by George Walker, with an Introduction by Tom Smart, and a review of George Walker's Book of Hours by Bill Baker.
The Rogue's Gallery features Nicholas Kennedy of Trip Print Press (Toronto).
The occasional photographs include a tour of Don Taylor and Kate Murdoch's bindery on John Street, Nicholas Kennedy working the Vandercook at Coach House, and Don McLeod's visit to the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz.
Printed offset on the Heidelberg KORD at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill in the Village of Erin, Wellington County, Ontario, Canada. Smyth sewn into 16-page signatures. With coloured endleaves, hand-tipped, front and back.
Keepsake laid in is after an engraving from The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson. Printed letterpress by Nicholas Kennedy at Trip Print Press in Toronto. The cover was printed offset by Tim Inkster at the Porcupine's Quill after an engraving by George Walker.
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 Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.
From Wood Engraving to Graphic Narrative: The Development of George A. Walker's Xylographica.
A Suite of Engravings from The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson.
A Rogues' Gallery features Nicholas Kennedy.