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DA 81 focuses on the origins and development of a wide variety of specialty printers. In ‘The Art of Drawing Laughs: Nestlings Press Turns Five’, Warren Clements traces the roots of Nestlings Press, a plucky publisher specializing in humour books. In ‘The Pennywise Press: A Memoir’, Elizabeth Neill contributes a fond remembrance of a press that produced works of the Devereux family and friends for over five decades. Also included in this issue are John Shoesmith’s report on his visit to Shanty Bay Press, Larry Thompson’s feature on members of the Ottawa Press Gang, Manda Vrkljan and Noelle Gadon’s history of St. Michael’s College Press and Camilla Milton Gryski and Chester Gryski’s tribute to Denis C. Milton. Recurring features include the Rogues' Gallery, featuring a profile of Don Black of Don K. Black Linecasting Service Ltd., and Richard Kegler’s discussion of the Folkwang typeface. Kandid Kamera shares photos from the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library Small and Fine Press Fair, the Coach House Wayzgoose and the Alcuin Awards dinner.
Since 1980, the Devil's Artisan has established a reputation as Canada’s ‘Journal of the Printing Arts’. DA fosters an appreciation of the art of bookmaking and reaches out to a global audience of typographic and printing arts enthusiasts who appreciate the value of the printed word even in this digital age. DA publishes articles on historical subjects, typography and book design, profiles book designers and wood engravers, and features small artistic and experimental presses operated by a new generation of print enthusiasts.