View from the publisher

It’s nearly the end of March and as I rise this morning, I notice that there’s more snow on the ground. I actually love the wintertime. It lets me enjoy skiing with my children a few times – in between, of course, the numerous hockey games. All this makes winter a little more bearable for my family.

However, I think I speak for most Canadians when I say, “roll on spring!” After all this is the most snowfall that we’ve had since 1939. It’s now time for sunshine and warmth to lift everyone’s spirits.

The Western Grafik’Art Show is coming up April 11 – 13 at the Fraser Valley Trade & Exhibition Centre in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Gail Nickel-Kailing will be doing a series of seminars at the show.

On April 12, Gail will be doing a seminar on the History and Future of Print, followed by, “From pURLs and gURLs to VDP and XML – Printing has become an alphabet soup” in the afternoon. Then on Sunday, April 13, her seminars will cover, “Who says ‘it isn’t easy being green?’” These informative seminars will provide a fascinating perspective of the changing industry from someone who has spent many years in the trade.

In this issue, check out Catherine Weibe’s report from Tel Aviv on page 30 about the new and exciting products to be showcased by HP this spring at Drupa. Gail Nickel-Kailing has an interesting article on page 58 with Kevin Lanuke, president of Blitz Print in Calgary. They elaborate on the business of variable data printing. Kevin reveals which companies have the potential to benefit from variable print.

Don’t miss our next issue (our second variable cover) which will hit the streets in May.

Phrases like “sustainability” and “environmental sensitivity” have now become buzzwords, not just in our industry, but with consumers as well. We intend to stay on top of all the changes and report to you regularly so you can make more informed business and production decisions.

Until next time (at which point we all hope the snow will be gone), stay positive and stay focused.


Joe Mulcahy Publisher, Graphic Arts Magazine