Manticore Press is tiny imprint under which Emily Dezurick-Badran makes relief prints, cards, and comics. These images are inspired by Californian nature and culture, vintage children's books, archives and book arts, histories of resistance, and the mysterious wonders/horrors of the universe in which we live. About printing, Emily says:

"I’ve made drawings since as long as I can remember and wanted to be an artist since the time I was 7 – but in June 2017 I took a class and discovered my favorite medium: printmaking. I learned how to carve linoleum blocks and print them on a letterpress and was immediately enamored of the process. I’ve been practicing since then, carving and printing as much as I can. Since I’m also a writer and librarian, it makes perfect sense that I’d be drawn to such a bookish art form. I enjoy the physical quality of carving linoleum, and the labor-intensive (sometimes frustrating!) practice of printing in the old-fashioned way. I draw a lot of inspiration from the illustrations in children’s books, the natural world, historical books, manuscripts, and marginalized/radical archives. Making prints is one of my ways to celebrate all the things I find wonderful and scary in the world."

Emily prints at the San Francisco Center for the Book, where she pulls each individual print on a Vandercook printing press (a press used in the early/mid-20th century). For each small batch of prints she mixes ink, sets the hard-carved block up on the press, and runs each piece of paper through individually to create a satisfactory image. These processes are all time-consuming, and require attention and care, which create more idiosyncrasy, texture and detail than in commercially designed and printed artwork.

The manticore is a mythical creature with a scorpion's tale, lion's body, and normal human head containing three rows of sharp teeth. The manticore originates from Persian myth, where it was called "mardyakhor" – both the original Persian and its Latin derivative mean "man eater."

If you're outside the US, please visit us on Etsy for international shipping options: etsy.com/shop/manticorepress Manticore Press is available for custom illustration, design, and printing. For more information about custom work, email Emily at manticore.press.prints@gmail.com and she will reply promptly to you query.