Todd Bartel's New Publication: Select Collages 1983 - 1989

Dear artists,

I am pleased to let you know that I have a new publication, which is available for purchase at Blurb. There are two versions of the book:

A standard landscape version (8 x 10) inches, which is a perfect bound, but could be made with a hardcover:

And a large format landscape version (11 x 13), which only comes as a hard cover:

Both versions of the books can be previewed in total.

Hope you may be interested in the publication!


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Comment by ken coleman on June 28, 2012 at 2:48am

Todd, I placed an order on Blurb on the 24 and got a note that it shipped today, the 28.


Comment by Todd Bartel on June 27, 2012 at 7:12pm

My Pleasure! FYI, I put in the Blurb order last week on Thursday. I put in the Lulu order two days ago and yesterday Lulu shipped! So I'll see how that goes and let you know...

Comment by Stephen Mead on June 27, 2012 at 6:51pm

Still, kudos  to you for trying something new in two book "venues", and thank you for explaining your choices.  I've also tried Createspace for art books but, as you pointed out, Blurb does seem to be the best for templates and also paper for printing.  I imagine the only other alternatives out there (unless one can get a CD of a wide variety of templates/backgrounds for downloading and desktop work) would prove pretty expensive for the artist.

Comment by Todd Bartel on June 26, 2012 at 9:14am

Blurb is easy but limited in design because you use the shell they provide you. (They just upgraded to a professional style service, but I have not experimented with that. I like that you can control the book as both a buyer and a maker, adding higher quality covers, end papers and overall paper choice. Lulu, is by far the cheapest way to go if money is an issue. I was shocked at how affordable it was to use Lulu. The problem with Lulu is they do not have a good selection of sizes. basic paper choices of low or good quality and the biggest thing that is challenging for non InDesign users is you have to provide a completed PDF file so there is no design work for the core of your projects. Lula has a cover design program that will let you use their templates for the cover, but nothing like Blurb more extensive design templates. As far as the quality of the publications go, I ordered one from each place--my first time--so I will compare the quality and let you know once I have them. (I took the slow delivery to keep costs down, so i wont get them for a few weeks.

Comment by Stephen Mead on June 26, 2012 at 6:29am

Thank you Todd, for providing us with both links.  Having released work using both Lulu and Blurb I was wondering if you felt one was more user-friendly than the other when it came down to the actual nuts and bolts of putting the book together, and also in regards to pricing.  Care to share?

Comment by Todd Bartel on June 25, 2012 at 6:40pm

Thanks Stephen and Ken,

I just uploaded a more affordable version at Lulu for 20.oo. Here is a link to the website:

Comment by Stephen Mead on June 24, 2012 at 10:11am

Excellent to know.  Kudos on putting together this labor of love, so essential to learning your unique artistic journey! 

Comment by ken coleman on June 23, 2012 at 7:27am

Wow. Todd, I previewed your book. Beautiful work beautifully put together. Impressive.  --Ken


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