Jewish Women Cartoonists Lecture Series and Workshops at UMass Amherst

posted June 12th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Four outstanding Jewish women graphic novelists are coming to the University of Massachusetts to present talks on their work and to offer four days of workshops on writing and drawing comics and graphic novels. These events are free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

The talks (all at 7 PM):

June 15th: Professor N. C. Christopher Couch talks on The Jewish Tradition in American Comic Art, Yiddish Book Center, on the campus of Hampshire College.

June 16th: Leela Corman discusses her work, including her feminist graphic novel about the Yiddish world of the Lower East Side in the 1910s, Unterzakhn, at the UMass Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies.

June 17th: Sarah Glidden discusses How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, her widely-praised graphic novel on her Birthright trip to Israel and her work as a comics journalist in Syria, Iraq, et al., Modern Myths, 34 Bridge St # 4, in Northampton, across from the Post Office.

June 18th: Panel Discussion, Jewish Women and the Graphic Novel, artists and scholars discussion moderated by Israeli cartoonist Keren Katz, Cape Cod Lounge, UMass.

June 19th: Liana Finck discusses her graphic novel A Bintel Brief, just reviewed in the New York Times and exhibited at the Yiddish Book Center and signs books at Amherst Books, 8 Main St, in downtown Amherst.

The four artists will offer four days of workshops on writing and drawing comics and graphic novels open to high school, college and graduate students and recent graduates. The workshops will be from 10 AM to 2 PM, June 16th to June 19th, and all will be held at the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Art supplies will be provided, and no previous experience in comics is required. Any student who is interested in this artistic medium is welcome, and students may attend any or all of the workshops. To register, email the chair of the organizing committee for the event at nccouch@gmail.com.

These events are sponsored by the Posen Foundation for the Study of Jewish Secularism; the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies; the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide, and Memory Studies; the Department of Art, Architecture, and Art History; the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures; and the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. For more information, email nccouch@gmail.com or call 347-206-8974.

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Holyoke Arts Bazaar has moved to City Hall

posted May 10th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Holyoke Arts Bazaar has moved to City Hall (536 Dwight Street) due to the morning rain. Come see us there — it has stained glass windows and everything!

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Well, Well, Wellington!

posted May 9th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

If you find yourself in New Zealand feeling homesick for Trees & Hills comics, buck up — Wellington’s city library system has you covered with their copy of Play!

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CCS commencement ceremony May 17

posted May 8th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Watch the eighth group of students graduate from the Center for Cartoon Studies on Saturday, May 17 in White River Junction, VT. Kazu Kibiushi is the commencement speaker, and afterwards you can view the students’ art at the school gallery.

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MICE exhibitor application deadline is May 19

posted May 7th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Apply to exhibit at MICE, the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, by May 19. MICE is the excellent fall convention run by our friends and neighbors at the Boston Comics Roundtable!

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The ROCK Comic Expo

posted May 6th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

This coming Saturday, May 10 in Salem, NH: http://treesandhills.org/events/the-rock-comic-expo/

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Spring Tour 2014

posted May 5th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Our annual Spring Tour starts this coming Saturday at the Holyoke Arts Bazaar in Holyoke, MA!

We hope to see you at one or more of these fine events!

PS. We can always use a hand at the table — drop us a line in comments or at organize@treesandhills.org.

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Trick or Treat Comics #3 Call for Submissions

posted May 3rd, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Get your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make our third set of Trick or Treat Comics! This set of miniature comics will be perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers.

Content: Spookiness, monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, & other Halloween-related stuff. Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: August 17. We may announce some drawing events before then for people to get together and work on their comics.

Format: The printed comics will be 2.75″ x 4.25″ (that’s 1/8th-letter size – a sheet of paper folded in half 3 times), 8 pages, portrait orientation, black & white, with 1/4″ margins. Please leave the lower half of the last page blank (or the right half if landscape format) so we can include information about the collection. First page can be a cover if you like; last page can be a back cover if you like, but in any case you’ll probably want to fit your name & website (or other preferred contact info) there. (PS: If you want to reprint your comic later, this format neatly reconfigures into two 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages. Uncanny!)

How to submit: First, you have to live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts; give us a mailing address so we can send you a set of comics. Then submit your comic one of the following ways:

  • Email your comic to organize@treesandhills.org as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-12h-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-12h-1.tif, Tedford-12h-2.tif, etc – the “12h” indicates the page is a 2012 Halloween comic). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something).
  • Have us scan your art at a Trick or Treat Comics drawing event if we put one (or more) on.
  • Send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills Comics Group, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 (but they absolutely have to arrive by the deadline).
  • If you’re unable to produce digital files and don’t have enough time to mail copies, ask nicely and maybe the T&H Mobile Production Unit can scan your comics for you (no guarantees).

End result: The comics will be posted online as freely-downloadable print-ready PDFs; you may print as many copies as you want to give away. We will also be offering printed sets for sale, of which we will send you a copy for free. We may at some point reprint Trick or Treat Comics in a bound and digital anthology; if we do we will send you a minimum of one copy. Do not redistribute PDFs or sell copies of anyone else’s comic without their permission; however, you should feel free to sell your own comic individually and/or offer it for download.

We look forward to seeing your spooky comics!

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“Spirited Pop Culture Shops” Film & Panel

posted March 5th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

March 6, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bartlett Hall, Room 61, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

In this year’s Will Eisner Week event at UMass Amherst, undergraduate students Alexander Dunn and Taylor Garron will premiere their film “Spirited Pop Culture Shops,” on the comic book and popular culture retailing in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including the filmmakers, Michael Dow of Modern Myths, Andy Curto of Bob’s Hobbies II, and Nicole Shea of FOE Gallery (which specializes in artists toys and pop art).

Taylor and Alex made their film as a project for Christopher Couch’s Comparative Literature course “Comic Art in North America,” (Fa 13) and this event accompanies the current Judaic and Near Eastern Studies course “History of the Jewish Graphic Novel.”

Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech and the legacy of sequential art legend Will Eisner, including events at colleges, universities, libraries, etc across the US.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is offered in conjunction with the course
“History of the Jewish Graphic Novel,” funded by the Posen Foundation for the Study of Jewish Secularism, and is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, email judaic at judnea.umass.edu or call 413-545-2550.

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Our last show of the year

posted December 12th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Saturday, December 14 at Ye Olde Lowbrow Art Faire in Easthampton, MA. See you there or in 2014!

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