“Spirited Pop Culture Shops” Film & Panel

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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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Tomorrow: T&H at Craftershock

posted December 6th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Tomorrow at Craftershock in Worcester, MA, our holiday tour rolls on with Colin Tedford at the Trees & Hills table and Anne Thalheimer (comics, hats) and Matt Young at their own tables.

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Holiday Tour 2013

posted November 29th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Visit the Trees & Hills table at these upcoming events:

We’ll even have holiday cards — put on your tuque and come have a look!

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MECAF applications due this Sunday Dec. 1

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Winter Words & Phrases

posted October 31st, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A list of wintery things to stimulate your brain into producing a comic for our rapidly-approaching Winter Special anthology: [Read more →]

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Call for Winter Special submissions

posted October 18th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Trees & Hills wants to see your winter-themed comics for a special seasonal anthology!


The theme for this anthology is WINTER. The working title is Trees & Hills Winter Special 2013 (we’re open to something catchier).


As usual, community-minded & regionally-oriented pieces get extra consideration. We will accept pre-existing stories. We may post a list of wintery things soon to This list of wintery stuff may help spark story ideas, or at least get you in the right frame of mind.


  • Contributors should, of course, live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts.
  • Comics should be suitable for a general audience.
  • Please let us know your story idea & approximate length as soon as possible (& let us know if you change your mind).
  • Length: 1-6 pages. The printed page size will be 5.5” x 8.5”, image area around 5” x 8” – please proportion your comic accordingly.
  • Send 600 dpi B&W .tif files with LZW compression (300 dpi OK if you need to use grayscale and don’t worry about the compression if you don’t know how to do it) to organize@treesandhills.org. Please use the format [last name]-[page number] for the filenames – for example Tedford-01.tif. You may also send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 — but be careful not to cut it too close; we don’t have any slack in the deadline (if you’re running out of time, email us & we may be able to send the T&H Mobile Scanning Unit to meet you).
  • Please include in your email:
    • a 1-3 sentence blurb about yourself;
    • website or other preferred contact info (if any);
    • a mailing address for your contributor copies.
  • Deadline: November 17, 2013 (sorry, no extensions — we’re only leaving a week for production). [Read more →]

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McCloud, Map comics, Manchester, MICE, and more!

posted September 24th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

This is quite a week!

You have about a day to get in on Isaac Cates’ Kickstarter campaign for Cartozia Tales. It’s already funded, but you don’t want to miss out on an all-ages shared-world fantasy anthology, do you?

Scott McCloud gives a talk at Mount Holyoke College’s Gamble Auditorium in South Hadley, MA this Thursday 9/26 at 5:30 PM, free to the public. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/artmuseum/events

Granite State Comicon expands to two days this year: September 28-29 in Manchester, NH. No doubt many of the exhibitors are from our area and I will try to learn them all, but the ones I know for sure are Blair Shedd, Matt Talbot, Jennifer Omand, Jesse DuRona, Randall Drew, and the Fat Squad.

MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) also expends to two days this year (the same ones as GraniteCon): September 28-29 in Cambridge, MA. Trees & Hills will have a table staffed by Marek Bennett and Colin Tedford (who’s also on the “Comics and Journalism” panel at 3:30 Saturday); other T&H folk I recognize who have tables are Jon Chad, Mysterious Transmissions (Colin Panetta and/or Mark Velard), Sean Wang, and Tom Pappalardo.

Apologies to any T&H-area exhibitors at either show whose names I didn’t recognize — drop us a line!

In anthology news:

We’re aiming to crank out another set of Trick or Treat Comics shortly after MICE — which doesn’t give us a lot of time (maybe a week or two), but we’re not asking for a lot of pages. Use the submission guidelines from last year and I’ll put up a new post soon.

We’re still looking for submissions for Share. We’ll set a new deadline in the next few weeks after Dan & I have a chance to discuss it.

We’re working with a peace activism group on an anthology of comics about militarism to be released early-ish next year — we’re doing it a little differently from our usual anthologies, but email us at organize@treesandhills.org if you’re interested in participating.

Sorry we’ve been so quiet lately — Dan has been consumed by work (and cemetery photography), and I’ve just been having trouble getting anything at all done. I’m partway through a redesign of the site that we hope will make it easier for us all (instead of us two) to collaborate; in the meantime, drop us a line at organize@treesandhills.org if you’d like to get more involved in Trees & Hills.

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Sabrina Jones talk and signing

posted July 2nd, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Graphic novelist, political cartoonist and painter Sabrina Jones will be giving a public talk on her career tomorrow (Wednesday July 3) at Fayerweather Hall room 113, Amherst College, Amherst, MA at 1:00 PM, followed by a signing at Modern Myths, 34 Bridge St., in Northampton, MA from 4:00-6:00 PM.

Sabrina Jones is the author of Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography, and one of America’s foremost political and feminist comics artists, the cartoonist for the graphic novels Race to Incarcerate and FDR and the New Deal, a member of World War 3 Illustrated, and artistic contributor to The Real Cost of Prisons and Wobblies!
This public lecture is part of “Caboom!!! The Impact of Comics Worldwide,” A Mellon Five-College Faculty-Student Research Summer Seminar taught by N. Christopher Couch, Ilan Stavans, and Amanda Seaman.

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This weekend: MECAF in Portland, ME

posted May 16th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Trees & Hills (and many cartoonists from our area) will be tabling at MeCAF in Portland, ME this coming Sunday May 19. Come see us by the seaside!

Since 2009, MeCAF has been Portland’s annual showcase for comic arts bringing creators to the public. Over 100 comic writers and artists will be on hand for this event — everyone from mini comics publishers to seasoned professionals. There will be comic book writers and artists, gag cartoonists, newspaper cartoonists, web comics creators and more. The guests will have their own work available for sale. Some people will be doing sketches and selling original artwork. Others will have t-shirts, buttons and posters. All of them have one thing in common… a love of comics.

Special guests this year include Jeff Smith, Brian Wood, and Raina Telgemeier. Trees & Hills and the Boston Comics Roundtable (and numerous artists from both groups’ areas) will be there. To the best of our knowledge, the T&H-area exhibitors are: Center for Cartoon Studies, Colin Tedford, Corey Hodgdon, Dani Jones, Daniel Barlow, How I Made the World (Liz Plourde & Randy Michaels), Jennifer Omand, Marek Bennett, Matt Talbot, Matt Young, Megan Baehr, Mike Lynch, and Trees & Hills.

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