Portland Comic Expo 10/26

posted October 14th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Portland Comic Expo will be a one day show, with writers, artists, comic dealers, programming and cosplay. Meet Marvel Comics artist Declan Shalvey (Moon Knight), Image Comics artist Jordie Bellaire, and many more. There will be an artist alley with many small publishers as well. It is the Sunday before Halloween so we expect LOTS of great costumes. ADMISSION ONLY $5.00! Presented by Casablanca Comics.

October 26, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Portland Expo, 239 Park Ave, Portland, ME

Portland Comic Expo poster

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Trick or Treat Comics #3 Now Available

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

Another October means another set of Trick or Treat Comics! Eight miniature comics perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters, Halloween party-goers, goblins, etc, Trick or Treat Comics #3 features trick-or-treating pumpkins, monster hybrids, bone-playing instructions, were-comics, trick-or-treating dinosaurs, and more!

Trick ot Treat Comics #3

Eight 2.75″ x 4.25″ 8-page comics by:

  • Anne Thalheimer
  • Colin Tedford
  • Elizabeth Neronski
  • Madsahara
  • Megan Coleman & Michael Logerfo
  • Marek Bennett
  • Sarah Margaret Frye

Planning to hand them out for Halloween? You can get all three sets of Trick or Treat Comics for the price of two.

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12 Hour Comics This Saturday 10/11 in Keene

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

October 11, 12:00 PM – 11:59 PM
Keene Public Library, Trustees Room, 60 Winter Street, Keene, NH

12 Hour Comics poster

Make a twelve-page comic in twelve hours!

We’ll begin [...] at noon with a brief COMICS WORKSHOP crash-course in comics creation and self-publishing from N.H. cartoonist Marek Bennett. Then we’ll dive in and draw for the next half-day, pausing for a pizza party dinner and a reading of our work as midnight approaches. Whether you bring an existing art project or start a completely new one, the time limit and group dynamics will help you find, nurture, and grow that sweet spot of inspiration, improvisation, and concentration.

All ages welcome! No experience needed! Work hard! Have fun! Meet artists!

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Saturday is also 24 Hour Comics Day

posted October 1st, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

If you’re not going to MICE this weekend you can still join in a worldwide comics marathon and challenge yourself to make a 24-page comic in 24 hours. You can do it alone, or with friends, or at a special event! http://www.24hourcomicsday.com/

We know about these 24HCD events in our region:

These events outside our region might be closer to you, depending on where you live:

Full list of registered events: http://www.24hourcomicsday.com/event-locator/

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TnH at MICE 10/4 & 10/5

posted September 25th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Trees & Hills (and many individual artists) will have a table at MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo). Don’t miss this always-excellent show—it runs for two days (10/4 & 10/5) and admission is free!

October 4, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM & October 5, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM
University Hall at Lesley University, 1815 Massachusetts Ave (Porter Sq), Cambridge, MA

The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo was established in 2010 to create a showcase space for artists and writers in the greater-Boston area working in the field of comics. The event is a joint project between the Boston Comics Roundtable (an independent arts collective) and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.Unlike traditional comics shows, which emphasize commerce and memorabilia, MICE puts a focus on the art of making comics. We connect local creators with local audience. We also run a number of workshops for children and adults, as well as panel discussions on the craft and relevance of the comics form. We’ll be featuring several special guest creators, along with an expanded line-up of programming.

MICE logo

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T&H at Winchester Pickle Festival this Saturday

posted September 24th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

September 27, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Downtown Winchester, Main Street, Winchester, NH

Trees & Hills returns to the Winchester Pickle Festival after years of MICE-induced absence!* Colin Tedford will serve up our homemade comics; meanwhile:

The event kicks off at 10:00 am with a parade!

Here are some of the events …

Nelson town band, Winchester town band, northern ridge rythm band, weathered roads country band, junction 1-3-5 quartet, mavericks line dancers. Free pickles, homemade pickle judging, pickle eating contests!

Yay hope to see you all there!!

A panel from "Pickle Fest Faux Pas"

(c) 2006 Mark Martin (inspired by his visit to the Winchester Pickle Festival)

* Last time was in 2008, the year before MICE started; luckily MICE changed its date this year. ^

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Banned Comics Talk this Friday in Keene

posted September 23rd, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

September 26, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Keene Public Library, Heberton Hall, 76 Winter Street, Keene, NH

Celebrate the Freedom to Read by attending this engaging Banned Books Week Lecture and Social Meetup. N.H. cartoonist Marek Bennett presents several episodes of censorship and challenge from the long and rich history of comics around the world. We’ll look into the “Comic Book Scare” of the 1950s and the “American Comics Code”, the eradication of the Ancient Mayan library system, the miraculous secret life of the subversive Bayeux Tapestry and more.

At the end of the lecture, there will be refreshments and you’ll have an opportunity to discuss comics with Marek.

"I READ BANNED COMICS" www.cbldf.org

Banned Books Week 2014 celebrates graphic novels.

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Trick or Treat Comics Workshop Report

posted September 7th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · 1 Comment

Yesterday’s Trick or Treat Comics-making event in Keene produced two finished and two partly-finished comics. Not bad! :) The weather turned gloomy as we worked (and ate skull & bone-shaped candy), so we turned on an electric jack-o’-lantern.

Three couples attended, each with one person making a comic:

People making Trick or Treat Comics

These two finished so quickly:

This could be you!

This could be you!

You still have until this Saturday (September 13) to make a comic for Trick or Treat Comics #3 — and they’re small, so you can do it even if you haven’t started yet! Find out how in the call for submissions.

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“Comics, Medicine, and Memory” 9/13 at TEDxBattenkill

posted September 2nd, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Aliceheimer’s author Dana Walrath gives one of the day’s seven talks at TEDxBattenkill 9/13 in Manchester Center, VT.

If Alzheimer’s disease brought humor and clarity into our lives, does this mean that our lives were utterly crazy beforehand? Perhaps it was a bit of insanity that led me to move Alice, into our home just as our nest was about to empty, just as she was losing her marbles. But with a community of help that included pirates, good neighbors, a cast of characters from space-time travel, and my dead father hovering in the branches of the maple trees that surround our Vermont farmhouse, Aliceheimer’s let us write our own story daily—a story that, in turn, helps rewrite the dominant medical narrative of aging.

Dana Walrath

Tickets are $75 and include a welcome reception, seven live talks, a Vermont cheese station, wine and beer reception, a local chef locavore potluck lunch, TED videos and an after party with the speakers at TED Restaurant.

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Trick or Treat Comics Story Seeds

posted August 31st, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Want to submit a story to Trick or Treat Comics #3 but having trouble coming up with one? Maybe this list of spooky stuff will spark some ideas:

  • Bat
  • Bone
  • Cemetery
  • Cobweb
  • Coffin
  • Curse
  • Crypt
  • Demon
  • Fog
  • Forest (spooky)
  • Full Moon
  • Ghost
  • Goblin
  • Grave(stone)
  • Grim Reaper
  • Haunted House
  • Jack O’Lantern
  • Monster
  • Mummy
  • Ruins
  • Skeleton
  • Skull
  • Sorceror (evil)
  • Spider
  • Swamp
  • Vampire
  • Werewolf
  • Witch (evil)
  • Zombie

Feel free to share more ideas in comments!

You can also get more support at our Trick or Treat Comics-making event this Saturday, September 6 in Keene, NH.

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