Make Trick or Treat Comics with us in Keene, NH

posted September 8th, 2015 by Colin Tedford · 1 Comment

Having trouble finding time to work on your submission for Trick or Treat Comics #4? This is that time! We’ll start off with a brief intro and a brainstorming session for those who don’t have story ideas yet, then settle down to draw.

We will meet Sunday, September 13 from 1:00 to 4:00 PM in the haunted food court* at the Colony Mill (222 West Street, Keene, NH), which is at the opposite end from the Toadstool bookstore and the smokestack.

If you plan to attend please comment, email (, or RSVP on Facebook so we can have a sense of how many people to expect.

You can read about last year’s event at

*Haunted by the ghosts of its former eateries — if you want food you’ll have to bring it.

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Trick or Treat Comics #4 Call for Submissions

posted September 8th, 2015 by Colin Tedford · 1 Comment

Get your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make our fourth 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 (here’s a list of spooky stuff if you need inspiration). Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: October 3. Join us for a Trick or Treat Comics-making session in Keene, NH on September 13 with how-to, story idea brainstorming, and of course drawing!

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 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 as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-tot4-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-tot4-1.tif, Tedford-tot14-2.tif, etc – the “tot4″ stands for “Trick or Treat #4″). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something).
  • 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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Pioneer Valley Zine Fest

posted April 10th, 2015 by Colin Tedford · 2 Comments

Tomorrow I’ll be at the Pioneer Valley Zine Fest in Easthampton, MA (details), workin’ the Trees & Hills table from 10 AM to 3 PM. After that I’ll be giving a talk/workshop about collective zine projects, based of course on my experience with TnH. Later, Flywheel will host some featured speakers/performers including TnH stalwart Anne Thalheimer.

PVZF is happening in conjunction with the Easthampton Book Fair, so if you like readin’ you best come on down!

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MASSive Comicon exhibitor registration is open

posted February 10th, 2015 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The first MASSive Comicon happens June 27 & 28, 2015 in Worcester, MA. Exhibitor registration is open. It’s put on by Double Midnight Comics, who also organize Granite State Comicon.

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Broke Arts Fair applications are open

posted February 9th, 2015 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Broke Arts Fair applications are open. This year’s fair is June 13 in Peterborough, NH. Broke is an affordable arts fair where all items cost $50 or less; Trees and Hills has tabled at it many times.

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SPX 2015 applications are open

posted February 4th, 2015 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The SPX 2015 Exhibitor Table Lottery is now open. It will be available for the first two weeks of February and only takes a few minutes. There is no benefit to applying early or late. SPX happens September 19-20 in Bethesda, MD.

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Pioneer Valley Zine Fest applications are open

posted February 3rd, 2015 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Pioneer Valley Zine Fest happens April 11 10am-4pm at Flywheel Arts Collective in Easthampton, MA. We’ve applied — have you?

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A kind review of Time’s design

posted February 2nd, 2015 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A kind review of Time‘s design!

Some more info: The clock is indeed glued-on cardstock. We chose cardstock for sturdiness, but in retrospect I’d recommend heavy-ish paper instead because I think it’ll flex better against the cardstock cover.

We go for that sort of bold, simple cover design in part so it can work when seen from across the room or as a tiny thumbnail on a screen.

The cover was drawn by Anne Thalheimer based on a design by me (which, as with all our anthology covers now, was based on a prior anthology cover designed by Anne, Dan, Marek Bennett, and me). The table of contents and back cover were designed and created by Matt Young. And keen-eyed viewers will note our eminent reviewer’s name among the contributors ;)

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Scott McCloud Comes Nigh

posted February 2nd, 2015 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Scott McCloud is coming near us this week to promote his new book The Sculptor:

Wednesday, February 4 in Portland, ME: 12-1 pm Q&A at Portland Public Library and 5-7 pm signing at Casablanca Comics.

Thursday, February 4 in Cambridge, MA: 2-5 pm conversation and Q&A at the Brattle Theater.

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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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