Hey everyone, I’m organizing a Halloween Comics Swap! A couple years ago I made a little comic to give to trick-or-treaters, and it was fun, so now I thought it’d be fun to have more people do it and trade them around amongst Trees & Hills folk. If there’s interest this year, we’ll do it next year with more notice, and maybe as an “official” T&H endeavor.
How it works: Email me at email@example.com to let me know you want to do it. This is so I know there is interest, and in case there are mailing issues later. Then, make 30 copies of a Halloween-related minicomic (see “format” below) and give them to me in person or mail them to me at Colin Tedford, PO Box 645, Winchester NH 03470 with your name and mailing address so that I receive them by October 13. I will then divide all the comics evenly and send each participant a batch of 30 comics including ones by all the other participants (you should receive them about a week before Halloween).
Format: Comics should be 2.75″ x 4.25″ – that’s 1/8th-letter size, a sheet of paper folded in half 3 times, similar to the size of candy given out at Halloween. They should be on colored paper (even with a cool comic on it, what kid wants a piece of plain copy paper for Halloween?) and at least 8 pages long to make it truly booklet-like. They should, of course, be suitable for kids. If you don’t have (or like) trick-or-treaters you can give them out at a party, leave them around town – whatever you like!
Examples: The original one I did, with a clever accordion-style fold featuring comic on one side and puzzle on the other – the problem being they didn’t want to stay closed & so need to be tied, or well-flattened under a heavy book (read the reformatted comic portion here). The second comic, for which I haven’t drawn the puzzle yet.
This is my first time doing this, so I’ve set the format to get things going but am interested to hear feedback (for example, is 30 a good number?)
I look forward to seeing your spooky comics!