SHELTER comic anthology call for submissions

April 27th, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · 2 Comments

April 27, 2009

Trees & Hills comic group announce new fall anthology

Contributions wanted for SHELTER comic anthology

The Trees & Hills comic group is proud to announce a new anthology of regional comics called SHELTER, which will debut this fall.

SHELTER features comics inspired by the themes of housing and home, including aspects such as affordability, cohousing, gentrification, green building, housing cooperatives and homelessness.

This is the second anthology themed around social topics released by the Trees & Hills group and is a follow-up to 2008’s SEEDS anthology, which focused on food.

Trees & Hills is looking for comic creators and cartoonists from Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts to contribute to the all-ages anthology. The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15 and the comic will debut at the Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland in late September.

“Our last anthology, SEEDS, focused on food,†said Colin Tedford, a New Hampshire cartoonist and the co-founder of the Trees & Hills group. “Shelter looks at another basic human necessity and, like SEEDS, allows us to address social issues and connect with our communities.â€

Contributions that tackle local or regional issues on this theme are strongly encouraged.

“SHELTER is the next evolutionary step in connecting comics and communities,†explained Dan Barlow, a Vermont writer and co-founder of Trees & Hills. “Our creators are very interested in working with local builders, shelter workers and advocates who have expertise in housing issues.â€

SHELTER will be the sixth comic anthology from the Trees & Hills group since it formed in 2006. Last year’s SEEDS anthology broke new ground by focusing on the timely and engaging topic of food, tackling issues such as sustainability, eating organics and the vegetarian lifestyle.

Trees & Hills is an all-ages community comic organization for creators in Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts. Creators of all styles are encouraged to join.

Submission details:

The deadline for submissions is Aug. 15 and comics should be appropriate for all age groups.

Size of the comic will be 5.5 x 8.5 inches, so please draw to those proportions.

Submissions should be between 1-6 pages long, although we can make some exceptions.

Files should be 300 dpi greyscale or 600 dpi B&W tif.

Please also send a sentence or two about yourself (with website or other contact info if you like) for the contributor notes section.

Comics can be sent to

Any questions can be directed to Trees & Hills co-founders Colin Tedford and Dan Barlow. They can be reached at

For project updates, check out

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New printing of SEEDS released!

March 17th, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · 1 Comment

SEEDS, the fan favorite Trees & Hills comics anthology about food, has been reprinted!

This new edition of the 2008 anthology contains more than 50 pages of comics, a recipe book of cartoonists’ food favorites and a packet of organic seeds from a Vermont farm. It’s actually pretty much like the first edition – but that one sold out months ago!

The $5 book is available through the Trees & Hills Distro and at comic conventions in New York City, Boston and Maine this spring.

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Trees & Hills 2009 Spring Tour

February 15th, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments


The Trees & Hills comics group will appear at the following comic shows and conventions this spring and summer:

April 4-5
Boston Comic Con
Boston, Mass.
Trees & Hills co-founder Daniel Barlow will sell copies of the 2nd printing of SEEDS. Also new for sale in the Trees & Hills distro for this show will be comics by Cat Garza and Colleen Frakes!

May 17
Maine Comics Art Festival
Portland, Maine
Trees & Hills co-founders Colin Tedford and Daniel Barlow are at the Trees & Hills table and Mimi’s Doughnuts creator Marek Bennett entertains the young and old.

June 6-7
MoCCA 2009
New York City
Nearly the entire Trees & Hills group will be at this indie-centric NYC show for the third year in a row. Debuting here will be a best-of collection of Trees & Hills comics stories and the big city debut of SEEDS.

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Summer 2009: Best of Trees & Hills comics

February 10th, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

Democracy has come to the Trees & Hills comics group.

Well, sort of!

This summer, Trees & Hills comics will print a best-of book. It will collect loved comics from the group’s first four anthologies – Trees & Hills & Friends, Field Guide, New Stars and Swingin’ Hits - along with a few brand new pieces to round out the collection.

If you appeared in one of our first four comics, we’ll probably ask you soon if we can reprint one or more of those comics.

Here’s where everyone else comes in (although contributors please feel free to do this too).

We are looking for your top three comics from the first four Trees & Hills anthologies. We’d like to know which ones are reader favorites and clearly should be reprinted in our cute little book.

Send your favorites over to

Please also tell us which of the four comics we’ve published you’ve read, so we know which ones you are picking from.

We ask that you have all your favorites in to us by April 1.

Thank you! 2009 looks to be an exciting year for Trees & Hills. In addition to the best-of book collection, we also plan to appear at MoCCA and SPX, along with unveiling a brand new themed mini-comics anthology in the fall.

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SEEDS all gone (really this time!)

February 9th, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

Microcosm Publishing has also sold out of SEEDS – the Trees & Hills comics anthology about food – and asked to reup their order. The original run sold out just shy of three months after we printed them. Microcosm had the last few dozen.

We’re all out, but I think we’re reprinting later this month or early March, just in time for the spring con shows. Don’t miss it this time!

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Happy holidays from the Trees & Hills comics group

December 26th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

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SEEDS sells out at Stars & Skulls craft show

December 22nd, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · 1 Comment


We sold out of the first printing of SEEDS this month, an amazing feat for a book that is less than three months old. The honor occured at the Stars & Skulls craft show, a fun annual DIY punk rock market in Hadley, Mass, on Sunday, Dec. 14.

A new printing of SEEDS is coming in January – don’t miss it this time!

(Here we have Anne Thalheimer’s monster hats advertised by a fellow monster!)

More pictures from the show below the cut!

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SEEDS now at Microcosm Publishing

December 7th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

Copies of SEEDS can now be purchased on-line through Microcosm Publishing.

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Alison Bechdel in Montpelier, Vt.

December 3rd, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · 1 Comment


Alison Bechdel came to Bear Pond Books in Montpelier, Vt. tonight as part of her tour for the THE ESSENTIAL DYKES TO WATCH OUT FOR.

Of course, we gave her a copy of SEEDS.

She said she is working on a second memoir and joked that, “All I’m interested in writing about now is myself.”

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Trees & Hills Comics at BROKE Arts Fair this Saturday

November 18th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

Trees & Hills comics group co-founder Colin Tedford will be appearing at the BROKE Arts Festival this Saturday. Come and see him!

He’ll have copies of our latest anthologies SEEDS and SWINGIN’ HITS for sale, along with other homemade comics from across Vermont, New Hampshire and western Massachusetts.

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