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Anthologies seeking submissions

March 7th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Looking for some anthologies to submit to this Spring? Obviously you should submit to the upcoming food-themed Trees & Hills anthology, Sprouts, by April 22. Once you’ve done that, try these!

Make sure to read the submission guides carefully (I hear editors like that!) – and good luck!

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Spring 2012 call for submissions: SPROUTS

January 2nd, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

THEME:

The theme for the Spring 2012 Trees & Hills anthology is FOOD. As a sort of sequel to our 2008 food-themed anthology Seeds, the title is Sprouts.

CONTENT:

As with all our anthologies, we are most interested in both fiction and nonfiction comics with a community-minded orientation – comics that show an awareness of connection to the world around them and aim to make some sort of contribution to it, ideally with direct relevance to our region.

We will post some possible story ideas and links to resources soon.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • 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 8.5â€, image area around 5†x 8†– please proportion your comic accordingly.
  • Send 600 dpi B&W .tif files (300 dpi OK if you need to use grayscale) 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.
  • 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: April 22. We’ll announce a time & place for an anthology-finishing party when it gets closer.

OTHER INFORMATION:

  • Each contributor will receive one copy of SPROUTS for each page of their work that appears in it. Contributors may purchase additional copies at wholesale (50% of cover price).
  • We prefer new comics, but may consider existing work that is a good fit. If accepted, we ask that you not print your submission elsewhere (except an online excerpt) for at least six months from the anthology’s release date.
  • SPROUTS will eventually be compiled with other T&H anthologies into a book collection; please let us know if for some reason you would prefer your piece not to appear in the book. Contributors will receive one copy of the book for each piece they have in it, and may purchase additional copies at wholesale (50% of cover price).
  • We are also looking for theme-appropriate designs for the contents page and back cover. The contents page will need to have room for us to type in the title, table of contents, and indicia. The back cover needs room for us to type in the list of contributors. Email organize@treesandhills.org if you are interested.
  • Past anthologies

We look forward to seeing your comics!

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Halloween Comics call for submissions

October 5th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

T&H Halloween ComicsGet your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make a Halloween Comics Pack! 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. Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: October 20 (only a couple weeks away – sorry for the short notice! We’ll be able to give much more notice next year now that we have the format worked out). There’s no slack in this deadline, but we’ll do what we can to help you submit on time.

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, black & white, with 1/4″ margins. Include the text “Trees & Hills Comics Group” and “treesandhills.org” on the back page. 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. Either portrait or landscape orientation is fine.

How to submit: First, you have to live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts. Then send your comic to organize@treesandhills.org as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-1.tif, Tedford-2.tif, etc). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something). You may also send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills Comics Group, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470, but they absolutely have to arrive by the deadline to be included in the batches that go out for Halloween. If you’re unable to produce digital files and don’t have enough time to mail copies, the T&H Mobile Production Unit may (in light of the short notice on this project) be able to come scan your comics for you. In any case, include a mailing address so we can send you a set of comics.

What you get: One printed set of Halloween comics, and a password-protected link to a directory containing print-ready PDFs of all the Halloween comics, which you may use to print as many copies as you want to give away. 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 or offer it for download.

We look forward to seeing your spooky comics!

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WOODS call for submissions

July 8th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · 2 Comments

WOODS Call For Submissions

(download WOODS call for submissions as a PDF)

THEME:
The theme and title for the next Trees & Hills anthology is WOODS (in the sense of “forestâ€).

CONTENT:
As with all our anthologies, we are most interested in both fiction and nonfiction comics with a community-minded orientation – comics that show an awareness of connection to the world around them and aim to make some sort of contribution to it, ideally with direct relevance to our region.

This year is the International Year of Forests and the 100th anniversary of the Weeks Act, which established the eastern National Forests, and we intend WOODS to be part of the celebration. To that end, and in the spirit of partnership of the Weeks Act, we recommend you check out the organizations listed at the Weeks Act Centennial website and use them as resources for your comics. We want to have at least four comics about subjects of direct relevance to the Weeks Act’s intention, history, spirit, and/or legacy (which is still pretty broad & doesn’t need to be about the Act itself). [Read more →]

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WATER Call For Submissions

March 20th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The theme for the next Trees & Hills anthology is WATER.

As with all our anthologies, we are most interested in both fiction and nonfiction comics with a community-minded orientation – comics that show an awareness of connection to the world around them, and ideally aim to make some sort of contribution to it. If you can make it relevant to our region, so much the better.

For possible subjects, consider the many uses of water – here in New England it’s been used to transport people & goods, power mills, create electricity, provide food, drink, & recreation, receive waste, and generally support life. Consider issues like water scarcity, efficiency & conservation, pollution & cleanup, and climate change. Do you know, or could you find, local stories, myths, legends, folklore, tall tales, etc. regarding bodies of water? How do we relate to water as individuals and communities? What about non-human individuals & communities? [Read more →]

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Halloween Comics Swap

September 20th, 2010 by Colin Tedford · 3 Comments

"Ask Jack" cover 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 colin@colintedford.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!

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Call for Recycling Rangers

May 17th, 2010 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The Windham Solid Waste Management District in Brattleboro, VT is looking for someone to illustrate some recycling awareness strips based on pre-existing descriptions & scripts.  The deadline for applications is May 30; the full call for submissions is here.

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T&H Free Comic Book Day Collection

March 27th, 2010 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

May 1 is Free Comic Book Day, and in addition to re-launching TWIG, we plan to distribute a Trees & Hills Free Comic Book Day collection. To participate, print up 100 copies of a comic (dimensions no larger than 5.5″ x 8.5″) and either mail it to us at PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 or email us at organize@treesandhills.org to meet in person. We’ll assemble all the contributions into a single packet with a special T&H cover and give it away! Use any color paper you like. Please leave a little extra room at the left edge for binding, and remember to include your name & web address (or other preferred contact info), preferably on the comic itself. 4-8 pages would be nice, but we’ll take single sheets, too.  Some of these will go to kids, so submissions should be suitable for a “general audience”.

If for whatever reason you don’t want to print 100 copies of something, we’ll still be happy to distribute a FCBD comic for you.

Related: If you’d like to table at the Free Comic Day Festival in Rochester, NH, either email organize@treesandhills.org to ask about joining the Trees & Hills table, or see here to get your own half-table for $10.

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TWIG call for submissions

March 24th, 2010 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Starting on May 1, 2010 (Free Comic Book Day), Trees & Hills will relaunch its free comic TWIG in a new format. While still a single sheet printed in B&W on both sides, it will now be folded in half to make four 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages and released bimonthly rather than monthly. As before, we will also publish TWIG online as image files to read, with the current issue available as a pdf for anyone to print and distribute.

Our first deadline is April 15, with subsequent deadlines at two-month intervals (June 15, August 15, etc.). We will accept strips from under a page in size (they should ideally fit the width of the page) up to 3 pages long (the front page has less space available because of the title); we can also accommodate a single 8.5″ x 11″ page. Previously published material is fine. All submissions should be suitable for a “general audience”, as we’ll be leaving them around in restaurants & etc. Email 600 dpi B&W or 300dpi greyscale TIFs to organize@treesandhills.org, or mail clean photocopies to us at PO Box 645, Winchester NH 03470.

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Trees & Hills 2010 publishing plans

January 9th, 2010 by Daniel Barlow · 4 Comments

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