Colin Tedford

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

Categories: calls for submissions · Colin Tedford · news · Seeds · Uncategorized

Trees & Hills travels to Webcomics Weekend 2009

March 22nd, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

50 more photos over at my Facebook page.

Cat Garza, Megan Baehr, Colin Tedford and I dashed down to Easthampton, Mass. Saturday morning for the first annual Webcomics Weekend.

Despite some predictions of doom (will they let us in?), everything seemed to work out fine. We saw lots of old friends and met some new ones. Hopefully, by next year this event will blossom into a real Web comics convention and summit … Trees & Hills would have loved to get a table to sell our comics, but only a select handful of creators were allowed to this year. Still, it was great to peak into the western Massachusetts Web comics empire, all hunkered down in a gorgeous and inspiring old industrial building renovated into studio space.

Categories: cat garza · Colin Tedford · Event reports · events · Massachusetts · Megan Baehr · news · pics

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.

Categories: anthologies · CCS · center for cartoon studies · Colin Tedford · distro · news · pics · Seeds · vermont · white river junction

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.

Categories: anthologies · Colin Tedford · Colleen Frakes · events · marek bennett · Massachusetts · news · Seeds · vermont

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!

[

Categories: Anne Thalheimer · Colin Tedford · distro · e.j. barnes · Event reports · events · Massachusetts · minicomics · news · pics · Seeds

Release party for Perps #2

December 4th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments


PERPS #2 release party
Hosted by Howard Cruse
Friday, Dec. 12th
5:30 p.m.
MCLA Gallery 51
North Adams, MA

Categories: Colin Tedford · events · Howard Cruse · Massachusetts · news

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.

Categories: Colin Tedford · events · Seeds

Boston Zine Fair 2008

September 28th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · 4 Comments

Walking away from the Boston Zine Fair Sunday evening, I was tired and hungry – but a feeling of utter elation would not go away.

In all respects, the Boston Zine Fair was a success for us this year.

[

Categories: anthologies · Colin Tedford · e.j. barnes · marek bennett · Massachusetts · news · pics · Seeds

"New Stars" Launch Party Photos

November 20th, 2007 by Marek Bennett · No Comments

Presenting some unofficial PHOTOS from the event!

Here, Colin & Megan deal with a big crowd around the display table…

And here, the chief architects of the Trees and Hills Sputnik Project reveal their handiwork to the press. The elegant basketball-sized device boasts a gleaming aluminum coating, and a core of unknown composition, possibly enriched candy.

Thanks to Keene’s own COMIC BOOM for hosting the event!

Categories: Colin Tedford · events · Megan Baehr · New Stars

Trees and Hills Build Satellite

November 11th, 2007 by Marek Bennett · No Comments

Here are some photos of confirmed Trees and Hills operative Dr. Colin Tedford, hard at work in an undisclosed laboratory location.

Authorities believe Dr. Tedford is constructing some sort of satellite for next weekend’s New Stars Release Party!
An anonymous source within the Trees and Hills command hierarchy insists that Dr. Tedford’s aims are “totally, totally peaceful… Well, okay, maybe he’s gonna fill the satellite with treats and have someone whack it with a stick, but otherwise, TOTALLY peaceful.” The same source later confided that Dr. Tedford had contracted with several agencies to purchase Papier Mache technology, and that Trees and Hills agents had collected scrap newspapers from local grocery stores.

How much more evidence do we need?

Categories: anthologies · Colin Tedford · events · New Stars