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Trees & Hills comics group in Boston

April 19th, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

I had a blast earlier this month at the Boston Comic Con. Trees & Hills comics didn’t have a new book of its own to sell, but we did have popular new releases by Marek Bennett, Cat Garza and Colleen Frakes. SEEDS, our 2008 anthology of comics about food, was also a hit and this show was the official debut of our second printing.

There were also superheroes there!

50 more photographs of the Boston Comic Con 2009 can be found here at my Facebook page.

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GO SEE: Marek Bennett

February 16th, 2009 by Daniel Barlow · No Comments

Marek Bennett is a cartoonist, teacher, musician and also a friend of mine. His enthusiasm for comics rivals only Luke’s dedication to the Force. Really.

Earlier this year, Marek released his first book collecting his comics - HOUR 72!, a collection of three of his 24-hour comics. I was present for the creation of the cover story - “Cuppy and the Gang … go on a date!” - and that experience (my first and last - for now - 24-hour comic) is also the conception of the Trees & Hills comics group (but Colin Tedford and I didn’t realize we were pregnant for several more months).

Marek is throwing two parties in New Hampshire at Toadstool Books locations this month to celebrate his new book. Knowing Marek, the sessions will probably involve laughing, creating, imagination and fun. It’s probably going to be everything you have ever wanted in life.

March 7:
Toadstool Books, Peterborough, N.H.
11 a.m.

March 28:
Toadstool Books, Keene, N.H.
11:30 a.m.

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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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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.

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Trees & Hills camping retreat

July 27th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · 1 Comment


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Comics on the grass, under the sun

June 30th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · 2 Comments


Know this: All kids like drawing comics. Let’s keep ‘em drawing. And Marek Bennett (above) clearly knows how.

More photos from Trees & Hills’ appearance at the Arts Alive! Festival in Dover, NH on Saturday can be found at our new official Flickr page.

This set is from Mr. Bennett. Pay him a visit at

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Marek Bennett wins Xeric Award

June 14th, 2008 by Daniel Barlow · 1 Comment


Prestigious Self-Publishing Grant Goes to New Hampshire Comic Strip

Henniker, New Hampshire — The weekly comic strip “Mimi’s Doughnuts” has won a coveted Xeric Grant for comic book self-publishing. With this award, creator Marek Bennett will self-publish a trade paperback anthology of the past four years of his comics.

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LitGraphic Exhibit in Stockbridge, MA

November 3rd, 2007 by Marek Bennett · No Comments

Hey, everybody! While you’re cruising all the big art exhibit openings in Massachusetts on Saturday, November 10th, you can cruise on over the the Norman Rockwell Museum!

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NEW STARS available in the shop!

October 24th, 2007 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Trees & Hills latest anthology NEW STARS is now available for online purchase at Trees & Hills Comix Distro! The anthology debuted at SPX in October 2007, and since that month also marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik, we took that as our theme. We’re not some kind of fascists, though, so every piece didn’t have to be about Sputnik itself - most of them do relate to space in some way, though. This all-ages anthology by the Trees & Hills Comic Group features an eye-popping full-color cover by Gregory Giordano and comics by Daniel Barlow, Marek Bennett, Miles Cota, Colleen Frakes, Cat Garza, Chris Grotke, Jade Harmon, Tim Hulsizer, Matt Levin, Keith Moriarty, Kathie Mullen, Raymond Prado, Matthew Reidsma, Colin Tedford, and Anne Thalheimer. 5.5″ x 8.5″, 52 pgs. $3.00

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Message from SPX

October 13th, 2007 by Marek Bennett · No Comments


Colin! Emergency! NEW STARS selling out!


Huge crowds… milling about… must talk to every customer…


CCS Alumni holding our right flank… Much mob interest in their work, too… “Dead Man’s Hand” nominated for Outstanding Debut Award…

Boston comics group also here in force… Must get to their table…

Dan going back to hotel room for reserve copies of anthology…


“Field Guide” anthology also sold out! Marek sold out of ADULT MEDIUM T-shirts!



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