Middle of the Woods news roundup

September 7th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The blog is slowing down again because we’re busy working on Woods, but here are some news items:

We’ll post some more from the News Bucket when we can.

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Broke Affordable Art Fair vendor application deadline

August 23rd, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Broke Winter posterThe next *broke-affordable arts fair will take place on November 26, 2011 at the Fellowship Hall in the Union Congregational Church in Peterborough, NH. *broke is a multidisciplinary arts event that has taken place in Peterborough, NH four times since its inception in 2008. The *broke philosophy is simple: art is for everybody. All *broke events are free to the public, and *broke vendors commit to presenting at least 75% of their wares for less than $50.

Vendor applications are available online @ and will be open until September 15th, 2011.

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Xeric Foundation shifts focus

August 17th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Xeric Foundation logoThe Xeric self-publishing grant for comics comes to an end next year. Founded almost 20 years ago by Peter Laird with proceeds from the success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the Northampton, MA based Xeric Foundation has been an important fixture in the small press comics world. Xeric grants to date have totaled $2,500,000, split about evenly between self-publishing comic book creators and local charitable organizations.

In light of the increasing importance and accessibility of the internet, the Foundation plans to devote all of its future grant money to charitable organizations. The deadline for the last self-publishing grant is February 28, 2012.

Read the full official announcement here.

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Panel to Panel: Exploring Words & Pictures

August 16th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Panel to Panel coverVermont’s John Rovnak of Panel to Panel has assembled a 274-page full-color compendium of interviews, articles, comics, and more. Of particular Trees & Hills relevance, the book includes an article about us written by co-founder Daniel Barlow & some interviews conducted by him; a cover and comic by Mark Martin; poetry comics by Peter Money & Rick Veitch, with an accompanying essay by Stephen R. Bissette; and art by Colleen Frakes.

Panel to Panel: Exploring Words & Pictures
Edited by John Rovnak


  • INTERVIEWS from, featuring David Mack, Larry Marder, Larry Hama, Jaime Hernandez, James Sturm, and Stan Sakai.
  • NEW INTERVIEWS with Mark Bode, Glenn Danzig, Jimmy Gownley, Alan Moore, Steve Murphy, Dave Sim, and Jim Woodring.
  • BY JINGO: A Personal Meditation on the Comics of Jack Kirby by Rob Walton.
  • MARVEL 14: The Incredible History of France’s Censorship of Marvel Comics by Jean–Emmanuel Deluxe.
  • KEEP YOUR PANTS ON! The Rock Art of James Kochalka.
  • BUDDY COPS in Full-Color by Mark Martin.
  • BEAT PANELS: OR; IS THERE MONEY IN POETRY COMICS? by Stephen R. Bissette featuring the graphic poetry of Peter Money and Rick Veitch.
  • ORGANIZING COMICS: How Comics Created a Community in Rural New England by Daniel Barlow.
  • EUROPE’S KRIMINAL HISTORY: featuring MR. KRIME by Mort Todd with Jean-Emmanuel Deluxe.
  • EVERYTHING OLD IS NEW AGAIN: Re-Imagined Interpretations of Forgotten Characters of the Public Domain.
  • MY SKETCHY SUMMER, or 5 Days Hard Labor at the Center For Cartoon Studies by Philip Charles Crawford.
  • CLOVER FIELDS ON FIRE: The Intellectual Architecture of Robert Crumb and the Tyranny of the Masses by Experience Kring.
  • Organic Comix presents JIM SIMON’S SHIELDMASTER.
  • DEFT MASTERY: The Genius of Early 1960′s Archie Comics by Philip Charles Crawford, featuring Teenage Wildlife: an interview with Craig Yoe by John Rovnak.
  • MEET JOE PRIEST: A Personal Reflection on Where Faith and Comics Meet by Fr. Chris Kulig, O.Carm.
  •  and more….

Panel to Panel is scheduled to begin shipping Aug/Sept 2011 – order a copy here.

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Skip Williamson moves to Vermont

August 11th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

According to The Commons, underground cartoonist Skip Williamson moved to Vermont!

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Book: Teen Angels & New Mutants by Stephen R. Bissette

August 10th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A bit late posting about Stephen R. Bissette‘s latest book, but here it is:

Teen Angels & New Mutants front coverTEEN ANGELS & NEW MUTANTS: Rick Veitch’s Brat Pack® and the Art,Karma, and Commerce of Killing Sidekicks

Writer/artist Rick Veitch‘s career bridges the underground comix of the 1970s, mainstream DC and Vertigo Comics, and the self-publishing revolution of the 1980s and 1990s. In that extraordinary body of work, Brat Pack® remains a landmark, and Teen Angels & New Mutants is the first book-length, in-depth study of a creator and graphic novel worthy of the autopsy. En route, Teen Angels offers a crash-course on teen pop culture and superhero sidekick history, fresh analysis of Dr. Fredric Wertham‘s seminal books, ponders real-world “new mutants” like Michael Jackson, The Olsen Twins, and Justin Bieber, and charts the 1980s comicbook explosion and 1990s implosion–and more.

Check out Stephen Bissette’s Teen Angels page full of excerpts, info, backstory, reviews, and of course links to purchase (e.g. from the publisher).

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Trees & Hills on Facebook and Etsy

July 11th, 2011 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

As you may have noticed from the discreet link to the left, we now have a Facebook page you can “like” if you like that sort of thing.

Our anthologies are now available through Etsy. (I was originally going to set up one Etsy page for me and one for Trees & Hills, but the duplicate effort ended up not making sense, and mine was the first one I set up, so that’s where they are.)

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24-Hour Comic challenge in Montpelier, Vt.

August 31st, 2010 by Daniel Barlow · 4 Comments

Trees & Hills comics has teamed up with the Kellogg-Hubbard Library to host an official 24-Hour Comics challenge location at their building in beautiful downtown Montpelier, Vt.

The challenge is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2nd at 11 a.m. and will end on Sunday, Oct. 3rd at 11 a.m.

24-Hour comics is a unique artistic challenge that calls on artists to write and draw a 24-page comic in 24 consecutive hours. For more information on the challenge, visit this website.

The library will open up at 10 a.m. that morning to kick off the event (the challenge begins an hour later) and we’ll have a special guest speaker – and repeat 24-hour comic veteran – to give participants some words of encouragement and advice.

Because of the extreme nature of the challenge, 24-Hour comics will be restricted to people 16 years and older. We also ask that you preregister by e-mailing with “24-Hour Comics” in the header.

Younger comic fans and artists will be treated to a three-hour comic workshop hosted by Marek Bennett, the creator of the popular newspaper strip, Mimi’s Doughnuts. Participants will learn about all aspects of comic book storytelling and end the session with their own comic book!

Both events are free and open to the public.

We hope to see you there!

Categories: 24-Hour Comics · events · news · vermont

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 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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