MECAF applications due this Sunday Dec. 1

November 27th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments


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Winter Words & Phrases

October 31st, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A list of wintery things to stimulate your brain into producing a comic for our rapidly-approaching Winter Special anthology: [Read more →]

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Call for Winter Special submissions

October 18th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Trees & Hills wants to see your winter-themed comics for a special seasonal anthology!


The theme for this anthology is WINTER. The working title is Trees & Hills Winter Special 2013 (we’re open to something catchier).


As usual, community-minded & regionally-oriented pieces get extra consideration. We will accept pre-existing stories. We may post a list of wintery things soon to This list of wintery stuff may help spark story ideas, or at least get you in the right frame of mind.


  • 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 with LZW compression (300 dpi OK if you need to use grayscale and don’t worry about the compression if you don’t know how to do it) 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 — but be careful not to cut it too close; we don’t have any slack in the deadline (if you’re running out of time, email us & we may be able to send the T&H Mobile Scanning Unit to meet you).
  • 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: November 17, 2013 (sorry, no extensions — we’re only leaving a week for production). [Read more →]

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McCloud, Map comics, Manchester, MICE, and more!

September 24th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

This is quite a week!

You have about a day to get in on Isaac Cates’ Kickstarter campaign for Cartozia Tales. It’s already funded, but you don’t want to miss out on an all-ages shared-world fantasy anthology, do you?

Scott McCloud gives a talk at Mount Holyoke College’s Gamble Auditorium in South Hadley, MA this Thursday 9/26 at 5:30 PM, free to the public. https://www.mtholyoke.edu/ artmuseum/events

Granite State Comicon expands to two days this year: September 28-29 in Manchester, NH. No doubt many of the exhibitors are from our area and I will try to learn them all, but the ones I know for sure are Blair Shedd, Matt Talbot, Jennifer Omand, Jesse DuRona, Randall Drew, and the Fat Squad.

MICE (the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo) also expends to two days this year (the same ones as GraniteCon): September 28-29 in Cambridge, MA. Trees & Hills will have a table staffed by Marek Bennett and Colin Tedford (who’s also on the “Comics and Journalism” panel at 3:30 Saturday); other T&H folk I recognize who have tables are Jon Chad, Mysterious Transmissions (Colin Panetta and/or Mark Velard), Sean Wang, and Tom Pappalardo.

Apologies to any T&H-area exhibitors at either show whose names I didn’t recognize — drop us a line!

In anthology news:

We’re aiming to crank out another set of Trick or Treat Comics shortly after MICE — which doesn’t give us a lot of time (maybe a week or two), but we’re not asking for a lot of pages. Use the submission guidelines from last year and I’ll put up a new post soon.

We’re still looking for submissions for Share. We’ll set a new deadline in the next few weeks after Dan & I have a chance to discuss it.

We’re working with a peace activism group on an anthology of comics about militarism to be released early-ish next year — we’re doing it a little differently from our usual anthologies, but email us at organize@treesandhills.org if you’re interested in participating.

Sorry we’ve been so quiet lately — Dan has been consumed by work (and cemetery photography), and I’ve just been having trouble getting anything at all done. I’m partway through a redesign of the site that we hope will make it easier for us all (instead of us two) to collaborate; in the meantime, drop us a line at organize@treesandhills.org if you’d like to get more involved in Trees & Hills.

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MICE Exhibitor Registration open ’til April 26

April 18th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The Boston Roundtable continues to bring us one of our favorite comics events — The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo! Apply online by April 26. Here’s what they have to say about this year’s event:

MICE 2013 has big plans! First of all, we’re extending the show to TWO DAYS with exhibitor space and programming running all weekend (September 28-29, 2013). Secondly, we’ve revamped and polished our exhibitor registration process, which begins next week!  Here’s what you need to know to be a part of MICE 2013:
  • We will be accepting exhibitor applications April 14th through April 26th at our Exhibitor Registration page. No need to storm the gates, crash our site, and miss your chance. This is not a first-come, first-serve process. You’ll have a good window of opportunity. [...]
  • 75% of tables will be “curated†by our planning committee and 25% will be determined by lottery. [...]
  • If you only have 1 or 2 comics to sell, MICE will also be offering shared space. We want as much new talent as possible, so if you’re just getting started this is a great way to get your work out to the public.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to send an email our way.

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Rochester NH Free Comic Book Day Festival

April 18th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Be a part of the Rochester, NH Free Comic Book Day Festival Saturday May 4th, brought to you by The Rochester Main Street Program and Jetpack Comics! The city of Rochester is unique in that Free Comic Book Day is promoted as a city-wide festival.  Last year the Rochester Free Comic Book Day Festival had an estimated attendance exceeding 5000 people, representing over 900 families. Register for a vendor table for $25 or just drop by for the hoopla.

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MECAF Registration opens this Sunday at 7pm

January 4th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Registration for MECAF opens this Sunday 1/6 at 7pm — get in while the gettin’s good! See #### for details.

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Share deadline moved to Spring

December 20th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

The next Trees & Hills anthology, Share, will now be released in Spring 2013 instead of Fall 2012. If you missed the deadline, here’s your second chance! The new deadline is March 24, 2012; check out the call for submissions for details. Need a story idea? We’ve posted a list of suggestions and will post more soon.

We moved the release because we received a low number of submissions. Usually when this happens we can rally enough cartoonists and pull enough late nights to get the anthology out, but this time Dan was swamped with his day-job and I got sick right after the deadline. It bums us out to break our six-year streak of publishing on schedule, but that’s still a remarkable track record in the small press world. Another silver lining: skipping a publishing cycle will put us in a better financial position for the next one.

Our thanks (and apologies) to those who submitted comics this Fall!

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Peace Activism Comics brainstorm session

October 24th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · 2 Comments

November 4, 4:00 PM
Montpelier, VT

A Vermont peace activist group would like to produce a comic about peace activism and the military-industrial complex; join them and Trees & Hills cofounders Daniel Barlow and Colin Tedford to discuss what shape the project might take. If you’d like to participate in the discussion, email organize@treesandhills.org or leave a comment to find out where we’re meeting. Some snacks will be provided. If you’re interested but can’t attend, email or comment anyway with your thoughts and we’ll keep you in the loop.

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Story Ideas for “Share” Submissions (part 1)

September 10th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Do you want to submit a comic to Share but still don’t have a story idea? Here are some sharing- and cooperation-related topics we’d like to include:

  • Libraries. Commonly-owned books for everyone to use — what’s not to like? But today they face challenges from restricted funding to publisher caprice regarding e-books.
  • The Fletcher Free Library‘s tool-lending program in Burlington, VT (could also be part of a piece on libraries in general).
  • Internet sharing culture. Memes, cat photos, blogs, status updates, file swapping, Wikipedia, YouTube – if you think people don’t like to share, perhaps you haven’t visited the Internet. Lots of potential to find wider meaning even in seemingly trivial things here.
  • Creative Commons. “Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. [...] If you want to give people the right to share, use, and even build upon a work you’ve created, you should consider publishing it under a Creative Commons license. CC gives you flexibility (for example, you can choose to allow only non-commercial uses) and protects the people who use your work, so they don’t have to worry about copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions you have specified.” Conveniently, the Creative Commons website itself is largely licensed in a way that permits adaptations and commercial use. (Related: you may want to check out the Center for the Study of the Public Domain’s comic Tales From the Public Domain: Bound By Law?)
  • Sharing and cooperation among plants, animals, and other life forms. When members of different species interact in a relationship that benefits them both, it’s known in biology as mutualism (when it’s among members of the same species it’s “co-operation”, but someone’s already doing a comic about hermit crab co-operation). Well-known examples include pollination and the bacteria in human digestive tracts. Less widely known: lots of plants depend on relationships with fungi living among their roots!
  • Shared transportation. They say the U.S. has a love affair with cars, but it’s a dysfuctional relationship. Roads full of cars (most carrying only one person) are inefficient, dangerous, and environmentally destructive. Ride-sharing, car-sharing, and mass transit can reduce those problems. For a local ride-sharing program see Connecting Commuters (VT), Upper Valley Rideshare (VT & NH), NH Rideshare, MassRides (MA), and MassCommute (MA). For car-sharing, there is at least one Zipcar program in the region, but we’d be more interested in hearing about the Upper Valley Community Car (info available on request – it doesn’t have a website, but some of the Center For Cartoon Studies folk use it).

If you’d like to draw a story written by someone else, we need an artist for a six page piece about open source software that someone is writing and thumbnailing.

If you decide to cover any of these topics, please let us know so we can avoid overlap. If you would like help with research or advice on writing about real-world subjects, drop us a line and we’ll do our best to support you. Either way, you can reach us in comments here or via organize@treesandhills.org.

Still not inspired? We’ll post more story ideas this week and gather them all on our story ideas page, plus we’re having another Share submission workshop in Brattleboro, VT this coming Sunday.

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