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Well, Well, Wellington!

May 9th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

If you find yourself in New Zealand feeling homesick for Trees & Hills comics, buck up — Wellington’s city library system has you covered with their copy of Play!

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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!

THEME:

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

CONTENT:

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.

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 8.5”, 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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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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SPROUTS title design

May 10th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Here’s a peek at the SPROUTS title design by Anne Thalheimer (who also drew the title for SEEDS):

SPROUTS title design

Pre-order our new food-themed anthology Sprouts by May 13 to get it signed, sketched in, and shipped for free! Tell your friends! (seriously, it’s a big help)

 

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SPROUTS Preview: “Carob”

May 9th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A page of “Carob” by Glynnis Fawkes, from our new food-themed anthology Sprouts:

"Carob" page 1 by Glynnis Fawkes

Pre-order our new food-themed anthology Sprouts by May 13 to get it signed, sketched, and shipped for free! Tell your friends! (seriously, it’s a big help)

Transcript of comic: [Read more →]

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SPROUTS Preview: Squarecat Comics

May 8th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A “Squarecat Comic” by Jennifer Omand, from our new food-themed anthology Sprouts:

Squarecat Comic by Jennifer Omand

Pre-order our new food-themed anthology Sprouts by May 13 to get it signed, sketched, and shipped for free! Pre-orders increase our first print run – get your copy now and help us cut down on trips to the printer! Tell your friends! (seriously, it’s a big help)

Transcript of comic: [Read more →]

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SPROUTS Preview: “So Close”

May 7th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A page of “So Close” by Marek Bennett from our new food-themed anthology Sprouts:

Pre-order our new food-themed anthology Sprouts by May 13 to get it signed, sketched, and shipped for free! Tell your friends! (seriously, it’s a big help)

Transcript of comic: [Read more →]

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SPROUTS Preview: “Harvest Time”

May 4th, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

A page of “Harvest Time” by Stephanie Piro, from our new food-themed anthology Sprouts:

"Harvest Time" page 1 by Stephanie Piro

Pre-order our new food-themed anthology Sprouts by May 13 to get it signed, sketched, and shipped for free! Pre-orders increase our first print run – get your copy now and help us cut down on trips to the printer! Tell your friends! (seriously, it’s a big help)

Transcript of comic: [Read more →]

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Call for Submissions: SHARE

May 3rd, 2012 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

THEME:

The theme for the Fall 2012 Spring 2013 Fall 2013 upcoming Trees & Hills anthology is SHARING and COOPERATION. Titled SHARE, it will help celebrate the International Year of Cooperatives.

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.

Check our story ideas page for possible inspiration.

REQUIREMENTS:
[Read more →]

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