The ROCK Comic Expo

posted May 6th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

This coming Saturday, May 10 in Salem, NH:

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Spring Tour 2014

posted May 5th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Our annual Spring Tour starts this coming Saturday at the Holyoke Arts Bazaar in Holyoke, MA!

We hope to see you at one or more of these fine events!

PS. We can always use a hand at the table — drop us a line in comments or at

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Trick or Treat Comics #3 Call for Submissions

posted May 3rd, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Get your spooky pen out – Trees & Hills wants you to help us make our third set of Trick or Treat Comics! This set of miniature comics will be perfect for giving to trick-or-treaters or Halloween party-goers.

Content: Spookiness, monsters, ghosts, pumpkins, & other Halloween-related stuff (here’s a list of spooky stuff if you need inspiration). Must be suitable for children.

Deadline: August 17 31 September 13. We may announce some drawing events before then for people to get together and work on their comics. Join us for a Trick or Treat Comics-making session in Keene, NH on August 9 September 6 with how-to, story idea brainstorming, and of course drawing!

Format: The printed comics will be 2.75″ x 4.25″ (that’s 1/8th-letter size – a sheet of paper folded in half 3 times), 8 pages, portrait orientation, black & white, with 1/4″ margins. Please leave the lower half of the last page blank so we can include information about the collection. First page can be a cover if you like; last page can be a back cover if you like, but in any case you’ll probably want to fit your name & website (or other preferred contact info) there. (PS: If you want to reprint your comic later, this format neatly reconfigures into two 5.5″ x 8.5″ pages. Uncanny!)

How to submit: First, you have to live in Vermont, New Hampshire, or western Massachusetts; give us a mailing address so we can send you a set of comics. Then submit your comic one of the following ways:

  • Email your comic to as a set of TIF files, one for each page, with filenames formatted [your last name]-tot14-[page number] (e.g. Tedford-tot14-1.tif, Tedford-tot14-2.tif, etc – the “tot14″ stands for “Trick or Treat 2014″). They should be 600 dpi B&W (300dpi greyscale is OK if you’re using ink washes or something).
  • Have us scan your art at a Trick or Treat Comics drawing event if we put one (or more) on.
  • Send clean photocopies to Trees & Hills Comics Group, PO Box 645, Winchester, NH 03470 (but they absolutely have to arrive by the deadline).
  • If you’re unable to produce digital files and don’t have enough time to mail copies, ask nicely and maybe the T&H Mobile Production Unit can scan your comics for you (no guarantees).

End result: The comics will be posted online as freely-downloadable print-ready PDFs; you may print as many copies as you want to give away. We will also be offering printed sets for sale, of which we will send you a copy for free. We may at some point reprint Trick or Treat Comics in a bound and digital anthology; if we do we will send you a minimum of one copy. Do not redistribute PDFs or sell copies of anyone else’s comic without their permission; however, you should feel free to sell your own comic individually and/or offer it for download.


  • September 3: Removed outdated reference to landscape orientation; updated file name format (changed “12h” for “2012 Halloween” to “tot14″ for “Trick or Treat 2014″).
  • August 31: Linked to list of story seeds, took updates out and put them at bottom, removed rescheduling note.
  • August 17: Added new event date & deadline.
  • August 8: Added note re: need to reschedule event, new date & deadline to be announced.
  • July 31: Added comics-making event.

We look forward to seeing your spooky comics!

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“Spirited Pop Culture Shops†Film & Panel

posted March 5th, 2014 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

March 6, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Bartlett Hall, Room 61, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA

In this year’s Will Eisner Week event at UMass Amherst, undergraduate students Alexander Dunn and Taylor Garron will premiere their film “Spirited Pop Culture Shops,†on the comic book and popular culture retailing in the Pioneer Valley of western Massachusetts. The film will be followed by a panel discussion including the filmmakers, Michael Dow of Modern Myths, Andy Curto of Bob’s Hobbies II, and Nicole Shea of FOE Gallery (which specializes in artists toys and pop art).

Taylor and Alex made their film as a project for Christopher Couch’s Comparative Literature course “Comic Art in North America,†(Fa 13) and this event accompanies the current Judaic and Near Eastern Studies course “History of the Jewish Graphic Novel.â€

Will Eisner Week is an annual celebration promoting graphic novel literacy, free speech and the legacy of sequential art legend Will Eisner, including events at colleges, universities, libraries, etc across the US.

This event is sponsored by the Department of Judaic and Near Eastern Studies, and the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, and the Interdepartmental Program in Film Studies at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and is offered in conjunction with the course
“History of the Jewish Graphic Novel,†funded by the Posen Foundation for the Study of Jewish Secularism, and is free, open to the public, and wheelchair accessible.

For more information, email judaic at or call 413-545-2550.

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Our last show of the year

posted December 12th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Saturday, December 14 at Ye Olde Lowbrow Art Faire in Easthampton, MA. See you there or in 2014!

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Tomorrow: T&H at Craftershock

posted December 6th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Tomorrow at Craftershock in Worcester, MA, our holiday tour rolls on with Colin Tedford at the Trees & Hills table and Anne Thalheimer (comics, hats) and Matt Young at their own tables.

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Holiday Tour 2013

posted November 29th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

Visit the Trees & Hills table at these upcoming events:

We’ll even have holiday cards — put on your tuque and come have a look!

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MECAF applications due this Sunday Dec. 1

posted November 27th, 2013 by Colin Tedford · No Comments

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Winter Words & Phrases

posted 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

posted 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 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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