12 November 2018

mini kuš! #71-72 preview

For the new mini kuš! series we've prepared a very special treat for you. In co-operation with guest editor R. Orion Martin (the mastermind behind Paradise Systems) we have invited four Chinese cartoonists to make a mini.

Ganmu, Fenta, Inkee Wang and Yan Cong take you to some very special places. You don't want to miss these, if you are interested what is happening in the underground comics scene of China!

Each mini comes in A6 format and has 28 pages in full color with saddle stitch binding (the one by Yan Cong is black white). They will be released on 27 November, 2018.

You can pre-order the 4 mini kuš! together at a special price here or get each mini kuš! separately here. In case you'd also like to get the following š! issues and mini kuš! releases, get a kuš! subscription here.


mini kuš! #71 'Doghair' by Ganmu

The man in this story is extremely focused on his dog, though he doesn’t feel the same affection for other creatures. He’s more willing to step up for his dog than for his wife.

mini kuš! #72 'Beyond a Cure' by Fenta

An exploration of the darker states of psychology. No one can escape the
inner conflicts they are bound to confront.

mini kuš! #73 'Special K' by Inkee Wang

When the biggest star of WarLife Battlegrounds is caught cheating, his fans lose hope. Peace spreads throughout the game.

mini kuš! #74 'UNIQLO Superman' by Yan Cong

There are two stories in this mini! The first is about a madman stealing from Uniqlo,
the second is a love story between a frog and his wife.

 For the rest of the stories, you just have to get the books!

3 October 2018

Piedalies nākamajā š! par tēmu "Bonkers"!

Piedalies - radi un sūti komiksu nākamajam š! komiksu krājumam par tēmu "BONKERS"!

Tēmu vari interpretēt ļoti brīvi - mēs gaidām mākslinieciski un saturiski dažādus - eksperimentālus, trakus, absurdus -  neprātīgi kvalitatīvus grafiskus stāstus!

Tēma: “Bonkers” (no angļu val. bonkers – sl. jucis, ķerts, to be bonkers – jukt prātā, psihot)
Saturs: Komikss
Lappušu skaits: 4 - 12
Valoda: Angļu
Formāts: DIN A6, platums 105mm × augstums 148mm (+ 3 mm malas pārlaides visās pusēs). Tā kā izdevums būs līmēts, ja zīmē 2 lpp atvērumu, svarīgākās detaļas nezīmē vidū, tās būs grūti saskatīt. Oriģināls, protams, var būt lielāks par A6. Dažkārt oriģināli lielāki darbi izskatās labāk nodrukāti mazākā formātā.
Krāsas: Jā, CMYK, bet var būt arī melnbalts.
Izšķirtspēja: 300 dpi (1200 dpi melnbaltajiem darbiem)
Autortiesības: Autortiesības paliek autoram. Darbu un tā fragmentus var pārpublicēt pēc š! “Bonkers” iznākšanas, vienojoties ar redakciju.
Atlīdzība: 6 autora eksemplāri + 150 EUR
Termiņš: 2018.gada 20. novembris
Sūti jpg failus ar mazu izšķirtspēju uz kushmens(at)gmail(.)com (Ja darbs tiks izvēlēts
publicēšanai, faili būs jāsagatavo tiff vai pdf formātā)

Kaut arī katrā numurā publicējam tikai vienu viena autora darbu, konkursā var iesniegt vairākus
darbus, bet ne vairāk par 3!

Jautājumu vai neskaidrību gadījumā raksti uz kushmens(at)gmail(.)com.

Lai iepazītos ar kuš!ā publicētajiem komiksiem, meklē iepriekšējos izdevumus grāmatnīcā “Bolderāja”, galerijā „Istaba”, grāmatnīcā “Nice Place” un internetā: www.komikss.lv

Šoreiz piedalīties var tikai Latvijas mākslinieki!

25 July 2018

š! #32 'Japan' Preview

The next issue of š! is completely dedicated to alternative comics from Japan. After an extensive research of the Japanese scene including a visit to Tokyo we collected some of our favorite discoveries in a very eclectic issue of Japanese manga, many of which have never been published in English before.

š! #32 'Japan' cover by Imiri Sakabashira
This volume contains comics by Hironori Kikuchi, Imiri Sakabashira, Jiro Ishikawa, Jun Oson, Kanako Furugori, Katsuo Kawai, Keisei Kanamachi, mississippi, Nerunodaisuki, Nishioka Bro-sis, Nutoguran, Rokudai Tanaka, Takako Ooki, Tana Hiuchi, Tatari Takayama, Tokushige Kawakatsu, Tsuchika Nishimura, Wakana Yamazaki, Yoshie, Yuichi Yokoyama, Yuko Tateyama (all from Japan) and König Lü. Q. (sorry, not from Japan). Most of them were especially drawn for this issue, while the rest got their very first translation into English. Some of the artist are already well known legends, while others are just starting out - but kuš! guarantees all are brilliant!

Specs: English, format A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, reads from right to left, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper. To be released on 23 August 2018.

Get it:  Pre-order it for $13.95 from our webshop, or get a kuš! subscription and receive also the next kuš! titles! (Worldwide shipping costs included in price). The first 100 orders will get a free postcard and bookmark by Imiri Sakabashira.

Preview Pages:

 Hironori Kikuchi

 Yuko Tateyama

 Takako Ooki



Wakana Yamazaki

 Tatari Takayama


 Tokushige Kawakatsu

 Kanako Furugori

...and many more! Don't miss this collection to discover many new Japanese comics artist and pre-order it right here! This one might go fast!

mini kuš! #67-70 preview

The hottest summer in a century just got even more hot with the upcoming release of four blazing hot mini kuš! comics by Mariana Pita, Marlene Krause, Erlend Peder Kvam and Lote Vilma Vītiņa, hot hot hot!

Excerpt from the mini kuš! by Erlend Peder Kvam

Each mini comes in A6 format and has 28 pages in full color with saddle stitch binding. They will be released on 23 August, 2018.

You can pre-order the 4 mini kuš! together at a special price here or get each mini kuš! for only $ 6.00 separately here. In case you'd also like to get the following š! issues and mini kuš! releases, get a kuš! subscription here.

mini kuš! #67 'Day Tour' by Mariana Pita

Doing stuff is hard, especially outside your house. Take one step at a time, get dressed, step out, catch the subway, have a coffee... If you didn’t make it in the end, it’s okay, because you tried.

mini kuš! #68 'Weekend' by Erlend Peder Kvam

It’s the weekend! The time of the week dedicated to relaxation and family life. Our hard-working friend Silvan is immensely excited as he gets a visit from his favourite twins.

mini kuš! #69 'Maud' by Marlene Krause

Maud Wagner (née Stevens, 1877) was one of the very first female tattooists in the world. Her fascinating life full of love, art and challenging the limits of what a woman was allowed to do back then is now made into a colourful graphic narration by comic artist and tattooist Marlene Krause.

mini kuš! #70 'Worms, Clouds, Everything' by Lote Vilma Vītiņa

A passionate hermit has sent you a letter from somewhere in the middle of nowhere. There it is full of trees, rain, grass and, of course, mushrooms.

So if you want to see the rest of these smoking hot comics, better head over to our shop and pre-order them now! Enjoy the summer heat!

26 March 2018

Comic Workshop with Anna Haifisch

Comic Workshop with Anna Haifisch

Anna Haifisch conquered the world with her web comic The Artist on Vice.com. Meanwhile the stories are also printed and available as books in many different languages. The comic is a satirical portrait of the fine art world, very colorfully told with slightly depressed animals.
In May Anna Haifisch will come to Goethe-Institute Riga to teach a comic workshop in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of Latvia and the other Baltic states. How can you celebrate such an event with fun and charming comics? You'll only find out if you take part! And for sure you'll learn a bunch more tricks to create comics!

Workshop Details
Two-day workshop
Date: Saturday 19.05.2018 (11.00-18.00) until Sunday 20.05.2018 (11.00-17.00)
Place: Goethe-Institut Riga, Torna iela 1 (Enter from Klostera iela)
The workshop is open for adult participants from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Workshop language: English
Participation is free

The spaces are limited, so you need to apply with the following information to kushmens@gmail.com:
- Name, age, city
- Link to your blog/portfolio (alternatively three drawings, or comics pages)
- Very short motivation letter
Application deadline: 01.05.2018

Travel grants

The Goethe Institute Riga offers four travel grants of 50 euros for participants from Estonia and Lithuania. The application procedure is the same as above, just mention you are interested in a travel grant.

Anna Haifisch
Anna Haifisch  has studied at the Academy of Visual Arts, Leipzig and worked as a screenprinter for Kayrock Screenprinting in Brooklyn. She co-founded the Comics and Graphics Festival 'The Millionaires Club‘. She is drawing the weekly comic ‚The Artist' for Vice.com. Her books have been published in Germany, U.K., France, Spain, USA and Canada.

For questions about the workshop contact David Schilter at kushmens@gmail.com.

Organized by the Goethe-Institut Riga in collaboration with kuš! as part of Riga Zine Fest

12 March 2018

š! #33 'Misery' Open Call

After almost two years it's time again for a new open call for the š! comics anthology. Times at the kuš! office are hard. To cheer us up, we thought we'll make an issue about misery. It's better to share the pain, right? So please hit us with your most heart-wrenching and dark stories for the saddest kuš! publication ever!

Full details of participation:

- Theme: Misery 
- Page count: 4-14 
- Language: English
- Format: DIN A6, width 10.5cm × height 14.8cm
- Bleed: In case you want your comics to be full bleed make sure to add 3 mm cut off space all around the comics (in this case the width of each page should be 11.1 cm and the height 15.4 cm). Don't place texts and important details close to the page borders (Bleed explained in a graphic).
- Colors: Yes, CMYK, b/w works are also welcome
- Resolution: 300 dpi (1200 dpi for b/w works)
- File format: preferably tiff or pdf
- If we publish your comics, you'll get a hug and at least 5 free copies of the anthology
- Submit only low resolution jpgs for our consideration (but big enough to read (approximately 900 pixels in width)! The big resolution files as described above we'll ask you to send later.) Please don't send zip files, don't use google documents or wetransfer or the like, we only want preview files now!
- please include a short description of yourself and a link to your site/blog
- Deadline: 6 June 2018
- Send to komiksukonkurss@gmail.com

Additional notes: 

- After receiving your work we'll write you a confirmation e-mail within 14 days. If you don't hear from us, write us again, maybe your mail got lost or we are still crying.
- The decision what we'll publish will be made until 1 July. We'll mail you if you're in!
- We'd prefer if you don't publish the full comics on- or offline before we print it. 
- Please don't send comics which are made for a bigger format. If your comic is unreadable in A6 format, it will not be published.
- We are always happy to feature experimental approaches in storytelling and art. Don't limit yourself!
- If you have any questions, just write us. Best if you write a comment below, as other people might have the same question.
- You may cry, it's ok! 
- Previous issues of š! you can find here: komikss.lv/books/s/. If you have never seen them, it might be helpful for you to take a glimpse at some excerpts or get a previous issue to get a better feel of it.

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