23 September 2019

kuš! Comics Residency - Open Call

We're very happy to announce the open call for comic artist residencies in Riga from December 2019 – May 2020. 

illustration: Mārtiņš Zutis

Organised in collaboration with ISSP, kuš! will be hosting comic artists in a wonderful residency apartment in central Riga . This is a great opportunity for artists to focus on their projects in an inspiring environment away from home. In the same time ISSP will host photographers, this will create extra opportunities for interdisciplinary interaction between the residency participants. 

Who can apply?
Comic artists and other professionals working in the field of comics and illustrations. There are no limitations regarding age, background or style. The residents will be selected based on their applications.

Duration and timing
The applicants can choose to spend one or two months between December 2019 to May 2020 at the residency.

What we provide
- A private bedroom in the residency flat
- Participation at drink and draw to meet local comic artists
- Promotion of your project on our social media
- Individually we can agree with the residents to make an exhibition or hold a public talk or workshop
- Invitation letter so you can apply for public funding

What we expect from you
- You work on your own comics project (no relation to kuš! needed!)
- A presentation of the results of your work at the end of your residency
- The residents are expected to commit as full-time residents for the period of their stay

Cost
One month at the residency will cost 370 euros to cover the basic costs of the flat.
The selected participants will need to cover their travel and production cost by themselves. You'll get an official invitation letter from us, which you may use to apply for funding in your own country.

Accommodation and facilities
The artists-in-residence will reside in an apartment located near the city centre, which will be shared with two other residents in the field of comics and photography. Facilities: private bedroom, table, shared working space, bathroom, kitchen, wi-fi, scanner, bicycle.




Host town
Riga is the capital of Latvia, a country in the northeast of Europe next to the Baltic sea, not to be confused with Latveria, the fictional country ruled by Supreme Lord Doctor Doom. The city hosts an active cultural scene with plenty to discover. The countryside with beautiful forests and beaches can be reached easily by public transport.

Project Partner ISSP
ISSP is an international platform for contemporary photography, based in Latvia. ISSP offers highest-quality education and networking programmes for photographers, organises residencies, exhibitions and events, and creates new ways to promote the cross-border exchange of ideas in the art of photography.

Apply!
Please submit the electronic APPLICATION FORM by 13 October 2019, including some sentences about the project you will work on and your motivation.

Questions?
Write us to komikss(at)gmail.com

Good luck! Looking forward to welcome you in Riga soon!

26 August 2019

mini kuš! #79-82 and š! #36 preview!

After a rainy summer we're ready for a colorful autumn with the release of the mini kuš! #79-82 and š! #36 'Plant Power'. A powerful bunch of comics from around the world to be released on the 12th of September 2019. Ready? Go!

Illustration: Liāna Mihailova


mini kuš! #79 'I Couldn’t Stop' by Powerpaola


A series of strange events on a full moon in Buenos Aires. After that night, everything changed.

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, one color, English
Get it: Pre-order it for $ 6.00 from our webshop (worldwide shipping included in price).

mini kuš! #80 'Open Molar' by Lilli Carré


A list of instructions for this afternoon. Learn to create a drop-shape for slow relief. This solution is only intended for gapped interiors. Do not skip the first step.

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color, English
Get it: Pre-order it for $ 6.00 from our webshop (worldwide shipping included in price).

mini kuš! #81 'Neverending Race' by Liāna Mihailova


If a contender is split in half you get two - a tired one and a thriving one. Pulling each other in opposite directions, the two forces share a never-ending journey to fulfil their aspirations.

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, one color, English
Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation
Get it: Pre-order it for $ 6.00 from our webshop (worldwide shipping included in price).

mini kuš! #82 'Elemental Stars' by Kevin Hooyman


What are the forces that move us? What is there to guide us? Neighbours unite and find a path when they follow a dream together.

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, one color, English
Get it: Pre-order it for $ 6.00 from our webshop (worldwide shipping included in price).

More preview pics of each mini can be found in the shop links. If you want, you can buy all minis as a bundle right here, or even more convenient - get a subscription of kuš! and keep your postman busy!

š! #36 'Plant Power'



Cover: Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia) Contributors: Amandine Meyer (France), Anna Sailamaa (Finland), Daria Tessler (Finland), Disa Wallander (Sweden), Ingrīda Pičukāne (Latvia), Jean de Wet (South Africa), König Lü. Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Marlene Krause (Germany), Molly Fairhurst (United Kingdom), Pauls Rietums (Latvia), Patrick Kyle (Canada), Peony Gent (United Kingdom), Roman Muradov (Russia), Simon H (Austria), Tor Brandt (Denmark), Valentine Gallardo (France), Vivianna Maria Stanislavska (Latvia), Ward Zwart (Belgium)

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation 
Format: A6, 180 pages, full-color, printed on environmentally friendly paper.
Get it: Pre- order it for $ 13.95 from our webshop (worldwide shipping included in price)

Illustration: Lote Vilma Vītiņa

14 February 2019

š! #34 'Redrawing Stories from the Past II' preview

In the beginning of March we'll release š! #34 'Redrawing Stories from the Past'. An anthology about emigration during the Second World War, offering a new perspective on a present we all share.


This issue is the sequel of š! #23. Like its predecessor, it collects comics drawn by four young European artists, shedding light on one of the darkest periods of our past. With a focus on twelve different countries, they tell the story of flight and migration as a consequence of National Socialism. All comics are based on historic documents researched for the 'Redrawing Stories from the Past' project.


Cover: Alice Socal (Italy) Contributors: Lina Itagaki (Lithuania), Emilie Josso (France), Julia Kluge (Germany), Alice Socal (Italy) and a postscript by Ole Frahm (Germany)

Project Organization: MitOst e.V. Project Partner: Goethe-Institut Neapel, Goethe-Institut Rom

Project Website: redrawingstoriesfromthepast.com

Format: A6, 248 pages, full-color, perfect bound, printed on environmentally friendly paper.

Get it: Pre- order it for $ 14.95 from our webshop (worldwide shipping included in price)

Preview:


Alice Socal 


 Emilie Josso


 Julia Kluge


 Lina Itagaki

Don't miss the thickest issue of š! ever and place your pre-order here.

27 December 2018

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS AND ORGANIZATIONS: ComEdu:Creating Comics for Education

 We're excited to announce the open call for participants and organisations for the first co-working meeting within the international strategic partnership project "ComEdu: Comics for Education"!

Supported by the Erasmus+ Youth in Action programme, together with partners: Mondo (Estonia) and Rotaj Jovem (Portugal) we are bringing together 20 youth workers and artists to develop something new - comics for non-formal education of young people!

CALL FOR PARTICIPANTS
If you are a comic artist, illustrator, student of arts, self-taught artist, a youth worker or youth educator from Latvia, Estonia and Portugal - take a look and apply for the one-week international co-working meeting "ComEdu: Creating Comics for Education" that will take place from 28 January - 3 February 2019 in Latvian countryside!

The international team - comic artist Amanda Baeza (http://amanda-baeza.tumblr.com/) (Portugal/Chile), non-formal education facilitator Sintija Lase abd comics editor Sanita Muižniece - will be there every step of the way. Lots of inspiration, experiments and sleepless night of 24-hour comics marathon guaranteed!

Application deadline: January 11, 2019,  apply here: https://ej.uz/ComEduLV
More info:



CALL FOR ORGANIZATIONS

If you are a member of an organization in Latvia, Estonia or Portugal and your organization is engaged in youth work or education, and you have facts, messages, processes, stories or concepts that need to be explained in a visual manner of comic language for better educational experience for young people, we may help! 
Share your ideas or needs here by 11 January 2019!

How it works: you share your idea or need for a visualization with us, and we will select the most suitable ones to work on with our artists (1-2 comics for each country). We will visualize your content during the project. For free! The only thing you need to make sure of is that the created materials are widely used and available for free in youth education afterwards.

More information about the project ComEdu: COMICS FOR EDUCATION:




















We will contact the selected participants by 15 January and organizations by 21 January 2019 (at latest)!

If you have any questions write us to sanita.muizniece (at) gmail (dot) com

20 November 2018

š! #33 'Misery' preview

The misery is finally over! Or maybe it has just begun? In either case š! #33 'Misery' is ready for pre-order and will be out in the end of this miserable November.



š! #33 'Misery' cover by Tara Booth
 
This volume contains comics by Adriana Marineo (Italy), Alice Fiorelli &Andrea De Franco (Italy), Christopher Sperandio (USA), Cole Johnson (USA), Ema Gaspar (Portugal), Emma Roulette (USA), Franz Impler (Germany), Ganmu (China), Ilaria Boscia (Italy), Ilze Ance Kazaka (Latvia), Karlīna Marta Zvirbule (Latvia), König Lü. Q. (Switzerland), Lea Loos (Germany), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Oskars Pavlovskis (Latvia), Syhmen (Russia), Tara Booth (USA), Tor Brandt (Denmark), Toyoya Li (China), Triana Muñoz (Spain), Wolfgang Matzl (Austria) and Yan Cong (China).

Specs: English, format A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, printed on environmentally friendly Munken paper.

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 the price). The first 100 orders will get a free postcard and bookmark by Tara Booth.

Preview Pages:




Ganmu 








...and many more! If you already feel sad, this issue might be the only ray of light in this dark winter, but be aware, it might make you feel even worse.. Are you intrigued? Order this issue here and now!


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.

Preview:

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!