21 February 2017

'Brume' by Amanda Baeza is out now

The kuš! mono series finally continues with a new book by Amanda Baeza. It collects two brand new short comics and comics she drew between 2013 and 2016 that have been published all around the world, many of them now have been translated into English for the first time. A wonderful collection of work by an extraordinary new talent we believe you need to discover!


'Brume' by Amanda Baeza, kuš! mono #2, released 21 February 2017

Although Amanda Baeza’s drawings seem to come from another world, the collected comics in Brume are based on real events and real feelings. Her graphic personality is exceptional – so distinct and at the same time so mutable, and even more uncommon is the way in which her words and images create original narratives and visual poems.

Format: A5 (14.8 cm x 21 cm / 6" x 8" twice the size of the regular kuš! publications), 116 pages, full-color, perfect bound


Support: Funded by the Direção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas/Portugal.   

Get it: Order it here for $19.95 (including worldwide shipping costs!)

Preview pages:











If you are ready to get lost in Amanda's beautiful universe, find your copy of 'Brume' here!

7 February 2017

kuš! winter season has started!

The first five kuš! books of 2017 are out now!!



mini kuš! #47 'Sutrama' by Daniel Lima
mini kuš! #48 'Nul' by Olive Booger
mini kuš! #49 'Call of Cthulhu' by Martin Lacko/ H.P. Lovecraft
mini kuš! #50 'Spectacular Vermacular' by Mathilde Van Gheluwe

Each is in handy A6 format with 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color! Released 24 January, 2017.

Amazing comics! If you don't believe us, ask Rob Clough, he reviewed all of them here and here! Or better, don't believe anyone, and check it yourself!



š! #27 'BFF'

This issue is the result of our open call and contains comics from all around the world about friendship, mainly weird and funny stuff, you'll like it anyway! Full of discoveries, many new talents in there, 18 of 20 for the first time ever in kuš! Lots of new friends...

Cover: Hironori Kikuchi (Japan) Contributors: BloodBros (New Zealand), deadtheduck (India), Derrengueta (Spain), Émilie Gleason (Mexico), Erlend Peder Kvam (Norway), Gareth Brookes (UK), Gonçalo Duarte (Portugal), Hironori Kikuchi (Japan), König Lü. Q. (Switzerland), Krystal DiFronzo (USA), Līva Piterāne (Latvia), Louise Aleksiejew (France), Lucas Souza Teixeira (Brazil), Lukas Weidinger (Austria), Marie Weber (France), Melek Zertal (Algeria), Shawn Eisenach (USA), Shee Phon (China), Till Lukat (Germany), Tor Brandt (Denmark).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound + free bookmarks and postcards for the first orders!


You can pre-order the 4 mini kuš! together at reduced costs here or get each mini kuš! separately here. š! #27 'BFF' can be ordered here. In case you'd also like to get the following š! issues and mini kuš! releases, get a subscription here. Worldwide shipping costs are already included in all prices, how cool is that?

Time to hide from the cold and get yourself some kuš! comics to warm up!
  

27 January 2017

Comic Workshop with Paul Paetzel

ENGLISH INFORMATION BELOW!

Komiksu darbnīca ar Paulu Pecelu 

Tukšas ēkas, pamestas vietas. Tās norāda uz neapsaimniekotām  telpām šobrīd, bet tajā pat laikā liek cerēt uz izmaiņām nākotnē. Komiksu darbnīcā Gētes institūtā ar Paulu Pecelu  viss būs saistīts ar aizraujošu stāstu radīšanu. Pēc ierosmi veicinošas pastaigas kopā ar Free Riga pārstavi Mārci Rubeni, apmeklējot tukši stāvošās telpas,  sekos Paula Pecela ievads komiksu stāstu radīšanas pocesā. Līdztekus padomiem un ieteikumiem, kā radīt  interesantus stāstus, dalībnieki apgūs arī zināšanas par divu toņu drukas tehnikas metodi. Darbnīcas laikā radītie darbi no 2017. gada 19. aprīļa būs skatāmi izstādē Gētes institūtā, bet no 20. aprīļa arī tiešsaistē. 

 
Trīs dienu darbnīca no 24.02.-26.02.

24.02 (17.30-19.00), 25.02 (11.00-18.00), 26.02.2017 (11.00-17.00)
Gētes institūtā, Rīgā, Torņa iela 1 (ieeja no Klostera ielas)

Darbnīcā aicināti piedalīties dalībnieki no Latvijas, Igaunijas, un Lietuvas.
Darbnīcas darba valoda: angļu.
Dalība darbnīcā ir bez maksas!

Darbnīcas dalībnieki tiks izvēlēti konkursa kārtībā. Lai pieteiktu savu dalību, lūdzam elektroniski nosūtīt sekojošu informāciju uz e-pastu:  kushmens@gmail.com:
- Vārds, uzvārds, vecums, dzīvesvieta
- Saite uz personisko portfolio/blogu (alternatīvs variants: fragmenti no komiksiem, ne vairāk kā 3 lpp.)
- Īsa motivācijas vēstule

Pieteikties iespējams līdz 13.02.2017.

Par Paulu Pecelu
Komiksu mākslinieks un ilustrators Pauls Pecels dzīvo un strādā Berlīnē. Viņš ir studējis vizuālo komunikāciju Berlīnes Mākslu universitātē (Universität der Künste, Berlin) un kopā ar Anu Albero und Tilu Hāfenbraku izdod komiksus kā apvienība Edition Biografiktion. Paula darbi ir tikuši parādīti izstādēs Berlīnē, Londonā, Antverpenē, Sanfrancisko un Barselonā. Viņa klientu vidū ir Diesel, Nobrow, Łódź Design Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Maxim Gorki Theater, VW­Magazin, Russian Prime Magazine, The New York Times, Neon Magazin un Zeit Campus.


Plašāka informācija par darbnīcu: Dāvids Šilters  kushmens@gmail.com

-----------------------------------     ENGLISH VERSION     --------------------------------------------

Comic Workshop with Paul Paetzel

Empty houses, abandoned places. They indicate a void, but in the same time they include a vague promise for the future. The comic workshop at the Goethe-Institute Riga with Paul Paetzel is all about creating exiting stories. After an inspiring tour with Marcis Rubenis of Free Riga through empty spaces in Riga, Paul Paetzel teaches about narration in comics. Next to inputs about storytelling, he will also teach how to prepare comics in duotone colors. After the workshop the comics will be printed as a riso zine and exhibited at the Goethe Institute from 19 April 2017 and a day later also online.


Workshop Details
Date: 24.02 (17.30-19.00), 25.02 (11.00-18.00), 26.02.2017 (11.00-17.00)
Application deadline: 13.02.2017
Place: Goethe-Institut Riga, Torna iela 1 (Enter from Klostera iela)
The workshop is open for adult participants from Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.
Language: Englisch
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)
- Brief motivation letter

Travel grants

The Goethe Institute Riga offers four travel grants of 50.00 euros for participants from Estonia and Lithuania. The application procedure is the same as above, just mention you are interested in a travel grant.

Paul Paetzel
Paul Paetzel lives and works in Berlin as comic artist and illustrator. He studied visual communication at the Universität der Künste, Berlin. Together with Ana Albero and Till Hafenbrak he publishes comics as Edition Biografiktion. His works have been exhibited in Berlin, London, Antwerpen, San Francisco and Barcelona. Among his clients are Diesel, Nobrow, Łódź Design Festival, Bayerische Staatsoper, Maxim Gorki Theater, VW­Magazin, Russian Prime Magazine, The New York Times, Neon Magazin and Zeit Campus.



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

10 January 2017

kuš! winter season 2017

The kuš! anniversary year is off to a great start! We're snowed in here and temperatures are freezing cold, but we won't wait for the snow to melt to provide you with six hot new books. Our artists have been busy drawing for you...

Illustration by Amanda Baeza    


We'll release four new mini kuš! by Daniel Lima, Olive Booger, Martin Lacko, and Mathilde Van Gheluwe, our long awaited 27th issue of the š! anthology with the theme "BFF", and a new kuš! mono titled Brume by Amanda Baeza!

You can pre-order the 4 mini kuš! together at reduced costs here or get each mini kuš! separately here. š! #27 'BFF' can be ordered here. In case you'd also like to get the following š! issues and mini kuš! releases, get a subscription here. The mono kuš! by Amanda Baeza is NOT part of the subscription, and can be pre-ordered separately here (worldwide shipping costs included in price).

Preview:


mini kuš! #47 'Sutrama' by Daniel Lima, will be released on 24 January 2017.

Sutrama is a narrative about Roberte’s predilection for paradox and semantic opacity, playing incessantly with irony. This scenic dialogue becomes a polished surface for the green analyst, in which the prime meaning to be discerned is the analyst's own reflection. As certain as death, our hero is a masturbator clown…

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color


Funded by the Direção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas/Portugal. 



mini kuš! #48 'Nul' by Olive Booger, will be released on 24 January 2017

'Nul' is the story of a young man who will do literally anything and go anywhere for his crush. The lovestruck protagonist’s ensuing endeavour quickly turns into a hellish nightmare...

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color



mini kuš! #49 'Call of Cthulhu' by Martin Lacko/ H. P. Lovecraft, will be released on 24 January 2017

Hilarious adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's 'The
Call of Cthulhu' drawn in MS Paint! A must-read for all fans of the green monster and his spawn.
 
Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color



mini kuš! #50 'Spectacular Vermacular' by Mathilde Van Gheluwe, will be released on 24 January 2017

During the latest very late late talk show, the famous Hollywood star Vlad the Cat remembers the glorious old days, a bittersweet tale of an overwhelming Hollywood career.

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color




š! #27 'BFF', will be released 24 January 2017

This issue is the result of our open call and contains comics from all around the world about friendship. It's complicated, lol!

Cover: Hironori Kikuchi (Japan) Contributors: BloodBros (New Zealand), deadtheduck (India), Derrengueta (Spain), Émilie Gleason (Mexico), Erlend Peder Kvam (Norway), Gareth Brookes (UK), Gonçalo Duarte (Portugal), Hironori Kikuchi (Japan), König Lü. Q. (Switzerland), Krystal DiFronzo (USA), Līva Piterāne (Latvia), Louise Aleksiejew (France), Lucas Souza Teixeira (Brazil), Lukas Weidinger (Austria), Marie Weber (France), Melek Zertal (Algeria), Shawn Eisenach (USA), Shee Phon (China), Till Lukat (Germany), Tor Brandt (Denmark).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation



'Brume' by Amanda Baeza, kuš! mono #2, will be released 21 February 2017

Although Amanda Baeza’s drawings seem to come from another world, the collected comics in Brume are based on real events and real feelings. Her graphic personality is exceptional – so distinct and at the same time so mutable, and even more uncommon is the way in which her words and images create original narratives and visual poems.

Format: A5 (14.8 cm x 21 cm / 6" x 8"), 116 pages, full-color, perfect bound


Funded by the Direção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas/Portugal.  




We're very excited to begin the kuš! 10 year anniversary with these wonderful books! Hope you'll enjoy them, too, and don't you worry, this is only the start! So better follow updates on our twitter, facebook, instagram or tumblr and discover more of our books on our site!
 
 



27 December 2016

2016 roundup

We're not gonna lie, this year has been awful in various ways and we can't wait for it to be over. With sorrow we look back at the sad and much too early losses of Geneviève Castrée, with whom we had the pleasure to exchange stamps and even publish a short story, and also of Alvin Buenaventura, a supportive publishing colleague we looked up to.

Illustration: excerpt from Daria Tessler's mini kuš! 'Music of Changes'

But for kuš! itself it has been quite ok in general. We've organized and taken part in 7 different exhibition in Latvia and around Europe, and we've attended 18 festivals around the world. For details, just head over to our events page.

Gladly next to that we still managed to put out some books... Over the year we published a total of 744 pages. If you bind them all together, you get quite a fat book, but for your convenience we divided these comics in three anthologies and 9 mini kuš!.


Here are all the titles in chronological order. In case you were hiding behind a rock and missed the whole kuš! year, you can now buy them all in a special kuš! 2016 package deal ($77 including worldwide shipping costs and a bunch of free stickers, postcards and bookmarks). Have a look at each title published with links to the artists and to reviews on our site in the š! section and the mini kuš! section.Not to miss anything in future and to support us you can get a kuš! subscription.

2017 will be the 10 year anniversary of kuš! and we have a lot of exciting titles lined up already. Soon we'll tell more about the January releases. Meanwhile, stay safe and have a colorful new year!

5 December 2016

Mazipos



kuš! was invited by artist Carlos Carmonamedina and the "Slaughterhouse for contemporary art" Visual Kontakt to co-curate the third edition of MAZIPOS. MAZIPOS is a very exciting project, it's an itinerant poster exhibition, an artist database, a global fanzine. 


The artists of MAZIPOS #3 are:

Abraham Díaz (MEX), Akvile Magicdust (LTU), Ana Galvañ (SPA), Anna Haifisch (DE), Brecht Vandenbroucke (BE), Dāvis Ozols (LAT), Dunja Janković (CRO), Inés Estrada (MEX), Jean de Wet (ZA), Jesse Jacobs (CAN), José Ja Ja Ja (ES), Lai Tat Tat Wing (HK), Léo Quievreux (FR), Liisa Kruusmägi (EST), Līva Kandevica (LAT), Martín López Lam (PER), Oskars Pavlovskis (LAT), Pixin (SGP), Roope Eronen (FIN), Samplerman (FR), Santa France (LAT), Tara Booth (USA), Ville Kallio (FIN), (ARG) and Zane Zlemeša (LAT)

All three editions of MAZIPOS will be exhibited at Laborator Visual Kontakt in Bihor, Romania from  09.12.2016 to 15.01.2017. (Facebook invite)

Some poster samples:

18 October 2016

š! #26 'dAda' is out now

2016 marks the centenary of the Dada movement. To celebrate this fittingly, twenty-one international artists created their very own absurdist comics inspired by Dada. The result, š! #26 'dADa', is out now! Get a copy and achieve eternal bliss!


Cover: Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).
Contributors: A. Burkholder (USA), Brie Moreno (Canada), Cátia Serrão (Portugal), Daniel Lima (Angola), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Dylan Jones (USA), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Jaakko Pallasvuo (Finland), José Ja Ja Ja (Spain), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Maija Kurševa (Latvia), Marc Bell (Canada), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Olaf Ladousse (Spain), Roman Muradov (Russia), Saehan Park (South Korea), Sammy Stein (France), Vincent Fritz (Germany) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). With an introduction by: Agathe Mareuge (France) 

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper.

Get it:  Order it for $13.95 from our webshop, or get a kuš! subscription and receive also the next kuš! titles.

Preview Pages:
  Ernests Kļaviņš

To get the full dada experience and take part in the celebration, better order š! #25 'dADa' here.


14 October 2016

Behind The Comics (23) - Daria Tessler

'Behind The Comics' returns with Daria Tessler. She contributed 'The Hanging Garden' to š! #24 'Urban Jungle' and just two weeks ago we released her mini kuš! 'Music of Changes'.


Daria Tessler // *1979, Finland. Born in Finland, Daria Tessler grew up in California, where she studied printmaking and mathematics. Daria is the creator of Animalsleep, a collection of silkscreened art, illustrations, children's books, and mini comics.

Her artist friend Sean Christensen conducted an interview with her especially for this edition of 'Behind The Comics'. In between there are also pictures from her studio and the process of creating her mini kuš! which she silkscreen printed.



5 October 2016

š! #26 coming out soon

Daaaddddddaaaaa! The kuš! fall season continues with a slightly crazy issue. 2016 marks the centenary of the Dadaist movement. To celebrate this fittingly, international artists created their very own absurdist comics inspired by Dada. It’s time to lose your mind and achieve eternal bliss with š! #26 'dADa'.



š! #26 'dADa', will be released on 18 October 2016

Cover: Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). Contributors: A. Burkholder (USA), Brie Moreno (Canada), Cátia Serrão (Portugal), Daniel Lima (Angola), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Dylan Jones (USA), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Jaakko Pallasvuo (Finland), José Ja Ja Ja (Spain), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Maija Kurševa (Latvia), Marc Bell (Canada), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Olaf Ladousse (Spain), Roman Muradov (Russia), Saehan Park (South Korea), Sammy Stein (France), Vincent Fritz (Germany) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). With an introduction by: Agathe Mareuge (France)

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and 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 (like the minis we released last week)...

Preview Pages:










To read the whole issue and da da da da da, you can pre-order š! #25 'dADa' here. Let's celebrate!