29 July 2015

kuš! world tour

Illustration by Līva Kandevica

We're already trying hard to spread our comics all around the world, but now, more than ever, we want to swing them directly into your hands! So we're happy to announce, that between August and December we'll make a little world tour.

Here's the schedule so far:

21-22 August LONDON, UK
Safari Festival
representing kuš!: David Schilter and special guest Marie Jacotey
debuting š! #22 'Fashion' and mini kuš! #34-37

28-30 August HELSINKI, Finland
Helsinki Comics Festival
kuš! reps: Sanita Muižniece, David Schilter and Ingrīda Pičukāne

11-13 September BRUSSELS, Belgium
Cultures Maison
kuš! rep: Oskars Pavlovskis

18-20 September RIGA, Latvia
Cilvēks, kurš zīmē - Exhibition, comics party and workshop with Aisha Franz!

26 September - 4 October BOGOTA & MEDELLIN, Colombia
Entreviñetas
Taking part in publisher panel and showing The Last Match
kuš! rep: David Schilter

17-18 October PARIS, France
Fanzines! Festival
kuš! reps: Sanita Muižniece and David Schilter
debuting kuš! mono #1

6 November BERLIN, Germany 
Redrawing Stories from the Past
exhibition and debut of š! #23
kuš! rep: Mārtiņš Zutis

7 November BROOKLYN, NY, USA
Comic Arts Brooklyn
kuš! rep: David Schilter

21-22 November BOLOGNA, Italy
BilBOlbul 
kuš! reps:  Sanita Muižniece and Līva Kandevica

21-22 November ANTWERPEN, Belgium
Grafixx 
kuš! rep: David Schilter




Looking forward to visit you and get high on jet lag. There might be one or two additions to the kuš! world tour™, we'll make sure to update it. See you around!


P.S. Message us if you have a spare couch. We'll trade for spare books and youtube videos.

28 July 2015

mini kuš! #34-37 coming soon

The end of summer will become sweeter with the release of  four new mini kuš! Our beloved series of mini comics will get beautiful new additions by some of alternative comics' best creators! Be prepared for a colourful explosion of eye-popping comics!


excerpt from Theo Ellsworth's mini kuš!

Mikkel Sommer tells the apocalyptic story of Laika's resurrection in Limonchik. In Theo Ellsworth's Birthday you will be the witness of a Inner-Space Birth Ritual. Lai Tat Tat Wing's Pages to Pages takes the power struggle between digital and analog to a whole new dimension, and Tommi Musturi's Snake in the Nose is just an utter utter nightmare...

Pre-Order: Each mini kuš! can now be pre-ordered from the kuš! webshop separately for $6 each or also as collection for 18$ (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price!). The minis will be released on August 22nd, 2015. In case you'd also like to get the following kuš! releases, subscribe here.

If you're interested in wholesale, contact us via komikss(at)gmail(dot)com

Format: Each book has 28 pages, full color, locally printed in Riga on high quality FSC certified Munken Lynx paper, saddle stitch binding, pocket format DIN A6.

Preview:

mini kuš! #34 'Limonchik' by Mikkel Sommer

On November 3, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik 2 into space. Inside the spacecraft was a dog. Now, after more than half a century, Limonchik returns to the Earth. But to what end? Mikkel Sommer will show you.

 
 

mini kuš! #35 'Birthday' by Theo Ellsworth

Our hero is insanely nervous. He's about to undergo an intense psychic initiation known as the Inner-Space Birth Ritual. You'd be nervous, too! Theo Ellsworth has faithfully documented our hero's bizarre experience in the pages of Birthday.

 
 

mini kuš! #36 'Pages to Pages' by Lai Tat Tat Wing

Hold on to your chairs, Hong Kong artist Lai Tat Tat Wing takes you on a wild read from comics to comics, readers to readers, lovers to lovers, heroes to heroes, evils to evils, colours to colours, books to books, frames to frames, huge to huge, mini to mini... Pages to Pages...

 
 


mini kuš! #37 'Snake in the Nose' by Tommi Musturi

Tommi Musturi's Snake in the Nose is a free-flow story about an angry man alone in his flat, reminiscent of a manic, badly-drawn Scooby Doo comic. It turns into a real nightmare after just a few pages - containing full frontal and rear nudity, and bad taste in general. Some would call this humour, but that's a bit doubtful.

 
 
Want to see how these stories continue? You know what to do! Place your orde here, lean back for a minute, and soon your mailbox gets properly fed!

Here's a list of shops who will carry them as well pretty soon. In case you are in London, come by to the book debut at Safari Festival on August 22.

22 July 2015

š! #22 coming out soon


Fashion!!! The new š! comics anthology is not really about fashion – or is it? The eighteen specially selected artists are not only very well-dressed, but they all use fashion very passionately in their comics. They stand out through paying detailed attention to their characters’ style. Without further restrictions, they were given a free hand in their stories, creating the most fabulous works – gorgeous, stylish, romantic, youthful, sexy, experimental and always surprising, almost like fashion itself

š! #22 'Fashion' est très chic!  



Cover: Marie Jacotey (France)

Contributors: Anna Deflorian (Italy), Dace Sietiņa (Latvia), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Hetamoé (Portugal), Ingrīda Pičukāne (Latvia), Joseph P Kelly (UK), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Laura Callaghan (Ireland), Léo Quievreux (France), Liisa Kruusmägi (Estonia), Marie Jacotey (France), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Oskars Pavlovskis (Latvia), Otaki (South Korea), Roman Muradov (Russia), Sharmila Banerjee (Germany), Tamia Baudouin (France) and Tin Can Forest (Canada).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Riga on high quality, environmentally friendly Munken paper ISBN: 978-9934-518-33-1 Release date: August 22nd, 2015 Support: VKKF

Get it: Pre-order it here ($14, international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription and receive also our next titles.

Preview pages:













To read the whole issue and see for yourself what's hot and what's not, you can pre-order š! #22 'Fashion' here.




The issue will be debuted at the Safari Festival in London with the presence of cover artist Marie Jacotey and contributors Joseph P Kelly, Laura Callaghan and Sharmila Banerjee!

9 July 2015

Komiksu Konkurss 2015


uzzini vairāk: http://www.komikss.lv/konkurss/

This is the third annual comics competition for Latvian artists. The poster was drawn by last year's winner Zane Zlemeša.

7 July 2015

Drawers

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Riga, kuš! looked over the shoulders of ten comic artists based in Riga and Berlin. Each artist was asked to draw a "drawing person" and the result is captured in time-lapse films.

Kate Elpo in Mawil's studio in Berlin filming Oliver Grajevski.

While each artist was filmed for about an hour, the videos are only 90 seconds each. So now you can see yourself very quickly how some of the best German and Latvian comics artists (Aisha Franz, Anna Vaivare, Ernests Kļaviņš, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Jakob Hinrichs, Mārtiņš Zutis, Mawil, Oliver Grajewski, Oskars Pavlovskis and Sophia Martineck) create their art!

Aisha Franz, Berlin / pencil, crayons


Anna Vaivare, Riga / gouache, Indian ink


Ernests Kļaviņš, Riga / Indian ink


Ingrīda Pičukāne, Riga / felt pens


Jakob Hinrichs, Berlin / pencil, crayons


Mārtiņš Zutis, Riga / Indian ink, tempera


Mawil, Berlin / pencil, water colour, gouache, crayons and beer


Oliver Grajewski, Berlin / computer, pencil


Oskars Pavlovskis, Riga / pencil, felt pens, markers


Sophia Martineck, Berlin / pencil, felt pens


On the Goethe Institut Riga site you can discover more about German and Baltic comics: German link / Latvian link

In the end of September the videos and the original drawings will be exhibited at the Goethe-Institut Riga. Huge thanks to all artists who took their time to draw under the eye of the camera and also to Renate Comics for offering their space as film studio in Berlin! 

1 May 2015

š! #21 'Business Time' released!

Right in time for workers' day the 21st comics anthology š! was released with the theme 'Business Time'.  Twenty Latvian and international artists got up early, brushed their teeth, put on their nicest suits and created business-minded stories for š! #21 'Business Time'.

Cover: Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium)

Contributors: Ann Pajuväli (Estonia), Anna Haifisch (Germany), Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Berliac (Argentina), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Chris Kuzma (Canada), Disa Wallander (Sweden), Harukichi (Japan), Jeroen Funke (The Netherlands), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lai Tat Tat Wing (Hong Kong), Laura Ķeniņš (Canada/Latvia), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Maciej Sieńczyk (Poland), Olive Booger (France), Roope Eronen (Finland), Rūta Briede (Latvia), Sergi Puyol (Spain) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Riga on high quality, environmentally friendly Munken paper

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Get it:  Order it here ($14, international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription and receive also our next titles.

Preview: 

Sergi Puyol
Olive Booger
Jeroen Funke
Harukichi
Līva Kandevica
Anna Haifisch
Maciej Sieńczyk
Lai Tat Tat Wing
 Anna Vaivare

... and much more! Wanna create your own business, get tips and tricks to be more successful with your current ventures, or just want to have a laugh, then better get š! #21 'Business Time now!

13 April 2015

š! #21 coming out soon!


It's all about business! Better get up early and put on a nice tie. Or not? On the first of May we'll celebrate the International Workers Day with a new issue of the comics anthology š! How funny and cruel daily business can be, you can see in these stories from twenty international artists in š! #21 'Business Time'. But now please first memorize the rest of the memo!



Cover: Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium)

Contributors: Ann Pajuväli (Estonia), Anna Haifisch (Germany), Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Berliac (Argentina), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Chris Kuzma (Canada), Disa Wallander (Sweden), Harukichi (Japan), Jeroen Funke (The Netherlands), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lai Tat Tat Wing (Hong Kong), Laura Ķeniņš (Canada/Latvia), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Maciej Sieńczyk (Poland), Olive Booger (France), Roope Eronen (Finland), Rūta Briede (Latvia), Sergi Puyol (Spain) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Riga on high quality, environmentally friendly Munken paper

Release date: May 1st, 2015

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Get it:  Pre-order it here ($14, international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription and receive also our next titles.

Preview pages:













To read the whole issue and get yourself a head start in your own business ventures, you can pre-order š! #21 'Business Time' here. Go get yourself this well deserved bonus! There's no business like comics business!