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

 mississippi

 Nerunodaisuki

Wakana Yamazaki

 Tatari Takayama

Nutoguran

 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.

Preview:
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

Application
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.

- You can also follow us on twitter, facebook, tumblr and instagram.

29 January 2018

kuš! winter season 2018

Does anyone read blogs anymore? We'll let's make this post short, as you can find all the info on our site www.komikss.lv. So after a brief period of hybernation we are back with five new titles. In February we'll release four new mini kuš! and a new š! comics anthology.

Excerpt from Léo Quievreux's comic in š! #31 

The mini kuš! #63-66 by Abraham Díaz (Mexico), Pedro Franz (Brazil), Francisco Sousa Lobo (Portugal) and Roman Muradov (Russia) will bring you to some dark corners of this world.

The new anthology š! #31 is dedicated to visitors and contains artists that visited us in Riga, or at least planned to, and some we visited abroad. A nice reunion of many kuš! artists we have released over the last 10 years, as well as some new ones in the club!

Each mini comes in A6 format and has 28 pages in full color with saddle stitch binding. The š! anthology is also full color, perfect bound and has 163 pages. These books will be released on 13 February, 2018.

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


1 November 2017

kuš! fall season 2017

This fall we shook hard on the kuš! tree and got the biggest harvest of the last 10 years.



We're very happy to present you seven tasty new books by Latvian and international artists!

Preview and get them here:

- š! #30 'Brooklyn, guest-edited by Gabe Fowler

You should definately get these books to enjoy a more colorful autumn! 


'Fenix' by Zane Zlemeša will be released at the same time as the exhibition of her work in Micēlijs  on 3 November in Riga. 

On 8 November will be a release party of š! #30 at Desert Island in Brooklyn.

All of our seven new titles will be internationally debuting at CAB in Brooklyn on 11 November at the kuš! table M2! Also come to pick up a free copy of the special international issue of Smoke Signal, guest edited by kuš!

23 October 2017

'Fenix' and 'Fearless Colors' coming out soon!

Autumn is getting more and more colorful - not only are we releasing a new š! issue and four new minis, but also two new books in the kuš! mono series are coming out very soon!

Illustration by Samplerman


 kuš! mono #4 'Fenix' is the first long form comic by the Latvian artist Zane Zlemeša! And don't be afraid of kuš! mono #5 'Fearless Colors', the first collection of the mysterious Samplerman collected in book form!

Preview:


Fenix by Zane Zlemeša
kuš! mono #4, to be released on 31 October 2017


Fenix City is named for the magical phoenix bird. Folk tales tell us that the city was built on the spot where the first phoenix appeared. Fenix has now flourished into one of the hottest gambling and art scenes in the region.

Zane Zlemeša draws, paints, makes comics and illustration between Riga, Leipzig and Fenix.

Format: A5 (14.8 cm x 21 cm / 6" x 8"), 68 pages, full-color, perfect bound
Printed in Latvia on FSC certified paper


Supported by Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation 

Get it: Order from our webshop for $16.00 (includes worldwide shipping).



Fearless Colors by Samplerman
kuš! mono #5, to be released on 31 October 2017


Samplerman is one of the incarnations of the cartoonist Yvang, a collagist experimenting ad infinitum. His surrealist non-stories have been featured in many publications like š!, Off Life, Smoke Signal, Ink Brick, Lagon, The Village Voice, and Scratches. The featured pages were made between 2012 and 2015 and are for the first time collected as a book.

Format: A5 (14.8 cm x 21 cm / 6" x 8"), 100 pages, full-color, perfect bound
Printed in Latvia on FSC certified paper


Co-published with Ediciones Valientes and MMMNNNRRRG  

Get it: Order from our webshop for $19.00 (includes worldwide shipping).






To see more preview pictures head right over to our website www.komikss.lv and get your dose of burning hot comics!

'Fenix' by Zane Zlemeša will be released at the same time as the exhibition of her work in Micēlijs  on 3 November in Riga.

All of our seven new titles will be debuting at CAB in Brooklyn on 11 November at the kuš! table M2! Don't forget to pick up a free copy of the special international issue of Smoke Signal, guest edited by kuš!

18 October 2017

š! #30 coming out soon!

The fall issue of our š! comics anthology is about to come out - š! #30 is dedicated to Brooklyn! Guest-edited by the mastermind behind the Desert Island comic book store, the Smoke Signal anthology and Comic Arts Brooklyn - Gabe Fowler. This issue is all about the crazyness of Brooklyn by Brooklyn artists!


Cover: Alabaster Pizzo Contributors: A. T. Pratt, Alabaster Pizzo, Austin English, Ben Mendelewicz, Caroline Paquita, Courtney Menard, Daniel Zender, Gabrielle Bell, Heather Benjamin, Jane Mai, Jen Tong, Kevin Hooyman, König Lü. Q., Lily Padula, Natalie Andrewson, Rob Corradetti, Sabin Cauldron, Siobhán Gallagher, Thu Tran, Thomas Toye, Tyler Boss, Whit Taylor.

Specs: Format A6, 180 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper. To be released on 31 October 2017

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

Preview Pages:












Whoop, whoop! What are you waiting for? Put away your cold-brew coffee and order your copy of š! #30 'Brooklyn' right here!

This issue will be debuting at CAB in Brooklyn on 11 November at the kuš! table M2! And don't forget to pick up a free copy of the special international issue of Smoke Signal, guest edited by kuš!