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)


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


 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!

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:


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:


...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.


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!