kuš! together with the Royal Embassy of Belgium and the BELUX Latvian business chamber organized the Latvian comics competition with the theme "Brussels sprouts".
Participants were asked to send a comic of maximum 4 pages. 77 people from Latvia and Latvians living abroad took part creating very interesting and various interpretations of the theme. The jury composed of Frank Arnauts (Belgian ambassador), Juris Petraškevičs (artist), Anna Iltnere (Arterritory editor), Emmi Valve (Finnish comics artist) and Sanita Muižniece (kuš! editor) chose their 10 favorite works.
Selected artists: Elīna Brasliņa, Rūta Briede, Raids Kalniņš, Līva Kandevica, Maija Līduma, Anna Meldrāja, Dāvis Ozols, Reinis Pētersons, Jana Ribkina and Lote Vilma Vītiņa.
Their comics can be seen at the exhibitions at the Latvian Art Academy and at restaurant „3 Pavāri“ from 14.11 to 29.11.2013.
The prizes totally worth over 1000 Lats were sponsored by Beļģijas Karalistes vēstniecība Latvijā, Beļģijas-Luksemburgas-Latvijas tirdzniecības kamera, Zvaigzne ABC, HungryLab, VETO and kuš!. The exhibition was printed by Dardeze Hologrāfija on Munken Lynx Rough 150g sponsored by Arctic Paper.
The winners were announced during the Belgian Days in Riga at 16.30 on November 14th at the Art Academy:
1st prize: Rūta Briede (pictured above)
2nd prize: Elīna Brasliņa
3rd prize: Reinis Pētersons
Special VETO prize: Elīna Brasliņa
On the VETO blog you can see more pictures from the award ceremony and here below you can read the three awarded comics:
1st prize: Rūta Briede - The Local Weather for your Heart
2nd prize: Elīna Brasliņa - Brussels Sprouts or a Walk to the Market
3rd prize: Reinis Pētersons - What is legitimate for Bon Jovi, is not legitimate for Bowie.
At the same time... / Your plan has failed!
Brussels sprout / The end
We congratulate all winners and thank everyone for their participation! Huge thanks also to all the sponsors and project partners. Hopefully the comics award will become a yearly tradition and will spread the Latvian comics fever further.