7 July 2017

10th Anniversary issue

Today is the 10th Birthday of kuš! Exactly 10 years ago on the 07/07/07 we released the first issue of kuš!. To celebrate this, we compiled a special issue which we'll release next Friday, the 14th of July, at a little kuš! Birthday party at D27 in Riga (Facebook invite!).



š! #29 'Celebration', Cover by Mārtiņš Zutis, Release: 14 July 2017

While the first issue featured only a single Latvian artist, in this issue you’ll find all Latvians but one. As we unite contributors both old and new in this volume, we look forward to many more years of kuš!

Contributors: Anete Melece, Anna Vaivare, Dace Sietiņa, Dāvis Ozols, Elīna Brasliņa, Ernests and Andrejs Kļaviņš, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Kaspars Groševs, König Lü. Q., Laura Ķeniņš, Līva Kandevica, Lote Vilma Vītiņa, Maija Kurševa, Mārtiņš Zutis, Oskars Pavlovskis, Rasa Pavilona, Rebeka Lukošus, Reinis Pētersons, Rūta Briede, Zane Zlemeša.

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF)

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!

Preview Pages:

 Anete Melece

 Dāvis Ozols

 Elīna Brasliņa

 Kaspars Groševs

 Līva Kandevica

 Lote Vilma Vītiņa

 Oskars Pavlovskis

 Rasa Pavilona

Reinis Pētersons

 Rebeka Lukošus

So are you ready to celebrate with us? Go pre-order your copy of š! #29 'Celebration'.

26 May 2017

Piesakies Komiksu vasaras skolai!



Illustration by Lucy Rivers 

Šovasar Tu vari piedalīties Komiksu vasaras skolā, kuru vadīs ilustratori no Lielbritānijas! Komiksu vasaras skola ir daļa no starptautiska Baltijas valstu un Lielbritānijas ilustratoru apmaiņas projekta, kura laikā Baltijas valstu ilustratori vada rodošās darbnīcas Lielbritānijā, savukārt Lielbritānijas mākslinieki – Latvijā, Lietuvā un Igaunijā.

Komiksu vasaras skolā dalībnieki 10 dienas intensīvi strādās, lai katrs radītu savu komiksu grāmatu. Tās tiks izdotas un iekļautas izstādē 2018.gada Londonas Grāmatu tirgū, kurā Baltijas valstis būs goda viesu statusā. Vasaras skolu vadīs divi jauni un pieredzējuši ilustratori no Lielbritānijas – Aleksis Dīkons (Alexis Deacon) un Heimišs Stīls (Hamish Steele).

Vasaras skolā aicināti pieteikties visi, kuri ir 16 – 30 gadus veci un kuriem ir padziļināta interese par komiksiem un bērnu grāmatu ilustrāciju.
Norises laiks: 7.-17. augusts, katru darbu dienu no 10.00 – 18.00. (Nakšņošanu Rīgā rīkotāji nenodrošina)
Norises vieta: K.K. fon Stricka Villa, Aristīda Briāna iela 9, Rīga
Vasaras skolas darba valoda: angļu
Dalība: bez maksas
Pieteikšanās līdz: 19. jūnijam (ieskaitot)

Vasaras skolas dalībnieki tiks izvēlēti konkursa kārtībā, izvērtējot iesniegto portfolio darbu kvalitāti un dalībnieki motivāciju. Pieteikties var elektroniski, nosūtot sekojošu informāciju uz e-pastu:  kushmens@gmail.com:
-    Vārds, uzvārds, vecums, dzīvesvieta
-    Saite uz personisko portfolio vai ilustrācijas un komiksu fragmenti, ne vairāk kā 3 lpp.
-    Motivācijas vēstule, kurā īsi aprakstīta Tava interese par ilustrāciju un komiksiem, un motivācija, kāpēc vēlies piedalīties Vasaras skolā un ko no tās sagaidi.
-    Piesakoties Vasaras skolai, Tu apliecini, ka piedalīsies visu tās norises laiku no 7.-17. augustam.

Par māksliniekiem:


Aleksis Dīkons (Alexis Deacon)

Aleksis Dīkons ir bērnu grāmatu autors un ilustrators. 2015. gadā žurnāls Time viņa pirmo grāmatu “Slow Loris” iekļāva 100 labāko grāmatu bērniem sarakstā. Aleksis ir divas reizes nominēts Keitas Grīnavejas Medaļai un divas reizes apbalvots ar The New York Times balvu par labāko ilustrēto grāmatu bērniem. 2014. gadā viņa komikss “The River” uzvarēja Observer/Jonathan Cape/Comica Grafisko īso stāstu konkursā.  Aleksis savā atpazīstamajā vizuālajā stilā ir radījis vairākas grāmatas dažāda vecuma lasītājiem.

Heimišs Stīls (Hamish Steele)

Heimišs Stīls ir animators un ilustrators no Londonas. 2013. gadā ar izcilību absolvējis Kingstonas Universitātes ilustrācijas nodaļu. Heimišs ir sadarbojies ar tādiem klientiem kā BBC, Frederator Studios, Blink!Ink, BOOM! Studios, Random House Publishers, Nickelodeon un Big Finish. Viņš regulāri piedalās komiksu un zīnu festivālos un vada komiksu mākslinieku apvienību Lead Ache.  2014. gadā tika izdots Heimiša pirmais grafiskais romāns “Pantheon”, kas stāsta par senās Ēģiptes dieviem. Heimišs turpina īstenot idejas, publicējot savus košos stāstus arī savā mājaslapā internetā.

Plašāka informācija par vasaras skolu: Dāvids Šilters, kushmens@gmail.com

Vasaras skolas organizatori: kuš!Pop-Up
Atbalstītāji un Partneri: KK fon Stricka Villa, Arctic Paper, Starptautiskā Rakstnieku un tulkotāju māja, Arts Council England

23 May 2017

Reprints of Best Selling kuš! minis Out Now!

We've been busy beavers here in the kuš! office getting together a hefty stack of new editions of some of the most sought-after kuš! minis. You can once more get your hands on these four beauties:



Each new edition is more vibrant, crisp and bold. We have re-printed work from Amanda Baeza, Jesse Jacobs, Tara Booth and Michael DeForge. With Amanda Baeza's best-selling Our Library being a revised edition with hand-lettering and an emphasis on Amanda's captivating mark-making.


Format: Each book has 28 pages, full color throughout, offset printed in Latvia on high quality environmentally friendly Munken Pure, saddle stitch binding, format DIN A6.

Get them: Order them altogether for $19 here or get each mini kuš! separately for $6 (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price!). 




Preview:
mini kuš! #13


'Our Library' by Amanda Baeza

Based on a true story, Amanda Baeza's comic Our Library tells the colorful tale of how a previously abandoned house can become a threat to law and order. This library isn't a closed book!


"...abstracted to beautiful and minimal layouts, the violence and emotional weight of the tale is lightened and the story takes on the cast of a politicized fable." - Quimbys



mini kuš! #27




'Mathematical Solutions for a Global Crisis' by Jesse Jacobs

Within the pages of Mathematical Solutions for a Global Crisis, Jesse Jacobs has solved all the world's largest problems. The answer is much smaller than you think.


"(Jacobs) ...addresses the idea of a future utopia in uncompromising and optimistic terms." - Rob Clough, Highlow Comics


mini kuš! #39




'Unwell' by Tara Booth

Tara Booth's Unwell tells the story of a young woman and her dog as they struggle to make it through daily life.

Robert Kirby of the Comics Journal described Tara's work as having "a vivacious wit and colorful charm all [her] own".


mini kuš! #43




'Meat Locker' by Michael DeForge


Short strips about gyms, trainers and meatheads.

"DeForge is brilliantly adept at approaching and addressing wildly different themes ... and ‘Meat Locker’ is no exception." - Adam, Orbital Comics



Be an eager beaver and get your claws on all 4 copies here or buy them individually here.

12 May 2017

New Perspectives




New Perspectives
Poster book released on 15 May 2017

Empty houses, abandoned places: they represent a void, whilst also holding promise for the future. This limited run of risoprints was a result of a comics workshop hosted by Paul Paetzel at the Goethe-Institute, Riga inspired by a walk through the empty and unused spaces of the city led by Marcis Rubenis of Free Riga.
Only 40 copies of this poster book have ever been printed and just 15 numbered editions are available for you to purchase for just $44 here.

As always, worldwide shipping is included in the price!

Format: A3 (29.7cm x 42cm / 11.69" x 16.53"), 20 pages (18 posters), duotone-color, English

Artists: Paul Paetzel (Germany), Egle Ehtjen (Estonia), Heta Jäälinoja (Finland), Ingrīda Pičukāne (Latvia), Karolis Savickis (Lithuania), Kat Latve (Latvia), Kerija Arne (Latvia), Kristel Maamägi (Estonia), Liana Mihailova (Latvia), Lina Itagaki (Lithuania), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Natalie Chavarria (France), Raitis Kalniņš (Latvia), Rasa Narkūnaitė (Lithuania), Rebeka Lukošus (Latvia), Titas Antanas Vilkaitis (Lithuania), Vivianna Maria Stanislavska (Latvia), Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).


Scroll down to see a preview of this unique kuš! publication:





8 May 2017

mini kuš! #51-54 are out now!

A spring cornucopia of spectacular mini kuš! issues. Order them as a set or individually. More details on all 4 issues below.




In Jaako Pallasvuo's Mirror Stage we're taken on a journey of self-reflection, introspection and dank memes. Cátia Serrão teaches us the importance of quackery in Acquisition. Līva Kandevica takes us on an emotional (and very yellow) rollercoaster in the aptly named Yellow. In Bad Ball we see the result of radioactive insects on discarded comics, all thanks to Samplerman!

Specs: Each book has 28 pages, full color throughout, offset, printed locally in Riga on high quality environmentally friendly Munken paper, saddle stitch binding, handy format DIN A6.

Get 'em: Order the mini kuš! collection for $19 here or get each mini kuš! separately for $6 (Prices include worldwide shipping!). Make sure you never miss a kuš by subscribing here.


A closer look:

mini kuš! #51




'Mirror Stage' by Jaako Pallasvuo
'Who's in the middle when the two sides of your face are side by side, as they are, in the mirror.' - Mirkka Rekola
Reflect on this wondrous quote by getting yourself a copy here.







mini kuš! #52




'Acquisition' by Cátia Serrão
Starting with the anodyne question 'What does the duck say?' Acquisition stages a proof test conducted by an absent master and a semi-present assistant to a candidate in the best tradition of clownish pixelated Kabbalah.
Aquire your own copy here.







mini kuš! #53




'Yellow' by Līva Kandevica

What would you do if you knew that this reality that you experience does not even exist? This is a yellowish nightmare where the protagonist is trapped in his own imagination. It seems like a never-ending suffering, but maybe it's not even happening?
Release your mind and purchase your copy here.








mini kuš! #54





'Bad Ball' by Samplerman

What if an old discarded comic book was suddenly bitten by a radioactive, genetically modified spider? Would the cover drawing, or those inside the book, start behaving strangely? Would the dialogue slowly grow s(tu)pider and s(tu)pider? Would the paper start to melt? Would the story devolve to the point of meaningless? None of these questions will be answered in this minicomic.
Roll on into our webshop and grab your own copy here.







Ready to experience more? Order your very own issues of mini kuš! here.
Here's a handy little list of shops who stock kuš!





5 May 2017

š! #28 'Scandal!' is out now!

kuš! invites you to investigate the shocking, outrageous and downright flagrant pages of our newest anthology š! #28 'Scandal!' An audacious use of talented artists and comic authors to create 164 pages of this brazen visual digest.




Cover by Samplerman

Contributors: Ana Galvañ (Spain), Conxita Herrero (Spain), Dace Sietina (Latvia), Emmi Valve (Finland), Ichasu (Japan), Ingrīda Pičukāne (Latvia),  Jannis Esselbrügge (Germany), König Lü. Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Līva Piterāne (Latvia), Lukas Weidinger (Austria), Mārtinš Zutis (Latvia), Samplerman (France), Tara Booth (USA), Tsukue Akimoto (Japan), Ville Kallio (Finland), Wakana Yamazaki (Japan), Yoshie (Japan), Zane Zlemeša (Latvia)

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, printed in Latvia on high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper. Released 25 April 2017.

Get it:  Order it here for the criminal price of $13.95 or get a kuš! subscription to make sure you're also receiving all of our upcoming kuš! titles. Worldwide shipping costs are included in the price!

Have a look inside:










To continue checking out all the astonishing work in our latest anthology you can get your copy of kuš! #28 'Scandal' here.

3 May 2017

'An Exorcism' by Theo Ellsworth is out now

The sun has finally come out in Latvia! If you have any clouds lingering why not exorcise the bad weather from your surroundings with a copy of 'An Exorcism', our latest stupefying kuš! mono by Theo Ellsworth. Every copy comes with a free bookmark designed by Theo himself. Why don't all exorcisms come with bookmarks? Have a cheeky glimpse inside the covers below.


'An Exorcism' by Theo Ellsworth 
kuš! mono #3, released 25 April 2017

Theo describes this work as a "Psychic Medical Emergency/Inner-Space action/Drama, with heavy Mythological Mathematics and Imaginary Brain Science influences" 

Format: A6 (approx. 4" x 6"), 128 pages, full-color, perfect bound, spot gloss, English, wordless comic. Printed in Latvia on FSC certified paper

"Theo Ellsworth delves deep into another dimension, forming a world that is beautifully unnerving. Each panel explodes with intensity and movement, thick with complex line work, patterns, and creatures. Ellsworth's work is so original, and An Exorcism is an expressive outflow of his unique creative energy." - Jesse Jacobs: Crawl Space, Safari Honeymoon 

Get it: Order it here for $14.95 (includes worldwide shipping!)

Preview:





You can order your copy of 'An Exorcism' here. In need of more Kuš brain food? Check out other kuš! titles here.