28 October 2014

mini kuš! Fall 2014 releases

kuš! releases four new mini kuš! in the middle of November



While the leaves keep falling from the trees and lose their colors, we are ready to cheer you up with the release of four new mini kuš!. Coming out on the 11th of November will be some experimental and eye-opening mini comics by the international artists Jyrki Heikkinen (Finland), Jesse Jacobs (Canada), Zane Zlemeša (Latvia) and Disa Wallander (Sweden).

You can now order each of the little books from the kuš! webshop separately for $6 each or also as collection for 18$ (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price!). In case you'd also like to get the following kuš! releases, then you can get a subscription here. Also š! #19 is coming out soon and we offer the minis in a bundle with that here.

Each book has 24 pages + cover, full color offset print (locally printed in Riga) on high quality environmentally friendly paper, saddle stitch binding, format DIN A6.

Preview of all the covers and some inside pages:


mini kuš! #26 'Little Hilma', Jyrki Heikkinen


In Jyrki Heikkinen’s Little Hilma, a busy father does not always have time to read to his children. But luckily a teacher-to-be is found at a surprising location and minor worries can be forgotten.



mini kuš! #27 'Mathematical Solutions for a Global Crisis', 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.

 
 

mini kuš! #28 'Collector', Zane Zlemeša


Zane Zlemeša’s Collector is a story about an average guy and his passion. In everyday life you never know who these collectors are, it’s just a coincidence that this one is a photographer.

 
 


mini kuš! #29 'Remember This?', Disa Wallander


Remember This? When were you where and how? What do you think about what you think about stuff? Should you memorize memories or just trust the smell to bring them back? Disa Wallander‘s story will confuse you, perhaps it's best not to think about it?

Winner of the mini kuš! competition!


You know you need them! Here's where to place your order. Do it and you can lean back and soon your mailbox will be filled with lots of challenging new comics!


P.S. Does anyone know why blogspot makes all the pictures turn grey? In reality all those pages are much clearer, you can see them in this kushkomikss facebook album.

16 October 2014

... so who is the artist of mini kuš! #29?

After receiving over 80 submissions from 73 artists for our crazy three day mini open call we've been reading over 1800 comics pages from all over the world. Contributions came not only from the Baltics, but also from almost every country from the rest of Europe and also from the USA, Australia, Columbia, Brazil and the United Arab Emirates to name a few. Phew, we though we just make a tiny little open call and our mailbox exploded (seriously though, googel now tells us to upgrade our account).

Now you probably really want to know whose mini kuš! we selected. Here you go, that's her:  


It's this artist with this huge pencil, proving it's  a wrong preconception that for a mini kuš! you only need a mini pencil. No no, this is how you draw a mini kuš!.

Her name is Disa Wallander, remember this!  


And what will the mini kuš! be about? Will it be a comic? How will it look like, and who will be the artists of the mini kuš! #26, 27 and 28? And where can I order them? And why are there question marks all over the screen? These are a lot of very good questions we will try to answer them next Tuesday. The picture above (by Disa Wallander of course!) gives you a little hint already. Or not?

For sure is, we love the book and are quite certain you will too! Disa is an extremely talented artist and after her mini kuš! you will want to read much more of her works. Here's another secret: you can also read more already before. A bunch of them on her website here: http://www.disawallander.com/ and also on issuu: http://issuu.com/asidisa/

If you're active on social networks you should also follow her on twitter or on twitter and also on tumblr and on many more other sites.

If you like to get to know her even better, check out this video feature about her:




The mini kuš! will be released very soon! Follow also us on twitter or facebook or tumblr and get the newest news. Meanwhile to bridge the gap read the previous mini kuš! (or š! if you prefer shorter stories).


Huge thanks to everyone who sent their works! It was exciting to read so many comics and we discovered quite a bunch of artists with whom we'll be happy to work with on future projects, some are even already in the making...

10 October 2014

mini kuš! mini open call

You could be the author of mini kuš! #27.



The mini kuš! #26-28 are ready to be printed, but it's usually convenient to print four at once, so we'd like to give you the chance to release your comic as a mini kuš!. We don't give you enough time to draw anything new, you can just submit something that you have already prepared, but didn't publish yet. Self-published works are eligible, or also works published in any other language than English.

Requirements:
- Deadline: October 13th, 2014  (it's so soon, we thought you should know that first!)
- Theme: The overall theme of the minis are "modern heroes", but this is very open to interpretation!
- Form: Sequential pictures...
- Pages: exactly 24 (we prefer to print one long 24-page story, but we also accept submissions with less pages, for example one story could be 20 pages, and the second one 4, or even 24 1-page-comics, however, the total should be 24 and not include the cover!
- Cover: Including cover the little book will have 28 pages, the inside cover is blank, you can design the cover after the deadline 
- Language: English
- Format: Small pocket format as usual, DIN A6, width 105mm × height 148mm 
- Colors: Yes, but can also be b/w
- Submit only low resolution jpgs or a single pdf
- Send to kushmens(at)gmail(.)com, don't forget to write your name and include a link to your online presence

Additional info: 
- If you haven't ever seen a mini kuš! before, then better take a look at them here or on our tumblr.
- Your comic doesn't have to be made especially for this! We even recommend you not to do it, because 3 days for 24 pages is just plain crazy.
- It can be a comic which you already published, just tell when you submit it, where your comic has been published before.
- We also accept submissions in Latvian, German or French if it is in any other language, please include an English translation file. Be aware, that if we select your work, we need to have it lettered pretty quickly...
- We accept submissions from all around the world, we might slightly prioritize submissions from the Baltics, but really everyone can submit!
- You keep your copyrights, you just give us the rights for this print run, after you are free to print the comic anywhere else.
- Take a good look at the format requirements, when making open calls for š!, quite often we need to reject works, because the format isn't right (often too big, or landscape instead of portrait).
- The jury consists of the regular kuš! editors and it's shadow office.
- We reserve the right NOT to publish any of the submitted works.

What you get:
- We print 600 copies of the mini kuš! and you get 100 copies for yourself. 


More questions?
- Use the comment section below or write to kushmens(at)gmail(.)com


We highly look forward to your comics! We will make our choice until the 17th of October and notify you then. Good luck!
 

BTW, these are the latest mini kuš!, you can get them here

23 September 2014

š! #18 'Poetry' is out now!

š! #18 'Poetry' was released on September 22nd, 2014! The newest issue of our flagship anthology comes printed on even better paper than usual and feels better than ever!

It presents you a wide range of international poetry comics. Some of the contributions are visual adaptations of existing poems, others are collaborative efforts between poets and comic artists, but mostly they genuinely are poems as comics or comics as poems. How this looks (or reads) you can now see yourself!



Cover: Dāvis Ozols (Latvia) 

Contributors: Anete Melece / Inga Gaile, Anna Vaivare / Semyon Khanin, Dāvis Ozols / Ingmāra Balode, Ingrīda Pičukāne / Sergej Timofejev, Klāvs Loris / Anna Foma, Lote Vilma Vītiņa / Kārlis Vērdiņš, Mārtiņš Zutis / Arvis Viguls, Rūta Briede / Jānis Rokpelnis from Latvia, and Alexander Rothman (USA), Andrej Štular (Slovenia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Evie Cahir (Australia), Julie Doucet (Canada), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), L.L. de Mars (France), Mari Ahokoivu (Finland), Nicolas Zouliamis (Belgium), Patrick Kyle (Canada), Sam Alden (USA), Theo Ellsworth (USA), Tiina Lehikoinen (Finland) and Tommi Musturi (Finland).

Specs: English, handy A6 format, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, Munken Polar 300g, Munken Lynx Rough 120g.

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Get it:  Order it for $14 from our webshop (international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription.

Have a look inside:


Theo Ellsworth

Lote Vilma Vītiņa / Kārlis Vērdiņš


Tiina Lehikoinen


Dunja Janković

Rūta Briede / Jānis Rokpelnis

More preview pics you can also see on facebook!  To see the whole poetry comics you should order the book from our webshop (or by clicking the orange button below), or wait until it's available at a bookshop near you. In case you're interested in a wholesale deal, contact sales at kushmens@gmail.com.


Latvian comics competition

Yesterday the entry period for the comics competition (Komiksu konkursu 2014) which we organised together with the Royal Embassy of Belgium in Latvia successfully ended!


Illustration: Rūta Briede, winner of the 2013 comics competition

In July we announced the second annual comics competition. Every Latvian above the age of 16 years was invited to send in a story of up to 4 pages on the theme of "Body Factory". The theme was based on De humani corporis fabrica by the Belgian Andreas Vesalis. In honor of the 500 anniversary of this book the Belgian embassy and Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzejs organize an exhibition during the Belgian days in November and there also the 10 best comics of the competition will be shown. 

The call for entries was very successful as we received many wonderful works. Even two more than last year. There were 77 entries from all around Latvia and from some Latvians abroad. The future of Latvian comics does look female, as two thirds of the entries were from women. The youngest participant was 16 years and the oldest 57.


Now it's time for the jury to read the entries and to pick the winners. It will be a hard tasks, so they will be announced in November!

Thanks a lot to all the sponsors who make this award possible, to the partners for spreading the news and giving support and huge thanks to all the participants who are hopefully inspired to draw many more comics!

Konkursa ģenerālsponsori: Beļģijas Karalistes Vēstniecība Latvijā un Beļģijas-Luksemburgas-Latvijas tirdzniecības kamera


Konkursa partneri: Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzejs, Arctic Paper, tipogrāfija Dardedze Hologrāfija, HungryLab, Latvijas Mākslas Akadēmija, žurnāls VETO, nedēļas žurnāls Ir, FOLD, Arterritory, Mana Rīga.



22 September 2014

Comix 4= Darbnīca



kuš! aicina 15 – 25 gadus vecus jauniešus uz radošo darbnīcu!

Darbnīcā varēsi:
*iemācīties uzzīmēt stāstu komiksa formā,
*iepazīties ar komiksu autoru migrācijas pieredzes stāstiem,
*piedaloties neformālās mācīšanās aktivitātēs uzzināt, kā atpazīt diskrimināciju un mazināt stereotipus par iebraucējiem.

5. oktobrī no 11.00 – 19.00
Rīgas jauniešu centrā „Kaņieris”, Kaņiera ielā 15, www.kopnica.lv

Vadītāji: Amanda Baeza, komiksu autore no Čīles/Portugāles un Sintija Lase, neformālās izglītības trenere-apmācītāja.

Kā pieteikties?
Sūti epastu, norādot  savu vārdu un vecumu uz kushmens@gmail.com līdz 2.oktobrim!

Darbnīca notiks angļu valodā un ir bez maksas.


Šī darbnīca ir daļa no projekta „ComiX4= Komiksi vienlīdzībai”, kura mērķis ir veicināt starpkultūru dialogu, izmantojot mākslas instrumentus – komiksus, ko veidojuši komiksu autori ar migrācijas izcelsmi.
Vairāk par projektu: www.comix4equality.eu

Projektu „ComiX4= Komiksi vienlīdzībai” finansiāli atbalsta Eiropas Savienības Pamattiesību un pilsonības programma un Sabiedrības integrācijas fonds. Par šīs publikācijas saturu atbild biedrība „Grafiskie stāsti” un tās partneri.


12 September 2014

Zine Making Workshop

kuš! invites you to take part in the zine workshop with Inés Estrada, artist from Mexico, and a special guest presentation by Maris Dagis, CEO and founder of Sellfy.

The workshop will be held in The Mill on Saturday the 20th of September.



Content

Zines are self-made publications elaborated in limited editions, and an attractive and useful medium to distribute your work as an illustrator or artist. In this workshop Inés Estrada will discuss more about what is a zine, as well as what is the process of making one: from the original drawings to the production of the copies and their distribution. The intention of the workshop is to elaborate a zine that can be reproduced later by photocopying or any other reproduction technique. 

While Inés Estrada will introduce you to paper-based zines, Maris Dagis will hold a short presentation about the distribution of digital content! In his presentation he will tell why and how to publish on the net with lots of examples and tips from things he's learned from the authors at Sellfy.com.
  
The Lecturers

Inés Estrada is an illustrator from Mexico City that has been making comics and self-publishing them as zines since 2006. She has participated in different comics festivals around the world and has also been part of the organization of a local zine fest since 2012 called Zin Amigos. She writes a weekly comics column for Vice Mexico and regularly contributes to kuš! and many other international publications.

Maris Dagis is a technology entrepreneur from Riga. He's the co-founder and CEO at Sellfy and founding member of The Mill co-working space.

Info Overview

- When: 20. September 2014, 14.00 - 17.00
- Where: The Mill, Brīvības iela 33, 2nd floor, Rīga
- Language: The workshop will be held in English
- Who: This workshop would be best suited for artists, illustrators and graphic designers, but we encourage anyone interested to take part, regardless of their field of expertise.
- Materials: needed for the participants: drawing materials (pencils, crayons, pen, ink, markers, etc.), material to cut out (prints of your work, magazines for collage making, etc.)
- Optional materials that are encouraged for the participants to bring: an example of your work: It can be a comic you're working on, a selection of illustrations, or any other thing you've made as long as it's on a paper.
- Costs: it's free, sponsored by kuš!, The Mill, Sellfy

Take Part

Send an e-mail to kushmens(at)gmail.com until the 18th of September. First come first (re)served, maximum 20 participants.


It's time to sharpen your pencils and minds. Apply now to take part in this unique workshop!



Support: The Mill, Sellfy

1 September 2014

The Latvians are coming!

The theme of this year's Helsinki Comics Festival is LGBT comics and their official guest country is Germany. But watch out, in 2014 the festival also faces it's biggest presence of Latvian comics (yet)!

illustration Sabīne Moore

While Sabīne Moore is already in Helsinki interning for Kutikuti for a couple of weeks, right in time for the festival time (5th-7th of September) more arrivals are expected - kuš! editors David and Sanita as well as the artists Dāvis Ozols, Laura Ķeņina and Līva Kandevica will be there. Instead of sharing one big Latvian table, we'll spread out all over the festival!

26 August 2014

š! #18 'Poetry' coming soon


š! #18 'Poetry' will be released on September 22nd, 2014

This issue presents you a wide range of international poetry comics. Some of the contributions are visual adaptations of existing poems, others are collaborative efforts between poets and comic artists, but mostly they genuinely are poems as comics or comics as poems. As you will discover, there are countless ways of interaction for the two mediums to merge into a new poetic visual art form. 



Cover: Dāvis Ozols (Latvia) 

Contributors: Anete Melece / Inga Gaile, Anna Vaivare / Semyon Khanin, Dāvis Ozols / Ingmāra Balode, Ingrīda Pičukāne / Sergej Timofejev, Klāvs Loris / Anna Foma, Lote Vilma Vītiņa / Kārlis Vērdiņš, Mārtiņš Zutis / Arvis Viguls, Rūta Briede / Jānis Rokpelnis from Latvia, and Alexander Rothman (USA), Andrej Štular (Slovenia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Evie Cahir (Australia), Julie Doucet (Canada), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), L.L. de Mars (France), Mari Ahokoivu (Finland), Nicolas Zouliamis (Belgium), Patrick Kyle (Canada), Sam Alden (USA), Theo Ellsworth (USA), Tiina Lehikoinen (Finland) and Tommi Musturi (Finland).


Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, English.

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Get it:  Pre-order it for $ 14.00 from our webshop (international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription.

Preview pages:
Evie Cahir


L.L. de Mars

 Lote Vilma Vītiņa / Kārlis Vērdiņš

Tiina Lehikoinen

Klāvs Loris / Anna Foma


Dunja Janković

More preview pics will be updated on the kuš! tumblr the next days!  To see the whole poetry comics you should pre-order the issue from our webshop (or by clicking the orange button below), or wait until it's available at a bookshop near you.




22 July 2014

Komiksu Konkurss 2014


Komiksu žurnāls kuš! sadarbībā ar Beļģijas Karalistes vēstniecību Latvijā izsludina Komiksu konkursu 2014, kurā piedalīties aicināti gan profesionāli un pieredzējuši autori, gan mākslas studenti un jauni talanti – visi, kuri ir vismaz 16 gadus veci un kurus interesē vizuālu stāstu stāstīšana pieaugušiem lasītājiem.

Ilustrācija: Rūta Briede, ilustratore un komiksu konkursa 2013 laureāte

Lai piedalītos konkursā, autoriem jārada komikss – vizuāls stāsts secīgu attēlu formā – apjomā no 1 līdz 4 lappusēm, latviešu valodā par tēmu „Ķermeņa fabrika”. Komiksa žanrs, darba tehnika, stils, krāsu skaits netiek ierobežots. Konkursa darbu iesniegšanas termiņš ir 2014. gada 21. septembris. Plašāk par noteikumiem konkursa nolikumā www.komikss.lv/konkurss

Komiksu konkurss 2014 ir ikgadējs konkurss, kas notiks otro reizi ar mērķi veicināt Latvijas mākslinieku radošo darbību komiksa jomā, veidojot mākslinieciski kvalitatīvu komiksu kultūras vidi Latvijā.

Labāko darbu autoriem paredzētas naudas un materiālas balvas.
1.vieta – 700 EUR no Beļģijas Vēstniecības Latvijā
2.vieta – 300 EUR no Beļģijas-Luksemburgas-Latvijas tirdzniecības kameras
Desmit konkursa darbi tiks iekļauti Beļģijas vēstniecības un Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzeja veidotajā izstādē, kas norisināsies no 2014.gada novembra līdz 2015.gada maijam.

Konkursā iesniegtos darbus vērtēs žūrija - Beļģijas vēstnieks Latvijā Franks Arnauts, ilustratore un Komiksu konkursa 2013 laureāte Rūta Briede, rakstnieks un publicists Pauls Bankovskis, Latvijas Laikmetīgās Mākslas centra direktore Solvita Krese, kardiologs prof.Andrejs Ērglis un kuš! redaktors Dāvids Šilters.

Konkursa rezultātu paziņošana un komiksu autoru apbalvošana notiks 14. novembrī Beļģijas Karaļa Dienā.


Konkursa ģenerālsponsori: Beļģijas Karalistes Vēstniecība Latvijā un Beļģijas-Luksemburgas-Latvijas tirdzniecības kamera


Konkursa partneri: Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzejs, Arctic Paper, tipogrāfija Dardedze Hologrāfija, HungryLab, Latvijas Mākslas Akadēmija, žurnāls VETO, nedēļas žurnāls Ir, FOLD, Arterritory, Mana Rīga.