26 July 2016

š! #25 'Gaijin Mangaka' is out now

š! #25 'Gaijin Mangaka' introduces you to the global movement of comics creators infused and enthused with different forms of manga and making their very own. As co-editor Berliac puts it: "We made a tight selection of some of the most representative independent cartoonists working outside of the manga closet (all top quality Nigiri, no cheap Maki here), Wasabi provided by Paul Gravett in the form of a foreword. Itadakimasu! いただきます"


Cover by Berliac

Contributors: Andrés Magán (Spain), Aseyn (France), Ben Marcus (USA), Berliac (Argentina), Daylen Seu (USA), Dilraj Mann (UK), GG (Canada), Gloria Rivera (USA), Hetamoé (Portugal), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Luis Yang (Spain), Mickey Zacchilli (USA), Nou (USA), Vincenzo Filosa (Italy), xuh (Poland). Coeditor: Berliac Introduction by: Paul Gravett (UK) 

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, printed in Latvia on high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper. Released 26 July 2016.

Get it:  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!

Have a look inside:


 Nou


 GG 

 xuh




To read the whole issue and discover the taste of west meeting east, order š! #25 'Gaijin Mangaka' here.

5 July 2016

š! #25 coming out soon!

š! #25 'Gaijin Mangaka' will be a very a special issue, Paul Gravett sums it up best in his introduction to this book:

"Something extraordinary is happening right now in the wider global manga movement outside Japan, a further sea-change in its irrepressible revolution and evolution, and this special issue of kuš! captures a vital snapshot of this through brand-new work by some key current innovators working outside Japan. From the ceaseless two-way ebb-and-flow of influences between manga and Western comics, Berliac and David Schilter have gathered an exciting crop of contemporary ‘gaijin mangaka’, so-called ‘foreign comics creators’, predominantly young writer-artists from Europe and North and South America."



š! #25 'Gaijin Mangaka', will be released 26 July 2016

Cover: Berliac (Argentina) Contributors: Andrés Magán (Spain), Aseyn (France), Ben Marcus (USA), Berliac (Argentina), Daylen Seu (USA), Dilraj Mann (UK), GG (Canada), Gloria Rivera (USA), Hetamoé (Portugal), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Luis Yang (Spain), Mickey Zacchilli (USA), Nou (USA), Vincenzo Filosa (Italy), xuh (Poland). Coeditor: Berliac With an introduction by: Paul Gravett (UK)

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:



GG 

  

To read the whole issue and discover how West meets East, you can pre-order š! #25 'Gaijin Mangaka' here.

2 June 2016

Open Call for š! #27 'BFFs'

After over two years it's finally time for a new open call for the kuš! anthology. Don't miss it, friends!

Excerpt from Hironori Kikuchi's comic 'Friends'


Full details of participation:

- Theme: BFFs ("Best Friends Forever")
- Page count: 4-16 (preferably even numbers)
- 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 at least 5 free copies
- 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 include a short description of yourself and a link to your site/blog
- Deadline: 19 September 2016
- Send to komiksukonkurss@gmail.com


Additional notes: 

- After receiving your work we'll write you a confirmation e-mail within 7 days. If you don't hear from us, write us again, maybe your mail got lost.
- The decision what we'll publish will be made until 17 October. 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. 
- The theme is BFFs, not BFFS, however you may interpret it very widely, also stories about the worst friends are welcome.
- If you have any questions, just write us. Best if you write a comment below, as other people might have the same question.
- We are always looking forward to see new approaches in storytelling and art. Don't limit yourself!


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.

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8 May 2016

new and new old minis

We release a brand new mini kuš! by Laura Ķeniņš and second editions of the sold out minis by Jesse Jacobs, Lala Albert and Anna Vaivare.


Due to the high demand of the mini kuš! by Jesse Jacobs, Lala Albert and Anna Vaivare we decided to reprint them. So if you didn't get them the first time around, now is your chance to catch up! Instead of just reprinting old comics, we also release a special new mini kuš! by Laura Ķeniņš. Her comic 'Alien Beings' is about the 90s, divorce and aliens!

Specs: 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. Release: 12 May 2016.

Get them: Order them altogether for $19 here or get each mini kuš! separately for $6 (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price!). Our subscribers get the new mini by Laura Ķeniņš for free (it will be sent together with our next anthology š! #25)!

Preview:



mini kuš! #42 'Alien Beings' by Laura Ķeniņš

Driving home, a young girl’s family encounters strange lights. After that night, everything begins to change at home.






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.

Reviews: Der TagesspiegelFestival SeasonFine Fine BooksRob KirbyOptical Sloth


mini kuš! #24 'Swimming Pool' by Anna Vaivare

Anna Vaivare’s protagonist works at the Swimming Pool. She enjoys observing people while keeping herself almost invisible doing her work. When you least expect it she herself plunges into the water and unveils her special secret.

Reviews: The Comics JournalLyderhornComics&ColaFine Fine BooksComics BulletinJohn Seven,  Optical SlothSequential State


mini kuš! #32 'R.A.T. ' by Lala Albert

Ever get the feeling you’re being watched? Maybe there is a R.A.T. observing your every move! Read Lala Albert’s comic at your own risk, it might alter your perception forever.

Reviews: Broken FrontierWe Should Be FriendsOptical SlothComics&ColaThe DIY EyeChili Com CarneQuimby'sSequential State

Laura Ķeniņš will debut her mini kuš! this weekend at TCAF. She can be found in the Wowee Zonk small press area with more of her own zines and with a bunch of kuš! titles. Don't miss!

3 May 2016

Tempora Mutantur

We're very happy to bring Kutikuti's exhibition Tempora Mutantur to Latvia for the opening of Riga Zine Fest.



The Tempora Mutantur anniversary exhibition showcases the recent comics by the current members of the Finnish contemporary comic association Kutikuti. The works have been created specifically for the anniversary exhibition using a screen printing technique. The colorful combination of large comics reflects the diverse styles and narrative methods of Finnish comics in 2015.

The artists in the exhibition are Sami Aho, Mari Ahokoivu, Benjamin Bergman, Heta Bilaletdin, Terhi Ekebom, Roope Eronen, Matti Hagelberg, Jyrki Heikkinen, Mikko Huusko, Ville Kallio, Jan Konsin, Leo Kuikka, Reijo Kärkkäinen, Jarno Latva-Nikkola, Tiina Lehikoinen, Mikko Luostarinen, Hanneriina Moisseinen, Eeva Meltio, Tommi Musturi, Lauri Mäkimurto, Pauliina Mäkelä, Reetta Niemensivu, Jyrki Nissinen, Aapo Rapi, Kati Rapia, Hannele Richert, Heikki Rönkkö, Anna Sailamaa, Kari Sihvonen, Katri Sipiläinen, Petteri Tikkanen, Tuomas Tiainen, Katja Tukiainen, Riitta Uusitalo, Jari Vaara, Emmi Valve, Amanda Vähämäki and Mikko Väyrynen.

Kutikuti has grown from an artistic collective into an association, but it has always been a pioneer of contemporary Finnish comics. Kutikuti’s aim is to promote the status of new and high quality Finnish comics in Finland and abroad. The association publishes new comics in its quarterly comic tabloid Kuti and in its own series of publications. It also holds exhibitions and participates in a variety of relevant events. The association has a studio and a screen printing press in Helsinki. The association currently has 39 comic artists as members. Kutikuti is one of the internationally best-known phenomena in the Finnish comic scene.

Location: NOASS, AB Dambis, Riga
Exhibition opening: 12 May, 17:00
Exhibition duration: 12 May - 12 June
Open: Tuesday-Sunday, 11.00-19.00
Free Entry!
Artists present at the opening: Hanneriina Moisseinen and Ville Kallio 
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On Museum Night (21 May) the exhibition is open until 1 AM, and DJ Alise Ģelze will play Nordic beats. (Facebook Invite)

The 10th anniversary exhibition of Kutikuti has been supported by Grafia, the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s Uusimaa Regional Fund, the Finnish Comics Society, the Arts Promotion Center Finland and Frame Visual Art Finland.

The Exhibition in Riga is organized in collaboration by kuš! komiksi and Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia and the Finnish Embassy in Riga and it marks Nordic Council of Ministers’ 25th anniversary and the Finland’s presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers’ in year 2016.

17 March 2016

kuš! spring releases!

The new mini kuš! #38-41 are out! We officially announce the start of spring already now-and rest assured, it is brilliant!


The creators of the newest minis are Ingrīda Pičukāne, Tara Booth, Hanneriina Moisseinen and Aisha Franz. The comics vary from an incredibly sad war story to a super fun and wild adventure of a young woman, a broad range of stories both fictional and non-fiction and drawn in different styles both digital and hand-drawn! A great bunch of comics for new discoveries!

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

Get them: Order the mini kuš! collection for $19 here or get each mini kuš! separately for $6  (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price!). In case you'd also like to get the following kuš! releases, subscribe here.

 Preview:

mini kuš! #38 'Three Sisters' by Ingrīda Pičukāne

This tale shows the gruesome collision of two worlds. When three sisters are strolling through the woods, they encounter a strange man. It’s truly beautiful!


 
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.




mini kuš! #40 '1944' by Hanneriina Moisseinen

It's summer 1944 and Karelia is being evacuated. At the same moment that the inhabitants are told they have two minutes to leave, a cow starts to give birth.





mini kuš! #41 'EYEZ' by Aisha Franz

In a not-so-distant place and time where everything and everybody knows everything about everybody, we as individuals will have to come up with new escape strategies. In order to overcome the observers’ preset categories, we must manage to blur the lines between male/female, organism/machines, reality/virtuality, and finally, between life/death.




Place your order here, lean back for a minute, and soon you'll get some healthy brain food to get a head start into spring!

1 March 2016

mini kuš! #38-41 coming soon

Spring is just around the corner, this means it's time for the release of four new mini kuš!

excerpt from Tara Booth's mini kuš!

Ingrīda Pičukāne, Tara Booth, Hanneriina Moisseinen and Aisha Franz, created very intriguing new additions for the mini kuš! comics series. Get ready for some fresh and thought provoking comics!...
 
Format: Each book has 28 pages, full color, locally printed in Riga on high quality FSC certified Munken Pure paper, saddle stitch binding, pocket format DIN A6.

Pre-Order: Pre-order the mini kuš! collection for $19 here or get each mini kuš! separately for $6  (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price!). The minis will be released on March 17th, 2017. In case you'd also like to get the following kuš! releases, subscribe here.

If you're interested in wholesale, contact us via komikss(at)gmail(dot)com 

Preview:

mini kuš! #38 'Three Sisters' by Ingrīda Pičukāne

This tale shows the gruesome collision of two worlds. When three sisters are strolling through the woods, they encounter a strange man. It’s truly beautiful!

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.

mini kuš! #40 '1944' by Hanneriina Moisseinen

It's summer 1944 and Karelia is being evacuated. At the same moment that the inhabitants are told they have two minutes to leave, a cow starts to give birth.



mini kuš! #41 'EYEZ' by Aisha Franz

In a not-so-distant place and time where everything and everybody knows everything about everybody, we as individuals will have to come up with new escape strategies. In order to overcome the observers’ preset categories, we must manage to blur the lines between male/female, organism/machines, reality/virtuality, and finally, between life/death.



Want to make your spring even more colorful? You know what to do! Place your order here, lean back for a minute, and soon your mailbox will get properly fed!

23 February 2016

š! #24 'Urban Jungle' is out now!

š! #24 'Urban Jungle' is out now!


Cover: Līva Kandevica (Latvia)

It’s time to face up to the unpleasant corners of the city! Twenty-two international artists will take you to some of the darkest spots in the urban jungle.

Contributors: Abraham Díaz (Mexico), Amanda Baeza (Chile/Portugal), Ann Pajuväli (Estonia), Dace Sietiņa (Latvia), Daria Tessler (Finland/USA), Disa Wallander (Sweden), Elīna Brasliņa (Latvia), G. W. Duncanson (USA), Hicham Amrani (France), Jean de Wet (South Africa), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lee Kyutae (South Korea), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Luke Pearson (U.K.), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Mathilde Van Gheluwe (Belgium), Sami Aho (Finland), Tara Booth (USA), Tsuchika Nishimura (Japan), Vivianna Maria Stanislavska (Latvia), Ward Zwart (Belgium), Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Riga on high quality, environmentally friendly Munken paper ISBN: 978-9934-518-36-2 Release date: 23 February 2016 Support: VKKF

Get it: Order it here ($13.99, worldwide shipping included) or get a kuš! subscription and receive also the next kuš! titles.

Have a look inside:

 Sami Aho
 Vivianna Maria Stanislavska

To read the whole issue and discover the urban jungle by yourself, you can order š! #24 'Urban Jungle' here. If you're interested in wholesale, write to komikss(at)gmail(dot)com.