22 July 2015

š! #22 coming out soon


Fashion!!! The new š! comics anthology is not really about fashion – or is it? The eighteen specially selected artists are not only very well-dressed, but they all use fashion very passionately in their comics. They stand out through paying detailed attention to their characters’ style. Without further restrictions, they were given a free hand in their stories, creating the most fabulous works – gorgeous, stylish, romantic, youthful, sexy, experimental and always surprising, almost like fashion itself  

š! #22 'Fashion' est très chic!  



Cover: Marie Jacotey (France)

Contributors: Anna Deflorian (Italy), Dace Sietiņa (Latvia), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Hetamoé (Portugal), Ingrīda Pičukāne (Latvia), Joseph P Kelly (UK), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Laura Callaghan (Ireland), Léo Quievreux (France), Liisa Kruusmägi (Estonia), Marie Jacotey (France), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Oskars Pavlovskis (Latvia), Otaki (South Korea), Roman Muradov (Russia), Sharmila Banerjee (Germany), Tamia Baudouin (France) and Tin Can Forest (Canada).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Riga on high quality, environmentally friendly Munken paper ISBN: 978-9934-518-33-1 Release date: August 22nd, 2015 Support: VKKF

Get it: Pre-order it here ($14, international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription and receive also our next titles.

Preview pages:













To read the whole issue and see for yourself what's hot and what's not, you can pre-order š! #22 'Fashion' here.




The issue will be debuted at the Safari Festival in London with the presence of cover artist Marie Jacotey and contributors Joseph P Kelly, Laura Callaghan and Sharmila Banerjee!

9 July 2015

Komiksu Konkurss 2015


uzzini vairāk: http://www.komikss.lv/konkurss/

This is the third annual comics competition for Latvian artists. The poster was drawn by last year's winner Zane Zlemeša.

7 July 2015

Drawers

In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Riga, kuš! looked over the shoulders of ten comic artists based in Riga and Berlin. Each artist was asked to draw a "drawing person" and the result is captured in time-lapse films.

Kate Elpo in Mawil's studio in Berlin filming Oliver Grajevski.

While each artist was filmed for about an hour, the videos are only 90 seconds each. So now you can see yourself very quickly how some of the best German and Latvian comics artists (Aisha Franz, Anna Vaivare, Ernests Kļaviņš, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Jakob Hinrichs, Mārtiņš Zutis, Mawil, Oliver Grajewski, Oskars Pavlovskis and Sophia Martineck) create their art!

Aisha Franz, Berlin / pencil, crayons


Anna Vaivare, Riga / gouache, Indian ink


Ernests Kļaviņš, Riga / Indian ink


Ingrīda Pičukāne, Riga / felt pens


Jakob Hinrichs, Berlin / pencil, crayons


Mārtiņš Zutis, Riga / Indian ink, tempera


Mawil, Berlin / pencil, water colour, gouache, crayons and beer


Oliver Grajewski, Berlin / computer, pencil


Oskars Pavlovskis, Riga / pencil, felt pens, markers


Sophia Martineck, Berlin / pencil, felt pens


On the Goethe Institut Riga site you can discover more about German and Baltic comics: German link / Latvian link

In the end of September the videos and the original drawings will be exhibited at the Goethe-Institut Riga. Huge thanks to all artists who took their time to draw under the eye of the camera and also to Renate Comics for offering their space as film studio in Berlin! 

1 May 2015

š! #21 'Business Time' released!

Right in time for workers' day the 21st comics anthology š! was released with the theme 'Business Time'.  Twenty Latvian and international artists got up early, brushed their teeth, put on their nicest suits and created business-minded stories for š! #21 'Business Time'.

Cover: Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium)

Contributors: Ann Pajuväli (Estonia), Anna Haifisch (Germany), Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Berliac (Argentina), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Chris Kuzma (Canada), Disa Wallander (Sweden), Harukichi (Japan), Jeroen Funke (The Netherlands), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lai Tat Tat Wing (Hong Kong), Laura Ķeniņš (Canada/Latvia), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Maciej Sieńczyk (Poland), Olive Booger (France), Roope Eronen (Finland), Rūta Briede (Latvia), Sergi Puyol (Spain) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Riga on high quality, environmentally friendly Munken paper

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Get it:  Order it here ($14, international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription and receive also our next titles.

Preview: 

Sergi Puyol
Olive Booger
Jeroen Funke
Harukichi
Līva Kandevica
Anna Haifisch
Maciej Sieńczyk
Lai Tat Tat Wing
 Anna Vaivare

... and much more! Wanna create your own business, get tips and tricks to be more successful with your current ventures, or just want to have a laugh, then better get š! #21 'Business Time now!

13 April 2015

š! #21 coming out soon!


It's all about business! Better get up early and put on a nice tie. Or not? On the first of May we'll celebrate the International Workers Day with a new issue of the comics anthology š! How funny and cruel daily business can be, you can see in these stories from twenty international artists in š! #21 'Business Time'. But now please first memorize the rest of the memo!



Cover: Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium)

Contributors: Ann Pajuväli (Estonia), Anna Haifisch (Germany), Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Berliac (Argentina), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Chris Kuzma (Canada), Disa Wallander (Sweden), Harukichi (Japan), Jeroen Funke (The Netherlands), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lai Tat Tat Wing (Hong Kong), Laura Ķeniņš (Canada/Latvia), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Maciej Sieńczyk (Poland), Olive Booger (France), Roope Eronen (Finland), Rūta Briede (Latvia), Sergi Puyol (Spain) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Riga on high quality, environmentally friendly Munken paper

Release date: May 1st, 2015

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Get it:  Pre-order it here ($14, international shipping costs included) or get yourself a kuš! subscription and receive also our next titles.

Preview pages:













To read the whole issue and get yourself a head start in your own business ventures, you can pre-order š! #21 'Business Time' here. Go get yourself this well deserved bonus! There's no business like comics business!

31 March 2015

Redrawing Stories from the Past

Happy to announce we're part of a new international comics project dealing with history. Read all about it in this press release from MitOst by Laura Werling:

Graphic novel artists unveil forgotten stories of national socialism’s victims

Five young graphic novel artists from different European countries investigate NS victims’ forgotten stories as part of the project „Redrawing Stories from the Past“. The victims’ stories will be made public first through their artistic adaptation that will be presented in both a print edition and two exhibitions in Chemnitz and Berlin (late 2015).

The project „Redrawing Stories from the Past“ is organised by culture managers Elisabeth Desta and Ludwig Henne under the auspices of the MitOst association. The artists will meet first in the framework of a workshop in Pančevo, Serbia (from March 31th to April 5th) under the supervision of the well renowned comic theorist and historian Ole Frahm (Berlin) and the comic artist Sascha Hommer (Hamburg).

During the five day workshop the participants will be given the opportunity to engage into a debate about contradicting narratives of national socialism in Eastern and Western Europe. Expert inputs will complement the discussions covering their first research findings. The attending artists will also have the opportunity to meet the residential youth and to take part in a guided tour in the former concentration camp Samjište.

Finding new ways of commemoration is becoming ever more urgent since the numbers of contemporary witnesses are increasingly diminishing. Our project intends to identify artistic strategies and possibilities the graphic novel, hence the combination of image and text, can provide to preserve and visualise the remembrance of victims of national socialism. For younger readers graphic novels might constitute a new and exciting approach to learn about past events.

MitOst, an international organisation based in Berlin, supports exchange and cooperation between creative artists in Europe and seeks to empower civil society actors as well as civic commitment. Founded in 1996 as a platform for political networks and programs the association today functions as an umbrella organisation for several foundation programs, international projects, nine alumni groups as well as 11300 association members from 40 different countries and their various activities. In addition MitOst organises and carries out a yearly festival.

The following graphic novel artists are involved in the project:

Paula Bulling (Germany)
Max Baitinger (Germany)
Vuk Palibrk (Serbia)
Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia)
Zosia Dzierżawska (Poland)


„Redrawing Stories from the Past“ is realised in cooperation with the Serbian association Elektrika, the Latvian comics magazine kuš! and the AJZ Chemnitz (Alternative Youth Centre Chemnitz).

The project is financially supported by the EVZ (Foundation Memory, Responsibility, Future), the KdFS (Saxon Foundation for Culture), the Goethe Institute Belgrade and the Kulturamt Neukölln (Cultural Office Neukölln).

contact:
Elisabeth Desta (head of project)
elisabeth.desta(at)kulturmanager.net
Telephone +49 179 9221440

19 March 2015

mini kuš! #30-33 released

The four new mini kuš! by Terhi Ekebom, Amanda Vähämäki, Lala Albert and Marie Jacotey are out now!

Specs: Each book has 24 pages + cover, full color throughout, offset printed locally in Riga on high quality environmentally friendly Munken paper, saddle stitch binding, handy format DIN A6.

Order: Each mini kuš! can now be ordered 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

mini kuš! #30


'Logbook' by Terhi Ekebom

"Where are you? Can you hear me? Are you in pain? I haven’t seen you for weeks, your dear face has disappeared in the darkness. I miss you." Terhi Ekebom’s Logbook tells the eerie tale of losing someone.

mini kuš! #31


'It’s Tuesday' by Amanda Vähämäki

It’s Tuesday in a small town somewhere in southern Finland. Apples are being picked, clothes are being sorted, schedules are being revised, and what else happens or doesn’t, you can read in this everyday story by Amanda Vähämäki.

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. 

mini kuš! #33


'BFF' by Marie Jacotey

Marie Jacotey’s BFF is a short story of love and friendship inviting us to follow the intertwined paths of the three characters, Amy, Rob and Stan.

Preview pics of the inside pages you can see in our kuš! webshop, so go there and get your required dose of comics! Spring can start now!

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

17 March 2015

Artist residency in Finland for Latvians

The Rozentals Society (Somijas-Latvijas draudzibas biedriba Rozentals) invites Latvian professionals from all creative businesses to apply for a residence in Fiskars village, Finland. This includes working craftspeople, designers, visual artists, architects, industrial designers, performing artists, composers, musicians, curators, producers, journalists, writers and researchers.


The residency period for applicants is September 2015. The accommodation for the resident artist is free of charge.  The artist also gets support to cover the travel fees from Finnish-Latvian Trade association. Rozentals Society offers a fully furnished apartment with private kitchen, bathroom and work space in a traditional Scandinavian-style house in the heart of Fiskars Village. It is suitable also for a small family or two artists that can share the apartment for the residency period. The artists must finance their own travel to/from the village, their living costs and working materials. Rozentals Society also wishes that the artist is willing to do a presentation of their work to the members of the society.

Resident artist/artists are selected on the basis of applications (work plan, CV and portfolio).

Rozentals Society was founded to promote broader understanding of Latvian social, cultural and economic life in Finland. Mission of residency program is to stimulate the professional exchange and networking between creative professionals of Finland and Latvia. Rozentals Society carries out its own publishing activities, arranges seminars, educational events and cultural activities in co-operation with other organizations.

Fiskars is a unique community of people in creative sector. Permanent residents of the Fiskars village are artists, designers, photographers, writers, musicians, goldsmiths, tattoo artists and craftsmen in many fields. Depending on the field of action, resident will have the possibility to work together with local artists. The co-working possibilities will be planned together with the resident artist.

Please find attached link to the application form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1s4aEt6RtjJKEhopIwJ-rYTOMW9f7rNdQg8bORytYMsM/viewform. Here are also links with more information about Fiskars village and possibilities that residency might bring to the resident artist: www.fiskarsair.fi, www.fiskarsvillage.fi

Deadline: 19th of April 2015

Additional information:

Fiskars Residence Programm curator Kati Sointukangas, fiskarsair@gmail.com
Rozentals Society info@rozentals-seura.fi

3 March 2015

kuš! spring 2015 releases

Excerpt from Marie Jacotey's mini kuš!

Be nice to each other, winter is over soon! Ok, spring might officially only start on March 21st and here it just snowed again last night, but lighten up, we'll release four new mini kuš! already on March 19th! We offer a stunning line-up of new comics from these outstanding artists: Terhi Ekebom (Finland), Amanda Vähämäki (Finland), Lala Albert (USA) and Marie Jacotey (France). Each of the 24 page books has a unique story to tell - of friendship or losing a loved one, a glimpse into a Finnish small town or a stranger's home....

Pre-Order: Each mini kuš!can now be pre-ordered 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

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

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

Preview:



mini kuš! #30 'Logbook', Terhi Ekebom

"Where are you? Can you hear me? Are you in pain? I haven’t seen you for weeks, your dear face has disappeared in the darkness. I miss you." Terhi Ekebom’s Logbook tells the eerie tale of losing someone.



mini kuš! #31 'It’s Tuesday, Amanda Vähämäki

It’s Tuesday in a small town somewhere in southern Finland. Apples are being picked, clothes are being sorted, schedules are being revised, and what else happens or doesn’t, you can read in this everyday story by Amanda Vähämäki.


mini kuš! #32 'R.A.T. ', 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.


mini kuš! #33 'BFF', Marie Jacotey

Marie Jacotey’s BFF is a short story of love and friendship inviting us to follow the intertwined paths of the three characters, Amy, Rob and Stan.

Preview pics of the inside pages you can see in our kuš! webshop, so go there and get your required dose of comics!

2 March 2015

"Comics Artventures" E-Book released!


In November 2013 kuš! invited international and Latvian artists to spend a week at the Latvian National Museum of Art. There they each picked a work of classical art and drew comics inspired by it. You can read our blog about the event here.

 Nicolas Zouliamis sketching "Spring Waters"by Vilhems Purvītis.

Now we collected the works and published it in a free e-book! You can download it here and see seven Latvian masterpieces through the eyes of comics artists!

Comics artists:  Emelie Östergren (Sweden), Mikus Duncis (Latvia), Nicolas Zouliamis (Belgium), Mari Ahokoivu (Finland), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Renata Gąsiorowska (Poland) and Søren Mosdal & Jacob Ørsted (Denmark) based on the artworks of Latvian artists Teodors Zaļkalns, Rūdolfs Pērle, Vilhelms Purvītis, Johans Valters, Janis Rozentāls, Jēkabs Belzēns and Jēkabs Kazaks.

Introductory texts to the artworks by Eduards Dorofejevs

Format: PDF, full color, 74 pages

Download: for free here!

The classical artworks and their new interpretations:


 “Daughter’s Portrait” (1909) by Jēkabs Belzēns (left) and by Renata Gąsiorowska (right)
 
 “Ruins” (1915) by Rūdolfs Pērle (above) and by Mikus Duncis (below)


“Temptation” (1913) by Janis Rozentāls (left) and by Ernests Kļaviņš (right)


“The Pig” (1937) by Teodors Zaļkalns (left) and by Emelie Östergren (right)


“Kazdanga” (1904) by Johans Valters (above) and by Mari Ahokoivu (below)


“Spring Waters” (around 1910) by Vilhelms Purvītis (above) and by Nicolas Zouliamis (below)


 “The Circus” (1918) by Jēkabs Kazaks (left) and by Søren Mosdal & Jacob Ørsted (right)