2 February 2016

š! #24 coming out soon!

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.

š! #24 'Urban Jungle'  




Cover: Līva Kandevica (Latvia)

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

Preview pages:




Vivianna Maria Stanislavska






To read the whole issue and discover the urban jungle by yourself, you can pre-order š! #24 'Urban Jungle' here.




The issue will be debuted at The Millionaires Club in Leipzig in presence of cover artist Līva Kandevica and contributor Zane Zlemeša.

28 December 2015

Looking back at 2015

2015 was the most active year of kuš! so far... We held 4 workshops, presented 6 exhibitions and  attended 18 festivals in 12 different countries. Great memories!


Who would have thought we'd also manage to publish over 1000 pages of comics by 64 international artists in 13 books!?


Well, those are not just a bunch of empty numbers, you can now get all the comics we've put out this year for a reduced price here: kuš! 2015 package. You can also get the books which are not sold out separately.

We hope to publish at least as much great comics also next year. If you don't want to miss out on our 2016 titles, better get a subscription!

Wish you all a colorful 2016!

1 December 2015

The End of A Fence by Roman Muradov

The first long form book in the new kuš! mono series is out now. We just released The End of A Fence by the "bloody brilliant" illustrator and author Roman Muradov!


What if we were segregated by compatibility? What if we agreed on everything, from haircuts to philosophy? What if we had no sides to take? What would remain in the middle? Inspired by J.G.Ballard, Ai Weiwei, Jonathan Monk and all the recent horrors in the news. Imagine a community willfully segregated by OkCupidish algorithms… or don’t–Roman Muradov did it for you!

The End of A Fence
Roman Muradov

ISBN: 978-9934-518-34-8
Specs: Format A6 (10cm x 15 cm / 4" x 6"), 100 pages, full-color, perfect bound, blingy cover! Locally printed on FSC certified paper.


First review: A.V. Club

Get it: Available here for $14.00 (including world wide shipping costs!). Also available in many of these selected bookshops.

Have a look inside:






 

Now better get your own copy of The End of A Fence here!


27 November 2015

š! #23 'Redrawing Stories from the Past'


The newest kuš! anthology, š! #23 'Redrawing Stories from the Past', is about one of the darkest periods of our past. It contains stories about victims of National Socialism based on incidents and biographies found and researched during the project “Redrawing Stories from the Past”. The stories illustrate a rather unseen, forgotten or even marginalized part of our common memory and give voice to the lives of people who have not been heard before, thus offering a new perspective and better understanding of our present as well.

As Daniel Elkin writes in his review of this issue: "Given the events of the recent days and the backlash it has engendered, these are not only stories of A time, they are stories of OUR time."

 Cover by Paula Bulling


Contributors: Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Max Baitinger (Germany), Paula Bulling (Germany), Vuk Palibrk (Serbia), Zosia Dzierżawska (Poland) and a postscript by historian Ole Frahm (Germany)

Format: A6, 188 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Latvia on environmentally friendly paper ISBN: 978-9934-518-35-5 Release date: November 2015

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

Preview pages:







Postscript by Ole Frahm

To read the full stories, you can order š! #23 here, soon it will also be available in selected book shops. If you're in Berlin, make sure to visit the exhibition of the project until the 10th of January 2016 in the Galerie im Saalbau, Karl-Marx-Straße 141. The gallery is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 8pm.

12 November 2015

The End of A Fence by Roman Muradov (Preview)

After long rumors, an exclusive preview on Comics & Cola, and an announcement on Publishers Weekly, we're very excited to officially announce our first long form book in the new kuš! mono series!

The debut will be The End of A Fence by acclaimed illustrator and author Roman Muradov, to be released November 20th.



What if we were segregated by compatibility? What if we agreed on everything, from haircuts to philosophy? What if we had no sides to take? What would remain in the middle? Inspired by J.G.Ballard, Ai Weiwei, Jonathan Monk and all the recent horrors in the news. Imagine a community willfully segregated by OkCupidish algorithms… or don’t–Roman Muradov did it for you!
 

Stephen Collins, author of The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil, sums it up as “A visionary, sad, glitchy love story by a master of the comics form.” 



Roman Muradov is an award-winning author and illustrator from Moscow, currently living in San Francisco. His clients include The New Yorker, The New York Times, Penguin, Random House, Vogue, Time, GQ and many others. His first graphic novella, (In A Sense) Lost & Found was published in 2014 by Nobrow Press.
 

The End of A Fence
Roman Muradov

ISBN: 978-9934-518-34-8
Format: The beloved tiny kuš! format A6 (10cm x 15 cm / 4" x 6"), 100 pages, full-color, perfect bound. Printed in Latvia on FSC certified paper.


Pre-order: Available here for $14.00 (including world wide shipping costs!), will be shipped on November 20th 2015. Soon available in selected bookshops worldwide.

Preview:







The End of A Fence will be debuted simultaneously at two alternative comics festivals, at BilBOlbul in Bologna and at Grafixx in Antwerp on November 20th, 2015!

If you can't make it there, better get your copy here!

28 October 2015

NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium


A special meeting of the NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at 7pm at Parsons The New School, 2 West 13th Street, in the Bark Room (off the lobby). Free and open to the public.

Comics on the Northern Edge of Europe

 Illustration by Patrick Crotty


Bill Kartalopoulos in conversation with Tom Oldham, Patrick Crotty, Tommi Musturi and David Schilter discussing the alternative small press comics in the UK, Sweden, Finland and Latvia.

Tom Oldham is a co-founder of Breakdown Press, a comics publisher based in London, UK. Breakdown Press is dedicated to publishing the very best in comics art, whether the cutting edge work of new cartoonists or undiscovered classics of the past.

Patrick Crotty is an artist and the official boss of the Swedish PEOW! studio. PEOW! is a publisher, shop and risograph studio based in Stockholm, publishing intergalactic comics from Sweden and abroad.

Tommi Musturi is an artist and co-founder of KUTIKUTI, a non-profit contemporary comics association and artist collective formed in Finland. KUTIKUTI are ca. forty members who make, teach and publish comics. They operate internationally with an aim to maintain and develop comics as an art form.

David Schilter is a co-editor of kuš!, a small press publisher from Riga. kuš! promotes alternative comics in Latvia and abroad. Next to publishing international anthologies and mini comics, they organize exhibitions workshops and other comic-related events.

Event initiated by Ben Katchor and David Schilter.

We're very happy to be part of this discussion with the very best alternative comics publishers from our neighborhood! Two days later kuš! will also be at CAB, Table D1. Come and say hello!

22 October 2015

š! #23 coming out soon!


In the upcoming issue of š! five young European artists shed some light on one of the darkest periods of our past. They tell stories about victims of National Socialism based on incidents and biographies found and researched during the project “Redrawing Stories from the Past”.

Fragment of Max Baitinger's contribution

Accompanied by a comic artist and a comic theorist, the artists were supported in their research and artistic work for almost a year. The stories illustrate a rather unseen, forgotten or even marginalized part of our common memory and give voice to the lives of people who have not been heard before, thus offering a new perspective and better understanding of our present as well.

š! #23 "Redrawing Stories from the Past" 



Cover: Paula Bulling (Germany)

Contributors: Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Max Baitinger (Germany), Paula Bulling (Germany), Vuk Palibrk (Serbia), Zosia Dzierżawska (Poland) and a postscript by Ole Frahm (Germany)

Format: A6, 188 pages, full-color, perfect bound, locally printed in Latvia on high quality, environmentally friendly paper ISBN: 978-9934-518-35-5 Release date: November 6th, 2015

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

Preview pages:








To read the full stories, you can pre-order š! #23 here. If you are interested in wholesale, contact us at komikss(at)gmail(dot)com.


Fragment of Vuk Palibrk's comic 


This issue will be debuted at the Exhibition "Redrawing Stories from the Past" at Galerie Im Saalbau in Berlin, Germany on November 6th, 6 PM. The artists will be present. Simultaneously we'll also debut it at CAB in Brooklyn (Table D1)!