5 March 2014

š! #16 Villages

The newest issue of our comics anthology is out now. š! #16 'Villages' takes you all around the world to places such as Julloville, Kugti and Alt-Marzahn. Eighteen artists tell you stories of villages they visited, grew up in or live and give intimate views of the sacred village live.

Cover: Anna Vaivare (Latvia) 

Contributors: Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Anne Stalinski (The Netherlands), Anthony Meloro (USA), Celine de Cadt (Belgium), Chris Reijnen (Belgium), Daniel Almeida (Brazil), David Biskup (UK), Evangelos Androutsopoulos (Finland, Greece), Gillian Rhodes (USA), Jana Vasiljević (Serbia), Kara Sievewright (Canada), Kawai Shen (Canada), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lauri Mäkimurto (Finland), Oliver East (UK), Paddy Lynch (Ireland), Placid (France) and Sandra Rummler (Germany). 

Specs: Format DIN A6 (4.13 × 5.83 inches), 18 artists, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, English, locally printed in Riga on environmentally friendly paper, ISBN 978-9934-518-11-9, released on 4th of March 2014.

Get it: Order it here for USD 14.00 (worldwide shipping costs and a free bookmark and postcard included in price) or get a kuš! half year subscription and receive also the next three issues delivered right to your house.

In Riga already available at Galerija Istaba, Randoms, Muhamors and Dizaina drukas studijā TELPA and soon at more places around the world.

Preview pics:

 Chris Reijnen


 Placid

Evangelos Androutsopoulos

Gillian Rhodes

Anna Vaivare

Oliver East

David Biskup

Sandra Rummler

Kawai Shen

Celine de Cadt

... and many more you can find in your own copy of this issue!


Map: 

"Advertisement" by David Biskup for you to find the villages on the kuš! villages tumblr.

Bookplate:

If you order quickly enough you get these bookplates and a postcard by Anna Vaivare for free!

We wish you an interesting adventure to discover these villages and enjoy the comics by these artists, most of which are for the very first time published in kuš!.

24 February 2014

Berliac 'Inverso'


kuš! and the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art are inviting to the opening of the exhibition “Inverso” by Argentinian artist Berliac.

When: 06.03., 18:30
Where: Office Gallery, Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art

In the midst of a marital crisis, an unnamed zoologist is assigned to investigate the possible case of a "negative jaguar". The deeper he delves into the Amazonian jungle, the more he steps into the other side of reality. Is it too late to go back?

Berliac is a comics and graphic narrative artist. He was born 1982 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He lives and works in Bergen, Norway. He has released 6 graphic Novels published in Argentina, Brazil and Spain and exhibited his works internationally. In 2013 kuš! released his story ‘Inverso’ as mini kuš!. His shorter works have appeared in diverse anthologies and zines worldwide. http://berliac.com

Berliac is CUNE artist in residence in Riga during the month of March invited by kuš!.

The exhibition can be visited at the Office Gallery of the Latvian Centre for Contemporary Art, Alberta ielā 13, 7. floor, until the 20th of March 2014. Opening hours are 12:00-18:.00 every work day.

A discussion with the artist about his works, contemporary comics art and his projects in Riga will take place at the Office Gallery on March 13th at 18.30.

Facebook invite

Support: CUNE (Comics Union of Northern Europe), KKF, NOASS, European Commission, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.


Komiksu kultūras žurnāls kuš! un Laikmetīgās mākslas centrs aicina uz Berliaka (AR) izstādes „Inverso” atklāšanu!

KAD: 6. martā plkst. 18.30
KUR: Laikmetīgās mākslas centra Ofisa galerijā

Kāds vārdā nenosaukts zoologs smagas laulību krīzes vidū saņem uzdevumu izmeklēt lietu par iespējams eksistējošu “negatīvo jaguāru”. Jo dziļāk viņš dodas pētīt Amazones džungļus, jo vairāk attālinās un nokļūst realitātes otrā pusē. Vai ir jau par vēlu, lai atgrieztos?

Berliaks ir komiksu un grafisku stāstu autors, dzimis 1982. gadā Buenosairesā, Argentīnā, un šobrīd dzīvo un strādā Bergenā, Norvēģijā. Berliaka seši grafiskie romāni ir izdoti Argentīnā, Brazīlijā, Spānijā un viņa darbi ir izrādīti vairākās starptautiskās izstādēs. 2013.gadā kuš! izdeva viņa stāstu „Inverso” mini kuš! sērijā. Berliaka komiksu īsstāsti ir iekļauti dažādās antoloģijās un zīnos visā pasaulē. http://berliac.com

Berliaks ir CUNE programmas komiksu mākslinieks rezidencē un Rīgā strādās vienu mēnesi.

Izstāde būs apskatāma Laikmetīgās mākslas centra Ofisa galerijā, Alberta ielā 13, 7. stāvā, līdz 2014.gada 20. martam. LMC durvis atvērtas katru darba dienu no 12.00-18.00.

Saruna ar mākslinieku par saviem darbiem, mūsdienu komiksiem un to, ko viņš darīs martā Rīgā, notiks 13. martā, plkst. 18.30 LMC Ofisa galerijā.

Atbalstītāji: CUNE (Comics Union of Northern Europe), Eiropas Komisija, Latvijas Republikas Kultūras Ministrija, Kultūrkapitāla fonds, NOASS




11 February 2014

š! #16 'Villages' Preview

On March 4th š! #16 'Villages' will be released!  

Aldborough, Alkkula, Alt-Marzahn, Baldoyle, Batatais, Boezinge, Caddo, Čičmany, Inuvik, Jullouville, Kugti, Latvajärvi, Niederbipp, Orangeville, Queen Charlotte, Ringway, s-Gravenwezel and Tavigny are villages you've probably never heard of. You get to discover all of them in unique comics in the Baltic Comics Magazine š! #16 'Villages'.

Cover: by Anna Vaivare 

Contributors: Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Anne Stalinski (The Netherlands), Anthony Meloro (USA), Celine de Cadt (Belgium), Chris Reijnen (Belgium), Daniel Almeida (Brazil), David Biskup (UK), Evangelos Androutsopoulos (Finland, Greece), Gillian Rhodes (USA), Jana Vasiljević (Serbia), Kara Sievewright (Canada), Kawai Shen (Canada), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lauri Mäkimurto (Finland), Oliver East (UK), Paddy Lynch (Ireland), Placid (France) and Sandra Rummler (Germany). 

Specs: š! #16 'Villages', format DIN A6 (4.13 × 5.83 inches), 18 artists, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, English, locally printed in Riga on environmentally friendly paper, ISBN 978-9934-518-11-9, released on 4th of March 2014.

Get it: Pre-order here for USD 14.00 (worldwide shipping costs and a free bookmark and postcard included in price) or get a kuš! half year subscription and receive also the next three issues delivered right to your house.

Map: If you're curious where these places are, you can find them here:
http://kushvillages.tumblr.com/
If you would like to see them closer, just click on the map.

Sample pages:









 
 
 

Those are just eight of 164 full color comics pages from š! #16 'Villages', an issue full of discoveries and surprises! 

6 February 2014

The Last Match in Ljubljana!


Late last year kuš! brought 'The Last Match' to Kino Šiška in Ljubljana, Slovenia where they called it Poslednja vžigalica. We had such an amazing time there with our hosts from Stripburger, that we almost where too shy to report about it, but now it is time to share some of our impressions.

The growing travelling exhibition had already 364 tiny artworks. Oskars Pavlovskis is labeling them here.

27 December 2013

kuš! 2013 roundup

Short overview of all comics we published in 2013. Here they are in their full glory:




Altogether 828 full color pages of comics by 66 international artists published in three issues of the comics anthology š! and in twelve mini kuš!. 2013 has been a big blast of creativity!

You can get them all here for only $78.00 including worldwide shipping costs and a bunch of stickers, postcards and bookmarks as well!

10 December 2013

Behind the Comics XVIII - Pixin

This time 'Behind the Comics' continues with an insight to the work by Singaporean artist Weng Pixin, who contributed to š! #15 'Cats'.

Weng Pixin // *1983, Singapore. Pixin is from sunny Singapore. She loves to draw comics inspired by memories and desires. When she isn't drawing, Pixin loves to watch television, read books and hold her cat like a baby.

Visit her blog: www.rollinghometoyou.blogspot.sg

Pixin: Hello! This is the area I live where tons of construction work is going on all the time. Singapore is a very small country. Due to limited land area, there is a constant motion of destruction and construction to use every space possible for the economic growth of our small nation.
 


Imagine the noise of bulldozers knocking down walls, concrete crashing, cars and trucks honking, stilettos clicking on every sidewalk. Hence I introduce to you, my corner: Where I blast music to the right and to the left, I watch YouTube videos. I use my noise to over-ride the noise outside.

5 December 2013

Behind the Comics XVII - L.L. de Mars

L.L. de Mars contributed a comic to š! #15 'Cats' and gives a little look behind his desk, telling about his process.


L.L. de Mars // *1967, France. Lives and works in a very very small village. Playing the clarinet allows him not to draw comics; writing essays on Italian painting allows him not to play the clarinet; making animation movies allows him not to write essays; teaching medieval theology allows him not to make any cartoons; making documentaries allows him not to teach; painting frescoes allows him not to film anything. Thanks to all these methods, he can find time to sleep... Visit: www.le-terrier.net


L.L. de Mars: Each new story moves my work into new modes; the forms taken by the work itself must be regarded more as a speculative way I want to bend it than as a functional couple "right shape for right project." 

21 November 2013

mini kuš! #18-21

The next mini kuš! # 18-21 are in print now and will be released on November 27th! We're very proud of the international cast who contributed a very adventurous comic each: Michael Jordan (Germany), Berliac (Argentina), Jean de Wet (South Africa) and Renata Gąsiorowska (Poland).

You can now order each of the books from our webshop seperately for $ 6.00 each or also as collection for 18.00 $ (worldwide shipping costs already included in the price). Each book has 24 pages + cover, English text, full color offset print on high quality paper (Munken), saddle stitch binding, format DIN A6. Jean de Wet's comics is printed with a blue Pantone spot color.

Here follows a sneak peek of all the covers and some inside pages:

mini kuš! #18

This No Place to Stay', Michael Jordan

'This No Place to Stay' is a semi-fictional, semi-biographical story by the German artist Michael Jordan. His bearded alter ego travels through a coffee cup into a labyrinth inside a hospital laboratory. Hopefully the wound in the nurse's hand can rescue him...

19 November 2013

CUNE Comics Residency in Riga II - Emmi Valve

In the month of October kuš! had the pleasure to host Emmi Valve for the second CUNE comics residency in Riga. She stayed on the beautiful houseboat by NOASS. Below you can read her report. If you also would like to do a residency, you can apply now for the 2014 residencies.
Emmi Valve: I'm a Finnish comic artist and I came to Riga trough the CUNE comics residency program, hosted and invited by kuš! magazine. My residency was located at a wonderful houseboat in the middle of Daugava. It was just next to old town, and still in it's own solitude. It was the perfect location for a small town girl like me, who has those Scandinavian introvert-genes.
My original plan for the residency month was to hold an anthropomorphic taxidermy workshop, but it got cancelled due to some misfortunes. While I was trying to come up with a new project, I took the most out of my stay.

15 November 2013

Winners of the comics competition


kuš!
together with the Royal Embassy of Belgium and the BELUX Latvian business chamber organized the Latvian comics competition with the theme "Brussels sprouts".

Participants were asked to send a comic of maximum 4 pages. 77 people from Latvia and Latvians living abroad took part creating very interesting and various interpretations of the theme. The jury composed of Frank Arnauts (Belgian ambassador), Juris Petraškevičs (artist), Anna Iltnere (Arterritory editor), Emmi Valve (Finnish comics artist) and Sanita Muižniece (kuš! editor) chose their 10 favorite works.

Selected artists: Elīna Brasliņa, Rūta Briede, Raids Kalniņš, Līva Kandevica, Maija Līduma, Anna Meldrāja, Dāvis Ozols, Reinis Pētersons, Jana Ribkina and Lote Vilma Vītiņa.

Their comics can be seen at the exhibitions at the Latvian Art Academy and at restaurant „3 Pavāri“ from 14.11 to 29.11.2013.

The prizes totally worth over 1000 Lats were sponsored by Beļģijas Karalistes vēstniecība Latvijā, Beļģijas-Luksemburgas-Latvijas tirdzniecības kamera, Zvaigzne ABC, HungryLab, VETO and kuš!. The exhibition was printed by Dardeze Hologrāfija on Munken Lynx Rough 150g sponsored by Arctic Paper.

The winners were announced during the Belgian Days in Riga at 16.30 on November 14th at the Art Academy:


1st prize: Rūta Briede (pictured above)

2nd prize:  Elīna Brasliņa

3rd prize: Reinis Pētersons

Special VETO prize: Elīna Brasliņa

On the VETO blog you can see more pictures from the award ceremony and here below you can read the three awarded comics: