10 January 2017

kuš! winter season 2017

The kuš! anniversary year is off to a great start! We're snowed in here and temperatures are freezing cold, but we won't wait for the snow to melt to provide you with six hot new books. Our artists have been busy drawing for you...

Illustration by Amanda Baeza    


We'll release four new mini kuš! by Daniel Lima, Olive Booger, Martin Lacko, and Mathilde Van Gheluwe, our long awaited 27th issue of the š! anthology with the theme "BFF", and a new kuš! mono titled Brume by Amanda Baeza!

You can pre-order the 4 mini kuš! together at reduced costs here or get each mini kuš! separately here. š! #27 'BFF' can be ordered here. In case you'd also like to get the following š! issues and mini kuš! releases, get a subscription here. The mono kuš! by Amanda Baeza is NOT part of the subscription, and can be pre-ordered separately here (worldwide shipping costs included in price).

Preview:


mini kuš! #47 'Sutrama' by Daniel Lima, will be released on 24 January 2017.

Sutrama is a narrative about Roberte’s predilection for paradox and semantic opacity, playing incessantly with irony. This scenic dialogue becomes a polished surface for the green analyst, in which the prime meaning to be discerned is the analyst's own reflection. As certain as death, our hero is a masturbator clown…

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color


Funded by the Direção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas/Portugal. 



mini kuš! #48 'Nul' by Olive Booger, will be released on 24 January 2017

'Nul' is the story of a young man who will do literally anything and go anywhere for his crush. The lovestruck protagonist’s ensuing endeavour quickly turns into a hellish nightmare...

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color



mini kuš! #49 'Call of Cthulhu' by Martin Lacko/ H. P. Lovecraft, will be released on 24 January 2017

Hilarious adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's 'The
Call of Cthulhu' drawn in MS Paint! A must-read for all fans of the green monster and his spawn.
 
Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color



mini kuš! #50 'Spectacular Vermacular' by Mathilde Van Gheluwe, will be released on 24 January 2017

During the latest very late late talk show, the famous Hollywood star Vlad the Cat remembers the glorious old days, a bittersweet tale of an overwhelming Hollywood career.

Format: A6, 28 pages, saddle stitch binding, full-color




š! #27 'BFF', will be released 24 January 2017

This issue is the result of our open call and contains comics from all around the world about friendship. It's complicated, lol!

Cover: Hironori Kikuchi (Japan) Contributors: BloodBros (New Zealand), deadtheduck (India), Derrengueta (Spain), Émilie Gleason (Mexico), Erlend Peder Kvam (Norway), Gareth Brookes (UK), Gonçalo Duarte (Portugal), Hironori Kikuchi (Japan), König Lü. Q. (Switzerland), Krystal DiFronzo (USA), Līva Piterāne (Latvia), Louise Aleksiejew (France), Lucas Souza Teixeira (Brazil), Lukas Weidinger (Austria), Marie Weber (France), Melek Zertal (Algeria), Shawn Eisenach (USA), Shee Phon (China), Till Lukat (Germany), Tor Brandt (Denmark).

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

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation



'Brume' by Amanda Baeza, kuš! mono #2, will be released 21 February 2017

Although Amanda Baeza’s drawings seem to come from another world, the collected comics in Brume are based on real events and real feelings. Her graphic personality is exceptional – so distinct and at the same time so mutable, and even more uncommon is the way in which her words and images create original narratives and visual poems.

Format: A5 (14.8 cm x 21 cm / 6" x 8"), 116 pages, full-color, perfect bound


Funded by the Direção-Geral do Livro, dos Arquivos e das Bibliotecas/Portugal.  




We're very excited to begin the kuš! 10 year anniversary with these wonderful books! Hope you'll enjoy them, too, and don't you worry, this is only the start! So better follow updates on our twitter, facebook, instagram or tumblr and discover more of our books on our site!
 
 



27 December 2016

2016 roundup

We're not gonna lie, this year has been awful in various ways and we can't wait for it to be over. With sorrow we look back at the sad and much too early losses of Geneviève Castrée, with whom we had the pleasure to exchange stamps and even publish a short story, and also of Alvin Buenaventura, a supportive publishing colleague we looked up to.

Illustration: excerpt from Daria Tessler's mini kuš! 'Music of Changes'

But for kuš! itself it has been quite ok in general. We've organized and taken part in 7 different exhibition in Latvia and around Europe, and we've attended 18 festivals around the world. For details, just head over to our events page.

Gladly next to that we still managed to put out some books... Over the year we published a total of 744 pages. If you bind them all together, you get quite a fat book, but for your convenience we divided these comics in three anthologies and 9 mini kuš!.


Here are all the titles in chronological order. In case you were hiding behind a rock and missed the whole kuš! year, you can now buy them all in a special kuš! 2016 package deal ($77 including worldwide shipping costs and a bunch of free stickers, postcards and bookmarks). Have a look at each title published with links to the artists and to reviews on our site in the š! section and the mini kuš! section.Not to miss anything in future and to support us you can get a kuš! subscription.

2017 will be the 10 year anniversary of kuš! and we have a lot of exciting titles lined up already. Soon we'll tell more about the January releases. Meanwhile, stay safe and have a colorful new year!

5 December 2016

Mazipos



kuš! was invited by artist Carlos Carmonamedina and the "Slaughterhouse for contemporary art" Visual Kontakt to co-curate the third edition of MAZIPOS. MAZIPOS is a very exciting project, it's an itinerant poster exhibition, an artist database, a global fanzine. 


The artists of MAZIPOS #3 are:

Abraham Díaz (MEX), Akvile Magicdust (LTU), Ana Galvañ (SPA), Anna Haifisch (DE), Brecht Vandenbroucke (BE), Dāvis Ozols (LAT), Dunja Janković (CRO), Inés Estrada (MEX), Jean de Wet (ZA), Jesse Jacobs (CAN), José Ja Ja Ja (ES), Lai Tat Tat Wing (HK), Léo Quievreux (FR), Liisa Kruusmägi (EST), Līva Kandevica (LAT), Martín López Lam (PER), Oskars Pavlovskis (LAT), Pixin (SGP), Roope Eronen (FIN), Samplerman (FR), Santa France (LAT), Tara Booth (USA), Ville Kallio (FIN), (ARG) and Zane Zlemeša (LAT)

All three editions of MAZIPOS will be exhibited at Laborator Visual Kontakt in Bihor, Romania from  09.12.2016 to 15.01.2017. (Facebook invite)

Some poster samples:

18 October 2016

š! #26 'dAda' is out now

2016 marks the centenary of the Dada movement. To celebrate this fittingly, twenty-one international artists created their very own absurdist comics inspired by Dada. The result, š! #26 'dADa', is out now! Get a copy and achieve eternal bliss!


Cover: Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).
Contributors: A. Burkholder (USA), Brie Moreno (Canada), Cátia Serrão (Portugal), Daniel Lima (Angola), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Dylan Jones (USA), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Jaakko Pallasvuo (Finland), José Ja Ja Ja (Spain), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Maija Kurševa (Latvia), Marc Bell (Canada), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Olaf Ladousse (Spain), Roman Muradov (Russia), Saehan Park (South Korea), Sammy Stein (France), Vincent Fritz (Germany) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). With an introduction by: Agathe Mareuge (France) 

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, high quality and environmentally friendly Munken paper.

Get it:  Order it for $13.95 from our webshop, or get a kuš! subscription and receive also the next kuš! titles.

Preview Pages:
  Ernests Kļaviņš

To get the full dada experience and take part in the celebration, better order š! #25 'dADa' here.


14 October 2016

Behind The Comics (23) - Daria Tessler

'Behind The Comics' returns with Daria Tessler. She contributed 'The Hanging Garden' to š! #24 'Urban Jungle' and just two weeks ago we released her mini kuš! 'Music of Changes'.


Daria Tessler // *1979, Finland. Born in Finland, Daria Tessler grew up in California, where she studied printmaking and mathematics. Daria is the creator of Animalsleep, a collection of silkscreened art, illustrations, children's books, and mini comics.

Her artist friend Sean Christensen conducted an interview with her especially for this edition of 'Behind The Comics'. In between there are also pictures from her studio and the process of creating her mini kuš! which she silkscreen printed.



5 October 2016

š! #26 coming out soon

Daaaddddddaaaaa! The kuš! fall season continues with a slightly crazy issue. 2016 marks the centenary of the Dadaist movement. To celebrate this fittingly, international artists created their very own absurdist comics inspired by Dada. It’s time to lose your mind and achieve eternal bliss with š! #26 'dADa'.



š! #26 'dADa', will be released on 18 October 2016

Cover: Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). Contributors: A. Burkholder (USA), Brie Moreno (Canada), Cátia Serrão (Portugal), Daniel Lima (Angola), Dāvis Ozols (Latvia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Dylan Jones (USA), Ernests Kļaviņš (Latvia), Jaakko Pallasvuo (Finland), José Ja Ja Ja (Spain), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Maija Kurševa (Latvia), Marc Bell (Canada), Mārtiņš Zutis (Latvia), Olaf Ladousse (Spain), Roman Muradov (Russia), Saehan Park (South Korea), Sammy Stein (France), Vincent Fritz (Germany) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia). With an introduction by: Agathe Mareuge (France)

Support: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation

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 (like the minis we released last week)...

Preview Pages:










To read the whole issue and da da da da da, you can pre-order š! #25 'dADa' here. Let's celebrate!

27 September 2016

kuš! fall season has started

The mushroom and berry picking season has begun! kuš! is very happy to announce it's ripe mini kuš! offerings for the fall. They will be released immediately and you can order them now!  

Excerpt from Daria Tessler's mini kuš!

Michael DeForge, Ville Kallio, Daria Tessler and Anna Sailamaa created very special stories to lighten up your fall or to make it even darker, you choose....

Each book has 28 pages, full color throughout, offset printed  in Latvia on high quality environmentally friendly Munken Pure paper, saddle stitch binding, pocket format (A6). Released on 28 September 2016.

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! #43 'Meat Locker' by Michael DeForge

Short strips about gyms, trainers and meatheads.

 
 

mini kuš! #44 'P-FE/FRAF' by Ville Kallio

Automation did not free us from work, it merely allowed an ever expanding production of highly advanced weapons technologies and surveillance. The air saturated by nanomachines produces a distinct hum.

 
 


mini kuš! #45 'Music of Changes' by Daria Tessler

Genetically modified plants grow into randomized sculptures. Order and disorder, determinism and unpredictability, protestors and magic tricks all commingle at the John Cage art farm.
 


mini kuš! #46 'Everyone Is Hungry' by Anna Sailamaa

The slow moments before falling into sleep. The sound of sparrow’s wing feathers, a rumpled tablecloth and curtains moving with the wind. The night draws closer and gently darkens the sky.





Pick your favorite berries and mushrooms, place your order here, and soon you'll get the required vitamins for your brain to get through the fall! And watch out, very soon the kuš! book season continues with the š! anthology #26.