Festival, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France, 17.-18.10.2016
Exhibition, CentroCentro, Madrid, 30.09.2016-29.01.2017
kuš! is part of the group exhibition 'Animal Collective' in Madrid, which showcases collectives from all over Europe. kuš! exhibits works by Anna Vaivare, Dace Sietiņa, Dāvis Ozols, Ernests Kļaviņš, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Laura Ķeniņš, Līva Kandevica, Mārtiņš Zutis, Oskars Pavlovskis and Zane Zlemeša.
Reviews: El Diario
ComICS, international training course, Latvia, 13.-22.01.2017
International training course to learn how to use comics workshops in intercultural youth work, lead by international trainers and Chilean/Portuguese comic artist Amanda Baeza! Participants from Latvia, Portugal, Poland and Germany can apply. Deadline November 10th. More info here!
Supported by Erasmus+: Youth in Action program
Exhibition, Laborator Visual Kontakt, Bihor, Romania, 09.12.2016-15.01.2017
kuš!, invited by artist Carlos Carmonamedina, co-curated the third edition of MAZIPOS. MAZIPOS is an itinerant poster exhibition, an artist database, a global fanzine. The artists of the third edition 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), WÚ (ARG), Zane Zlemeša (LAT)
Photo credit: re:art
Exhibition, Neputns, Tērbatas iela 49, Riga, Latvia, 11.11.16 - 29.11.2016
Exhibition of the 10 selected submissions from the 4th Latvian comics competition (Komiksu Konkurss 2016). Works by Anita Rupeika, Armīns Ozoliņš, Ernests Kļaviņš and Andrejs Kļaviņš, Ērika Žagare, Ilze Ance Kazaka, Kerija Arne, Liāna Mihailova, Rasa Pavilona, Rūta Briede, Vivianna Maria Stanislavska. All the other submissions can be seen in a folder.
And the winners are...
1. place - Rūta Briede
2. place - Rasa Pavilona
Veto Award - Ance Kazaka
Illustration by Līva Kandevica
Comic Arts Brooklyn, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 05.11.2016
The kuš! editors were at Comic Arts Brooklyn, the US festival for alternative comics. Amazing times!!!
Short Run Comix and Arts Festival, Fisher Pavilon, Seattle, 05.11.2016
kuš! had an absentee table at the excellent Short Run Comix and Arts Festival in Seattle at the 5th of November!
Comica Comiket, At The Lightbox, Woking, London, U.K. 08.10.2016
kuš! was attending Paul Gravett's independent comics market Comica Comiket in London.
Boomfest, St. Petersburg, Russia, 23.-25.09.2016
kuš! was a guest at the 10th anniversary edition of the alternative comics festival Boomfest in Russia. Our editors Sanita Muižniece and David Schilter were there along with artist Mārtiņš Zutis representing kuš!
Supported by the Latvian Consulate in St. Petersburg
Comics Festival, Musiikkitalonpuisto, Helsinki, Finland, 03.-04.09.2016
kuš! was at the 31st Helsinki Comics Festival, the biggest festival of it's kind in Northern Europe. Behind the colorful kuš! table were kuš! editors Sanita Muižniece and David Schilter.
Illustration: Excerpt from the festival poster by Kaisa Leka.
Comics Festival, Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, London, UK, 27.08.2016
Illustration: Excerpt from the festival poster by Anna Haifisch.
Exhibition, NOASS, AB Dambis 2, Riga, Latvia, 12.05-12.06.2016
The Tempora Mutantur exhibition showcases comics by the members of Kuti Kuti. The works have been created specifically for their 10th anniversary exhibition using a screen printing technique. The colorful combination of large comics reflects the diverse styles and narrative methods of Finnish comics. Representing Kuti Kuti in Riga will be Hanneriina Moisseinen and Ville Kallio. The exhibition is part of Riga Zine Fest.
Organizers: Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia in cooperation with kuš!
Exhibition, The Waypost, Portland, USA, 13.05.2016
Exhibition, Å-fest, Söderkullan kirjasto, Söderkulla, Finland, 12.02.2016 - 30.05.2016
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.
Art Book Fair, Akademie der Künste, Berlin, Germany, 10.-12.06.2016
Art Book Fair, Kaserne Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 15.-17.06.2016
Illustration by König Lü.Q.
Fumetto, Small Press Market, Lucerne, Switzerland 16.-17.04.2016 and 23.-24.04.2016
kuš! had a stand both weekends at the excellent 25th anniversary edition of the International Comics Arts Festival Fumetto in Lucerne. kuš! was be represented by it's editor David Schilter and by the artists Markus Häfliger and König Lü.Q.. Līva Kandevica was also there with a satellite exhibition!
Art Book Fair, Madrid, Spain, 22.-24.04.2016
Ratatà Festival, Macerata, Italy 14.-17.04.2016
kuš! was a featured guest at the third edition of Ratatà Festival in Italy. Next to selling some comics, kuš! presented a special exhibition by it's artists Anna Vaivare, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Līva Kandevica and Zane Zlemeša. Present at the festival were kuš! editor Sanita Muižniece with Anna Vaivare, Ingrīda Pičukāne and Zane Zlemeša.
Supported by Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation
Comic Festival, Vilnius, Lithuania, 14.-16.04.2016
kuš! was delighted to be a guest at Comics Days in Vilnius, the first international comics festival in Lithuania. kuš! was represented by the artists Mārtiņš Zutis and Dāvis Ozols, who took part in panel discussions, a comic concert, and held a comic workshop.
Children's Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, 01.-05.04.2016
kuš! editor Sanita Muižniece joined the Latvian publisher delegation to visit the biggest children's book fair in the world-the Bologna Children's Book Fair. Networking and stuff, you know!
Photo by Vivianna Maria Stanislavska
Comic and Graphic Arts Festival, Strasbourg, 18.-20.03.2016
Comic Festival, GFZK, Leipzig, Germany, 18.-20.03.2016
kuš! joined The Millionaires Club in Leipzig again to present the newest books at this independent comics & graphics festival. kuš! was represented by it's artists Līva Kandevica and Zane Zlemeša, who actively exchanged business cards.
GRAF, Independent Comic Festival, Barcelona, Spain 04.-06.4.03.2016
kuš! was at GRAF. Good times!
Artist talk, The Mill, Brīvības iela 33, Riga, 18:00, 15.02.2016
Mikkel Sommer has come all the way from Berlin to talk about little drawings. He discussed many interesting subjects with himself, including: why draw at all? Is it fun? What have I done recently? Is drawing on a computer also art? He showed parts of his work, answered questions, made a little quiz and signed his mini kuš!
Mikkel Sommer is a Danish comic book artist and illustrator. He works in editorial illustration, animation, children's books and comics. His clients include The New York Times, Politiken and Cartoon Network.
Organizers: Nordic Council of Ministers Office in Latvia in cooperation with kuš!
Exhibition, Galerie Im Saalbau, Berlin, Germany, 06.11.2015-07.02.2016
kuš! is part of Redrawing Stories from the Past. The five artists Paula Bulling, Max Baitinger, Vuk Palibrk, Mārtiņš Zutis and Zosia Dzierżawska made comics about victims of National Socialism. The process and the results are exhibited in Berlin. Visit!
Exhibition, Latvian National Library, M Floor, Riga, Latvia, 17.11.15 - 05.01.2016
Exhibition of the best 10 submissions for the 3rd Latvian comics competition (Komiksu Konkurss 2015). Works by Anete Bajāre, Emīls Paupe-Balodis, Elīna Brasliņa, Līva Kandevica, Pauls Rietums, Vivianna Maria Stanislavska, Ance Vilnīte, Raivis Vilūns, Mārtiņš Zutis and Jevgeņija Žiģisova.
And the winners are....
1. place - Līva Kandevica
2. place - Elīna Brasliņa (shared 2nd prize)
2. place - Mārtiņš Zutis (shared 2nd prize)
Drink & Draw, different venues, Riga, since 2011
About once a month we meet up with Latvian artists and comics enthusiast for drink & draw sessions. The idea behind it is to bring the artists out of their comfort zones to meet up with others to have not only a drink together, but to get to know eachother and draw, create comics, make collective drawings, have comics jams, read comics and also talk a bit.
Since the first event in 2011 we have had a bunch of international guest joining in, such as French cartoonist Sam Teller, Swiss illustrator Ruedi Schorno, American ilustrator E.J. Barnes, Swiss fanzine king König Lü.Q., French comics collective Psoriasis, American artist Gary Baseman, Dutch comics artist Albo Helm, Austrian animator Stefan Holaus, Austrian kuš! contributor Simon H, Austrian illustrator Christoph Abbrederis , Mexican artist Inés Estrada and comics residents James Turek, Emmi Valve and Berliac. Amanda Baeza, Natalie Chavarria, Paul Paetzel, Liisa Kruusmägi, João Sobral, Mikkel Sommer...