Festival, Friche la Belle de Mai, Marseille, France, 17.-18.10.2016

Kuš! is a guest at the independent publishing festival Vendetta founded by the legendary sickscreen publisher Le Dernier Cri.

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), (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

kuš! was tabling at Safari Festival, the festival for new waves in contemporary comics and art, organized by Breakdown Press. Behind the kuš! table was kuš! contributor Evangelos Androutsopoulos.

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!

Support: Frame Visual Art Finland and Arts Promotion Centre Finland

Exhibition, The Waypost, Portland, USA, 13.05.2016

Tara Booth exhibits her mini kuš! 'Unwell' at The Waypost in Portland. Opening 13 May, 5 pm, the artist is present.

Exhibition,  Å-fest, Söderkullan kirjasto, Söderkulla, Finland, 12.02.2016 - 30.05.2016

Anna Vaivare exhibits her mini kuš! 'Swimming Pool' at the Söderkulla bibliotek. The opening was during the comic festival Å-fest.

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

kuš! was selected to be an exhibitor at Miss Read, the Berlin Art Book fair. Behind the kuš! table you'll find editor David Schilter and artist Zane Zlemeša, who'll also have her own zines on offer.

Art Book Fair, Kaserne Basel, Basel, Switzerland, 15.-17.06.2016

kuš! was selected to be an exhibitor at I Never Read, the Basel Art Book fair. The kuš! table will be manned by regular kuš! contributor König Lü.Q.

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!

Photo by Raúl Burgos Paredes from his Comics Workbook report

Art Book Fair, Madrid, Spain, 22.-24.04.2016

kuš! was selected to be an exhibitor at Libros Mutantes, the Madrid Art Book fair. kuš! was represented by the artist Zane Zlemeša, who also had her own zines on offer.

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.

Festival report

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

kuš! editor David Schilter and kuš! mascot König Lü.Q were representing in France at Central Vapeur.

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.-

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 PalibrkMārtiņš 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...



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