International Comics Week Riga, 20.11-25.11.2012
Together with the Latvian National Art Museum we invited 10 international and Latvian artists to get inspired by Latvian classical art to create artventurous comics.
Artists from abroad: Mari Ahokoivu (Finland), Emelie Östergren (Sweden), Søren Mosdal (Denmark), Nicolas Zouliamis (Belgium), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland) and Renata Gasiorowska (Poland). Latvian artists: Mikus Duncis, Ernests Kļaviņš, Anna Vaivare and Mārtiņš Zutis. During this week there were artist portfolio presentations, a comics battle, a comics workshop, the Polish female comics exhibition 'Double Portrait' (with the presence of Renata Gasiorowska and Maria Ines Gul), a comics party and other events.
Read a report about it on our blog and watch a TV report about it!
Lifestories - comics workshops for seniors, Riga, 2012
From May until end of December 2012 kuš! together with Ingrīda Pičukāne held comics workshops "Lifestories" for seniors in Latvia. The Workshops were based on grassroots comics principles - every person who has a story to tell or opinion to express can create a comics, you don't have to be a professional artist. In cooperation with different senior organizations and groups we organized comics workshops where seniors arewere welcome to share their stories and life experience and learn how to turn them into visual stories.
We have created comics with seniors from Krape Windmills, the Senior's Day Centre "Ābeļzieds", the Active Seniors' Alliance RASA in Riga and an open workshop at Kalnciema iela.
The project "Lifestories - comics workshops for seniors" was generously supported by the Soros Foundation-Latvia within the EU Partnership Funding framework. Find out more about the support programmes of Soros Foundation-Latvia here: www.sfl.lv
Dzīvesstāsti - komiksu darbnīcas senioriem, Rīgā, 2012
No 2012.gada maija līdz decembra beigām kuš! kopā ar mākslinieci Ingrīdu Pičukāni īsteno projektu "Dzīvesstāsti - komiksu darbnīcas senioriem", kura ietvaros sadarbībā ar dažādām organizācijām rīko komiksu radošās darbnīcas senioriem. Darbnīcās piedalīties aicināti seniori, kuri vēlas dalīties savā dzīves pieredzē, kā arī atklāt ko jaunu. Darbnīcās seniori stāsta stāstus un notikumus no savas dzīves un iemācās pārvērst tos vizuālos stāstos jeb komiskos. Darbnīcas tiek balstītas uz "grassroots" komiksu principiem - komiksu var radīt ikviens cilvēks, kam ir stāsts vai viedoklis, ko pastāstīt citiem, zīmēšanas prasmes nav nepieciešamas.
Līdz šim vizuālus stāstus radījuši seniori Krapes dzirnavās, Dienas centrā "Ābeļzieds" un Rīgas aktīvo senioru aliansē RASA.
Projektu "Dzīvesstāsti - komiksu darbnīcas senioriem" finansiāli atbalsta Sorosa fonds - Latvija EU Partnership Funding ietvaros. Plašāka informācija par Sorosa fonda - Latvija atbalsta virzieniem pieejama internetā www.sfl.lv.
PSST!, KIOSK Kino Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 01.11- 30.11.2012
During the month of November kuš! has an exhibition at KIOSK Kino Šiška in Ljubljana. The exhibit PSST! shows a wide selection of kuš! comics and some printed works by Reinis Pētersons, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Dace Sietiņa, Rūta Briede, Kaspars Groševs, Kristofers Reidzāns, Anete Melece, Oskars Pavlovskis, Ernests Kļaviņš and Mārtiņš Zutis.
Kolperta Kungs, Ģertrūdes ielas theatre, Riga, 28.10.2012
On Sunday the 28th of October the kuš! reporters Anna Vaivare, Ingrīda Pičukāne, König Lü.Q. and Mārtiņš Zutis went to the premiere of the theatre play Kolperta Kungs at Ģertrūdes ielas theatre to make a live drawing report.
Read more on our blog!
Boomfest, St. Petersburg, Russia, 28.-30. September 2012
Kuš! visited the alternative comics festival Boomfest in Russia. Our editor Sanita Muižniece was there along with artist Anna Vaivare, presenting kuš!, meeting international artists, visiting exhibitions and workshops.
Supported by the Latvian Consulate in St. Petersburg
27th Helsinki Comics Festival, Helsinki, 07.-09.09.2012
kuš! was a guest at the 27th edition of Helsinki Comics Festival. Kuš! editors David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece together had a table in the main tent selling kuš! magazines, post cards and bags, the perfect place to meet up with the local comics scene and international guests. David Schilter also made a small presentation of Latvian comics history and the Latvian scene and together with Sanita Muižniece took part in a panel discussion with Kalle Hakkola about the new comics residency program. Latvian artist Ingrida Picukane also was in Helsinki, making a large fromat painting on Lasipalatsi. For a full festival report-visit our blog!
Generously supported by Nordic Culture Point
Santarcangelo International Theatre Festival 13. - 22. July 2012, Santarcangelo, Italy
Kuš! visited the Santarcangelo International Theatre Festival in Italy. Martins Zutis attended the theatre performances together with his sketchbook and along with other artists (Brochendors Brothers, Anna Deflorian, Mari Kanstad Johnsen and Marco Smacchia) to draw and create a festival fanzine. kuš! editor David Schilter co-curated the international animation film screening which was held on the Piazza and will took part in a discussion with Mari Kanstad Johnsen and Marco Smacchia about comics and illustration.
Illustration above by Mari Kanstad Johnsen
8th Rome Festival of Comics & Drawn and Printed Art, Italy, 21.-24.06.2012
Kuš! had the big pleasure to go underground again to the amazing Crack! Festival in Rome, where it was tabling together with Swiss Fanzine King Lü.Q., selling kuš!, t-shirts and prints and meeting artists from all around Europe to celebrate the Apocalypse.
Illustration by Ernests Kļaviņš
Psoriasis / Young Drawers From Strasbourg, L'institute Francais, Riga, 16.05-08.06.2012
Exhibition of the comics fanzine Psoriasis from Strasbourg featuring original drawings, silkscreen, lithographic and riso prints, woodcuts and comics books by Margaux Othats, Fleur Oury, Fanny Blanc, Hicham Amrani, Adrien Coquart, Juliette Etrivert, Luca M., Baptiste Virot, François Malingrëy, Raphaël Urwiller, Mayumi Otero and Quentin Duckit.
Opened at the French Institute with the presence of the artists Quentin Duckit, Fanny Blanc, Margaux Othats and Fleur Oury.
Stumptown Comics Arts Awards, Portland, Oregon, USA, 28.04.2012
(Ku)š! #9 'female secrets' was nominated for the Stumptown Comics Arts Awards 2012 in the categories 'Best Publication Design' and 'Best Anthology'.
Comics Arts Festival Ligatura, Poznan, Poland, 20.-21.04.2012
Kuš! went together with Ingrida Picukane and Anna Vaivare to visit the 3rd edition of the Comics Arts Festival Ligatura. Besides visiting exhibitions and meeting artists, kuš! held two comics and fanzine workshops for beginners and professionals and was part of the Jury of the Ligatura pitching.
The Last Match, Elastico, Bilbolbul, Bologna, Italy, 01.03-14.03.2012
The exhibition The Last Match traveled to Italy where it was shown in the framework of the comics festival Bilbolbul in Bologna. There were 305 contributions by artists from 51 different countries on display and a special extension of huge matchboxes drawn by Anete Melece and Gregor Hinz as well as three animations about the last match by KIIN (Ines Christine Geisser and Kirsten Carina Geisser), Markus Haefliger & Anja Wicki and by Ernests Klavins
Prix de la Bande Dessinée Alternative 2012, Angouleme, France, 29.01.2012
Kuš! was awarded the prestigious Prix de la Bande Dessinée Alternative (alternative comics award) at Europe's biggest comics festival in Angouleme for š! #9 'female secrets'!
NORDICOMICS and NATUREGRAFFIX, Naba Klab, Riga, 11.01-12.02.2012
Double comics exhibition of NORDICOMICS and NATUREGRAFFIX with artists from the Scandinavian and Baltic States. In the framework of the exhibition also 2 workshops were held, one for everyone, and another one for comics professionals from all the participating countries.
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...