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)
NY Comics & Picture-story Symposium, Illustration Week, Parsons The New School, New York, 05.11.2015
Comics on the Northern Edge of Europe
Tom Oldham (Breakdown Press), Patrick Crotty (PEOW! studio), Tommi Musturi (KUTIKUTI) and David Schilter (kuš!) presented their comics outfits from the UK, Sweden, Finland and Latvia and discussed with host Ben Katchor.
Event initiated by Ben Katchor and David Schilter
Illustration by Patrick Crotty
Comic Arts Brooklyn, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 07.11.2015
kuš! was at the Comic Arts Brooklyn, one of the major US festivals for independent comics.
Exhibition, Grafixx, DE Studio, Antwerp, Belgium, 21.-22.11.2015
The smallest rooms will offer you an artful break at Grafixx in Antwerp. A fine selection of diuretic works by Latvian artist Mārtiņš Zutis will be located in the most intimate public exhibition spaces around DE Studio. The spectators can lock themselves up away from daily concerns and contemplate uninterruptedly.
Bilbolbul, Comics Festival, Bologna, Italy, 19.-22.11.2015
Illustration: Excerpt of festival poster by Lilli Carré
Workshops & Exhibitions, Belgrade, Pančevo (Serbia), Chemnitz, Berlin, Leipzig (Germany), throughout 2015
The project Redrawing Stories from the Past fosters and accompanies five young comic artists from different European countries during their engagement with commemorative cultures, biographies and the history of the victims of National Socialism. kuš! is a project partner and published the results in š! #23.
Fanzines! Festival, Médiathèque Marguerite Duras, Paris, France, 17.-18.10.2015
kuš! was at Fanzines! Festival in Paris represented by kuš! editors Sanita Muižniece and David Schilter.
Comic Festival, Entreviñetas, Bogotá, Colombia, 24-27 September 2015
kuš! editor David Schilter is an invited guest at the comic arts festival Entreviñetas. He'll hold a lecture about publishing at the National Library of Colombia, holding a Workshop for arts and design students at Los Andes university, take part in panel discussions with international and local artists and publishers, attend presentations and exhibitions and also present the travelling exhibition The Last Match.
Illustration: Festival banner by Ana Galvañ
The Last Match, Entreviñetas, Capital Junior College, Bogotá, Colombia, 25.9.-04.10.2015
kuš! will bring the travelling exhibition The Last Match to the Colombian comics art festival Entreviñetas with 403 contributions by artists from 52 different countries. Opening on September 25 at 7:30 PM at Capital Junior College in Bogotá.
Exhibition, workshop, Goethe-Institut, Riga, 18.09.-05.10.2015
In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Riga, we looked over the shoulders of ten comic artists from Riga and Berlin. Each artist was asked to draw a "drawing person" and the result is captured in time-lapse films. The films were exhibited along with the drawings at the Goethe Institute. On September 19th/20th there was be a comics workshop for Baltic artists led by Aisha Franz. The results of the workshop can be seen here.
Comics Festival, Lasipalatsi, Helsinki, Finland, 28.-30.08.2015
kuš! was at the 30th 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. Meanwhile long time kuš! contributor Ingrīda Pičukāne held a comics/language workshop entitled "How to flirt in Latvian" supported by the Rozentāls Society. During the festival we also interviewed Jesse Jacobs on the main festival stage and took part in a panel discussion about Small Press together with MISMA from France and Stripburger from Slovenia.
Comics Festival, Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, London, UK, 22.08.2015
kuš! was exhibiting at Safari Festival, the festival for new waves in contemporary comics and art, organized by Breakdown Press. Behind the colorful kuš! table was kuš! editor David Schilter and kuš! contributor Marie Jacotey. On the 21st of August š! #22 'Fashion' was launched at the Safari Pre-Party at Gosh Comics.
Drawing Performance, Laiks Dejot, Int. Contemporary Dance Festival, Riga, 17.-20.06.2015
Zane Zlemeša was the special drawing reporter for journal.dance.lv at the International Contemporary Dance Festival 'Laiks Dejot'. She visited three performances and draw her impressions. A very inspiring cooperation between contemorary dancing and visual art!
Drawing galleries from the performances: " Contemporary?" (Agne Ramanauskaite, PauļusTamole, Mants Stabačinsks) / "Work"(Andrius Katinas) / “Maiju” (Juko Kominami)
Exhibition, Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures muzejā, Riga, 20.11.2014-14.05.2015
The best 10 works from the comics competition with the theme "Body Factory" are part of the exhibition „Anatoms. Cilvēka ķermeņa fabrika” at Paula Stradiņa Medicīnas vēstures museum (20.11.2014 - 14.05.2015).
On the 13.11.2014 was the award cermony. The jury consisting of Frank Arnauts, Rūta Briede, Pauls Bankovskis, Andrejs Ērglis, Solvita Krese and David Schilter selected the comics from the 79 submissions and awarded prizes worth over 1100 EUR to the artists of the best three comics. The selected contributors are:
Adriāna Roze, Adriāns Kulpe, Anita Rupeika, Elīna Brasliņa, Laura Ķeniņš, Ernests Kļaviņš, Līva Piterāne, Lote Vilma Vītiņa, Māra Drozdova un Zane Zlemeša.
The winners are:
1. place - Zane Zlemeša
3. place - Ernests & Andrejs Kļaviņš
The 3 winning comics can be read here!
The Last Match, Å-Fest, Grand, Porvoo, Finland, 14.-20.02.2015
kuš! was a guest at the brand new comic festival Å-Fest in Porvoo organized by Kaisa Leka and Emmi Valve. kuš! was not only taking part in the comics fair and a panel discussion about free speech, but also presented a selection of the travelling exhibition "The last Match" at the culture centre Grand.
Nextcomic Festival, Linz, Austria, 19.-22.03.2015
kuš! had a stand at the Suuuper Sonntag comic fair at Nextcomic Festival in Linz. kuš! was represented by the artist Zane Zlemeša who also took part in a panel discussion and made a presentation of her work during the festival.
Exhibition 'A Secret', Kalnciema kvartāla, Riga, 28.02-12.03.2015
Exhibition by Zane Zlemeša and Anna Vaivare at Kalnciema Kvartāla Galerija, Riga. On display were original artworks from their mini kuš! #28 'Collector' and mini kuš! #24 'Swimming Pool'. Stories about a photo salon operator and a swimming pool cleaner - both with an unexpected twist!
Organized by: Komiksu žurnāls kuš! Support: Kalnciema kvartāls, Malduguns.
Comics Presentation, Birojnīca, Berga Bazārs, Riga 23.02.2015, 17:30
Ville Hänninen, a Finnish comics journalist, critic and the chairman of Finnish Comics Society, had an inspiring presentation of Finnish comics with lot of visual examples of this vibrant scene!
Å-Fest, Porvoo, Finland, 14.02.2015
kuš! was a guest at the brand new comic festival Å-Fest in Porvoo organized by Kaisa Leka and Emmi Valve. kuš! was not only taking part in the comics fair and a panel discussion about free speech, but also presented a selection of the travelling exhibition "The last Match".
Tenderete festival, Valencia, Spain, 03-05.01.2015
kuš! had a stand at the Tenderete Festival for Small Press, Graphics and Sound in Valencia. kuš! was represented by it's editor David Schilter who also took part in a panel discussion about comics publishing. A great festival!
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...