Exhibition, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 03.11.-24.11.2017
Fenix City is named for the magical phoenix bird. Folk tales tell us that the city was built on the spot where the first phoenix appeared. Fenix has now flourished into one of the hottest gambling and art scenes in the region.
Exhibition opening 03.11.2017, 19.00
The exhibition is open Thursday and Fridays from 16.00 - 19.00
On the 16.11.2017 will be a comics reading and presentation by Zane Zlemeša and special guest Marlene Krause!
Grafixx, DE Studio, Antwerp, Belgium, 24.-26.11.2017
kuš! will be part of the zine fest at Grafixx in Antwerp at the new zine venue next door to DE Studio in Sint-Ludgardis. Come and get our newest books!
Illustration by Ward Zwart
Volumes, Zürich, Switzerland, 24.-25.11.2017
kuš! is taking part in Volumes 2017, Independent Art Publishing Fair, Zürich. König Lü. Q. is representing us and will sell our newest and some rare old titles!
Event, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 16.11.2017
Zane Zlemeša and Marlene Krause will do a reading of their comics and shortly present their work as comic artists. After the comic reading, Marlene Krause will get under your skin and tattoo your body! And it will also be possible to buy zines from Zane and Marlene. Lots of fun guaranteed!
Comic reading starts at 7 PM and lasts till 8 PM, tattoos will be after that until Midnight. Also a good time to visit Zane's exhibition 'Fenix'.
Comic Arts Brooklyn, Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn, NY, USA, 11.11.2017
kuš! editor David Schilter and artist Zane Zlemeša will be at Comic Arts Brooklyn, THE US festival for alternative comics. Come visit us at table M2. We'll debut the special issue š! #30 'Brooklyn', edited by Gabe Fowler, Smoke Signal #28, edited by kuš!, mono kuš! #4 'Fenix' by Zane Zlemeša and more!!!
Supported by: Latvian State Culture Capital Foundation
Release Party, Desert Island, Brooklyn, NY, 08.11.2017, 19.00-21.00
World premiere of a special Brooklyn issue of the comics anthology š!, edited by Desert Island's Gabe Fowler. The issue contains new work by 21 Brooklyn artists and cartoonists, with an emphasis on visual excitement and graphic innovation. Many of the contributors will be in attendance, as well as the jet-lagged publishers who are traveling from Latvia for the event (and Comic Arts Brooklyn weekend). There will be free beer, so don't miss!
Illustration: Excerpt from the cover by Alabaster Pizzo
Exhibition, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 12.10.-26.10.2017
"Lietussargs vispār ir tāds muļķīgs tēls, lietus ir mazliet labāks, vēl labāks tēls ir pīle un mākonis. Izstāde par laikapstākļiem un garāmgājējiem."
First exhibition 'Cold Palms' at the temporary art space Micēlijs. On display are works by Lote Vilma Vītina, which she created during her one month kuš! eyewitness residency in the empty space at Marijas ielā 13/1 inspired by the weather conditions and the passersby.
Exhibition opening 12.10.2017, 19.00
The exhibition is open Thursday and Fridays from 16.00 - 19.00 (facebook event)
"Visu laiku līst" - Poetry reading by Katrīna Rudzīte, Lauris Veips, Lote Vilma and Jānis Šneiders on 24.10.2017, 19.00 (facebook event)
Comic Workshop, Daugavpils Universitāte, Daugavpils, 16.-17.10.2017
Mawil from Berlin came to Daugavpils to hold a comic workshop for the art sutdents of the Daugavpils University. Playful comics exercices lead to short comics inspired by the daily life of Daugavpils. They will be collected in a little fanzine.
Workshop organized in co-operation with Goethe-Institut, Latvia in the framework of the German Language Days in Latvia
The project is realized with the support of Federal Foreign Office, Germany
Residency, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13, Riga, 11.09-12.10.2017
The Latvian painter and illustrator Lote Vilma Vītiņa spends a month in Marijas iela 13/1 creating art. Passersby can watch her work through the big windows. At the end of the residency, from 12.10-27.10, the results will be exhibited right there, so the passersby can see how they inspired new artworks.
Exhibition, TCBF17, Museo Casa Robegan, Via A. Canova 38, Treviso, Italy, 23.09-04.10.2017
Exhibition co-curated by kuš! with Emanuele Rosso at the Treviso Comic Book Festival. This Baltic showcase will give an overview of the tiny but very diverse comics scene of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia. The artists included are Līva Kandevica, Zane Zlemeša, Mārtiņš Zutis, Oscar Pavlovskis, Anna Vaivare, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Alise Gluškova, Anete Melece, Joonas Sildre, Elina Sildre, Veiko Tammjarv, Marko Mäetamm, Ann Pajuväli, Akvilė Magicdust, Titas Antanas Vilkaitis and Lina Itagaki.
Supported by: State Culture Capital Foundation Latvia, Lituanian Culture Institute, Eesti Kultuurkapital
Illustration: Excerpt by Ingrīda Pičukāne
Boomfest, St. Petersburg, Russia, 21.-24.09.2017
kuš! was a guest at the 11th edition of the alternative comics festival Boomfest in Russia. Our editor David Schilter had a talk about kuš! publishing and kuš! mascott König Lü. Q. talked about his career in the fanzine business. On the weekend we also had a table in the small press market.
Supported by Pro Helvetia
Artist talk, ZMP birojs Latvijā, Marijas iela 13/3, Riga, 13.09.2017, 17.30
Open lecture by the Norwegian artist and childen's books illustrator Mari Kanstad Johnsen.
Mari Kanstad Johnsen (born in Bergen, Norway 1981) resides and works in Oslo as an artist, illustrator and writer. She has her education from KHIO/Oslo (BA in Visual Communication) and Konstfack/Stockholm (MA in Storytelling). Since completing studies in 2010 she has illustrated 12 childrens books, 4 of which she has also written. The book I´m out of here won a special mention in the Bologna Ragazzi Award 2017. Johnsen also works with editorial illustration and other commissioned illustration-works.
The event is organized by the Nordic Council of Ministers’ Office in Latvia in cooperation with kuš!. Supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Riga.
Presentation, Micēlijs, Marijas iela 13/1, Riga, 06.09.2017, 19:00
Alejandro Bidegaray and José Sainz presented an overview of the Latin American comics scene and launch the brand new anthology "El volcán" next to showing comic zines and books from Latin America. They also showed the original art works by Colombian artist Powerpaola.
Alejandro Bidegaray (Buenos Aires, 1981) and José Sainz (Rosario, 1987) work as publishers and cultural producers associated to comics and illustration.
Comics Festival, Kattilahalli, Helsinki, Finland, 02.-03.09.2017
kuš! was at the 32st Helsinki Comics Festival, the biggest festival of it's kind in Northern Europe. Behind the colorful kuš! table were Zane Zlemeša and kuš! editor David Schilter.
Illustration: Excerpt from the festival poster by Hanneriina Moisseinen.
Comics Workshop, Riga, 07.-17.08.2017
Ten intensive days of creating comics lead by Bristish comics artists and illustrators Hamish Steele and Alexis Deacon. The resulting books will be presented at the London Bookfair 2018. Here's a video for a great insight!
Organisers: kuš!, Pop-Up
Support and Partners: KK fon Stricka Villa, Arctic Paper, Starptautiskā Rakstnieku un tulkotāju māja, Arts Council England
Artist Talk, fon Stricka villā, A.Briāna ielā 9, Rīga, 09.08.2017, 18:00
The illustrators and comic artists Hamish Steele and Alexis Deacon from the UK held a public presentation. They showed their portfolios and talked about their work in comics, illustration and animation.
Comics Festival, Protein, 31 New Inn Yard, London, UK, 12.08.2017
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 mini kuš! 'Eviction' artist Evangelos Androutsopoulos.
Illustration: Excerpt from the festival poster by Anya Davidson.
Celebration, D27, Dzirnavu iela 27, Rīga, 14.07.2017
10 years of kuš! celebrated with silk-screen printing, a DJ, an exhibition, the release of š! #29 'Celebration', a cake and lots of smiling kuš! artists!
Support: Special thanks to Malduguns for the tasty beer!
Exhibition, D27, Dzirnavu iela 27, Rīga, 14.07-28.07.2017
MAZIPOS is an itinerant poster exhibition, an artist database, a global fanzine. kuš! is showing the exhibition which it partly co-curated with Carlos Carmonamedina in Riga.
The 40 artists of the Riga exhibition are
Abraham Díaz (MEX), Akvile Magicdust (LTU), Alain Marciano (FRA), Amanda Baeza (POR), Ana Galvañ (SPA), Anna Haifisch (DE), Brecht Vandenbroucke (BE), Carlos Carmonamedina (MEX), Charlotte Ager (UK), Dace Sietiņa (LAT), Daniel Amdemichael (FRA), Dāvis Ozols (LAT), Değer Bakır (TUR), Dunja Janković (CRO), Ilya Ioj (RU), Inés Estrada (MEX), Jazmin Varela (ARG), Jean de Wet (ZA), Jesse Jacobs (CAN), José Ja Ja Ja (ES), Juliana Mrvová (SVK), Justyna Jakobowska (POL), Lai Tat Tat Wing (HK), Léo Quievreux (FR), Liisa Kruusmägi (EST), Liviu Bulea (R)), Līva Kandevica (LAT), Mariery Young (PAN), Martín López Lam (PER), Oskars Pavlovskis (LAT), Pablo Elías (ARG), Pixin (SGP), Roksana Kularska- Król (POL), Roope Eronen (FIN), Samplerman (FR), Santa France (LAT), Tara Booth (USA), Ville Kallio (FIN), WÚ (ARG), Zane Zlemeša (LAT).
Exhibition opening: 14.07.2017, 20:00
Illustration: Poster excerpt by Léo Quievreux
Comics Exhibition, Goethe-Institute Riga, 19.04-03.08.2017
Exhibition of the results from the workshop with Paul Paetzel at the Goethe-Institute Riga.
Opening 19.04.2017, 18.30 (Facebook invitation)
Empty houses, abandoned places. They indicate a void, but in the same time they include a vague promise for the future. The comic workshop at the Goethe-Institute Riga with Paul Paetzel was all about creating exiting stories. After an inspiring tour with Marcis Rubenis of Free Riga through empty spaces of the city, Paul Paetzel taught about narration in comics and how to prepare comics in duotone colors. After the workshop the comics by 17 young talents living in all three Baltic states were printed as riso posters.
Participating artists: Paul Paetzel (Germany), Egle Ehtjen (Estonia), Heta Jäälinoja (Finland), Ingrīda Pičukāne (Latvia), Karolis Savickis (Lithuania), Kat Latve (Latvia), Kerija Arne (Latvia), Kristel Maamägi (Estonia), Liana Mihailova (Latvia), Lina Itagaki (Lithuania), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Natalie Chavarria (France), Raitis Kalniņš (Latvia), Rasa Narkūnaitė (Lithuania), Rebeka Lukošus (Latvia), Titas Antanas Vilkaitis (Lithuania), Vivianna Maria Stanislavska (Latvia), Zane Zlemeša (Latvia).
Party, Nakano Broadway, Tokyo, Japan, 30.06.2017
Taco Che organised a gathering for kuš! to meet with Japanese comic artists and with editors of the comic magazines USCA and Kakuh.
East London Comics & Arts Festival, The Round Chapel, London 16.-18.06.2017
kuš! had a booth at ELCAF in London. kuš! was represented by it's editors David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece and brought Amanda Baeza with her new book 'Brume' as special guest.
Photo credit: Ivar Laus
Exhibition, ES Māja, Aspazijas bulvāris 28, Riga, 12.04.-30.04.2017
This exhibition presents the results of the international training course "ComICS: Creating InterCultural Stories" that took place in Latvia, in January 2017, with support from European Commission programme "Erasmus+: Youth in Action". All comics have been created by youth workers from different countries with and without previous experience in drawing comics. These visual stories reflect their personal learning journey to promote intercultural dialogue and the discovery of comic as a communication and learning tool in youth work.
Gutter Fest, Small Press Festival, Nau Bostik, Barcelona, Spain, 19.-20.05.2017
kuš! took part in Gutter Fest in Barcelona. kuš! was represented by it's editor David Schilter.
Supported by the State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF)
Madrid Art Book Fair, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain, 21.-23.04.2017
kuš! was an exhibitor at the Madrid Art Book Fair Libros Mutantes. kuš! was represented by it's editor Sanita Muižniece.
Small Press Market, Lucerne, Switzerland, 01.-02.04.2017 and 08.-09.04.2017
kuš! had a table both weekends at the International Comics Arts Festival Fumetto in Lucerne. kuš! was represented by it's editor David Schilter and by the artists Markus Häfliger and König Lü.Q..
Children's Book Fair, Bologna, Italy, 3-7.04.2017
kuš! was part of the Latvian stand at the Bologna Children's Book Fair. kuš! editor Sanita Muižniece joined the Latvian publisher delegation to visit the biggest children's book fair in the world. Besides that, networking and pasta, you know!
Artist Talk, Tartu Kunstimuuseum, 25.03.2017, 15.00
We were invited to an event in the Tartu Kunstimuuseum Museum Academy series, where Latvian original comic art was discussed in comparison with Estonian comic art in the exhibition "Grey area". Taking part were the kuš! magazine editors David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece, and artists König Lü. Q, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Reinis Pētersons and Vivianna Maria Stanislavska. The discussion was led by the curator of Grey Area Mari Laaniste and Ivar Laus from the Estonian Comic Book Society.
Comic Festival, Leipzig, Germany, 24.-26.03.2017
kuš! joins The Millionaires Club in Leipzig again to present the newest books at this independent comics & graphics festival. kuš! will be represented by it's artist Līva Kandevica, who'll happily exchange business cards with other millionaires.
Comic Workshop, Goethe-Institute Riga, 24.02-26.02.2017
Empty houses, abandoned places. They indicate a void, but in the same time they include a vague promise for the future. The comic workshop at the Goethe-Institute Riga with Paul Paetzel was all about creating exiting stories. After an inspiring tour with Marcis Rubenis of Free Riga through empty spaces of the city, Paul Paetzel taught about narration in comics and how to prepare comics in duotone colors. After the workshop the comics were printed as a riso zine and will be exhibited at the Goethe Institute from 19 April 2017 and a day later also online.
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
From 2009 -2017 the Latvian comics magazine kuš! invited international illustrators and comics artists to draw their interpretations of „the last match” on a paper snip in the size of barely 0,00166 m2. Like this the little artworks can easily be collected in just a few matchboxes. When exhibited the collected drawings are taken out of the boxes and hung chronologically on matchsticks hung in a matrix, so you can see which artist is behind each work. The result shows you can make something big out of something small, also during times of financial crisis.
The Exhibition has been shown 17 times in 15 countries around the world. Each time the exhibition grew bigger. In the end there were 446 international contributors
446 contributors (by July 2017)
Aleksey Nikitin (RU)
Andreja Kocjan (SI)
Ann Pajuvali (EE)
Elodie Méredau (FR)
Fabio Zimbres (BR)
Helen Koyama (CA)
Johan Nørgaard Pedersen (DK)
José Ja Ja Ja (ES)
Martin Brunner (AUT)
Renate Pock (AT)
Renée French (USA)
Saša Kerkoš (SI)
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...