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Comics Anthology š! #17 ‘Sweet Romance’ cover by Patrick Kyle

Contributors: Aisha Franz (Germany), Akvilė Misevičiūtė (Lithuania), Ayumu Arisaka (Japan), Berliac (Argentina), Betty Liang (Canada), Dace Sietina (Latvia), Emma Rendel (Sweden), Ginette Lapalme (Canada), Heta Bilaletdin (Finland), Inger Zivana M. Torvund (Norway), Ingrīda Pičukāne (Latvia), Jesse Lucas (USA), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Laila Milevski (USA/Latvia), Liisa Kruusmägi (Estonia), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Patrick Kyle (Canada), Pixin (Singapore), Raids Kalniņš (Latvia), Tomasz Niewiadomski (Poland), Yvang (France).

Specs: š! #17 'Sweet Romance’, format DIN A6 (4.1 × 5.8 inches), 21 artists, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, English, locally printed in Riga on environmentally friendly paper, ISBN 978-9934-518-12-6 , will be released on 15th of May 2014.

Get it: Pre-order here for USD 14.00 (worldwide shipping costs and a free bookmark and postcard included in price) or get a kuš! half year subscription and receive also the next three issues delivered right to your house.

More preview pics on our blog.

Kus!#15" by various artists

I see a lot of art books from a lot of major publishers, a lot of graphic novels and children’s books, but I don’t think I’ve been as thrilled and excited by any of it so much as “Kus!” (pronounced “koosh!”), this mini-digest format anthology from Latvia, with its beautiful, raw, often experimental work, and just the tip of the iceberg in regard to the group’s publishing efforts, as well as its exhibitions and workshops.

The 15th issue uses cats as a unifying topic, but the results are varied and challenging. Opening with Riga artist Martin Zutis’ graphically delightful “Inner Voice,” which uses slightly altered repetitive layouts of cats to create a chaotic psychological representation of a cat’s mind, the issue moves into the comic strip as reference book effort by Latvian artist Dace Sietina, which transforms the narrative of Teddy the cat into a collection of artful diagrams and data.

These really set the tone for the volume, though nothing from that point on is ever predictable.

Among the highlights: Illustrator Leo Quievreux and collage artist Freedox, two French artists, collaborate on “Les Failles de Mr. Zeng,” a cryptic and abstract bombast of dys topian psychedelia involving a cat; Latvian artist Davis Ozols’ “Lost and Found” is a beautifully primitive illustrated fable about searching and finding that pulls from children’s books; Reinis Petersons’ “7 Deadly Sins for 9 Lives and Beyond” is a simple primer in the worst of existence as experienced through cats, wrought in simple black-and-white med itations; and Polish artist Maria Ines Gul’s visual poem, “Love cats,” imagines falling in love and becoming a pet as the antidote to loneliness.

Though technically advertised as “comics,” the work is of a sophistication that I think the designation not only limits the appeal of the work, but also the possible venues. This would be more appropriately termed “sequential art,” in that the artwork is more than one picture hanging on the wall.

It is a series, and narrative is as central to them as some of the best installations, and with the same desire not to dictate what the creator brings to the piece, rather letting the viewer take it to heart and do the work.

There’s nothing in here, or any of the volumes I have seen, that would be out of place as gallery art, offering sequence as another dimension to viewing.

Issues of Kus can be ordered online at komikss.lv.

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Everyone Is Hungry

by: Anna Sailamaa

Published by kuš! in the mini kuš! series

The slow moments before falling into sleep. The sound of sparrow’s wing feathers, a rumpled tablecloth and curtains moving with the wind. The night draws closer and gently darkens the sky.

28 pages, 4” x 6”, color, saddle stitched.

$6 (worldwide shipping included)

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Open Call for š! #27 ‘BFFs’

After over two years it’s finally time for a new open call for the kuš! anthology. Don’t miss it, friends!

Full details of participation:

- Theme: BFFs
- Page count: 4-16 (preferably even numbers)
- Language: English
- Format: DIN A6, width 10.5cm × height 14.8cm
- Bleed: In case you want your comics to be full bleed make sure to add 3 mm cut off space all around the comics (in this case the width of each page should be 11.1 cm and the height 15.4 cm). Don’t place texts and important details close to the page borders (Bleed explained in a graphic).
- Colors: Yes, CMYK, b/w works are also welcome
- Resolution: 300 dpi (1200 dpi for b/w works)
- File format: preferably tiff or pdf
- If we publish your comics, you’ll get at least 5 free copies
- Submit only low resolution jpgs for our consideration (but big enough to read (approximately 900 pixels in width)! The big resolution files as described above we’ll ask you to send later.)
- Please include a short description of yourself and a link to your site/blog
- Deadline: 19 September 2016
- Send to komiksukonkurss@gmail.com


Additional notes:

- After receiving your work we’ll write you a confirmation e-mail within 7 days. If you don’t hear from us, write us again, maybe your mail got lost.
- The decision what we’ll publish will be made until 17 October. We’ll mail you if you’re in!
- We’d prefer if you don’t publish the full comics on- or offline before we print it.
- The theme is BFFs, not BFFS, however you may interpret it very widely, also stories about the worst friends are welcome.
- If you have any questions, just  write us. Best if you write a comment on our blog, as other people might have the same question.
- We are always looking forward to see new approaches in storytelling and art. Don’t limit yourself!

Previous issues of š! you can find here: komikss.lv/books/s/. If you have never seen them, it might be helpful for you to take a glimpse at some excerpts or get a previous issue to get a better feel of it.

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Illustration: Excerpt from Hironori Kikuchi’s comic 'Friends’

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‘P-FE/FRAF’

by: Ville Kallio

Published by kuš! in the mini kuš! series

Automation did not free us from work, it merely allowed an ever expanding production of highly advanced weapons technologies and surveillance. The air saturated by nanomachines produces a distinct hum.

28 pages, 4” x 6”, color, saddle stitched.

$6 (worldwide shipping included)

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Baltic Comics Anthology š! #25 ‘Gaijin Mangaka’

by: Andrés Magán (Spain), Aseyn (France), Ben Marcus (USA), Berliac (Argentina), Daylen Seu (USA), Dilraj Mann (UK), GG (Canada), Gloria Rivera (USA), Hetamoé (Portugal), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Luis Yang (Spain), Mickey Zacchilli (USA), Nou (USA), Vincenzo Filosa (Italy), xuh (Poland). Coeditor: Berliac. With an introduction by: Paul Gravett.

Published by kuš!

164 pages, 4” x 6”, color, softcover, perfect bound

$13.95 (worldwide shipping included)

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Baltic Comics Anthology š! #21 ‘Business Time’

by: Ann Pajuväli (Estonia), Anna Haifisch (Germany), Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Berliac (Argentina), Brecht Vandenbroucke (Belgium), Chris Kuzma (Canada), Disa Wallander (Sweden), Harukichi (Japan), Jeroen Funke (The Netherlands), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lai Tat Tat Wing (Hong Kong), Laura Ķeniņš (Canada/Latvia), Līva Kandevica (Latvia), Lote Vilma Vītiņa (Latvia), Maciej Sieńczyk (Poland), Olive Booger (France), Roope Eronen (Finland), Rūta Briede (Latvia), Sergi Puyol (Spain) and Zane Zlemeša (Latvia)..

Published by kuš!

Comics art anthology from Latvia with international contributions about business.

164 pages, 4” x 6”, color, softcover, perfect bound, printed on environmentally friendly Munken paper.

$14 (worldwide shipping included)

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