kuš! (speak koosh!) is a comics art anthology from Latvia founded 2007 in Riga. Every issue contains comics from international and Latvian artists to a certain theme which changes every issue. The aims of kuš! are to popularize comics in a country where this medium is practically non-existent and promoting Latvian comics abroad.
kuš! doesn't just publish comics on paper, but also organizes exhibitions, workshops, comics jams and other comics related events besides traveling to international festivals to spread the Latvian comics fever.
Awards and nominations
2012 Winner of Prix de la Bande Dessinée Alternative, BD Angouleme, France
2012 Nominated for 'Best Publication Design' and 'Best Anthology' at the Stumptown Comics Arts Awards, Portland, USA
2017 š! #26 'dADa' is nominated as 'Best Anthology' for the Eisner Awards
2017 š! is nominated as 'Best Ongoing Series' for the Broken Frontier Awards
2020 š! won 'Best Ongoing Series' for the Broken Frontier Awards
2020 kuš! editors David Schilter and Sanita Muižniece entered the Broken Frontier's Hall of Fame
Interviews and Features
LRT (Lithuania, 2019), Dagbladet Politiken (DK, 2018), LSM (Latvia, 2018), The Comics Alternative (USA, 2018), Broken Frontier (UK, 2018), 星期日生活 Sunday Mingpao (Hong Kong, 2018), New Eastern Europe (Poland, 2017), Talants tev līdzās (Latvia, 2017) Šiaurės Atėnai (Lithuania, 2017), Sputnik News (Russia, 2017), Deutschlandfunk (Germany, 2017), Tagesspiegel (Germany, 2017), The Comics Journal (USA, 2016), Lo Spazio Bianco (Italy, 2016), Not So Comics (Italy, 2016), World Literature Today (USA, 2016), Fumettologica (Italy, 2016), Comics Alliance (USA, 2015), Publishers Weekly (US 2015), Bacánika (Colombia, 2015), Broken Frontier (UK, 2015), Comics Workbook (USA 2015), La Segunda (Chile, 2015), SI Magazyn Czasu Wolnego (Poland 2015), LTV Panorama (Latvia, 2015), LTV (Latvia, 2015), VICE (Mexico, 2015), ARTE's Metropolis (France, Germany 2014), Goethe Institut (Germany, 2014), Baron Mag (Canada, 2014), European Youth Parliament (2014), Rough Guides (2014), North Adams Transcript (USA, 2014), Popey blog (Japan, 2013), It's nice that (UK, 2013), Fumettologica (Italy, 2013), Spots (Latvia, 2013), Arterritory (Latvia, 2013), Diena (Latvia, 2013), Youthless Fanzine (Italy, 2013), Dwutygodnik (Poland, 2012), Altre Velocita (Italy, 2012), Nordix (Belgium, 2012), Arteko (Latvia, 2012), Central Stn (UK, 2012), IR (Latvia 2011) Air Canada enRoute (Canada, 2011), LZK (Latvia, 2011), Polegadas (Brazil, 2007), Universo HQ (Brazil, 2007), Satori (Latvia, 2007)
Currently there may or may not be any open calls (check here), but we are always interested to discover new artists, especially Latvians, but not only, so if like to take part, just send us an e-mail with a link to your comics. We will look at all your e-mails but might not be able to answer to you, but once we have an appropriate project, we will contact you. Unfortunately we can't provide portfolio reviews or give feedback on your work.
Write to: komikss(at)gmail(dot)com
Name: Biedrība Grafiskie stasti
Legal address: Uzvaras bulvaris 5-52, Riga, LV-1048 (please don't send mail here)
Bank: A/S Swedbank, Balasta dambis 1a, Riga, LV-1048, Latvija