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Self-portrait by Ines Christine for kuš! #8 ‘Allotments’

"the day i turned into a ghost" by KIIN.

Ines Christine will be attending “Still Moving" in Riga! Don’t miss!

d-vis:

Ljubljana Radio 2

Can you spot the š! #18 ‘poetry’ cover on this drawing by Dāvis Ozols?

d-vis:

Ljubljana Radio 2

Can you spot the š! #18 ‘poetry’ cover on this drawing by Dāvis Ozols?



Excerpt of Tommi Musturi's comic in š! #18 ‘Poetry’.
Find out more about this issue on our blog and see more pics here.
Excerpt of Tommi Musturi's comic in š! #18 ‘Poetry’.

Find out more about this issue on our blog and see more pics here.

kushkomikss:

kushkomikss:

This is how the next special Latvian stamp could look like…. The free spirit (svabadais gars) 1:300’000 in scale was drawn by Mārtiņš Zutis for the annual Latvian stamp competition. You can make this stamp reality by voting here (click click click!).
Just click, press on the facebook or twitter symbol below and press “BALSOT” (vote). Thanks for your support.

Did you vote already? Do it!

Still 3 days left to vote for Martins' stamp. Click click click!

kushkomikss:

kushkomikss:

This is how the next special Latvian stamp could look like…. The free spirit (svabadais gars) 1:300’000 in scale was drawn by Mārtiņš Zutis for the annual Latvian stamp competition. You can make this stamp reality by voting here (click click click!).

Just click, press on the facebook or twitter symbol below and press “BALSOT” (vote). Thanks for your support.

Did you vote already? Do it!

Still 3 days left to vote for Martins' stamp. Click click click!

sequentialstate:

Review: Fish, by Bianca Bagnarelli

Bianca Bagnarelli’s illustration work captured my attention earlier this year, so I was happy to hear that she was having a book published through Nobrow Press’ 17x23 line, a series of comics that features short stories by young talented cartoonists. The line has a sparseness to it, which requires a certain economy of the author.

The economy of Fish is both in a short 24 pages of story, but also the economy of telling one moment in time. The story features Milo, a 12 year old boy who is still reeling from the death of his parents in a car crash. When their bodies washed to shore, he wasn’t allowed to see them – but when a body washes up on the shore of their local beach, Milo thinks he can solve his inner turmoil.

Bagnarelli plays around with the theme of death throughout Fish. The eye of Milo is constantly dwelling on things that are dead and dying. He passes a decorative cow skull as he is walking to the bridge over the local river, he stares at a vase full of wilted and dying flowers, and he thinks about the frailty of life. He’s bitter and withdrawn. He can’t connect to his visiting family. His eye is drawn to towards the macabre, talking about organs and shrimp intestines.

The bombshell of the book is Milo encountering the corpse of the missing girl. Against the warnings of his cousins, he fights to see the remains, and then is overwhelmed. Before this encounter, death was an abstract. But now he sees how scary it is, sees how dirty it is. “We’re all just full of shit,” he muses. “Does it scare me?”

But Bagnarelli isn’t content to let Milo freefall, and in the last 5 panels, turns the narrative on its head. Offering Milo hope, and by proxy, the reader – we can live with our past provided we live in the present, it seems to say.  The result is something more complex and nuanced, something confusing and yet surprisingly uplifting.

There’s an intensity of storytelling here amplified by beautiful illustration. Bagnarelli uses a sunset palette to mirror Milo’s depressed mood, and the result is a stunning mix of reds, pinks, purples, and yellows that give the story the feeling of imminent ending. But rather than an ending, Fish seems like a beginning. Sundrenched vistas and detailed foliage make reading Fish a joy for the eyes, and it is clear that Bagnarelli is an illustrator with an eye for detail and complexity. And in Fish, Bagnarelli’s complex and beautiful art are matched by a story of death, and more importantly, of life, that refuses to cater to the casual whim. Recommended.

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Bianca Bagnarelli (tumblr: biancabagnarelli) is a illustrator and cartoonist whose work has been printed in the New York Times, kushkomikss, and in 2010, founded Delebile, an independent comics label that publishes short comic stories. Their newest anthology, Work, releases later this month.

Nobrow Press (tumblr: nobrowpress) is an independent press based in London that publishes art books and comics.

"New York Times, kushkomikss" just sounds too nice not to reblog…. In any case, you should follow Bianca Bagnarelli, her work is splendid!

d-vis:

Radio Ljubljana

So do you already follow Dāvis Ozols? You really really should!

d-vis:

Radio Ljubljana

So do you already follow Dāvis Ozols? You really really should!

disawallander:

I’ve multiplied. Find us on twitter at @hmmgrr and @grrhmm, respectively.If you’re struggling to tell us apart, the secret is that the real me is the one wearing a hat.

Meet the authors of mini kuš! #29 and follow Disa Wallander on tumblr! BTW, is it a coincidence that someone who has a mini-me got selected for the mini kuš! open call?

disawallander:

I’ve multiplied. Find us on twitter at @hmmgrr and @grrhmm, respectively.

If you’re struggling to tell us apart, the secret is that the real me is the one wearing a hat.

Meet the authors of mini kuš! #29 and follow Disa Wallander on tumblr! BTW, is it a coincidence that someone who has a mini-me got selected for the mini kuš! open call?

kushkomikss:

No time to lose, here’s all you need to know about the mini kuš! mini comic mini open call (click click click).

We just selected mini kuš! #29! Here you go!
"I’ll just say that you’re not going to see it coming, and I feel confident in saying that even if my saying that will instantly put you on your guard, expecting a twist. Even so, you will no see it coming. That ending is more than a little bit haunting, but Oskars earns every bit of it."Optical Sloth reviews Oskars Pavlovskis' mini kuš! ‘Lucky’.

"I’ll just say that you’re not going to see it coming, and I feel confident in saying that even if my saying that will instantly put you on your guard, expecting a twist. Even so, you will no see it coming. That ending is more than a little bit haunting, but Oskars earns every bit of it."

Optical Sloth reviews Oskars Pavlovskis' mini kuš! ‘Lucky’.

"It’s a fascinating story, but I have to at least mention how incredible the artwork is here. Ruta is all about big, expressive colors, and every page of this teems with life." Rūta & Anete Daubure's mini kuš! ‘Domino’ reviewed by Optical Sloth.

"It’s a fascinating story, but I have to at least mention how incredible the artwork is here. Ruta is all about big, expressive colors, and every page of this teems with life."

Rūta & Anete Daubure's mini kuš! ‘Domino’ reviewed by Optical Sloth.

This is how the next special Latvian stamp could look…. The free spirit (svabadais gars) 1:300’000 in scale was drawn by Mārtiņš Zutis for the annual Latvian stamp competition. You can make this stamp reality by voting here (click click click!).
Just click, press on the facebook or twitter symbol below and press “BALSOT” (vote). Thanks for your support.

This is how the next special Latvian stamp could look…. The free spirit (svabadais gars) 1:300’000 in scale was drawn by Mārtiņš Zutis for the annual Latvian stamp competition. You can make this stamp reality by voting here (click click click!).

Just click, press on the facebook or twitter symbol below and press “BALSOT” (vote). Thanks for your support.

Spread from mini kuš! #19 ‘Inverso’ by Berliac.
Order for $ 6.00 from our webshop (worldwide shipping costs included in price).

Spread from mini kuš! #19 ‘Inverso’ by Berliac.

Order for $ 6.00 from our webshop (worldwide shipping costs included in price).

Classical moment at the kuš! HQ drawn by Berliac during a drink & draw session last April in Riga…

Classical moment at the kuš! HQ drawn by Berliac during a drink & draw session last April in Riga…

dogontv:

SIRIO A

Do you know the work by Martín López Lam? Soon we’ll feature it in an  issue of š!, meanwhile you should follow his tumblr.