The theme of this year’s Helsinki Comics Festival is LGBT comics and their official guest country is Germany. But watch out, in 2014 the festival also faces it’s biggest presence of Latvian comics (yet)!
While Sabīne Moore is already in Helsinki interning for Kutikuti for a couple of weeks, right in time for the festival time (5th-7th of September) more arrivals are expected - kuš! editors David and Sanita as well as the artists Dāvis Ozols, Laura Ķeņina and Līva Kandevica will be there. Instead of sharing one big Latvian table, we’ll spread out all over the festival!
So here’s a little overview of what you can expect from all of us:
kuš! will have a stand in the big tent on Lasipalatsi. The newest books you can get are the mini kuš! by the Latvian authors Oskars Pavlovskis, Rūta & Anete Daubure, Anna Vaivare and by the Finnish artist Roope Eronen.
Besides that, kuš! also brings the Comix4= Exhibition to Helsinki. It will be on display in the public library in Arabia and will include comics by the Latvians Sabīne Moore and Laura Ķeņina. More info here. On Friday at 16.00 there will be a talk “Comix4= : Comics as a tool against racism” in Laituri.
You can meet Sabīne at the table of Kutikuti, where she’ll help out selling their excellent books and also will offer her very own stuff. Next to self-published comics she will bring special animal stickers, strawberry paintings and silkscreen-printed leggings! Watch out, last time they were selling fast!
The newest book she has on offer is 'Stuck' (27 pages, b/w) a comic she drew in Berlin, but now printed in a fancier glossy A5!
Sabīne will be also doing a workshop for children together with Emmi Valve on the theme of the alphabet (facebook event).
Līva comes all the way from Germany. She will share a table together with Michel Eselbrügge, Jannis Eselbrügge and Julius Wagner with whom she made a zine called ‘Fanart’, in there you can read her sexy alien lady story.
Her own zine is called 'THNX #1', it’s A5 with several black and white pages.
Dāvis will share a table with Laura (see below) in the small press tent. He will have some of his landscape drawings on offer and his brand new book/zine 'Budapest, There and Back Again.' It’s 32 pages, A5 format and in full color. Here’s an excerpt:
Laura will share a table with Dāvis (see above) in the small press tent. Laura has printed a brand new comic for Helsinki as well! It is called 'She Wants to Tell Me'. Two women find a severed ear in a Riga park one night and fall into a summer romance. A5, 32 pages, colour, offset.
Laura’s work will also be part of the Comix4= exhibition and in the exhibition Rainbow Shades – True Life and Fiction in LGBTI Comics with Joana Estrela, Lilli Loge, Hazel Newlevant & Martina Schradi at the Kallio Public Library, Viides linja 1.
š! #18 ‘Poetry’, will be released on September 18th, 2014
This issue presents you a wide range of international poetry comics.
Cover: Dāvis Ozols (Latvia) Contributors: Anete Melece / Inga Gaile, Anna Vaivare / Semyon Khanin, Dāvis Ozols / Ingmāra Balode, Ingrīda Pičukāne / Sergej Timofejev, Klāvs Loris / Anna Foma, Lote Vilma Vītiņa / Kārlis Vērdiņš, Mārtiņš Zutis / Arvis Viguls, Rūta Briede / Jānis Rokpelnis from Latvia, and Alexander Rothman (USA), Andrej Štular (Slovenia), Dunja Janković (Croatia), Evie Cahir (Australia), Julie Doucet (Canada), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), L.L. de Mars (France), Mari Ahokoivu (Finland), Nicolas Zouliamis (Belgium), Patrick Kyle (Canada), Sam Alden (USA), Theo Ellsworth (USA), Tiina Lehikoinen (Finland) and Tommi Musturi (Finland).
Format: A6, 164 pages, full-color, perfect bound, English.
Im going to Scandinavia for a month! Come get my comics and hear me talk about them. I’ll be debuting my new graphic novel, Lapsos, published by C’est Bon Kultur! I’m also bringing all the Gatosaurio goods: stickers, pins, comics, etc. plus distro stuff from other cool mexican comic makers. Stay tooned to my tumblr + twitter for more updates… See you soon, baltic friends!
So excited for Inés Estrada’s Northeastern Europe tour! Šašlik party this Saturday in the kuš! yard!
Hey BJ! Last open call was crazy, we received tons of great work. It always feels horrible to leave out so much good stuff, that’s why we don’t make the open calls more regularly. But as it is very interesting to discover completely new talents (new to us at least), we’ll surely do another one, but it will be only next year. Meanwhile we’d like to encourage you to take part in the competitions and open calls we recommend on our blog (in the right row: “Don’t Miss” section) or also on twitter or facebook. Good luck!
Yes we are! Helsinki rules! Can’t wait to meet the Helsinki Unicorn and you! We’ll be in the big tent.
Found some copies of the previously sold out mini kuš! #2 and #3. So they’re all back in our webshop!
Also John Porcellino still sells them here.
mini kuš! #24 ‘Swimming Pool’by Anna VaivarePublished by kuš!The protagonist works at the Swimming Pool. She enjoys observing people while keeping herself almost invisible doing her work. When you least expect it she herself plunges into the water and unveils her special secret.28 pages, 4” x 6”, color, saddle-stitch, softcover$ 6.00 (including shipping)Order hereDistributed by Spit And A Half Distro
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