|cover by Anna Vaivare|
Latvian comics publishing outfit, kuš! komiks, are going from strength to strength, as this May will see them appearing at TCAF (Toronto Comics Art Festival) as international guests. It seems a bit redunant to call kuš! mere publishers, perhaps because they set an exemplary standard for the definition of the term, but the facet that has set them apart and been integral to their identity is their curation and unearthing of fresh and innovative comics creators from around the world. As such, they've built a steady reputation as purveyors of exciting comics talent, with people eager to work with them. They're doing well, and I hope that continues.
Their first 2014 release will be volume 16 of s!, their flagship Baltic Comics anthology, with the fully coloured, A6-format title this time themed around 'Villages.' kuš! put out an open call for this volume, selecting 18 contributors (a full list of which you can see below), 15 of whom they've not worked with/published before, after receiving 102 submissions from around the globe. kuš have put up a preview of selected images on their website, but here's an exclusive extensive look at what to expect. It looks fantastic, as per usual.
s! #16 Villages releases on the 4th of March, you can pre-order a copy here, with the price inclusive of world-wide shipping.
Complete list of contributors: Anna Vaivare (Latvia), Anne Stalinski (The Netherlands), Anthony Meloro (USA), Celine de Cadt (Belgium), Chris Reijnen (Belgium), Daniel Almeida (Brazil), David Biskup (UK), Evangelos Androutsopoulos (Finland, Greece), Gillian Rhodes (USA), Jana Vasiljević (Serbia), Kara Sievewright (Canada), Kawai Shen (Canada), König Lü.Q. (Switzerland), Lauri Mäkimurto (Finland), Oliver East (UK), Paddy Lynch (Ireland), Placid (France) and Sandra Rummler (Germany).