Kuš celebrates ten year of experimental comics
Comics magazine kuš, which is based in Latvia but very internationally focused, has just published its 29th issue, and with that is celebrating ten years of bringing experimental comics to the masses.
The magazine was founded by Swiss expatriate David Schilter, who wanted to bring something new to a country that only seemed to know Micky Mouse, Tintin and Asterix. In an interview with Deutschlandfunk Kultur, Schilter remembers how the Latvian people didn’t seem to be interested in comics. When Kuš was launched, they “thought it was a children’s magazine. It gave some kind of shock when they saw that we talked about rather adult themes. At first we couldn’t find a distributor because the magazine was supposed to be pornographical and violent, which it isn’t at all”.
Schilter would rather describe the magazine as arty, rather than avant-garde. Sadly though, interest in the magazine is mostly international, rather than from its native country. Still, Schilter prouds himself that at least he has been able to motivate a few Latvian artists to start creating comics.
In Kuš 29, the Celebration issue, we find work from Latvian artists exclusively, including Anete Melece, Anna Vaivare, Dace Sietiņa, Dāvis Ozols, Elīna Brasliņa, Ernests and Andrejs Kļaviņš, Ingrīda Pičukāne, Kaspars Groševs, Laura Ķeniņš, Līva Kandevica, Lote Vilma Vītiņa, Maija Kurševa, Mārtiņš Zutis, Oskars Pavlovskis, Rasa Pavilona, Rebeka Lukošus, Reinis Pētersons, Rūta Briede, and Zane Zlemeša. It’s 164 pages for the price of $ 13.95 (including postage worldwide), available on the kuš website along with assorted back-issues.