Inside 'š! #29' by kuš! comics
The tenth anniversary edition of the Latvian publisher's anthology packs a massive amount of international talent into a small, beautiful package.
Known stateside mostly for their mini-comics from artists like Michael DeForge, Patrick Kyle and Daria Tessler, kuš! should be considered an undisputed juggernaut when it comes to diverse curation of unknown artists from all over the world as well as championing the comics scene in their native Latvia. Their ''š!' anthologies feature artists from native Latvia almost exclusively, with only one non-native artist out of the twenty (Lü. Q. of Switzerland) in the entire book.
Notable contributions to this edition include a strange, surreal sci-fi jaunt by Latvian native Oskars Pavlovskis (pictured above) which shows a group of exploratory aliens searching for an enigmatic disturbing goop which transforms one of the aliens. The vivid colors and character designs jump off the page.
Another highlight is Rasov Pavilona's wordless tribute to bowling. The surreal and hilarious portraits all loosely incorporate the sport in some way, ranging from beautiful portrayals of throwing that perfect strike to a bowler riding a topsy-turvy rollercoaster with their beloved ball (pictured above).
With twenty contributions in all, the book is an amazing look into Latvian comics culture and the strong work that kuš! has made themselves known for over the years. The different styles represented, ranging between funny, emotional and somber pieces, are as diverse as any anthology available and kuš! prints their books in an established and beautiful aesthetic which are a pleasure to hold in your hand and feel very at home on any shelf or table in your home.
š! #29 and other kuš! releases are available via their webstore at this link.