About us

Fantomatika Publishing was founded in September 2016 by Krisztina Szabó and Mátyás-Zsolt Sárosi, it is based in Kézdivásárhely (Târgu Secuiesc), Transylvania, Romania.

The word phantomatica (fantomatika in Hungarian) is an expression first used by the great writer Stanislaw Lem, it means holographic space, a reality created artificially, synonym of virtual space.

We believe comics can be a form of artistic expression, our stories and drawings are born out of our sincere desire to express our opinion truly about the world, our nightmares, hopes, we wish to state our long time thought out ideas.

Dear friends, thank you for all your help!

Sárosi Mátyás

Sárosi Mátyás

founder, graphic artist

I was born at Kézdivásárhely in 1985, I graduated university at Kolozsvár with graphic arts specialization. I took part in many group exhibitions and I had a few solo exhibitions too, in 2015 I received the special award of the Graphic Arts Biennale of Székelyföld. I experimented with video art, noise music, nowadays I make large acrylic and mixed media paintings. In my style I mix classical drawing with cartoonish, animated and pop culture elements. My paintings can be seen at: http://matyassarosi.wixsite.com/artist. Beyond my classical artistic training I always was a huge fan of comic books, but it never really occurred to me to try my hand at this genre until there was a concept and clear script on which I could build.

My dream job would be a graphical designer at a computer game developer. My current job as comic book artist isn’t too far from that: I design characters, environments. I can be my own boss and work in my own style. I sometimes draw ten hours a day so that the next issue can be out in time. This is a harder and more self-sacrificing activity than classical painting where I could work on a single creation for weeks on end. Here I have to present daily at least a few different compositions and draw them too. I really enjoy this work, the longer I do it, the more I enjoy it. I like it all the more because this form of artistic creation reaches many people, just like street art and only costs a few dimes as opposed to the wholly otherworldly price of classical artworks.

Szabó Kriszta

Szabó Kriszta

founder, editor, writer

I was born at Kézdivásárhely in 1977, I attended elementart and middle school here, than Plugor Sándor Art School at Sepsiszentgyörgy. I attended Ion Andreescu University of Arts at Kolozsvár and received my BA in photo-video. I exhibited video works numerous times at Kolozsvár, Kézdivásárhely, Sepsiszentgyörgy. As a performance artist I visited Ireland, I took part in a video workshop in Germany. Early in my artistic career I became aware of my attachment to social issues and themes in the arts, the user-friendly presentation is indispensable for me, my creed is the creative arts that are for the people. I worked as a typesetting editor, teacher, cultural organizer, I founded youth cultural associations, I did voluntary work at nature and animal conservation groups. Ever since I was a child I wanted to create an animated movie, later I fell in love with sci-fi and never once wavered in this conviction. Although I received a visual arts training, I had to realize that it was the narrative, that really interested me, the worldbuilding of the creative process, so – even if this late – I started writing short stories.

I self-educated myself in each and every aspect of script writing and received a commendation for the story of Fantomatika at a competition. Ever since then I plan on realizing my ideas in film or animated-film formats. I have been waiting for years for someone to publish a comic book in Transylvania, so that this niche can have its own culture here – a few years ago fate brought me together with Mátyás Sárosi, an exceptional visual artist and it instantly became clear what is to be done with my ideas.

Kocsis Kitty

Kocsis Kitty

public relations

I was born in April the 2nd 1991 in Csíkszereda. I attended art school in my native city, than a BA and MA in journalism at Kolozsvár. I was the editor in chief of Morfondir.hu for three years and in the meantime I also took on several correcting, translating and editing jobs as well. I like working with texts, at a certain time I wrote too, but the various forms of visual arts remained with me all the way.

Maybe this is the reason that Fantomatika is so close to me, for it is the perfect medley of written text and drawn image. And I declare with full faith in my words that with passion, vocation anything can be achieved, even in Székelyföld! Let Transylvanian comic be the perfect example of this faith.

Wanek Ferenc

Wanek Ferenc

webmaster

I was born in 1977.  I attended The Hungarian University of Fine Arts in 2004.

I am working as graphic designer at the Tamási Áron Theatre in Sfântu Gheorghe.

Ivácson András Áron

Ivácson András Áron

advisor, translator

I was born in July 22nd 1986 at Sepsiszentgyörgy. I attended the local high school of arts and then a university of arts at Temesvár, but I did not opt for my BA after the three year term. Later I received a BA in anthropology and an MA in philosophy from the according departments of Babes-Bolyai University. My meeting with sci-fi came at an early age when I was in elementary school and my father coming home from one of his Budapest business trips gave Cryo Entertainment’s game Dune that was based on Frank Herbert’s first novel in the same titled series and on the film version directed by David Lynch. Ever since then the Dune universe – colloquially known as the “duniverse” – has been my favorite sci-fi universe of them all: I read all six books in the basic series, I saw all the movies, played all the games and engaged the universe philosophically in various writings.

Presently I work as a journalist for Transindex and in my spare time I work on my own research interests as well as train grappling-Brazilian JiuJitsu and kickboxing.

Nagy Zeni

Nagy Zeni

scientific advisor

I was born in 1986 at Sepsiszentgyörgy. I graduated from Plugor Sándor High School of Arts and later attended University of the West at Temesvár. Ever since I was a child I was mesmerized by physics, so for a very long time I felt I didn’t choose the best path in life, but because the arts were also important to me, I was in a dilemma not unlike Roi Vaara’s performance, until I realized that I didn’t necessarily had to make a choice: I can develop both sides equally. For a number of years I was a science editor, but my appreciation and interest in physics kept growing so I turned to the stars. I started out in astrophysics, more precisely solar physics and also joined the Hungarian Institute of Astrophysics in Transylvania. I find the public role of science tremendously important therefore I take part in organizing public displays and events concerning astrophysics.

As a graphic artist I aim to fuse art with science and Fantomatika gives an excellent outlet for that.

Imre Juli

Imre Juli

translator

I was born on February the 20th 1995 at Kézdivásárhely. I have been living in Kolozsvár since 2014 and at present I am a student of Gheorghe Dima Academy of Music. Previously I studied Chinese and English at the Faculty of Letters at Babeș-Bolyai University. Ever since I was a child I was fascinated by science-fiction literature and cinema and luckily this didn’t vanish when I became an adult either.

If memory serves I was about 11 years old when I first saw Alien (1979) and later I discovered the Star Trek and Star Wars universes from where there was no coming back.

When I am not composing, I train Brazilian JiuJitsu and work as a freelance translator.

Live Long and Prosper!

Simon Lehel Zoltán

Simon Lehel Zoltán

writer

I was born in 1987 at Szatmárnémeti, received my BA in chemistry at Kolozsvár and I currently live in my native city. I am a Sci-fi aficionado since birth, not only taking them in, but analyzing and rating good sci-fi. I see creating something new as a challenge, but particularly enjoying the process of creation. I haven’t been writing for a time now, but during my university years I wrote an extensive sci-fi blog (slzscifi.blogspot.ro), took part in competitions, forums and literary evenings.

I put my own writings in the pulp category, as I see it, these reach readers easily all the while opening doors to science and literature. In order to evolve, I constantly stepped outside my comfort zone and experimented with radio plays (like The legend of the errant prince), the Alkony és telihold (Twilight and full moon) fantasy short story was aired in Civil Radio. The world of comic books was unknown to me, barely started exploring it, and I think: we don’t have to follow the Marvel or DC comic book style, the goal is to create a style of our own, that speaks to us.

Szabó András

Szabó András

graphic artist

I was born in 1980 at Marosvásárhely, attended the University of visual arts at Kolozsvár and I live in the city with my family to this day. I am an exhibiting artist and freelance graphic designer and my drawing style is sensitive and richly detailed.

I am a long time fan of comic books, I remember my first experience to this day: one day my uncle pulled something out from under his weathered coat – it was an issue of Bobo. Later my favorite comic was Spiderman, the character of the poor, but intelligent, sedulous and infinitely conscientious young man who fights cosmic antagonists in disguise all the while going through such mundane problems like not being able to pay rent. Together with my son, we read Asterix and Spiderman daily, my son is also a huge comic book fan who proudly told his friends that his dad draws comic books.

As a child I used to squat on the floor and create worlds. This activity was more adrenaline inducing to me than amusement parks because the empty paper holds enough danger and mysticism on its own. At the outset all of my characters resembled Arnold, even Jesus on the cross. After my university studies I developed a whole style of my own: the slow, workload heavy etching into plastic paper and with comic books I returned to the smooth, cool and profligate creativity I enjoy so much.

Hover Zsolt

Hover Zsolt

writer

I was born in 1978 at Margitta. I received my BA in 2001 from the Protestant Theology faculty at Kolozsvár. Presently I am the pastor of Magyargyerőmonostor which belongs to the diocese of Kalotaszeg. Writing always fascinated me so in 2013 I received my BA in journalism at Kolozsvár. In my reports I mostly focus on the various communities of Kalotaszeg and the people that are a part of them. In 2015 I published a volume of these reports entitled Tarka képek Kalotaszegről at Áldott Remény press. Beyond this I published two novels, Hetedhét Ösvény and A kalotaszegi madárleány (more info on these here: https://hoverzsolt.ro/). In these fantasy novels I reworked various Hungarian folk legends along with several mythological elements.

I have been a fan of comic books since childhood. I was in middle school when I first held a Batman issue in my hands and he has been my favorite comic hero ever since. He does not have any special powers, his strength comes from the various tools he uses and that is why he is closer to everyday folk.

Galambos Tamás

Galambos Tamás

writer

I was born at Budapest in 1981, I live at Törökbálint (Hungary). I work as a programmer, I am married. I was fascinated by good stories in my early childhood, a was thinking about a lot how I would make an animation.

As far as comic books go, the one I remember most from my childhood is Kockás. I write sci-fi and horror, so far I published one short story in the Dimenziók 6 anthology. My goal is to write a cyberpunk sci-fi novel. Besides writing, in my spare time I train Krav Maga (self-defense sport), and we go to the theater with my wife.

Fazekas-Szűcs István (Szücsi)

Fazekas-Szűcs István (Szücsi)

graphic artist

I was born in 1984 at Kiskunfélegyháza just in time for my childhood to overlap with the local comic book boom of the early 90’s. As was expected, I was infected since to this day, comic books are my passion, I mostly collect the ever growing Hungarian editions. My other muse is international, and more specifically British football and its effects on applied arts. My published webcomics so far have been dedicated to this theme. Luckily I always got collaborate with writers of not only great style but also great humor too. Our greatest achievement so far is probably when our comic strip based on his person was lauded by one of the most important contemporary football theorists, Jonathan Wilson on his Twitter.

I studied Arts at the Eszterházy Károly College. I live at Szeged with my partner and Uzsonna (Snack), our guinea pig.

Presently I am illustrating for Fantomatika the short story entitled Io fényei (The lights of Io) written by Tamás Galambos.

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