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, so we do not wish to belong to the regular comics trend. 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.
I, Krisztina Szabó, was born in 1977 in Kézdivásárhely. Although communist television did not broadcast many cartoons, ever since my childhood I felt determined to create cartoons when I grow up. I discovered some old Galaktika magazines on my uncle’s bookshelves (a sci-fi magazine that is still published in Hungary), and I fell in love with the world of science fiction. I graduated from art school and finished my studies at the photo-video section of Art and Design University of Cluj Napoca. Since then, I have been planning and dreaming of giving a form to my ideas, be it animation, film or book. I have been waiting for long years to see comics published in Transylvania, to have a culture of comics, but at one point I realized that it could be me, us, the ones who publish these long awaited comics.
Mátyás Sárosi is also from Kézdivásárhely, he grew up in the same neighborhood, eight years later than I, so we never met at the playground. He graduated at Cluj Napoca from graphics section, hoping to become a hungry artist. He likes to draw so much, that a few years ago when I met him for the first time, he could not swim, ride a bike or to whistle. He hasn’t learned how to whistle until today. I asked him what was he doing in his childhood when all of us others were learning to swim, ride bikes and whistle really loud? I was drawing – he answered. Later we found out that we get along really well, that we can talk about sci-fi, movies, books and arts, and that it would be very suitable if we collaborated. Otherwise, Mátyás is an artist with his own exhibitions, and has a site with his work, which you can visit here.