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A new approach to the comics anthology - seven artists collaborate to design a character and tell the story of one week in their life.
A new approach to the comics anthology - seven artists collaborate to design a character and tell the story of one week in their life.
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PersonaЖ 2: A week in the life of Daria
PersonaЖ 2: A week in the life of Daria

Hello! / Привет! We are Sputnikat Press, a Moscow-based comics press, committed to publishing the best independent comics from talented Russian and international illustrators and cartoonists.

What is PersonaЖ?
We are seeking funding for our second book, PersonaЖ: A Week in the Life of Daria. PersonaЖ (pronounced like 'personnage' in French and meaning 'character ' in Russian) is a 64-page, two-colour risograph-printed comic book, that takes a novel approach to the comics anthology - seven artists come together to create a new character, and then tell the story of one week in the character’s life, one day per artist.

Some glimpses of the book...
Some glimpses of the book...

This is our second book - the first edition of PersonaЖ gathered together four artists from Russia, UK, Switzerland and Netherlands and we came up with Nikolai, a quiet van driver from Moscow. The stories in PersonaЖ #1 were by Andrey Petranin, Arina Shabanova, Evgenia Barinova, Irina Troitskaya (Russia), Christopher Rainbow (UK), Lika Nüssli (Switzerland) and Jeroen Funke (Netherlands).

The first edition of PersonaЖ, published last year
The first edition of PersonaЖ, published last year

Introducing Daria!
For our new book, we have assembled another fantastic team of illustrators and cartoonists from around Europe, to create a new character - Daria, an intrepid TV reporter from St Petersburg. Accompanied by her loyal cameraman and beloved pet snake, Daria encounters swarms of malevolent angels, the hunt for a corrupt businessman, an escaped tiger, lust at first sight and the curious case of Nina Petrovna’s deceased dog.

Experience a week in Daria's exciting life!
Experience a week in Daria's exciting life!

 

Character designs for Daria, by Katya Dorokhina
Character designs for Daria, by Katya Dorokhina

 

The team for PersonaЖ #2: A Week in the Life of Daria is a fantastic array of comics and illustration talent.

MONDAY - Irina Troitskaya (Russia)
TUESDAY - Katya Dorokhina (Russia)
WEDNESDAY - Mikkel Sommer (Denmark)
THURSDAY - Martoz (Italy)
FRIDAY - Andrey Petranin (Russia)
SATURDAY - Anton Mariinsky (Russia)
SUNDAY - William Goldsmith (UK)

Highlights from the seven stories in PersonaЖ 2
Highlights from the seven stories in PersonaЖ 2

The beauty of Riosgraphy
Each copy of PersonaЖ is hand-numbered and printed in two colours on our Risograph MZ 970 on 120gsm Olin Regular paper, with a 250gsm laminated cover wonderfully illustrated by the ridiculously talented Martoz. Risography is a manner of printing especially suited to small press and short run art books, on a machine that looks like photocopier, but in fact prints in separate colour layers, similar to silkscreen printing. This gives the work a lovely texture, with minor idiosyncrasies and imperfections that locates the result somewhere between mechanical printing and printing by hand.

A summary of the stories in PersonaЖ 2:

Monday by Irina Troitskaya, begins with an escaped tiger and ends with Daria's childhood secret
Monday by Irina Troitskaya, begins with an escaped tiger and ends with Daria's childhood secret

 

Tuesday by Katya Dorokhina - Daria and Grisha are hot on the heels of a corrupt local businessman
Tuesday by Katya Dorokhina - Daria and Grisha are hot on the heels of a corrupt local businessman

 

Wednesday by Mikkel Sommer shows Daria relaxing at home on her monthly ‘no news day’
Wednesday by Mikkel Sommer shows Daria relaxing at home on her monthly ‘no news day’

 

Thursday by Martoz: Daria battles to save the city against an army of marauding angels
Thursday by Martoz: Daria battles to save the city against an army of marauding angels

 

Friday by Andrey Petranin: Daria experiences a case of lust at first sight
Friday by Andrey Petranin: Daria experiences a case of lust at first sight

 

Anton Mariinsky's story comes from Grisha the cameraman's perspective.
Anton Mariinsky's story comes from Grisha the cameraman's perspective.

 

Sunday by William Goldsmith: A chance conversation on the metro unearths some advice on how to bury a deceased dog
Sunday by William Goldsmith: A chance conversation on the metro unearths some advice on how to bury a deceased dog

RewardsIn addition to digital and physical copies of PersonaЖ 1 and 2, we have some great higher reward tiers, including our first solo artist book from Sari Szanto, an original limited edition silkscreen print of Daria by Irina Troitskaya and our top reward, a personalised mini-PersonaЖ risograph zine, with 7 one-page stories with YOU as the main character!

Highlights from PersonaЖ 1, our first book about Nikolai, the quiet Moscow van driver
Highlights from PersonaЖ 1, our first book about Nikolai, the quiet Moscow van driver

 

Irina Troitskaya's design for her limited edition signed silkscreen print.
Irina Troitskaya's design for her limited edition signed silkscreen print.

 

Sari Szanto's "Housewife", our first solo artist zine.
Sari Szanto's "Housewife", our first solo artist zine.

 

The PЖ2 crew!
The PЖ2 crew!

Why are we asking for your help?
Primarily, we are asking for support to help with printing, binding and distributing PersonaЖ 2. Every reward level gives you great comics and/or art for your money, and as well building our audience and providing funds for us to help to cover the cost that we have put into buying our printer and producing these first books.

Sputnikat Press is a long-term project, and our PersonaЖ anthologies are just the start of a whole catalogue of books that we will publish by Russian and Russia-based artists. This will involve paying advances to our artists, working with designers for new book projects, buying new drums for our Risograph printer, (we currently have 6 colours, but we want to grow our collection, to give more printing options for future books) booking travel and participation for comics festivals around Europe and producing additional merchandise such as pins, prints, sketchbooks and t-shirts.

Sputnik Press is currently a personal investment project, driven by the desire to showcase the wonderful comics and illustration talent emerging in Moscow, and to provide a home for local illustrators to develop their voice as visual storytellers. This is not a profit-driven enterprise, but in order for Sputnikat to grow and become a long-term concern, we must eventually reach a point where we are self-funding. For that, it’s important that we are able to build up a decent-sized catalogue quickly, and if we are able to meet and exceed our goal for PersonaЖ 2, then we can reach this point quicker, and speed up production on our next round of books and products.

We currently have around a dozen books in various stages of development. Below are some images of our first solo artist books: Housewife: What a poor lesbian does when her girl goes away for the weekend by Sari Szanto; Welcome Home by Anna Sarukhanova and Arcaneville by Katya Dorokhina.

We are also developing books from other Moscow-based artists, including William Goldsmith, Christopher Rainbow, Kameellah and Charlie O'Konar. 

Coming soon! "Arcaneville" by Katya Dorokhina
Coming soon! "Arcaneville" by Katya Dorokhina

 

Coming soon! "Welcome Home" by Anna Sarukhanova
Coming soon! "Welcome Home" by Anna Sarukhanova

 

Coming soon! "Housewife" by Sari Szanto
Coming soon! "Housewife" by Sari Szanto


 Thank you! / Спасибо!

Risks and challenges

All our pages are printed and we now just need to bind and finish the books. We have produced the book at Sputnikat HQ in Moscow on our very own MZ 970 Risograph printer. The pages look fantastic and we have seven wonderful comics stories, in a terrific variety of styles.

Also, this is our second time running the PersonaЖ collaborative project, so from an editorial standpoint, we have learned how to find a nice balance between the individual styles and storytelling concerns of each artist, and having a flow of narrative consistency with the characters across the week of stories.

As the the Russian postal service is somewhat unreliable, we will send all books and prints from our UK base in London. (Except those for postage within Russia)

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    The Wham-Bam-Thank-You-Ma'am

    PDF of PersonaЖ #2 (Daria) - with stories by Irina Troitskaya, Katya Dorokhina, Mikkel Sommer, Martoz, Andrey Petranin, Anton Mariinsky & William Goldsmith.

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    Double-Digital

    PDFs of both editions of PersonaЖ.

    PЖ#1 (Nikolai) with stories by Andrey Petranin, Irina Troitskaya, Lika Nussli, Evgenia Barinova, Jeroen Funke, Arina Shabanova & Christopher Rainbow.

    PЖ#2 (Daria) - with stories by Irina Troitskaya, Katya Dorokhina, Mikkel Sommer, Martoz, Andrey Petranin, Anton Mariinsky & William Goldsmith.

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    EARLY BIRD! (Daria's special friends)

    Get in on the action early and get PЖ2 for a tenner! Available during the first 48 hours to the first 25 backers!

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    • PersonaЖ 2 (Daria) 64-page book
    • Digital PDF of PersonaЖ #2 (Daria)
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    Daria's Story

    PersonaЖ 2 (Daria) - 64-page, riso-printed book - with stories by Irina Troitskaya, Katya Dorokhina, Mikkel Sommer, Martoz, Andrey Petranin, Anton Mariinsky & William Goldsmith - plus a PDF version emailed to your inbox.

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    PersonaЖ Сompletist

    Both issues of PersonaЖ (#1 Nikolai and #2 Daria) plus PDFs of each book sent to your inbox!

    PЖ#1 (Nikolai) with stories by Andrey Petranin, Irina Troitskaya, Lika Nussli, Evgenia Barinova, Jeroen Funke, Arina Shabanova & Christopher Rainbow.

    PЖ#2 (Daria) - with stories by Irina Troitskaya, Katya Dorokhina, Mikkel Sommer, Martoz, Andrey Petranin, Anton Mariinsky & William Goldsmith.

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    • PersonaЖ 2 (Daria) 64-page book
    • PersonaЖ 1 (Nikolai) 64-page book
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    Sharing is Caring

    Want PersonaЖ, for yourself and for a friend too? Get two copies of PersonaЖ 2 - one for the special person in your life! (Both copies will be sent to you)

    PersonaЖ 2 (Daria) - 64-page, riso-printed book - with stories by Irina Troitskaya, Katya Dorokhina, Mikkel Sommer, Martoz, Andrey Petranin, Anton Mariinsky & William Goldsmith - plus a PDF version emailed to your inbox.

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    Housewives Special

    Both issues of PersonaЖ (#1 Nikolai and #2 Daria) plus PDFs of each book sent to your inbox, PLUS... our first solo artist book, "Housewife: What a poor lesbian does when her girl goes away for the weekend" by Sari Szanto. (12 pages, 4-colour Riso print on 150g paper)

    A witty and honest meditation on the feeling of being left home alone, Housewife is sprinkled with keenly-observed moments of procrastination, indulgence and self-doubt, all beautifully brought to life by Szanto’s exquisite mix of collage, spidery line drawing and wry humour.

    Includes:
    • PersonaЖ 1 (Nikolai) 64-page book
    • Digital PDF of PersonaЖ #1 (Nikolai)
    • PersonaЖ 2 (Daria) 64-page book
    • Digital PDF of PersonaЖ #2 (Daria)
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    The Art Connoisseur

    Physical and digital copies of PersonaЖ 2 (Daria) Bring your walls to life with a beautiful limited edition silkscreen print of Daria and Gleb, in beautiful, bold, black and yellow. This artwork is designed by the ultra-talented artist for Monday's story, Irina Troitskaya, and signed and numbered by Irina herself.

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    PersonaЖ: A Week in the Life of YOU!

    PersonaЖ: A Week in the Life of YOU!

    An 8-page custom-made two-colour Risograph printed zine telling the story of a week in the life of you! Using you as the main character, seven Sputnikat artists will tell a story of a week in your life across seven one-page stories. A totally unique limited edition and personalised item!!

    We will provide five copies of this one-off item for you and your friends and family.

    Includes:
    • PersonaЖ 2 (Daria) 64-page book
    • Digital PDF of PersonaЖ #2 (Daria)
    • PersonaЖ: A Week in the Life of YOU! - exclusive 8 page comic!
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