Crowdfunding for printing the first comic about the post-industrial city of Anina

Association Bloc Zero has just launched a crowdfunding campaign to print a comic in which the stories of the inhabitants of Anina are gathered. The graphic short story is a docufiction and was written following a creative documentation workshop organized in 2018 by One World Romania at School.18 students from all over the country, together with trainers in the fields of directing, anthropology and image documented the reality of Anina post-industrial and one of them even became a co-author of the comic.

This year the book From Underground to the Surface – The History of a Post-Industrial City will see the light of day, with support from supporters everywhere who are invited for two months to support the launch through donations.

The goal of the campaign is to raise funds (15,000 lei) for a production of the book, the printing costs of 500 copies, part of the authors’ fees and the promotion of this independent comic book production. The book was written by Dalesia Cozorici (workshop participant), Petra Dobruska (anthropologist and writer) and Octavian Curoșu (comic book author from Chisinau).

The graphic short story tells the history of the mining town of Anina, from the beginnings of the discovery of natural resources to the current reality. The locals are transformed into characters through which you find out how life now takes place in this city, which has become ghostly after the mass departures of the workers moved here to work. The characters are superheroes in the idea that their superpower is natural and the power of regeneration.

The boy’s story in short

A fictional character named Băiețel comes out of Anina’s underground and takes us through the daily reality of the former mining town, gathering on the road the stories of yesterday and today of its inhabitants. Returning to the surface, Băiețel is curious to find out how the inhabitants manage after the mine closes. Discover the closed cinema, the ruined hospitals and the old town after the departure of the young people, but also people full of charm, beautiful places and hopeful events. At the border between fiction and documentary, between past and present, the memory of the city is revealed to us.

The book is aimed at both young people and adults and works as an exercise in empathy but also in changing perspective, an anthropological tool and an emotional tourist guide to find out the personal stories of Anina’s inhabitants.

From idea to result

“During the creative documentation workshop at Anina in the summer of 2018, I made the first sketches and a first script. Meanwhile, life knocked on my door and I gave birth at the end of 2019, and the project took a break. The commitment to all those involved in the continuation of the project led to the rewriting of the story, so at the beginning of March 2020 I made the first storyboard. With all the chaos of the pandemic, Dalesia’s job (co-author and workshop participant) in film production, my postnatal leave and the other projects of the illustrator Octavian, the graphic short story was completed in digital format. Now I came back to the book and found the perfect time to launch it in physical format, ”he declares Petra Dobruska.

In addition to producing and promoting the book in physical format, the purpose of the campaign is to encourage the reading of comics in general among young people and adults, supporting the idea of ​​telling stories through this environment but also to attract tourists to Anina, people curious about post-industrial cultural routes, researchers, activists and anthropologists.

How you can support the book and what you receive if you offer your help:

If you want to help with the physical launch of the book, you have a number of rewards:

– Donations up to 35 lei receive the book in digital format;
– the first 10 supporters receive the book earlier at a special price of 40 lei;
– the support of 55 lei involves the book at home starting with May;
– for 60 lei you have the book next to a book sign;
– the support of 80 lei is rewarded with a set of 5 views and the book;
– if you choose to make a donation of 100 lei, you get the autographed book, the bookmark and the set of 5 postcards.

Depending on the rewards, they will be sent from the end of March, in April and May 2021.

Donations are made on the platform Sprijina.ro.

partner: Anina City Hall, Czech Center, Sprijina.ro, One World Romania, Anina Mine of Ideas.
Media partners: Știri.ong, IQads, Days and Nights, Munteanu Iqool, 4arte.ro, Zeppelin Magazine, Civil Society Gala, Filmsi.
BD partners: Romanian Comics, RevistaCOMICS, Bucharest ComicsFest, Comics Museum, Sibiu Comics Club.
Local partners: ExpressDeBanat.ro, Resita.ro, GhidulBanatului.ro

Authors of the comic From the Underground to the Surface, The History of a Post-Industrial City

Dalesia Cozorici she started working on this project when she was still a high school student. He is currently studying Screenwriting and Filmology at the National University of Theater and Cinematography “IL Caragiale”. She has published film criticism texts and short prose, and this is her debut in comics.

Petra Dobruska has initiated several cultural and educational projects in the last 10 years, is the co-author of the book Dolky in three clothes, translator of children’s books and president of the Bloc Zero Association. He sees comics as a means of telling the true stories of ordinary people. For writing screenplays, she draws on her experience in anthropological and linguistic research.

Octavian Curoșu is an author of comics based in Chisinau, has experience in fields such as animation, children’s illustration and comics. He wants to popularize comics and help people get in touch with beauty as often as possible.

Bloc Zero is an association at the intersection of culture, education and community organization, starting from everyday realities, which it interprets through different but compatible filters and experiences: film and visual arts, anthropology and free discussions, representation and critical analysis.


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