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Cosplayers go all out for 2017 Indonesia Comic Con

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Mon, October 30, 2017 | 05:29 pm
  • A Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) action figure is displayed at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    A Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) action figure is displayed at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    A Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) action figure is displayed at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • Cosplayers dress up as characters from the online game 'Blade & Soul.'

    Cosplayers dress up as characters from the online game 'Blade & Soul.' OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    Cosplayers dress up as characters from the online game 'Blade & Soul.'

  • 'Supernatural' characters Dean Winchester (left) and Castiel are well portrayed by Indonesian cosplayers at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    'Supernatural' characters Dean Winchester (left) and Castiel are well portrayed by Indonesian cosplayers at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    'Supernatural' characters Dean Winchester (left) and Castiel are well portrayed by Indonesian cosplayers at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • A cosplayer pulls out his gun while performing as 'Duke Nukem' from the video game series of the same name.

    A cosplayer pulls out his gun while performing as 'Duke Nukem' from the video game series of the same name. OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer pulls out his gun while performing as 'Duke Nukem' from the video game series of the same name.

  • A cosplayer poses as Painty the Pirate or Captain from Nickelodeon's 'SpongeBob SquarePants.'

    A cosplayer poses as Painty the Pirate or Captain from Nickelodeon's 'SpongeBob SquarePants.' OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer poses as Painty the Pirate or Captain from Nickelodeon's 'SpongeBob SquarePants.'

  • A cosplayer poses as Kashuu Kiyomitsu, a character from the video game 'Touken Ranbu.'

    A cosplayer poses as Kashuu Kiyomitsu, a character from the video game 'Touken Ranbu.' OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer poses as Kashuu Kiyomitsu, a character from the video game 'Touken Ranbu.'

  • A cosplayer portrays Arcade Riven from the online game 'League of Legends.'

    A cosplayer portrays Arcade Riven from the online game 'League of Legends.' OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer portrays Arcade Riven from the online game 'League of Legends.'

  • A man dressed as Naruto from 'Naruto Shippuden' strikes a pose during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    A man dressed as Naruto from 'Naruto Shippuden' strikes a pose during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A man dressed as Naruto from 'Naruto Shippuden' strikes a pose during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • A visitor is dressed as Walt Disney Pictures' 'Maleficent' during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    A visitor is dressed as Walt Disney Pictures' 'Maleficent' during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A visitor is dressed as Walt Disney Pictures' 'Maleficent' during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • A 2017 Indonesia Comic Con visitor is dressed as Marvel's Loki.

    A 2017 Indonesia Comic Con visitor is dressed as Marvel's Loki. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A 2017 Indonesia Comic Con visitor is dressed as Marvel's Loki.

  • A cosplayer is dressed as Batman's ultimate nemesis, the Joker.

    A cosplayer is dressed as Batman's ultimate nemesis, the Joker. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer is dressed as Batman's ultimate nemesis, the Joker.

  • A 2017 Indonesia Comic Con visitor is dressed as Jack Sparrow from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies.

    A 2017 Indonesia Comic Con visitor is dressed as Jack Sparrow from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A 2017 Indonesia Comic Con visitor is dressed as Jack Sparrow from the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movies.

  • Two cosplayers collaborate as characters from Disney's 'Moana': goddess Te Fiti (left) and main antagonist Te Ka.

    Two cosplayers collaborate as characters from Disney's 'Moana': goddess Te Fiti (left) and main antagonist Te Ka. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Two cosplayers collaborate as characters from Disney's 'Moana': goddess Te Fiti (left) and main antagonist Te Ka.

  • A Batman cosplayer attends the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    A Batman cosplayer attends the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A Batman cosplayer attends the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • An Indonesian cosplayer shows up as Ultimate Madoka, a characters from the Japanese anime 'Puella Magi Madoka Magica.'

    An Indonesian cosplayer shows up as Ultimate Madoka, a characters from the Japanese anime 'Puella Magi Madoka Magica.' OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    An Indonesian cosplayer shows up as Ultimate Madoka, a characters from the Japanese anime 'Puella Magi Madoka Magica.'

  • A cosplayer strikes a pose as Marvel's Spider Queen during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    A cosplayer strikes a pose as Marvel's Spider Queen during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer strikes a pose as Marvel's Spider Queen during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • A cosplayer dressed as Harley Quinn from the movie 'Suicide Squad.'

    A cosplayer dressed as Harley Quinn from the movie 'Suicide Squad.' OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer dressed as Harley Quinn from the movie 'Suicide Squad.'

  • A cosplayer crouches as Spider-Man during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    A cosplayer crouches as Spider-Man during  the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer crouches as Spider-Man during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • Indonesian cosplayers pose as characters from the role-playing video game 'Persona 5': (from left) Ryuji/Skull, Akira/Joker and Ann/Panther.

    Indonesian cosplayers pose as characters from the role-playing video game 'Persona 5': (from left) Ryuji/Skull, Akira/Joker and Ann/Panther. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Indonesian cosplayers pose as characters from the role-playing video game 'Persona 5': (from left) Ryuji/Skull, Akira/Joker and Ann/Panther.

  • A Zombie from 'The Walking Dead Escape Room' at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    A Zombie from 'The Walking Dead Escape Room' at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A Zombie from 'The Walking Dead Escape Room' at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • A special area to commemorate the late Carrie Fisher was provided near the Star Wars booth at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. Visitors were allowed to write messages for Fisher on a wall.

    A special area to commemorate the late Carrie Fisher was provided near the Star Wars booth at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. Visitors were allowed to write messages for Fisher on a wall. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A special area to commemorate the late Carrie Fisher was provided near the Star Wars booth at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. Visitors were allowed to write messages for Fisher on a wall.

  • A visitor takes a photo next to a life-size sculpture of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

    A visitor takes a photo next to a life-size sculpture of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A visitor takes a photo next to a life-size sculpture of Marvel Cinematic Universe's Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch).

  • Members of Fightsaber Indonesia strike a pose with their lightsabers during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    Members of Fightsaber Indonesia strike a pose with their lightsabers during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    Members of Fightsaber Indonesia strike a pose with their lightsabers during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

  • A cosplayer is dressed as Aquaman.

    A cosplayer is dressed as Aquaman. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    A cosplayer is dressed as Aquaman.

  • South Korean 'cosplayer' Pion Kim during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con opening ceremony at the Jakarta Convention Center, Senayan, South Jakarta, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.

    South Korean 'cosplayer' Pion Kim during the  2017 Indonesia Comic Con opening ceremony at the Jakarta Convention Center, Senayan, South Jakarta, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. OF JP/Ni Nyoman Wira

    South Korean 'cosplayer' Pion Kim during the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con opening ceremony at the Jakarta Convention Center, Senayan, South Jakarta, on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.

  • Guest artists unite in 'Guest Stars Zone' where visitors can meet them and ask for their signatures at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

    Guest artists unite in 'Guest Stars Zone' where visitors can meet them and ask for their signatures at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con. OF JP /Ni Nyoman Wira

    Guest artists unite in 'Guest Stars Zone' where visitors can meet them and ask for their signatures at the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con.

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Pop-culture devotees of Jakarta flocked over the weekend to the third installment of Indonesia Comic Con, which was held at the Jakarta Convention Center in Senayan, South Jakarta.

The line to enter the event began forming as early as 8 a.m. on the first day, mostly comprising visitors who had purchased their tickets online.

At a glance, it looked like a regular exhibition, but upon entering through the main gate, visitors were brought to a different realm.

Among the booths presented were comic booths, selling both Indonesian and international books; an action figure booth decorated like a cage, inviting visitors to use it as background for their photos; the Fightsaber Indonesia community booth that featured international Star Wars lightsaber performances; the Walking Dead Escape Room that was particularly popular among brave souls and zombie fans; an all-about-toys area; the Artists Alley, where visitors could buy artworks from independent artists; the Star Trek booth; and a special area for gaming tournaments. 

Read also: What you need to know about the 2017 Indonesia Comic Con

“There are various reasons why pop-culture lovers come to this event, starting from enjoying anime creations, video games, cosplay, manga and other imaginary characters that could give a real pop-culture experience,” said James Boey, general manager of Reed Panorama Exhibitions, the organizer of Indonesia Comic Con 2017.

One cosplayer, Jordi Narpati, said it was his third time attending the event.

“So far, there has been many improvements. In the first year, the venue was smaller, but in the second year it was larger,” said Jordi, who wore a black suit and a mask to emulate a character from the game Payday, Wolf.

“It used to be crowded in the ticketing area, but now it’s better organized.”

Another visitor, Jo, who lives in Pecenongan, Central Jakarta, was also satisfied with the convention.

“This year’s [Comic Con] is more crowded than the previous [years],” he said, adding that he had attended the event’s first and second installment. “Hopefully, [organizers] will bring in Gal Gadot next year — I think everyone wants [to meet] her.”

Ruth Noviana, senior project manager for co-organizer ReedPOP, said that since the convention’s first edition, its committee asked fans, exhibitors and visitors who they think should be invited as guests to the forthcoming Indonesia Comic Con.

“We will distribute questionnaire again [for] next year's [event],” Ruth said. “As long as the [celebrities’] schedule suits ours, hopefully we can bring them.” (kes)

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