The Jakarta Post
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.
“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)