The Jakarta Post
'Jendi', a comic book released on digital comic platform CIAYO Comics for the 2018 Asian Para Games, follows the story of disabled swimmer Jendi. (Ciayo Corp/-)
In honor of the 2018 Asian Para Games in Jakarta, digital comic platform CIAYO Comics released on Aug. 30 a comic book centered on disabled swimmer Jendi.
Titled Jendi, the comic was illustrated by DS Studio and tells the story of a real-life athlete of the same name who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident at the age of 12. The accident did not stop him from winning five gold medals at the 2017 ASEAN Para Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His inspirational story was then adapted into a comic by Fahmi Hamka and Tony Hanggoro that explores the struggle of Jendi as he comes to terms with his new life.
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Jendi himself said he hoped that his story would inspire others. “In life, everything must go through a process. Everyone has their own way of life. Hopefully this comic can bring positivity to people,” said Jendi, who is fond of his nickname "The Eel", which refers to his ability to adapt and survive in all situations, according to a press release.
CIAYO head of business development Khrisnawan Adhie said the company wanted “to encourage young people to create”. He added that a CIAYO Class program was available as a stepping stone for beginner comic artists, allowing them to develop and improve their skills and work quality. The class culminates in the chance to have their work published on CIAYO Comics. (acr/wng)