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'Panji Koming' exhibition celebrates Dwi Koendoro's legacy

Ni Nyoman Wira
Ni Nyoman Wira

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, November 21, 2019  /  01:04 pm
  • The 'Komedi Priyayi Panji Koming’ exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Central Jakarta, displays the late Dwi Koendoro's comic strip 'Panji Koming' from the first to the last issue.

    The 'Komedi Priyayi Panji Koming’ exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Central Jakarta, displays the late Dwi Koendoro's comic strip 'Panji Koming' from the first to the last issue. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    The 'Komedi Priyayi Panji Koming’ exhibition at Bentara Budaya, Central Jakarta, displays the late Dwi Koendoro's comic strip 'Panji Koming' from the first to the last issue.

  • Mbah, one of the characters in the 'Panji Koming' comic strip.

    Mbah, one of the characters in the 'Panji Koming' comic strip. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    Mbah, one of the characters in the 'Panji Koming' comic strip.

  • The first 'Panji Koming' comic strip (pictured above) was published in 'Kompas' on Oct. 14, 1979.

    The first 'Panji Koming' comic strip (pictured above) was published in 'Kompas' on Oct. 14, 1979. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    The first 'Panji Koming' comic strip (pictured above) was published in 'Kompas' on Oct. 14, 1979.

  • A visitor observes the last issue of comic strip 'Panji Koming' on Nov.19 at Bentara Budaya, Jakarta.

    A visitor observes the last issue of comic strip 'Panji Koming' on Nov.19 at Bentara Budaya, Jakarta. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    A visitor observes the last issue of comic strip 'Panji Koming' on Nov.19 at Bentara Budaya, Jakarta.

  • A comic strip of 'Panji Koming' pays homage to the late Polycarpus 'Swan' Swantoro, historian and one of the founders of 'Kompas'.

    A comic strip of 'Panji Koming' pays homage to the late Polycarpus 'Swan' Swantoro, historian and one of the founders of 'Kompas'. OF JP/Wienda Parwitasari

    A comic strip of 'Panji Koming' pays homage to the late Polycarpus 'Swan' Swantoro, historian and one of the founders of 'Kompas'.

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In the penultimate issue of comic strip Panji Koming in Kompas on Aug. 18, Pailul, one of the characters, is seen carving an inscription. After “history of five centuries later” and “promise to not forget about it”, the last panel shows that he's carved the sentence “Farewell, Pak Swan”. Pailul then says, “It’s fun to write history.” It was an homage to the late Polycarpus “Swan” Swantoro, a historian and one of the founders of Kompas, in which the comic strip was published in its Sunday editions. After gracing the pages of the newspaper for 40 years, Panji Koming creator Dwi Koendoro “Dwi Koen” Brotoatmojo, passed away on Aug. 22. The very last strip of Panji Koming was published on Aug. 25, consisting of four black panels to symbolize loss.   pic.twitter...